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Spring 2019 Lay Servant Ministries Courses

Mt. Moriah 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, March 8 from 6:30-9pm (dinner served at 6:00) and Saturday, March 9 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
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Life Together in the UM Connection - UMC Polity (Advanced Core Course) Instructor: Bill Smith, CLS 
Why does the United Methodist Church do things the way it does? Why is our pastor being reassigned? Why don’t we get to vote on our new pastor? What are the rules – and why are they the rules? What happens at General Conference that may affect us? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God?

This course will help church leaders answer questions, help newcomers to the UMC get their bearings, and help longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st Century.
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Lay Pastoral Care Giving (Advanced Course) Instructor: Becky Reed, CLM
Pastoral Care at its best is Congregational Care, the community of faith relating to and reaching out to one another.  We all have a story.  We all have had experiences where we have needed the pastor or a trusted friend to walk with us.  Caring for others is a privilege, takes time, requires a willingness to give of oneself, and demands of us compassion and confidentiality.  Caring for others pastorally is a God-calling.  

This course is designed to:  ​
Give you a biblical understanding for lay pastoral care
Give you some basic tools to prepare you for stepping into a ministry with othersGive you a beginning understanding of and a sensitivity to situations and conditions that you may encounter when calling on others.
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