The Laity: Engaging in Effective Ministry

Dr. Clifford Harris General Secretary, Lay Ministry

Dr. Cliff Harris
  • 15485 Prairie Bell Road

    Okmulgee, OK 74447-8690

  • Voice: (918) 519-4233 

  • Home: (918) 304-1999

Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr.

Chair

The Department of Lay Ministry, one of ten (10) General Departments within the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, is led by General Secretary, Dr. Clifford L. Harris.

The Department aids the CME Church in equipping and enabling her members to engage in effective ministry in the Name of Jesus Christ by focusing on The Laos (the whole people of God). The Department, thus, develops information and promotes initiatives that will strengthen and empower “God’s People” to provide meaningful and effective ministry, particularly at the local level of the church. By promoting the Lay Ministry Beliefs of Studying, Seeking, Sharing, and Serving, the Department of Lay Ministry seeks to live out its mission to “Reach, Teach, and Minister to All of God's People, - Equipping Them For Greater Works and Service For Him.”

The Department utilizes the efforts of the Connectional Lay Ministry Council, Connectional Stewards, Connectional Stewardesses, and Connectional Ushers to further assist God’s people enhance and develop their service capacities. The General Secretary provides oversight and leadership for the President of the: Connectional Lay Ministry Council; Connectional Steward Ministry; Connectional Stewardess Ministry; and Connectional Usher Ministry.

 

LAY MINISTRY ORDER FORM

MEET THE CONNECTIONAL MINISTRY PRESIDENTS

  • Connectional Lay Ministry - Mrs. Barbara Campbell
  • Connectional Steward Ministry -  Mr. Freddie McKnight, President
  • Connectional Stewardess Ministry - Mrs. Jolinda Dugger
  • Connectional Usher Ministry - Ms. Diana Winton

LAY MINISTRY UPDATES, INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

March 2020 Lay Ministry Update

Graham/Webb/Kennedy Scholarship Fund: Click here to see the list of contributors. We are still accepting contributions for the 2019-2020 giving period through March 31, 2020. Continue to make checks payable to Graham/Webb/Kennedy Scholarship and mail to my office at the address below. 

Calling All Lay Leaders:  Join Dr. Harris for a conference call on  THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 AT 8:00 P.M., CENTRAL STANDARD TIMEThe Call in Number is (712) 775-7035 and the Access Code is 998722#. Please have your Lay Ministry Manual available. Note: If you call in after the conference conversation has started, so that we do not have to continue to stop and start, please do not announce yourself

Please click here to access suggestions from Dr. Barbara C. Campbell, President of the Connectional Lay Ministry Council, related to absentee voting and ideas for helping youngsters who are out of school during the COVID-19 crisis.

The 2020 Graham-Webb- Kennedy Scholarship Application can be accessed by clicking here (Funding will be for the 2020-2021 academic year). The Application will also appear in the May and June issues of the Christian Index. 

 

January 2020 Lay Ministry Update

November 2019 Lay Ministry Update

 

CONNECTIONAL LAY DAY LITANY 2019

September 2019 Lay Ministry Update

Connectional Trustee Ministry

CONNECTIONAL TRUSTEE INTEREST FORM

GWK SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES 2019-2020

Graham-Webb-Kennedy Scholarship Application 2019

March 2019 Lay Ministry Update

December 2018 Lay Ministry Update

October 2018 Lay Ministry Update

GRAHAM/WEBB/KENNEDY SCHOLARSHIP CONTRIBUTION FORM

September 2018 Lay Ministry Update

August 2018 Lay Ministry Update

July 2018 Lay Ministry Update

June 2018 Lay Ministry Update

Graham/Webb/Kennedy Contributors 2017-2018

Message from Mr. Freddie McKnight, President of the Connectional Steward Ministry

April 2018 Lay Ministry Update

Graham/Webb/Kennedy Contributors 2017-2018

December 2017 Lay Ministry Update

September 2017 Lay Ministry Update

August 2017 Lay Ministry Update

May 2017 Lay Ministry Update

January 2017 Lay Ministry Update

September 2016 Lay Ministry Update

July 2016 Lay Ministry Update

March 2016 Lay Ministry Update

January 2016 Lay Ministry Update

RESOURCES

HISTORY OF CME LAY MINISTRY (Can be used as part of Lay Day Program)
LAY MEMBERSHIP CARD TEMPLATE

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAY MINISTRY (SEPTEMBER 2016)

LAY MINISTRY RESOURCES

LAY MINISTRY PUBLICATIONS, TEACHING, and TRAINING RESOURCES