Online Lay Servant Workshop: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (LSM “Polity” course)
Time & Date
Event Dates:April 23, 2018 - May 12, 2018
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 happens at General Conference 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? This course will help church leaders answer questions, help newcomers to the UMC get their bearings, and help 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 the Lenten schedule; there will be no new assignment Wednesday and Sunday. Lay Servant Ministries Approved - 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. 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.