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Several times a year, BeADisciple.com hosts online courses which have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. These are designated by the GBOD logo “Learning and Leading." While anyone is welcome to enroll for a great learning experience only those who have completed the Lay Servant Basic Course and have been certified as UM Lay Servants are eligible for re-certification through these courses. Some of the courses are also approved as advanced courses towards the Lay Speaker status. Listed below are the courses anticipated for 2014. If dates are not listed then dates may have not yet been set. To inquire, email BeADisciple@sckans.edu.

 

For more information on Lay Servant Ministries: LSM Brochure and LSM Flyer from BeADisciple.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first 5 courses listed meet the requirement for Certified Lay Servant (one advanced course every three years.) In addition, these 5 courses meet the requirements for the Lay Speaker status.

 

Leading Public Prayer -- Juy 7-18, 2014 -- $60 -- Session is FULL

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

Prayer is something we learn; it is something that can be taught. For many, however, the only teaching about prayer they ever receive is modeled in Sunday worship.

 

As a Lay Speaker/Servant/Leader, you may find yourself the one leading prayer in worship services, as well as in other settings. It is vital then that you are knowledgeable and lead well. This course led by John Zimmerman may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of leading public prayer.

 

This course follows the required text, Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey (Abingdon Press, 2001). Each participant will need a copy of this workbook and should obtain it well before class begins. The book is not included in the course fee. You will be expected to access the online workshop daily and stay current with the assignments. Therefore, obtain, read, and complete the workbook prior to the start of the course for better time management when the course begins. You will also need access to a United Methodist hymnal during the course.

 

This course has been approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and is the "Leading Prayer" class required for Lay Speaker certification. 1 CEU for clergy and staff is also available.

 

Learning and Leading

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Life Together in the United Methodist Connection -- September 8-23, 2014 -- $60

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

Why does the United Methodist Church do things the way it does? Why is our pastor being reassigned? Why don't we get to vote on our new pastor? How do we get things done, like renovating our building or starting a new ministry? What are the rules - and why are they the rules? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God?

 

Lay Servant Ministries

Both laypeople and clergy are often confused and even frustrated by those questions and more. This class will help newcomers to the U.M.C. get their bearings, and longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st Century. Participants must obtain the book, "Polity, Practice and the Mission of the United Methodist Church" (2006 edition) by Thomas Edward Frank, and the 2012 "United Methodist Book of Discipline." These are not included in the course fee.

 

Participants should be prepared to read assignments and post their reflections on the discussion boards daily, but there is no set time to be online. This is an intense course. Participants are strongly urged to get the book and read it before the class starts, to make the class more relaxed and fun. (Participants also should be very cautious about signing up for this class and Living Our United Methodist Beliefs at the same time.)

 

This class has been approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and is the "Polity" class required for lay speaker certification. 1 CEU for clergy and staff is also available.


This is an intense course. Participants should be cautious about signing up for this class and Living Our United Methodist Beliefs at the same time. The course instructor is Rev. Beth Galbreath.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Living Our United Methodist Beliefs -- September 8-23, 2014 -- $60

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

Lay Servant Ministries

 

The history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of the United Methodist Church for anyone - newcomer or longtime member - who wants to know what's distinctive about being a United Methodist Christian. We'll explore the special gifts of theology, witness and organization that the United Methodist Church brings to the Church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st Century church.

 

The course instructor is Rev. Beth Galbreath.


This class is one of the core Lay Servant Ministries classes, but everyone is welcome! Participants must obtain the book, "Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way," by Bishop Kenneth Carder (it is not included in the course fee). Other materials will be downloaded.

 

Participants should be prepared to read assignments and post their reflections on the discussion boards daily, but there is no set time to be online. This is an intense course. Participants are strongly urged to get the book and read it before the class starts, to make the class more relaxed and fun. (Participants also should be very cautious about signing up for this class and Life Together in the United Methodist Connection at the same time.)

 

This class has been approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and is the "History/Heritage" class required for lay speaker certification. 1 CEU for clergy and staff is also available.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts -- July 28 to August 10, 2014 -- $60

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

Lay Speakers, Lay Servants, and all participants in the Body of Christ depend on the spiritual gifts God has given them. Those gifts differ but they provide the foundation for whatever ministry we do. Learn more about your spiritual gifts – and how to help your congregation learn more about their spiritual gifts – in this two-week workshop.

 

Participants will interact (including online discussions, watching videos, and real-time group sessions) throughout the two weeks in order to earn their 10 contact hours. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of people registering for these workshops, participants must commit to posting on at least 3 weekdays each week. (Weekends are available for catch-up of ONLY 1-2 days postings.) If you are not able to post on at least 3 weekdays each week, please wait for a workshop when your schedule will permit full participation. Please see BeADisciple guidelines for refunds and “rollover” options before registering for this workshop.

Learning and Leading

 

The only material participants will need to order will be the Discipleship Resources book, Each One a Minister, by William J. Carter. It is highly recommended that you read the book before the online course begins. This will help with time-management. The book is not included in the course fee; it must be ordered separately.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Your Ministry of Leading Worship 101 -- July 7-30, 2014 -- $75 -- Session is FULL

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

Do you read Scripture or lead the people in prayers on Sunday morning? Would you like to prepare to do “pulpit supply”?

 

This course will focus on basic understandings of worship and on gaining insights into skills for Lay Servants and fulfill requirements for Lay Speaker Certification. If you currently help with leading worship or would like to prepare for such leadership, this course is for you. Particular emphasis will be given to your role in relation to other leaders and the congregation. We will explore history and practice of Christian liturgy, planning worship, and various settings and approaches where Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers may lead worship. In addition, we will overview the work of reading Scripture, leading prayer, distribution of the elements at the Lord’s Supper, and basic do’s and don’ts of effective worship leadership. Deacons, elders/presbyters, and lay worship leader coordinators are also welcome, particularly with an eye to doing local training and providing support to lay readers/assisting ministers in their local church settings. While the course is specifically for United Methodists, laity from other denominations are welcome.

 

The course is offered by Daniel Benedict . Participants should plan on spending approximately one hour a day working through materials. There is no textbook for this course; all materials are included.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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The following courses are advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries which meet the requirement for Certified Lay Servant (one advanced course every 3 years.)

 

Biblical Storytelling I -- August 18 to September 2, 2014 -- $55

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, but it is designed for everyone!

 

Learning the sacred stories of Scripture by heart and sharing them with others is both an ancient-future art and a powerful spiritual practice. This workshop’s methods, developed by the Network of Biblical Storytellers International, are for everyone who wishes to learn, to tell and to connect with God and other people through sacred story – yes, you can do it too! By the end of the two-week workshop you will be able to share at least one text with others by heart, and you will understand how this completely non-technological art fits into a digital-communications world. Whether you work with children in Sunday School or dream of bringing Scripture to life in worship or elsewhere, your ministry and your spirit will be enriched by this art.

 

Read a past participant testimony regarding this course.

 

Learning and Leading

Participants will learn to prepare, learn, and tell a Biblical text by heart (not “memory”) using the methods of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International. The workshop is taught by NBS vice president and United Methodist deacon Beth Galbreath. There is a daily assignment (except Sundays), usually involving a short document to read, work on your story, and online discussion.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Come to the Table -- August 18 to September 2, 2014 -- $55

 

Learning and Leading

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.


Deepen your own and your congregation's understanding and practice of Holy Communion, or begin a Eucharistic ministry, through this wide-ranging study of _This Holy Mystery_, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official U.M. documents to include art, music, film and video resources to enrich our understanding and participation in the sacrament. Recent conversation in the UMC about the Table in the digital age will be included.

 

Participants will need a Bible and U.M. Hymnal and, if possible, a Book of Worship; other materials will be downloaded. Class members should be prepared for daily reading, reflection and online discussion. This study is guaranteed to deepen your experience of Holy Communion, providing resources and ideas for all, both laypeople and clergy, who plan and lead worship and provide pastoral care. This class is approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and CEU's for clergy are available.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Come to the Waters -- August 18 to September 2, 2014 -- $55

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

Deepen your congregation's experience of baptism, confirmation and reaffirmation of baptism through this wide-ranging study of By Water and the Spirit, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official United Methodist teaching document on baptism. The class considers preparation of adults for baptism and the unique challenges of the digital age.

 

Participants will need a Bible and a U.M. Hymnal; other materials will be downloaded. Class members should be prepared for daily reading, reflection and online discussion. This study is guaranteed to deepen your experience of baptism, providing resources and ideas for all, both laypeople and clergy, who plan and lead worship or teach confirmation or new member classes.

 

This class is approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and CEU's for clergy are available.

Multimedia Tech in Worship

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Growing Spiritually Through Daily Discipline -- Look for this again in 2014

 

Do you want to grow in your faith journey?
Do you want to help others grow in their faith journey?

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

This seven-week course uses the texts Grow Spiritually Through Daily Discipline and Devotional Life in Wesleyan Tradition (Steve Harper). These are not included in the course fee and must be ordered separately. Participants will be guided in discerning God's direction for their lives, practicing daily disciplines, and reaching out in love. Participants will participate in weekly class discussions based on their readings and will also experience an online small accountability group. The course will be led by Debra Dickerson. Participants are responsible for getting their own texts.

 

Participants will need to purchase the texts prior to the start of the workshop.  Participants will be expected to be actively involved in the classroom (online) a minimum of three times per week.  The accountability group assignments will be divided by gender unless there are not enough enrolled to make a group.

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

Multimedia Tech in Worship

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Multimedia Technology in Worship for the Church Volunteer 101 -- $60

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

The use of multi-media technology in worship is growing at an exponential rate. Congregations of all sizes are acknowledging the gift of media technology; however very few have access to formal training.

 

Rev. John Zimmerman brings 25 years of pastoral ministry and his gift of implementing multi-media technology in worship to this seminar. Students will be introduced to the hardware and software in worship technology and discover their ability to plan, create and implement technology in a worship setting. The workshop will also help the student learn about worship itself and the role of technology in design, appropriateness and excellence. Special consideration will be given to budget and a low-cost approach to technology implementation.

 

This workshop is designed for the church volunteer or pastor who would classify themselves as “beginners” in multi-media experience. (Please note that since the workshop utilizes some software that is windows-based MAC users may find some limitations.)

 

The course content will include:

  • Intro to Worship Theory
    Vision-casting, resources, structure
    Budget
    Projectors, computers, sound
    Multi Media graphic resources
    Worship presentation software
Multimedia Tech in Worship

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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Biblical Storytelling II -- Look for again in 2015

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

This workshop expands on the methods taught in Biblical Storytelling I. It explores a number of storytelling genres as well as telling the Biblical text, including midrash, chancel drama, first-person storytelling, puppetry, and more. The workshop also offers specific ideas for learning tough passages, using and not abusing voice and body, and enhancing tellings with props, digital media and more, with children and adults. It also suggests ways to deepen your practice of this art as a personal spiritual discipline. Anyone who is already practicing the art of storytelling, Biblical or secular, is welcome; Biblical Storytelling I is an excellent starting place for those new to the art but is not required. In this three-week workshop you will dive deeper into developing your unique storytelling “voice,” expand your technique and polish your art.

 

Biblical Storytelling I is not a prerequisite for Biblical Storytelling II, but previous storytelling experience is highly recommended.

 

The workshop is offered by experienced storyteller, Beth Galbreath. There is a daily assignment (except Sundays), usually involving a short document to read and online discussion. There is also online exploration and creative work. You will get your money's worth!

Learning and Leading

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

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