LAY SERVANT MINISTRY UPDATE - February 17, 2021
The Granite district Committee on Lay Servant Ministry (CLSM) is currently in the process of preparing to hold the following advanced courses (virtually) which will be lead by the folks listed beside the course name. The timing of the courses will be sometime after Easter.
A summary of most of the above classes can be found at https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lay-servant-ministries-catalog The advanced course(s) will also be virtual.
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.
For some of us, one benefit to the COVID-19 pandemic is our ability to do virtual classes. If you are in an area where internet is hard to get, maybe you could investigate having a socially distance and masked group attend a virtual training at a local church with dependable internet, the town library, or any location nearby with enough space and reliable internet. These are just ideas for those of you in these areas, I am by no means knowledgeable about you challenges with that and just trying to level the playing field to accommodate more. .
If you have questions please ask. I've listed the participant books only if there is an instructor available. If you are interested and qualified to teach a course or know someone who is, let me know. If you are interested in taking the basic course or an advanced course please contact Callie McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for more specifics.
Callie McMahon Co-chair Granite District Lay Servant Ministry
Karen Cassidy, Co-Chair Granite District Lay Servant Ministry
Lay Servant Ministry Committee Granite District