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: Aug. 6 - Sept. 2, 2018
- Facilitator: Jeff Slater
Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM). This course is designed to help CLM students learn how to engage in a critical reading of the biblical text. The course by its nature will focus on readings from the New Testament. It is impossible to cover in detail every aspect of the New Testament. Hopefully, this course will be one step on a life time of learning.
This course also assumes a basic working knowledge of the New Testament (what are the four gospels, what are the epistles, who Jesus is and why he is important, who Paul is and why he is important, etc.). This course will also teach the students to ask the deeper questions not only of their own biblical understanding, but to also to lend a richer and more informed voice to their biblical teaching and preaching.
Course dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 4, 2018
- Facilitator: Quentin Bennett
Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM). This course is designed to help CLM students learn how to prepare a sermon that delivers the good news. This course also assumes a basic biblical knowledge and ability to exegete the biblical text. It would be helpful to have had at least the Old Testament or the New Testament class.
At the culmination of the class the student will deliver a sermon to the class, the instructor, and some well-established preachers. The student will then receive helpful feedback for their preaching.
The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students to allow plenty of time for student presentations. The goal of this class is to have preachers who can proclaim the Good News to a congregation.
Course dates: Apr. 2-29, 2018 with a one-day face-to-face meeting on Sat., April 28, location TBA
- Facilitator: Quentin Bennett
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: Nov. 5 - Dec. 2, 2018
- Facilitator: Marian Adell
The Worship course is intended to help Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) students accomplish the following:
- Understand that designing and leading corporate worship is to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
- Gain knowledge of the elements and order of worship outlined in The United Methodist Book of Worship.
- Understand the importance of spiritual disciplines used in designing Spirit-led worship through Scripture, prayer, contemplation, other texts, singing.
- Develop practical applications for designing and leading thematic worship.
Course dates: Sept. 3-30, 2018
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.
- Facilitator: Abby Caseman