According to the 2016 Book of Discipline, there are three categories of persons who are required to take classes. These categories are Certified Lay Ministers (need a ten-hour class yearly), Certified Lay Speakers (those who took Basic in the past and have maintained their status with a minimum of a ten-hour class in the last three years), and Certified Lay Servants (those who have completed EGP and are staying current with an additional ten-hour class within the last three years). All three groups are required to fill out a form for Charge Conference each year and to meet with either the DCOM (for CLM) or the Lay Servant Committee at a “Meet and Greet Event” once every three years (both other groups).
Fall Class being offered
Dates: October 13 & 27, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Muncy First UMC, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy, PA
Class: “Practical Evangelism”
Instructor: Pastor Cathy Dawes
Practical Evangelism is a 10-hour advanced course being offered (split between two Saturdays) to certified lay servants and speakers, CLM’s and anyone who wants to take “the scary” out of evangelism and learn a practical approach for sharing the gospel with their communities.
Are the streets our sanctuary? Are our communities our congregation? Answered honestly, most churches would have to say, “no.” Yet even John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, is known for saying, “the world is our parish.” How do we turn our attention away from internal issues and opportunities and more toward those who aren’t members of our congregations? How can we make our events more compelling for those who aren’t part of our church? Using the book Walking with Nehemiah by Joseph Daniels, we will try and answer these questions by learning how to explore our communities and have a simple conversation that could open doors or lead to pathways into our immediate world…the neighborhoods in which we live. No knocking on doors required and no passing of bible tracts needed.
You will need a notebook, "Walking with Nehemiah" by Joseph Daniels and your Bible … Walking shoes are optional.
The book "Walking with Nehemiah" is available on Cokesbury and Amazon.
Please bring your own lunch
REGISTRATION FORM (please print)
District Fall Classes - October 13 & 27 at Muncy First UMC
Please make check for $25 payable to “Williamsport District UMC”
and mail with registration form to:
Sue Heyler, Registrar,
317 Linck Hill Road
Morris, PA 16938
In addition to the classes being offered by our district there are others offered throughout the conference.
There are also online courses available through the Board of Global Ministries: www.beadisciple.com/Lay-servantministries. These courses vary length and cost.