Laity Summit

Updated March 19, 2020

You can join the Laity Summit online at from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. CDT. All of the presenters, including keynote speaker David Teel from Discipleship Ministries, will be presenting. We have made a couple resources available to you.

  • Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations  View to Download
  • Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People View to Download

Those with questions for the presenters can text 785-925-7702 during the Summit. Those who registered for the Kearney event will receive a refund. The event still starts at 9 a.m. with welcome messages from Bishop and Lisa Maupin. This is open to all. No new registration required.


Keynote speaker

David C. Teel is the director of laity and spiritual leadership at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. A writer, editor, and Christian educator, David is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School and served United Methodist Churches for 15 years before joining Abingdon Press as the Covenant Bible Study project manager and senior academic book editor. David also serves on the board of the Vanderbilt Wesley Foundation.

Enthusiastic about creatively equipping lay leaders for engaged ministry within and beyond the local church, David is driven by a passion for intentional and relational discipleship.His vocation as a Christian educator is expressed in a longing to help all people connect with sacred power by interpreting the significance of faith for everyday life. Last year he contributed a short piece to the 2018 Fall Yale Reflections Magazine. A fan of the Tennessee Titans, eclectic Spotify playlists, and indie filmmaking, David is married to Alecia Krisle Teel and has two daughters, Anastasia and Eliana (and a yellow Labrador Retriever named Digby).



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