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The history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of The United Methodist Church for anyone – newcomer or longtime member – who wants to know what’s distinctive about being a United Methodist Christian. We’ll explore the special gifts of theology, witness and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st century church. Lay Servant Ministries Approved: This class has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “heritage” class required for Lay Speaker certification. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $70.00 ***This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Course materials will become available at Noon Central on the start day, and you should plan to spend an hour or two (whenever you choose) every day interacting with the course and on the discussion boards.***

What is the core of Christian faith? Is it reasonable for modern people? In ten inspiring lessons, the well-known biblical scholar and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright offers a fresh presentation of the timeless truths of Christianity. Lessons expand on the themes of Wright’s acclaimed book "Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense" and are appropriate for established believers and seekers alike. Lessons include multiple streaming video segments. 2.2 CEUs are available. Price: $50 ***This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Course materials will become available at Noon Central on the start day, and you should plan to spend an hour or two (whenever you choose) every day interacting with the course and on the discussion boards.***

Domestic violence occurs in all communities, regardless of a person’s age, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, and the physical, mental, and spiritual effects of such violence for all involved can be devastating. Do you know how to spot the signs and act to help someone in your church or community? This workshop will focus on a Christian response to domestic violence. We will look at the history of domestic violence and learn who is involved, who is affected, and who is vulnerable. We’ll also explore the purposes, types, and consequences of such violence, and the urgency of responding whenever such violence is suspected. Biblical references will shape the discussion of ways for the church to educate members, support victims, and hold abusers accountable. By the end of the course, students will have access to resources for responding to domestic violence as individuals, pastors, and churches, and will be equipped to support programs that provide education about domestic violence and support victims. The focus is on saving lives. This course has been endorsed by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) in the East Ohio conference. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. No book is required for this course; all materials will be provided. Price: $70 ***This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Course materials will become available at Noon Central on the start day, and you should plan to spend an hour or two (whenever you choose) every day interacting with the course and on the discussion boards.***

Preparing and delivering a children’s sermon can be daunting, and countless people admit to being terrified at the thought of being asked to do so. Fear not — instructor Elaine Short has been preaching children’s sermons for many years and can help you to be more comfortable writing and delivering a sermon to the children in your church. This course will last 2 weeks and will introduce several approaches to writing a children’s sermon. Take this important step in becoming more comfortable preaching to children, and make a difference in the lives of children today! This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU. Price: $25.

Leadership Institute 2018 is aimed at equipping church leaders and strengthening churches through a conference filled with guest speakers and United Methodist Church of the Resurrection staff leading workshops and general sessions. Join over 2,000 church leaders from across the nation and around the world for a conference known for it's practical takeaways, inspiration and commitment to helping leaders maximize their impact.