Spiritual Gifts is a course recommended for all Lay Servants and a requirement for all persons desiring to become Lay Speakers. Two weeks in length with approximately 1 hour per day required.

Participants will:

  • Discover the nature of spiritual gifts through bible study and reflection
  • Relate spiritual gifts to the overall life of the church and to the means of grace
  • Discover one’s own spiritual gifts and examine their definitions
  • Develop a plan to implement the use of spiritual gifts as an element of leader development and deployment in the local church

Participants must be very comfortable with using a computer (email, using text dialog boxes, understanding and following links) to be successful in this course. Also, computer must have speakers for audio presentations. Class size limited to 15 persons. Course fee: $30.00 (payable through PayPal) plus text. Required text can be purchased through Cokesbury by clicking on this link. The course text is NOT included in the course fee.

Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards - a Lay Servant Course in Stewardship. Stewardship is about more than meeting the budget and this course examines how it can be an expression of the ways disciples live out the Gospel and treat all God has entrusted to us. 

REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 3 AND CLOSES APRIL 12

The intent of this course is to build awareness in the church regarding issues around disability, to call the church to provide full accessibility to services and opportunities, and to promote advocacy for justice for people with disabilities.

Participants will:

  • Identify collective and individual attitudes about disability that divide the body of Christ and to consider attitudes that bind us together.
  • Recognize the role that environmental modifications, technology, and task adaptations play in enabling many persons with disabilities to live full, satisfying lives.
  • Grow in understanding that disability ministry means an attitude of integration in which there is no place for “us” and “them,” and all persons are welcomed and assimilated as members of the body of Christ.
  • Be prepared to advocate in one’s local church and community to improve accessibility and integration.

A study designed to explore expansive language – the names, images and ways God has been revealed to us in Scripture. Through study, participants can strengthen their personal relationship with God by removing barriers of human limitations from our understanding of who God is.

This course will explore The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church and their impact on our call to discipleship. Course will be 4 weeks in length. Participants must be very comfortable with using a computer (email, using text dialog boxes, understanding and following links) to be successful in this course. 

Upon conclusion, learners will be able to:

    • Explain the relationship of the Social Principles to the Bible and their roots in the Wesleyan tradition as expressed through The United Methodist Church as a “means of grace”
    • Describe key positions of the Social Principles addressing The Natural World, The Nurturing Community, The Social Community, The Economic Community, The Political Community, and The World Community and correlate their statements with the lived out practice of ministry for individuals and local churches
    • Create a hospitable climate for teaching and practicing the Social Principles

Text for course: Each participant will need to purchase a copy of The Social Principles. Course fee: $25 payable with registration (does not include course text).

REGISTRATION OPEN: August 16, 2016
COURSE DATES: September 6 - October 3

In Ministry with Boomers and Beyond - a Lay Servant Course in Older Adult Ministry. This course will help you learn much about the aging process and the developmental stage of older adulthood. It will also offer new ways of helping your congregation develop an intentional and comprehensive ministry by, with, and for older adults. 

The goals for this course are to provide the knowledge and skills to assist local churches in living its ministries in a Safe Sanctuaries® way. If your church has an existing policy, we will give you ideas on how to keep that policy vital and in front of the congregation. If your church does not have a Safe Sanctuaries® policy, we challenge you to lead the way in creating and adopting a policy as well as developing a plan of training church members in that policy.

The required text for the course is "Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth" by Joy Thornburg Melton. Please order it from Cokesbury as soon as you register for the course so it has time to be sent to you. Reading is required for successful course completion.

Participants can expect to spend approximately 1 hour per day completing course assignments. Daily activities do not require simultaneous participation. Rather, each learner can engage the activities at a time of day most convenient for them. The course includes videos so participants will need working speakers on their computer for viewing. Course fee is $30 in addition to the separate purchase of the text.