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Ministry with the Forgotten – 5 Weeks!

The Corridor district Lay Servant Ministries team presents the Ministry with the Forgotten with Joey Shelton…

This 10-hour class is divided between five Monday evenings. This course will be offered via Zoom on Mondays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, starting on October 14, 2024 and ending on November 11, 2024. Participants must attend at least four of the five sessions to receive credit for the course.

October 14 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

October 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
October 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
November 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


About the Course:

This course is designed to help laity and clergy deepen their understanding of persons living with dementia and help all maintain their identity and worth as beloved children of God. Confronting the deep personal and theological questions created by loving people with dementia, Carder calls the church to a deeper discipleship defined by the quality of our caring and receiving relationships.

Participants will discover what it means to carry each other’s memories, joys, and diminishments together in community. Through loving practices that nurture and incorporate persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia into the church’s life and ministry, we experience a spiritual wholeness rooted in God’s grace beyond our own strengths and capacities.

Participants will:

  • Be better equipped to minister with people affected by dementia, receiving their gifts and responding to their unique needs;
  • Discover practical ways the contributions of people with dementia can be identified, nurtured, and incorporated into the church’s life and ministry;
  • Deepen their understanding of how those with dementia maintain their identity and worth as beloved children of God.

Order Your Book!

All participants are expected to read Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens, by Kenneth L. Carder, prior to the course.

For questions about the course, please contact Vicki Ambrose (vambrose@nccumc.org), or Allen Burden (ga57burden@gmail.com), Corridor district co-directors of Lay Servant Ministries.

We regret that we are unable to issue refunds or credits of registration fees.

About the Facilitator

Joey Shelton’s professional experience includes 10 years of law practice, 9 years in higher education, and 17 years as pastor of rural and urban UM churches. A native Mississippian, Joey and Bishop Connie Shelton have been married for 37 years. They have 2 adult daughters. Joey is a retired elder from the Mississippi Annual Conference. His last appointment was Dean of the Chapel and Director of Church Relations and the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College where he taught courses in Wesleyan history and theology with emphasis on race and Christian nationalism. His areas of interest include dementia care, Christian nationalism, and racial healing for which he leads workshops in ecumenical, academic, and secular settings.