Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course (On-line!)
The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in the United Methodist Church. It explores personal spiritual gifts, servant leadership, each leader’s role in developing future leaders, the importance of consistent spiritual practices, the core ministries of Leading, Caring , and Communicating, and much more.
Instructor: Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell Dates: 5 Fridays, Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 2020
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm* *Please enter the Zoom conference about fifteen minutes early, first class, to become familiar with the audio/visual/shared document aspects of an online class.
Where: All participants need a computer or laptop, or smartphone or tablet/ipad, with camera, and internet access. Take this class at home, no need to worry about COVID-19 restrictions! Not sure if your older computer or internet speed will work? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
How does this work: Fill out/send in registration. Prior to the first class, you will receive an email from the instructor with an invitation to the Basic Course. Click on the link in the email, the night of the class. You will be instructed how to accept the Zoom app on your computer (an icon of a white movie camera in a blue square), then you enter the class. The instructor will show you how to activate the microphone, the video, and any document sharing.
Assignment: One chapter per class. Read Chapter 1 prior to our first class and do the Biblical Reflection. Attendance at all five classes is necessary to receive a completion certificate.
Required texts: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Guide (ISBN 97808817762) available from The Upper Room Bookstore or Cokesbury. Available in print or Kindle format. Participant is responsible for purchasing text. Check w/your church for possible scholarships.
Course fee: $10. If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: LSM Course-Basic.
Registration form Deadline: September 7, 2020 Mail to: Many Waters District UMC, PO Box 89, East Winthrop, ME 04343 This class is also open to those in the Katahdin District!
Name: ________________________________________ Date:_________________
Address: _____________________________ Email: ________________________
Phone: ______________________ Home Church:_____________________________
As you prayerfully consider taking this course, please meet and discuss with your pastor. UMC pastor’s approval is required for participants.
Pastor’s Name:_________________________________________ (please print)
Pastor’s Signature: ____________________________________ Date:_______________
Is this your first Lay Servant course? ___Yes If no, recent course/date? _______________