From Press Reports
“We all have a calling in our church,” Alberta Hendrix, lay speaking coordinator for the Starkville District United Methodist Churches said. “Our purpose here is to find where God can best use our talents.”
Hendrix was speaking to the Lay Servant Ministries class held April 16-19 at the Mathiston United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Participants from Starkville and Mathiston churches attended.
Led by Tammy Carroll of Walthall, an assistant in District Superintendent Rev. Embra Jackson’s office, the class covered five sessions: Ministry of the Baptized, Leading, Caring, Communicating and Into the World. The focus of the lay servant ministries is “The Power of We,” and each participant received a “Power of We” lapel pin at the end of the final session.
Gene Merkl, a participant from Starkville First United Methodist Church, said that prayer was the key to his active stewardship. “Study of scripture and time spent in prayer makes all the difference,” he said. Roger Miller of the Mathiston Church agreed, saying, “Collectively, we are more powerful than we are as individuals. The ‘Power of We’ increases with the amount of time spent in prayer.”
The course introduced members to numerous ways in which they can make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. Carroll said the program helped individuals “discover their gifts and identify their passion; then they can become better equipped for serving.”