Online local church historian school set for fall 2020

The Local Church Historian's School is offered by the General Commission on Archives and History to teach local congregations how to preserve their churches' stories.
The Local Church Historian's School is offered by the General Commission on Archives and History to teach local congregations how to preserve their churches' stories.

Are you interested in the story of your church?

If so, a new course from the General Commission on Archives and History may be right for you.

The online course, offered for free and set to begin September 14, 2020, will cover a wide range of skills needed to become a church historian. 

Those participating will benefit from a new consciousness of their heritage and legacy and be motivated to study their unique stories and proclaim it to those around them. 

The Local Church Historian School is a 12-week long course that allows participants to move at their own pace through a series of exercises. Each week, participants will receive reading material and an assignment(s) via email. They can then move at their own pace to get through the readings and complete the assignment--even if it takes them longer than 12 weeks. During the course, they will have access to an assigned moderator for any questions that might arise as well as access to a closed Facebook group with other course participants. Once completed, the participant will receive a certificate from GCAH.

The Book of Discipline says the GCAH is “to encourage and assist the local churches in preserving their records, compiling their histories and celebrating their heritage….” This school provides United Methodists the opportunity to do just that.

More information and the registration form can be found here. The only prerequisite for the Local Church Historian School is access to dependable email service. (Minimal computer skills are required.)

The General Commission on Archives and History may be contacted by email or by calling 973-408-3189.