Spring Lay Servant Classes

 

Classes are free - order your own book and bring a sack lunch. 

Classes with fewer than 5 people will be canceled.

You must attend both full days to earn credit for the class.  

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

Basic Course

March 18 & March 25 (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)

9am-3pm

Kalamazoo Westwood UMC

led by Rev. Sandra Bibliomo

Required book: ISBN # 9780881776263, Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson

This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts 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.

 

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage)

March 25 & April 1 (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)

9am-3pm

Kalamazoo Westwood UMC

led by Rev. Dr. Wayne Price

Required book: ISBN# 9780881775716, Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder

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 where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church.

 

God’s Mission… Our Journey

April 22 & May 13 (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)

9am-3pm

Gobles UMC

led by Pastor Lisa Batten

Required book: ISBN# 9780881776690, A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.

 

Justice in Everyday Life

May 6 & May 20 (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)

9am-3pm

Coloma UMC

led by Deacon Cora Glass

Required book: ISBN# 9781426766138, Social Principles of The United Methodist Church (contact the District Office for a free copy)

This course looks at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.

 

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity)

May 6 & May 20 (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)

9am-3pm

Coloma UMC

led by Rev. David Hills

Required book: ISBN# 9781426767173, The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of The 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended for this course.

 

You Can Preach!

May 6 & May 20 (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)

9am-3pm

Coloma UMC

led by Rev. Ron VanLente

Required book: ISBN# 9780881773842, Go Preach! by John P. Gilbert

This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence.