Inministrytogether offers theological perspectives, thoughts, and opinions to support a more inclusive paradigm of ministry that embraces the gifts and callings of both lay and ordained servants, affirms the work of lay ministry practitioners, and fosters greater collaboration and mutual respect between lay and clergy leaders.  Its objective is to facilitate conversation among lay ministry practitioners and other church leaders about their experiences and identity in ministry.  It also shares information and research about lay ministry practitioners in United Methodist congregations today, presenting findings from The New Church Leaders:  Lay Ministry Professionals in the United Methodist Church, a Doctor of Ministry project thesis written by Ann A. Michel of Wesley Theological Seminary.

About the author

Ann A. Michel is a seminary-educated lay person who has served in the professional ministry since 1994.  Since 2005, she has worked as the associate director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  In ministry through her congregation, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC where she has been a member since 1982, she has served in a variety of different roles as a lay staff member and a lay ministry leader.  Over the years, she has been involved in a wide range of ministries, including evangelism, communications, adult education, stewardship, women’s programs, homeless ministries, advocacy, and world service.

Ann Michel is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters of Theological Studies, Summa Cum Laude, in 2000.  She is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley in church leadership.  She has a bachelor of science degree in speech from Northwestern University.

She is co-author with Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., of The Crisis of Younger Clergy (Abingdon, 2008) and has published a variety of other articles, including two related to inministrytogether — “Fostering a Culture that Engages Laity as Theological Decisionmakers” published in the May/June/July 2008 issue of Circuit Rider Magazine and “Toward a Compelling Theology of Lay Ministry“, in Leading Ideas, the electronic newsletter of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

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