Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministry Courses: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection

Lay Servant MinistriesAll laity are invited to participate in Lay Servant Ministries courses, not just persons seeking to become a Certified Lay Servant.

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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? How do we get things done, like renovating our building or starting a new ministry? What are the rules – and why are they the rules? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God?

Both laypeople and clergy are often confused and, even, frustrated by those questions and more. This class will help newcomers to The UMC get their bearings and longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st Century. Online course participants will need the textbook, Polity, Practice and the Mission of The United Methodist Church (in the latest edition available) by Thomas Edward Frank, and the latest United Methodist Book of Discipline. 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. (Getting and reading the book before the class starts, if possible, will make the class more relaxed and fun.)

TEXT

Participant:
Polity, Practice and the Mission of The United Methodist Church (2006 ed.)
by Thomas Edward Frank
ISBN: 978-0687335312 • $18.84
(Available from Cokesbury; also available for Kindle at Amazon.com)

United Methodist Book of Discipline 2016
ISBN 13: 9781501833212 • $23.99 hardcover
ISBN 13: 9781501833229 • $23.99 ebook
(Available from Cokesbury; also available for Kindle at Amazon.com)

Leader:
Life Together in the United Methodist Connection

by Beth Galbreath
DR701 • $10.00
Available from Upper Room Bookstore

SCHEDULED

  • August 4 and 11, 2018: Metro District, site TBD. Contact Susan Grant to register.

General Information about Advanced Courses

Advanced courses equip the laity for service in many facets of lay ministry and congregational leadership. Completion of one Advanced Course after the Basic Course is required to become a Certified Lay Servant. Specified Advanced Courses are required to achieve the designation of Lay Speaker.

Texts can be ordered through Cokesbury.com or Amazon.com (use ISBN order #) or Upper Room Bookstore (use DR item #)

Watch for these symbols next to the course title:

North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Core Advanced Courses are recommended as your first advanced LSM courses after the Basic Course is completed.
North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Meets a requirement for Lay Speaker designation
North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Meets a requirement for course instructor accreditation

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