“John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists understood the importance of Christian community, lay leadership in ministry, small groups and mutual accountability, and supporting the work of Christian formation. Faith was increased, hope confirmed, and persons perfected in love by the system of small groups led by laypeople in the Methodist societies. Men and women learned the basic practices of Christian life and, with regular accountability and support, they grew in love.” ¹
Learn more about Wesley’s theology, his understanding of scripture and the “means of grace,” as well as his “operating principles” and “household rules,” as we explore what it means to be accountable members of the household of God!
Students are required to have Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, by Steven W. Manskar, for this course.
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This two-week Advanced course for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers will use daily journaling, discussion, and an optional Zoom meeting to gain fresh insights into both being part of and preparing to lead accountable small groups. If you have any questions or are unable to post fully through the course, please email the instructor.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers (equivalent 1 CEU).
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Nan Nelson was called into ministry to serve as an itinerant elder in the United Methodist Church and now is a retired elder in full connection. She understands the connection not only between churches, but also the special connections churches have with their communities. She believes that churches in concert with caring communities spread God’s love and grace.
Nan holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. She completed her Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2016. While attending seminary, she served in her first appointment, a one-station United Methodist Church in Northeast Arkansas. She received recognition as Outstanding Evangelist in her district her first year in ministry. Nan has a heart for ministry of the laity and continues to support lay servant ministry in the Southeast District of the Arkansas Conference, where she is appointed to a solo pastorate. She currently serves on the district Committee on Ministry and as a circuit elder and clergy mentor.
Past Students Said…
“Where to begin?! I learned several ways to start and structure an Accountability Group or Partnership. The
review of John Wesley was good. The method of Discussion Board providing opportunity to hear different
ideas from other classmates was helpful . Goal-setting and then tracking how I/we meet those goals was
something I want to put into practice, whether I can get a group or partnership going in my church or not.”
“I learned what accountability is all about, in the early church and now, and how I can use it in all aspects of my
life, not just my faith.”
“The book by Steven W. Manskar is outstanding. I learned so much about terminology definition. The
questions each day involved some deep thinking and need to read scripture. I thoroughly enjoyed this class.
Maybe the best course I’ve taken through BeADisciple.”
“The book, Accountable Discipleship, is an excellent source for this course. The instructor was easy to
communicate with and provided needed materials online.”