Reminding Christians of their membership in the priesthood of believers, John Wesley emphasized the importance of the United Methodist putting faith and love into practice in their lives. By virtue of a relationship with Christ, believers can now represent him to others just as the ancient priest represented God to the people. While maintaining the necessity of order, authority, and discipline within its churches, the United Methodist Church denies the notion of spiritual elitism and reminds members that all are called to proclaim God's wonder and works.
In Lay Speaking Ministries: Basic Course, Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson discuss processes to help individuals discern and respond to God's particular call on their lives. They encourage each person to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the Church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous type of ministries in which Lay Speaking Ministers may assume roles. Throughout the study, thoughtful questions provide excellent opportunities for individual consideration and group discussion.