Lay Servant Ministries
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
District Lay Servant Courses
There are no upcoming events at this time.
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.