Online Lay Servant Workshop: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection
Time & Date
Event Starts:10/30/2017 12:00PM
Event Ends:11/17/2017 5:00PM
CT - Central Time
Audience: Lay Leaders Men Older Adult Single Adult Women Young Adult
Why does the United Methodist Church do things the way it does? Why is our pastor being reassigned? Why don’t we get to vote on our new pastor? What are the rules – and why are they the rules? What happened at General Conference in May that may affect us? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God? Be ready for the new program year with the answers to questions your folks may ask, as United Methodists move forward into a new four-year cycle. This course will help newcomers to the UMC get their bearings, and longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st century. Participants must obtain the book "The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization" by Laceye C. Warner, which is not included in the course fee. Note: This is the new official book for this course chosen by Discipleship Ministries. Participants should be prepared to read assignments and post their reflections on the discussion boards daily, but there is no set time to be online. This is an intense course. Participants are strongly urged to get the book and read it before the course starts, to make it more relaxed and fun. This session follows a schedule of five new assignments per week. This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “polity” course required for Lay Speaker certification. One CEU for clergy is also awarded. Price: $70.