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Welcome to the online learning site for the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Upcoming courses are listed below in alphabetical order.

To register, visit the Great Plains Certified Lay Ministry Courses page. Your username, password, and login instructions will be emailed to you a few days before your course opens.

Book lists for upcoming courses are available as part of each course description below.

    Available courses

    Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers, this course serves as an introductory overview of the major themes of evangelism and church growth for small membership congregations.

    Course dates: October 2-29, 2017

    PDF fileEvangelism course textbooks

    Participants will know and become conversant with the basic principles of United Methodist doctrine and theology.

    The objectives of this course are to:

    • Help students assess their own faith journey in the context of United Methodist doctrine and theology.

    • Provide a basic understanding of the elements of United Methodist doctrine and theology.

    • Provide the opportunity for students to be in online conversation with the instructor and other students about their understandings of United Methodist doctrine and theology.

    • Assess and evaluate their growth in understanding United Methodist doctrine and theology.

    Course dates: November 6 - December 3, 2017

    PDF fileUM Theology and Doctrine Books and Resources

    The Worship course is intended to help Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) students accomplish the following:

    1. Understand that designing and leading corporate worship is to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
    2. Gain knowledge of the elements and order of worship outlined in The United Methodist Book of Worship.
    3. Understand the importance of spiritual disciplines used in designing Spirit-led worship through Scripture, prayer, contemplation, other texts, singing.
    4. Develop practical applications for designing and leading thematic worship.

    Course dates: September 4 - October 1, 2017

    Online meetings: Class meets online each Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Central time. A high-speed internet connection and a webcam are highly recommended.

    PDF fileWorship course textbooks

    Resources for teaching on Moodle