Trinity United Methodist Church will host the next North District Lay Servant Ministries Academy on Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, 2017.   There will be two separate classes.  You may only sign up for one class. Both classes will begin on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  And, both classes will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend both sessions of your class.

Registration forms are available in your church office.  
Course fee:  $10
Registration Deadline:  September 16, 2017

District Superintendent Rev. Dan Morley  will lead Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course. This is the first course required in becoming a Certified Lay Servant.
The BASIC Course (ISBN 13:9780881776263)

The Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course is fundamental for all courses in lay servant ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.  Completing this course is the first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant.

If you took a basic course several years ago and have not kept your lay servant certification current by completing annual reports and taking advanced courses every three years, you will want to enroll in this course to re-start your lay servant ministry certification.

Rev. Khalif Smith, will lead the advanced course, Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church.  This is an in-depth study and you will want to get your text book AS SOON AS POSSIBLE in order to be prepared for the intense 10-hours of learning.
Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church (IBSN 10: 0687335310/ ISBN 13: 9780687335312)

The Advance Course Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church is an in-depth analysis of the connection between United Methodist polity and theology addresses ways in which historical developments have shaped–and continue to shape–the organization of the church.

All participants are required to purchase their own text books, available from The Upper Room, Cokesbury or Amazon.com.  If you are in touch with others who are enrolling in this Academy, you might consider consolidating your orders into a single order to save on shipping charges.  Please order you books as soon as possible

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