Laity Summit


Updated October 21, 2020

The Laity Summit will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. virtually. This is for Lay Servants, Speakers, Ministers, Leaders and for anyone discerning a call to leadership. It will be 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, have been planning this gathering since the first Laity Summit was complete back in March.

The planning team is aiming for 300 people gaining learning and resources for lay leadership. The overall theme for the gathering is “Building a New Normal.” The keynote speaker is Junius Dotson, general secretary for discipleship ministries. Worship, workshops, registration, and the website are currently in development.

The first 200 people that are registered by February 20, 2021, receive a participant box filled with useful resources, “Soul Reset” book and giveaways for an increased virtual experience. They will be mailed directly to the registrant.



Keynote speaker

A nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church, an organization with a staff of more than 130. Dotson was elected General Secretary in 2016.

Under Dotson’s leadership, Discipleship Ministries has worked toward having the 11-million-member denomination ensure every congregation has an intentional discipleship system, engages with people currently outside the church, and cultivates local (contextual) resources around the globe.

Rev. Dotson is the author of Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books). Released to national acclaim, the book is a 6-week study for everyone who moves at breakneck speed through daily life.

Rev. Dotson served on a team of 16 global United Methodist leaders, across a wide theological spectrum, toward a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination.  The proposal was reached with the help of famed mediator Kenneth Feinberg, who worked on the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Dotson launched “See All The People,” the highly successful church-wide initiative that helps church leaders concentrate on intentional discipleship, while learning new behaviors around engaging their surrounding community.

Rev. Dotson is also the author of Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations and Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People. Both resources help congregations look beyond their walls, acknowledging that God calls us to have “meaningful relationships in authentic, organic and consistent ways.”

As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

His current 90-second daily radio series, “See All The People,” is featured on more than 40 stations across the U.S.  His ministry has been featured in The Tennessean, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, The Wichita Eagle, religious journals and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as on ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in San Francisco, San Jose and Wichita.

Prior to his present position, Rev. Dotson was Senior Pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, where he was instrumental in transforming the 3,500-member church into a multi-campus congregation.