Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts – Pigeon/Salem
Pigeon-Salem UMC will host the Lay Servant Ministry course Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts on January 26th and February 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., using the text Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts by Charles V. Bryant. This book offers insight on those particular talents that we receive from the Holy Spirit, “gifts” such as hospitality, healing, service, giving, music, and evangelism. The course will help participants to define spiritual gifts and identify their specific talents toward the goal of building up the body of Christ.
Registration deadline is January 19, 2019. Contact Merry Henderson, registrar, with questions: (989) 447-1874, email@example.com
Lay Pastoral Care Giving (Learning & Leading Learning & Leading) – Swan Valley
For those interested in improving their approach to persons who need a caring presence, Lay Servant Ministry presents a course in Lay Pastoral Care Giving at Swan Valley UMC February 26th, and March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Although expressing care and concern to someone undergoing a stressful life event may seem the most natural thing in the world for those with compassion in their hearts, for some this results in awkward moments and unintended insensitive comments. In his book Lay Pastoral Care Giving, author Tim Farabaugh presents an outline for pastoral care using the gifts of laity in the church, noting the “…realization that [even] most of the clergy had no assistance in the area of pastoral care and felt overwhelmed by their many, sometimes conflicting, responsibilities…” and “…most churches [do not] train in caring ministries.” This course uses ongoing training and accountability meetings to learn appropriate techniques for addressing situations such as illness, suffering, and grief.
Registration deadline is February 19, 2019. Contact Merry Henderson, registrar, with questions: (989) 447-1874, firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Our United Methodist Beliefs – Caro
Time to sign up for Lay Servant Ministry winter classes! Caro UMC offers Living Our United Methodist Beliefs on consecutive Saturdays, February 16th and 23rd, from 9 am to 3 pm. This course explores the basic beliefs and practices of the United Methodist Church to help participants experience a deeper understanding of their Christian faith. Author Kenneth L. Carder, who wrote the participants’ text Living our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, states that “beliefs are to be lived; doctrine is to be practiced.” One reviewer states, “With deep understanding of Wesley’s teaching, [Bishop Carder] inspires us to practice what we preach. That is the United Methodist way.”
Registration deadline is February 9, 2019. Contact Merry Henderson, registrar, with questions: (989) 447-1874, email@example.com
Lay Servants Tell Stories – Elkton
UMC will use Ray Buckley’s text, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith, to study the topic Lay Servants Tell Stories in the winter Lay Servant Ministry course offered on four consecutive Sunday afternoons, January 20th and 27th as well as February 3rd and 10th, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Storytelling has special meaning for people of faith; people share stories about nearly everything. This course will help church leaders understand the importance of storytelling in faith development and how it can enhance ministry. Understanding the role of storytellers as the keepers of beliefs, traditions, history, and values can lead class participants to find new meaning in the stories of the Bible. They will learn techniques of effective storytelling and practice creating stories from their own experience.
Registration deadline is January 13, 2019. Contact Deborah Sturm with questions: (989) 453-2316, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wesley at CMU will offer Leading Worship at its campus ministry site in Mount Pleasant, 1400 South Washington Street, on consecutive Saturdays, March 16th and 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will use Hoyt L. Hickman’s popular book, Worshiping with United Methodists, as study material. The author compares basic United Methodist worship with that of other Christian worship practices. United Methodist principles include: (1) God’s Word is primary; (2) active congregational participation is crucial; (3) spontaneity and order are both important; (4) worship should be relevant and inclusive; and (5) worship is communion. The course gives practical suggestions for revitalizing worship and also helps pastors lead congregations to a more meaningful experience of God through worship.
Registration deadline is March 9, 2019. Contact Merry Henderson, registrar, with questions: (989) 447-1874, email@example.com
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
First UMC in Saginaw will be the site for Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition on May 4th and 11th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Lay Servant Ministry course uses Steve Harper’s study workbook Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition: A Workbook to illustrate ways of incorporating John Wesley’s devotional life into our own daily practice. The workbook addresses prayer, scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting, among other topics outlined in Wesley’s Means of Grace prayer book. As we continue to “grow spiritually through daily discipline,” this study guide also helps with suggestions for organizing meetings and developing successful group study.
Registration deadline is April 26, 2019. Contact Merry Henderson, registrar, with questions: (989) 447-1874, firstname.lastname@example.org