Our District Classes

All courses will be conducted in ZOOM. In order to join a course, participants will need to download the ZOOM app. Prior to the beginning of the class, a meeting ID and password will be sent to all enrollees. It is highly recommended that you use a computer rather than a smartphone for ZOOM sessions. The cost of courses is $42.00 which does not include the book. Individuals will need to purchase their books from Cokesbury, Upper Room Books, Amazon or any vendor where it can be found. All courses will meet for three weeks, and a hybrid format will be used. The hybrid model will require 2 hours of interactive instruction in ZOOM followed by 2 hours of self-guided instruction weekly. At the end of the third week there will be no self-guided instruction. Ten clock hours are required for the completion of a course.

Click to download the Course schedule for Central North District Spring 2021

Polity
Saturday 3/6-3/20 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Facilitator Rev. Eric Powell
The course focuses on the organization and governance of the UMC. It examines the procedures and policies of the United Methodist Church and encourages participants to think of polity as more than rules, regulations and dos and don’ts. Pre-requisite – Lay Servant Basic
Book: The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity and Organization by Laceye Warner

Deadline for Registration March 3, 2021 | To register for a course, go to  https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=606232&

Evangelism
Saturday 3/6-3/20 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Facilitator Darryl Kirkland
The focus of this course is to examine the challenge of evangelism within the local church and to review John Wesley’s approach to evangelism as a valid model of how lay speakers can help local churches develop models for effective evangelism. Discussions will include strategies for making evangelism relational, communal and continuous. Prerequisite – Lay Servant Basic Class
Book: Transforming Evangelism by Henry K. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe, Jr.

Deadline for Registration March 3, 2021 | To register for a course, go to  https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=606232&

Heritage
Saturday 4/10-4/24 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Facilitator Mary Anne Brannon
This course is designed to enable participants to explore the meaning of Methodism, analyze Wesleyan theology and its practical structure and disciplines for the early Methodists, examine Wesleyan understanding of grace and its importance to the movement, and discuss the means of grace and how these disciplines lead to holiness of heart and life. Prerequisite – Lay Servant Basic
Book: Living Our United Methodists Beliefs by Kenneth Carder
Deadline for Registration April 8, 2021 | To register for a course, go to  https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=606232&

For Additional information, contact
Ollie Manley
oimanley48@gmail.com

 

Conference Classes

Online courses are educational opportunities for lay servants to engage in learning opportunities in a virtual environment. The courses are delivered over the Internet using a selected software platform which means that you can take some of the advanced courses from your home, work, or at a time that is most convenient for you within a limited time frame. Online courses are 5 weeks in length, and the time for completing assignments will vary based on individual preparation, involvement and participation. All online courses are open to your schedule with 24/7 access. Participants must purchase the books for all classes. Books may be purchased from Cokesbury, Amazon or your District Director.

Basic Lay Servant Class – via Zoom

Choice of dates and times:
Saturday at 10:00 a.m. February 20 – March 20. Instructors: David Knauft and Amanda Padovano
Monday at 7:00 p.m. February 22 – March 22. Instructors: Kay Haugen and Mary Williams
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. March 2 – March 30. Instructors: Jeanie Enyart and Jay Wansley

The online registration link for the basic course is not yet available. Please email Kay Haugen, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for Northeast District at kayshaugen@gmail.com to let her know you are interested and the time that is most convenient for you. She will send you the link to register as soon as it is available. The link will also be posted on the district and conference websites when it is created.

Cost: $42 plus cost of book

Book is Lay Servant Ministries Participant’s Book (Basic Course) by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson. It is available new, used and on Kindle from Amazon and new from Cokesbury.

Heritage
January 18 – February 22
Mary Williams, Facilitator
This course is designed to enable participants to explore the meaning of Methodism, analyze Wesleyan theology and its practical structure and disciplines for the first Methodists, examine Wesleyan understanding of grace and its importance to the movement, and discuss the means of grace and how these disciplines lead to holiness of heart and life. Prerequisite – Lay Servant Basic Class; Deadline for Registration is January 18. To register for a course, go to: https://na.eventscloud.com/547556

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
February 15 – March 29
Debora Constable, Facilitator
This course will examine the devotional life of John Wesley and emphasis will be placed on how
to apply the discipline that he used in your devotional life. Works of Mercy and Piety will be
examined as both individual and communal practices. Prerequisite – Lay Servant Basic Class; Deadline for Registration is February 15. To register for a course, go to: https://na.eventscloud.com/547556

Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders
March 1 – April 12
Marjorie Woods, Facilitator
This purpose of this course is to help participants examine the mission of the United Methodist Church, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. During the instructions, participants will be provided scriptural foundations of Christian transformational leadership as well as organizational principles that are proven to be effective. Personal and group reflection through the use of forums and discussion posts will be included as a part of the course requirements. Prerequisite – Lay Servant Basic Class; Deadline for Registration is March 1. To register for a course, go to: https://na.eventscloud.com/547556

Spiritual Gifts
May 3 – June 7
Kay Haugen, Facilitator
This course is designed to help participants identify their spiritual gifts and examine spiritually how they can use their gifts to serve others. Prerequisite – Lay Servant Basic Class;  Deadline for Registration is May 3. To register for a course, go to: https://na.eventscloud.com/547556

Course Cost – $42.00 (This does not include books and other resources.)
Courses must be paid for with credit or debit card.

For Additional information, contact
Ollie Manley
oimanley48@gmail.com

Kay Haugen
khaugen@windstream.net

You can download the schedule for the basic class here: Conference Course Announcement Basic

You can download the schedule with this link: Course Schedule 2021