Laity Summit

An exciting engagement opportunity for laity is officially happening for our conference. The Laity Summit will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First UMC in Kearney, NE. This is for all lay persons, lay servants, lay leaders, and laity discerning a call for more of a leadership role. It will be a one-stop leadership gathering with worship, workshops, childcare, and food! We are aiming for all in attendance to network and obtain learning and resources for leadership.


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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Kearney First UMC
4500 Linden Dr.
Kearney, NE 68847-2522



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Click here to register or select tab at left. Registration closes March 7, 2020.


Child Care

Child care is available on-site, but you must register by February 21, 2020. There will be no child care registration at the event. Click here to register or select tab at left.