LAY SERVANT MINISTRY UPDATE - January 21, 2021
The Granite District Lay Servant Ministry team is excited to let you know that we are planning another Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course and an advanced course to be started before spring 2021. The Courses will be held virtually. We had a very successful virtual Basic Course at the end of 2020 and we learned some things to help us improve this next one and the advanced course using lessons learned from our first attempt.
Basic Course Description:
God calls every Christian to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson discuss processes to help individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. They encourage each person to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous types of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles. Throughout the study, thoughtful questions provide excellent opportunities for individual consideration and group discussion.
This course will happen in 5 two hour virtual meetings. If internet connections are a problem where you are, is there a possibility for distanced virtual learning in your local church or library?
The team is looking to provide at least one advanced course that will prompt interest for those in need of a course to maintain their certification or for those just recently completing the Basic course. We are considering at least one of the following. “Living Our UMC Beliefs”, “A Call to Preach”, “Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition”, “Justice in Everyday Life”, “Wesleyan Theology of Money”, or something on Conflict Resolution, or Prayer. We are currently looking to line up trainers to help us determine the exact plan. A summary of most of these options can be found at https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lay-servant-ministries-catalog The advanced course(s) will also be virtual.
Stay tuned! We look forward to helping you.
Pastor Scott Masters, Clergy Co-Chair
Callie Sue McMahon, Laity Co Chair
Lay Servant Ministry Committee Granite District