Calling all Lay Leaders!


Are you looking for a way to expand your understanding of what it means to be a leader for today's church? 

In 2019 the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania launched a Laity Leadership Academy designed to empower laity to lead the connection in the ever-changing landscape of congregational life. 

Participants read some of the greatest books currently available on the topic, experience seminars led by the finest leaders in our Conference, engage with one another in dialogue, and build relationships that provide support for the journey.

Interested? we would love to have you join us for the next session of the Laity Leadership Academy which will commence in the late summer or early fall of 2020!
The Academy is structured around two modules. The first module is one year long, experienced together in several weekend retreats held at various locations around the Conference. During these retreats, topics relevant to congregational leadership in the current culture are covered. Topics include:

  • Recruiting, Developing, and Deploying Volunteers
  • Strategic Planning
  • Effective Congregation Legacy Development
  • Biblical and Theological Bases of Stewardship
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication, Marketing, and Telling Your Story
  • Leading with Vision, Mission, and Core Values
  • Engaging Mission-Minded Millennials
  • Being Inclusive

The second module is custom designed for each participant, allowing her or him to explore an area of leadership individually for which she or he is especially well equipped.  

If you would like information about enrolling please contact Rev. Joe Patterson at or call the office at 412-232-0650.