Fall 2018 Lay Servant Ministries Courses

John Wesley United Methodist Church is the location for the Ohio River Valley District's next offering of Lay Servant Ministry courses. They will take place on Friday, September 28 from 6:30-9pm (dinner served at 6:00) and Saturday, September 29 from 8:30am-4:30pm (breakfast served at 8:00). The following classes will be offered:

Lay Servant Ministries (Basic Course) Instructor: Jennifer Fry, CLM
God has called you to a life of service as a disciple of Jesus Christ ... Ministries of the lay service is the first step that many lay people take towards the beginning of their journey of faith in their effort to seek a more intimate relationship with the Lord.  The Lay Service Ministries Basic Course is designed to be an introductory training experience for new leaders of the church, while representing a renewal experience for leaders who have long served in the United Methodist Church. This course explores:
• Personal spiritual gifts
• The server leadership
• The role of each leader in developing future leaders
• The importance of constant spiritual practices
• The leading ministries of leadership, care and communication
• And much more

Preach! (Advanced Core Course) Instructor: Rev. Mark Finfrock, Hamilton First UMC 
This course will help you develop an understanding of the call of preaching and the ability to preapare a sermon while offering practical tips for those called on to preach occasionally bu who are not formally trained as pastors. You'll receive resources to help you research topics, interpret scripture and write interesting and inspring sermons. 
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
• Assess readiness to the call to preach
• Prepare a sermon for a particular congregtion
• Understand the Lectionary and how to use it
• Deliver a sermon in front of others
• Evaluate the effectivenss of a sermon

Introduction to Biblical Storytelling (Advanced Course) Instructor: Janet Steele, CLM
The Good News of Jesus Christ was never meant to be read silently; it was meant to be proclaimed. As digital culture overtakes manuscript-based learning, biblical storytelling invites the listener to engage with the Gospel in a new way, drawing on the traditions of oral culture. 
In this course, students will:
• Gain an appreciation of sacred texts in oral culture
• Learn techniques for internalizing sacred texts
• Select and learn a story from the Lectionary
• Receive a compendium of storylearning resources