Laity Summit


The Laity Summit was Saturday, March 20, 2021. This event was for Lay Servants, Speakers, Ministers, Leaders and for anyone discerning a call to leadership. As always, Laity Summit is a one-stop virtual leadership event for church and community leadership.

Mary Feit, conference director of lay servant ministries, Lisa Maupin, conference lay leader Lisa, Kathy Pierce, Gateway District lay leader, and Shane Warta, conference coordinator of lay leadership, began planning this gathering since the first Laity Summit was complete back in March 2020.

The overall theme for the 2021 gathering was “Building a New Normal.”

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Find videos and resources from the event here.


Keynote Speaker

Scott Hughes has served at United Methodist Discipleship Ministries as the director of adult discipleship since July 2015 and the executive director of congregational vitality and intentional discipleship since January 2019. Previously, Scott served as the associate pastor of Douglasville FUMC for nine years and pastor at the Barnesville Circuit (Milner, Marvin, Prospect) for four years. Scott has a M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a D. Min. in the spiritual formation track from Southern Methodist University. Scott is from the Atlanta area, is a graduate of West Georgia University, and has been an Elder in the North Georgia Conference since 2007. Scott hosts the "Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way" podcast. Scott leads training in the area of small groups, Covenant Discipleship, the Visual Faith project, as well as creating and producing resources for the Courageous Conversations project, which aims to help local congregations foster structure learning environments to dialogue about difficult issues.

While on staff at Douglasville FUMC, Scott started the contemporary worship service and was the associate pastor for spiritual formation. Scott supervised staff directors for the nursery, children, and youth ministries.

Scott currently lives in Mount Juliet, Tennessee and attends Providence UMC with his family. Scott has been married for 21 years and has two boys, ages 17 and 15.

Keynote Presentation

Building church leaders that cultivate cultures of discipleship as we build towards a new normal. How might our baptismal vows and congregational pledges help local churches develop a culture of discipleship? How might sports teams (and other systems) give us insights to affect constructive change?