Laity Session

LogoLaity Session and Workshops

Laity Session at Annual Conference

Thursday, June 14, 1:30 p.m.



All laity will gather in the Grand Ballroom at the Riverside Hotel for a time of worship, greetings from the Board of Laity, and conversation focused on the laity of the Annual Conference.

Laity Workshops ~ June 14, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Six workshops will be offered for lay people to learn about ways laity can lead in meeting needs in their congregations, neighborhoods, and beyond. Participants will learn what is working in other parts of the conference and will take home ideas they can adapt to their own settings.

The workshops will meet in separate rooms in the Riverside Hotel. Members and Guests are asked to pre-register online so we may plan the best hospitality for you and assign rooms for the workshops.


Workshop 1: Be Ready:  Making Your Church Disaster Resilient - Emerald Room

Becky Platt

Becky Platt

Workshop Presenter: Becky Platt, ERT / Disaster Readiness Trainer 

Learn simple steps you can take to make your church more resilient to all sorts of disasters. In times of disaster, our communities look to us for a sense of "normalcy" and "stability". Being ready for whatever comes and having a plan to work with others in our communities is critical to our mission as the church



Workshop 2: The Churches’ Role in Community Mental Health - Aspen Room

Josh Bynum

Joshua Bynum

Workshop Presenter: Joshua Bynum, Sage District Lay Leader 

Participants will review common community mental health needs, identify existing resources, and discuss how churches can take an active role in addressing the needs in their respective communities. The first half will be mostly presentation and the second half more focused on the needs of the communities represented by participants.



Workshop 3: Starting and Managing a Community Garden - Garnet Room



Workshop Presenter: Larry McClure and Tom Kroen, Tualatin UMC

How Hilltop Garden became a thing; fundamentals of God’s abundance in one ear of corn; the miracle of seed; kids that grow kale, eat kale; a Community Garden brings people together in so many ways; and more!




Workshop 4: Opening Opportunities for People to Live as Disciples of Christ - Cinnabar Room

Paula Sadler 

Paula Sadler

Workshop Presenter: Paula Sadler, Cascadia District Lay Leader

New ministries provide opportunities for a wide range of people to follow Jesus by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick and welcoming the stranger.  This workshop will explore ways to connect with the people who are searching for these opportunities.


Workshop 5: Making Disciples - Clearwater Room

Emilie Kroen 

Emilie Kroen

Workshop Presenter: Emilie Kroen, Associate Conference Lay Leader

Explore what it means to be a disciple and what resources are available for growing disciples. There will be a discussion about what works in local churches and an opportunity to draft a disciple-making plan for your church.



Workshop 6: The Social Media Experience - Liberty Room

Justin Seeley 

Justin Seeley

Workshop Presenters: Justin Seeley, United Methodist Communications

Telling stories of faith and sharing messages through social media is vital in our digital world. Participants will learn about social media platforms, upcoming trends, and how to utilize emerging tools for maximum community engagement.



If you have questions about the laity session or workshops, contact Conference Lay Leader, Jan Nelson at (503) 689-3688 or


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