"The local church is to minister to persons in the community where the church is located, to provide appropriate training and nurture to all, to cooperate in ministry with other local churches, to defend God's creation and live as an ecologically responsible community, and to participate in the worldwide mission of the church." — Book of Discipline 2012 ¶202
The twenty-six "Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation," one for each ministry area, cover church leadership areas, as well as areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness. The booklets are tools that get new lay leaders off to a good start and as a reference resource for all lay leaders. Each booklet includes the basic "job description" for the leader as well as practical "how-to" information important to implementing ministry effectively. Brief and to the point, making it a perfect resource for the busy, but spirit-led leader.
Ministry Guidelines Resources
Discipleship Ministries staff provide resources for several of the church leadership areas covered in the Guidelines booklets. These resources are referenced in their corresponding Guidelines booklets.