Dates: California & Hawaii: Saturdays, August 6 - September 3, 2022 (10 AM - Noon PDT | 7 AM -
- California & Hawaii: Saturdays, August 6 – September 3, 2022 (10 AM – Noon PDT | 7 AM – 9 AM HST)
- Guam & Saipan: Sundays, August 7 – September 4, 2022 (3 AM – 5 AM ChST)
Cost: Free but you must acquire your own book (see below).
RSVP Deadline: July 31, 2022; the class size will max at 30 persons and registration will close if that number is reached earlier.
This class is open to participants from all Cal-Pac districts and sponsored by East District Lay Servant Ministries.
About the Class:
- Living Our Beliefs: This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got to where we are today, and how are distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church. Faithful Christian discipleship requires a foundation in the core belief and practices of the Christian tradition. Wesley’s sermons and writing provide this stepping off point.
The Instructor is Pastor Xavier Torres, the pastor at Moorpark UMC in the North District.
- Provide your own book: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (Amazon, Cokesbury)
- 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.
- About Certified Lay Servant (CLS) status: After you take the Basic Lay Servant Class, you have 3 years to take an advanced class to qualify you as a Certified Lay Servant. If you want to continue on to being a Certified Lay Speaker, you will need to take the following advanced classes: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, Leading Prayer, Planning Worship, Leading Worship, United Methodist Heritage, United Methodist Polity and Preaching. For more information about Lay Servant Ministries, click here.
Zoom information will be included in your confirmation email.
- 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 Khanh Doan, East District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at iamkdoan [at] gmail.com.