Lay Servant Academy Classes/ for NW District LSA at Cross WInd 3/4/2023
Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course: This course is required for those seeking to become a Certified Lay Servant, a Certified Lay Speaker, or a Certified Lay Minister. This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and 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 their discipleship. The instructor is Barbara Kleinofen, Certified Lay Speaker. The required text is: Lay Servant Ministries-Basic Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson. It is available through Amazon for $11.00 and in Kindle version. Participants are required to read the book prior to the class.
Living Our United Methodist Beliefs: This course is REQUIRED for those seeking to become Certified Lay Speakers or Certified Lay Ministers. This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got to where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the church today. The required participant’s book is: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder. It is available through Amazon for $13.00 and in Kindle format for $9.99. Participants are expected to have read the book prior to the class. The class will be taught by Rev. Tim Powers
Lay Pastoral Care Giving: This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God’s love and care to others. It helps to answer the question: “How do we learn to care for others in the community-whether the community of faith or the extended community?” This class is helpful for those interested in starting a lay pastoral ministry in their churches and for those who are already involved in that ministry. The required text is Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Timothy M. Farabaugh. It is available through Amazon for $18.00. Participants are expected to have read the book prior to the class. The instructor is Pastor Branden Scott.