Designed for Part-Time Local Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course covers Wesleyan Theology in terms that are practical and relevant for the average church member. The three-fold aspects of prevenient, justifying and sanctifying grace will be explained in terms that show how they operate throughout the Christian journey. The course will also explain the concepts of entire sanctification and Arminianism and why they still matter today. Topics to be covered include the relationship between prevenient, justifying and sanctifying grace; how grace works, both before and after justification; applying the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to one’s spiritual and vocational life as well as the life of the church; and clarifying entire sanctification and its importance in the Christian journey.
Course content is delivered primarily through an interview with Rev. Amy Yarnall, pastor of Wesley UMC in Dover, DE, and a member of the Wesley Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. There are also two live online sessions (Thursday at 5-6pm EDT & Monday at 5-6pm EDT) where the instructor presents material and interacts with students. The sessions are required, but they are recorded, so live attendance is not mandatory.
This course is one of the required courses for the Certificate in Congregational Leadership (CCL) program and is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Jack Shitama is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and currently serves as the executive director at Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville, MD. He is also the minister-in-residence for the Center for Clergy Excellence at Pecometh. He was president of the International Association of Conference Center Administrators from 2003-2007 and served on the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association Board from 2007-2015 as vice-chair (2011-2013) and chair (2013-2015).
Jack is the author of Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety. His focus on leadership development is based on his own experience using a family systems approach to effective leadership. He is an avid learner with a passion for taking the most recent secular learnings and applying them to spiritual leadership.
Past Learners Said…
“This class clarified our Wesleyan theology in a very precise and understandable way and will make it even easier for me to articulate who we are theologically to members and non-members alike. Another superb class taught in a very open and accessible way.”
“This was my first online class, and I was really impressed that you could get so much information in this format. The class itself, while providing information on the subject, also invoked a lot of thought on the subject. I especially appreciated the manner in which the class was presented — interviews with Amy Yarnall as well as PowerPoint presentation by the instructor.”
“The selection of interviewees for all the classes has been so rich in content…you really got what I consider “A-list” folks in their areas of expertise.”
“Excellent content. Relevant and applicable to ministry.”