Our Spring Lay Academy/Ministry Conference is being held on April 6, 2019 this year, so mark that date in your calendars and spread the word!
We will be offering some new and exciting courses, and, of course, it is a great way to share ministries and interact with Lay Servants, Lay Speakers, and Lay Ministers from all over our District.
We are planning to offer the BASIC course, Advanced Preaching, Leading Worship, Living as United Methodist Christians, Conflict Resolution, and Church Outreach: Website. This may be the only Academy we do this year, so encourage your lay servants to be in prayerful consideration on what they should take.
One exciting class that we are offering new for lay servant credit is the Church Outreach: Website course. We are also pleased to be able to open this course up to ANYONE (not just lay servants) whose church has prayerfully considered stepping out into their community via the internet with a website presence. Anyone who is interested should contact the District office or contact me directly for more information as soon as possible to discuss what is required to get things set up before the training.
As we know, ministry isn’t just a clergy endeavor; all Christians are called to serve. Laity serve on the front line of evangelical living and are the foundations of our local churches.
As we work our way through 2019, we continue to look at new & exciting ways to intentionally engage others in service to their church and community and to utilize their spiritual gifts in a big way.
One way to do this may be through the Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC course. This course isn’t a “preaching” course (like we used to teach it) but will equip laity to better lead and work with others, while understanding more about the United Methodist Church, not only in the local church, but also in the community and throughout the world. It is always offered during one of our Lay Academies or can be taught in your churches as a weekly study or day course, so please encourage your church leaders and other laity to take this course.
Also, if you have any questions about any of this or the Academy in general, please let me know. I can be reached at 304-745-3676 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook Messenger at Jim Minutelli. Our Academy brochure will be going out in the mail soon and be available on our website www.wesleyandistrictumc.org.
Take care all, and blessings,
Jim Minutelli, CLM
Wesleyan District Coordinator of Lay Ministry