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[FULL] Advanced Class: United Methodist Polity & Organization 2021 (Lay Servant Ministries)

september, 2021

09sep(sep 9)6:30 PM07oct(oct 7)8:30 PM[FULL] Advanced Class: United Methodist Polity & Organization 2021 (Lay Servant Ministries)(september 9) 6:30 PM - (october 7) 8:30 PM PDT

Event Details


  • California & Hawaii: Thursdays, September 9 – October 7, 2021 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM HST)
  • Guam & Saipan: Fridays, September 10 – October 8, 2021 (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ChST)

Location: Zoom


Cost: Free but you must acquire your own book (see below)

RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, September 7, 2021


This class is open to participants from all Cal-Pac districts (limited to first 35 participants).



  • Advanced Course – United Methodist Polity & Organization is divided into 5 sessions. The Instructor is Pam Churness, South District Lay Servant Ministries Director.
  • Attendance is required at all sessions for credit. All those seeking certification as a Certified Lay Servant are invited to attend.
    • The BASIC class and one Advanced Class is required to successfully apply for Certified Lay Servant status.
    • For those seeking Certified Lay Speaker status, this class is one of the seven required Advanced classes that follow the BASIC class: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, United Methodist Heritage or History, United Methodist Polity, Leading Prayer, Planning Worship, Leading Worship, Preaching.
  • The required book is The Method of our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization by Laceye C. Warner (Amazon, Cokesbury or Upper Room). A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended for this course.

Course Outline:

Session I:     A missionary reform movement becomes a “Connection”
Session II:     The Connection sends missionaries: itineracy, ministry and annual conference
Session III:    Working Together Locally and Globally
Session IV:   Beyond Annual Conference: The General Conference, Judicial Council and International Connections
Session V:    For Such a Time as This

Zoom information will be provided by the instructor directly to participants and is not included in the confirmation.

  • Technical requirements: To participate in Zoom meetings, participants must have a reliable Internet connection, and a laptop, tablet, or smartphone device that can download and install the Zoom app. A web or phone camera and a microphone are highly recommended, although some users may call in via phone if a mic is not available.


For questions, contact Pam Churness at or 619.972.7113.