The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This course is designed to help lay servants, as well as other church leaders, consider some of the basic requirements of Christian transformational leaders in responding to this mission. Each chapter is based on scriptural foundations that undergird disciplines of Christian transformational leadership as well as best practice models of leadership with a specific emphasis on congregational vitality.
This course is a ten-hour offering for people who are seeking advanced certification as part of their lay servant training. Learners will engage in study of Scripture, self-evaluation of current leadership skills and disciplines, and discernment of new practices for leadership development. The course is intended to help participants engage in personal and group reflection and assessment.
Learners will need to obtain this book: Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders
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This class has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 2
Required book: Yes
Certification or Series: Yes (Lay Servant Ministries)
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About the Instructor
Mrs. Darla M. Thieler is the founder of Remnant Ministries, a multi-faceted outreach ministry founded in 1982. A Local Evangelist and Certified Lay Speaker with the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, she serves as a Bible teacher, conference leader, inspirational speaker, praise & worship leader, composer, theater arts performer/director, and much more. She began teaching with BeADisciple in 2017 where she has received certifications in instruction and evangelism, and she has online teaching experience with her local community college. Darla also serves as Director of Music for Calvin United Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).
The heart of Remnant Ministries began with the ministry at the juvenile detention centers. Raised in the United Methodist tradition, Darla’s life changed forever when she attended a Christian concert at a district event at 13. Believing that every person is precious to God, Darla and her husband, George, continue sharing this same message of hope at every opportunity. Darla’s heartfelt desire is to bring glory and honor to God. Her prayer is that through the Living Word of God, others will come to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and all God’s children will be encouraged to make a deeper commitment to grow in their relationship with Him.