Called to Preach is designed for those who have not had formal preaching training or who seek a basic refresher course. It is the required preaching course in the lay speaker track of study, covering topics like choosing scripture, finding a focus, writing and presenting the sermon.
This online version of Called to Preach additionally includes training for those who are navigating the challenges of preaching in Zoom or similar online environments. It will cover topics like situating your computer, arranging your background, using microphones, and engaging with the camera. The course requires computer skills, using Assignments, Discussion Boards, and Blogs in Blackboard.
There are two required 90-minute Zoom meetings in each session of the course. You need to choose and enroll into the option for which meeting time works best for you. One option is two consecutive Fridays at 8-9:30pm Eastern time; the other option is two consecutive Saturdays at 11am-12:30pm Eastern time. Each option has a different enrollment button so be sure you click on the correct button when enrolling for this course.
This course will use the book From Pew to Pulpit: A Beginner’s Guide to Preaching, Clifton F. Guthrie
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This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers. You are advised to contact your conference or district LSM office to make sure this course is approved for you.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Rev. Beth Perry began preaching as a Lay Speaker in the mid-1980’s. She preached weekly through two-decades of pastoral ministry and has continued to be a frequent guest preacher. She has also preached through the pandemic in Zoom, Facebook, pre-recorded videos, and streamed services. She has been leading Called to Preach since Discipleship Ministries approved the online version for BeADisiciple. Several of her other courses are also approved as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries and meet requirements towards lay speaker status.