Blogging About The Mormon Church
Mormon Lay Ministry
In the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) the leadership of wards, branches, and stakes are unpaid volunteers or what is called a lay ministry. This is one of the Mormon Churches defining characteristic. Virtually every member of the Church is given an opportunity to serve in their congregations. They are asked or “called” to serve in a verity of ways and have the option to accept or decline that opportunity. Invitations to serve in the Church are “callings.”
Members of the Church work typical 40 hour work weeks in all kinds of occupations and then spend 3-4 hours a week giving service in their callings. Those with greater responsibilities within a ward and stake may spend 20-30 hours a week in their callings.
Infographic of Lay Leadership and Ministry of The Mormon Church