Course modules for Certified Lay Minister program

Why does The United Methodist Church do things the way it does? And what does mean to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God? This course will help participants get their bearings and consider the specific challenges The United Methodist Church faces in the 21st century.

Facilitator: Dr. Christine Harman

Faithful Christian discipleship requires a foundation in the core belief and practices of the Christian tradition. This course offers a basic explanation of the beliefs and practices of The United Methodist Church.

Participants will:

  • Discover the place of doctrine in relation to the missional movement known as Methodism.
  • Develop an understanding of Wesleyan theology and its influence on the structure and disciplines for the first Methodists.
  • Acquire knowledge of Methodist history and the formation of other Methodist denominations.
  • Explore the Wesleyan understanding of grace and how it became key to the movement.
  • Describe and discuss the means of grace and how these disciplines lead to holiness of heart and life.

Course Facilitator: Dr. Christine Harman

The purposes of this module are:

  • To provide a basic understanding of leadership, administration, and congregational development, and

  • To explain how to maximize leadership, organization, and resources to bring about faithful and fruitful ministry in various kinds of congregations.

The purposes of this module are:

  • To provide a basic understanding of leadership, administration, and congregational development, and

  • To explain how to maximize leadership, organization, and resources to bring about faithful and fruitful ministry in various kinds of congregations.

Purpose: 

To prepare the certified lay minister to understand the theological and practical issues involved in planning worship in the church.

To prepare the certified lay minister for faith-sharing in preaching the Gospel for an understanding of exegesis, sermon preparation, and delivery. 

To understand the process of faith formation from both an individual and corporate perspective.

To explore the concept of the church as a caring community and the certified lay minister as a leader of that care.

Purpose:

  • To provide a basic overview of the call to ministry, theology, and ordering of ministry in The United Methodist Church; 
  • to explain the role of Certified Lay Minister; 
  • to support the formation of a Mutual Ministry Team for learning and leading in the congregation; 
  • to develop a ministry covenant to guide mission.