As Christians, we are all called into ministry. Our ministries may be through our gifts of hospitality, service, teaching, leading, and/or many other areas. A Local Lay Servant is someone who is an active member of the UMC, is ready to learn about how to serve God’s people in a more meaningful way, and who has completed the Basic Lay Servant course. The Basic Lay Servant Course will help these persons better understand the structure of the UMC, our church’s heritage and improve their their skills for service. All Lay Servant Courses equip persons for ministry and inspire us into a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.
All classes will be held from 9am-5pm at Central United Methodist Church, Rogers. The class fee is $20 plus cost of the book. Books can be purchased from http://bookstore.upperroom.org Class leaders will send detailed information after the registration deadline.
Advanced Class: Start Here: Leading and Teaching Adults (Deadline to register December 16th) * Date: January 7th * Time: 9am-5pm
Start Here is intended for anyone who is or would like to be involved with educational/discipleship ministries (i.e. Sunday school, Life Groups, Bible studies, etc.) Participants do not need to be seeking Lay Servant status to attend this class or have taken the Basic LS Class. This class seeks to bring experienced, new and potential teachers and leaders together for study and discussion so that we can all become more competent in teaching and leading in a classroom or small group setting. Start Here will help people create learning environments where adults can grow in faith. Based on some of the newest research on faith development and adult learning, Start Here offers practical, down-to-earth teaching strategies for adult learners.
Basic Class: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course (Deadline to register is February 4th) * Date: February 18th * Time: 9am-5pm
God calls every Christian to a life of servant hood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. Each person is encouraged 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.
Advanced Class: United Methodist Heritage (Deadline to register February 4th
Date: February 18th) Time 9am-5pm * Required for Lay Speaker Track
Participants will discuss the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st - century church.
Advanced Course: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity,
Practice and Mission of the UMC) (Deadline to register is April 8th) Date: April 22nd * Time: 9am-5pm * Required for Lay Speaker Track
This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of the United Methodist Church. It is a comprehensive description of the distinctive practices of the people called Methodist, as well as a reminder of our rich heritage, doctrine and polity.
For more information, contact Karen Anderson in the church office.