Lay Servant Ministries

GBC

Growing the Beloved Community

Growing the Beloved Community is a new curriculum that is being offered through Portico as an Advanced Course for Lay Speakers, Lay Servants, and Certified Lay Ministers. This 8-session course earns 1 CEU and is approved by the Susquehanna Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries.

The course is designed to be used by individuals or small groups by watching each video presentation and following the directions to interact with each other and the downloadable Participant’s Guide. Other instructors can use the videos for their own preparation and teach using the Participant’s Guide.
To earn 1 CEU, the required reading is to choose one of the following books:
1. John Lewis’s - Across That Bridge (session 1)
2. Tod Bolsinger’s - Tempered Resilience (session 4)

To find this course, log in and register on Portico. Once registered, click on the Catalog tab, then scroll down the page to the individual courses. Growing the Beloved Community is listed there. Click on the icon to enroll in the course.

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Lay Servant Ministries, Kim Shockley - kshockley@susumc.org.

GROW slides

GROW! - Living as Spiritual Transformational Leaders

The GROW! is designed to meet the criteria for use by Lay Servant Ministries as well as within the life of leadership in a local church.  It specifically addresses best practices for leading in liminal spaces – caught between what used to work and what we don’t know will work yet.

The focus for the first four sessions is on the development of personal leadership practices.  The second four sessions look more closely at personal leadership within community.

Learn more about the GROW!

District Lay Servant Courses

Altoona - Spring 2024

Harrisburg - Summer 2024

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - Spring 2024

State College - Spring 2024

Upcoming Events

April 28, 2024 - Service & Social Gathering for lay servants of Harrisburg District

2023 Laity Session

The Laity Session of the Susquehanna Annual Conference was held Saturday, May 13, 2023 in two sessions and was led by Conference Lay Leader Joyce Davis with the Board of Laity. Rev. Dr. Kathleen E. Kind led the first session. Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Sandra Steiner Ball opened the second session. Additional Speakers included: Liz Lennox, Director of Communications, Rev. Karen Weiss, and Rev. Michelle R. Bodle.

Laity Session 2022 (video)
- "Art of Christian Hospitality" PowerPoint Presentation played during session

District Lay Servant Training

Conference Lay Leader

Joyce Davis

jdavis@susumc.org

Associate Conference Lay Leader

Christina McDermott

cmcdermott718@gmail.com

Director of Lay Servant Ministries

Kim Shockley

District Lay Leaders

Altoona

Ken Bodle

kdmcjo@atlanticbb.net

Harrisburg

Dennis Helsel

helsed@chowan.edu

 

Lewisburg

Jessica Olenginski

jolenginski@ptd.net

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

John Clary

swbdll@susumc.org

State College

Sherry Barth

sherrybarth54@yahoo.com

Williamsport

Candice Chase

chasec424@gmail.com

York

Beth Zeiler

rbzeiler83@gmail.com

District Lay Servant Ministry Committee Chairpersons

Altoona

Alice Brady
bookbiddy@hotmail.com

Harrisburg

Joanne Konick-McMahan

jkonick-mcmahan@susumc.org

 

Lewisburg

Susan Knorr

sknorr@susumc.org

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

John Clary

swbdll@susumc.org

 

State College

Sherry Barth

sherrybarth54@yahoo.com

Rick Conklin

rconklin@susumc.org

Williamsport

Gail Vaughan (chair)

nvaughan@ptd.net

Cathy Dawes (vice-chair)

cdawes@susumc.org

York

Beth Zeiler

rbzeiler83@gmail.com