In His last days, Jesus took on the role of a servant to wash the feet of his disciples, an act of extreme humility and grace. We sometimes overlook the importance of what this simple act conveysto our ministries and our lives, and, in turn, the impact it has to those around us. The disciples were embarrassed to have Jesus wash their feet. In fact, Peter refused at first. This was an incredible act of hospitality, and Jesus used it as a great teaching tool for his disciples and for us today.
“Service through Action” was the theme for the Wesleyan District’s Spring 2018 Lay Ministry Academy, held on April 14th at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Buckhannon, WV, during the 50 days of Easter.
The day began at 8:00am with breakfast and opening Worship. Lay Servant Penny Gage of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church delivered a great message, centered around how, in the ministry of the lay servant, our own desires often need to take a backseat to our service. CLM candidate Elizabeth Jarrett shared scripture and our District Superintendent Mary Ellen Finegan led us in Holy Communion.
Forty-two lay servants, including nine taking the basic Intro to Lay Ministry course for the first time, attended the day-long event; others took courses in Leading Prayer, Living Our United Methodist Beliefs, and Caring for Those Who Grieve.
Fifteen others continued their journey through Module 1 of the Certified Lay Minister training track, the Wesleyan District’s first face-to-face, classroom-based CLM series of courses, which will continue through 2018.
We want to thank all of our instructors – Pastor Brian Boley, Rev. Mark Smith, Pastor Gary McGrew, and Rev. Brian Seders – for their support and guidance today, as we couldn’t have done it without them.
Special thanks to Rev. Helen Oates and her staff at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Jo Criss, Judy Knorr, Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan, the Wesleyan District Committee on Lay Ministry, and everyone else that made our Spring Academy a success.