Events and Opportunities
Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry (All are welcome)
December 2, 2023 - There will be an in-person Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry at Christ UMC in Lansdale. The instructor for Christ Servant Ministry - The Journey Begins will be Judy Ehninger. The course needs at least 10 participants and is limited to the first 14 registrations. For additional information contact Judy Ehninger at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Download Registration Form – Lansdale - Christ UMC in PDF).
Advanced Training (All are welcome)
December 2, 2023 - There will be an in-person Speaking 1 – Preaching to be Heard course at Christ UMC in Lansdale. The instructor will be the Rev. Harold Burkett. This course is limited to 10 participants and has a required reading -- "Say Something," by Charley Reeb. For additional information contact George Hollich at email@example.com. (Download Registration Form – Speaking 1 - Lansdale - Christ UMC in PDF).
February 5, 8, 12, 19, 2024 - (7-9pm) Healing Communities: Understanding & Developing Criminal Justice Ministries. This advanced course will feature four, 2 hour sessions presented on zoom and 2 homework hours.
Healing Communities is a national model for leaders to offer restoration and healing for those affected by the criminal justice system and shares how a congregation can be a station of hope. This course is offered in four sessions over a two-week period, with unique learning shared in each session. The course will cover (1) essential information and perspectives on the criminal justice system, current issues, and the impact of crime on victims, survivors, offenders and families; (2) relevant questions for reflection and discussion within congregations; (3) ideas and resources for laity and pastors to engage congregants; (4) tools, information, and resources for congregation members; and (5) resources and dedicated time to develop a customized congregational action plan suited to the culture, demographics and core beliefs of each congregation. Registration details will be announced on or around January 1. For more information email Linda Van Til.
Although the number of in-person courses is limited, there are many on-line courses that can be taken for CSM credit. (See "Special Opportunities below.) Some of the opportunities for on-line credit include Basic Sexual Ethics; Emotional Intelligence and Diversity; The Multi-Site/Satellite Model for Churches led by Mike Slaughter; and Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences. To receive credit for on-line experiences a CSM request for credit form must be completed and submitted no later than 30 days after completion of the course. (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF).
Advanced Training on-line via BeADisciple.com
BeADisciple.com – hosts online advanced courses. The courses on their website identified with the “learning and leading” logo are approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) and meet the continuing education requirements for renewal of Christ Servant Minister (one advanced course every 3 years), Certified Lay Speaker (one advanced course every 3 years), or Certified Lay Minister (one advanced course every 2 years). Although they have other approved courses designated on their website as "Lay Servant Ministries", the following are several upcoming courses…
CLM Orientation (More information can be found on the Certified Lay Minister page)
Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, for information
Tools for Ministry Workshops - 2023 - If you participated in this training be sure you complete a "Request for Credit" form to insure that you receive the appropriate credit. (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF)
Mission U - If you participate in seminar events sponsored by United Women in Faith be sure to complete a "Request for Credit" form. (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF). To learn more about these events click here.
Sexual Ethics Workshops - For more information on Sexual Ethics workshops, contact Rev. Jacqueline Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-495-6807, or 410-963-1721.
Laity Retreat - Advanced training credit will be awarded to those who complete a "Request for Credit". (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF).
BeADisciple.com – hosts online courses approved by Discipleship Ministries for use as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries (i.e. Christ Servant Ministries). These approved courses are designated on their website as "Lay Servant Ministries" and include a variety of titles including…
Biblical Storytelling I – Beth Galbreath
Biblical Storytelling II – Beth Galbreath
Transforming Evangelism – Debra Dickerson
Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts – Beth Perry
Leading Worship 101 for Lay Leaders - Dan Benedict
Multimedia Technology in Worship –John Zimmerman
Caring for the Caregiver - Harriet Wilkin
Those interested in registering or learning more about these titles can view and register by clicking on the following link: BeADisciple.com.
Individuals registering for any of the BeADisciple.com courses should communicate the necessary information with the conference director, George Hollich to insure that CSM credit is assigned. (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF)
The Wesley Theological Seminary Lay Academy offers 11 online courses covering a variety of topics including Methodist identity, early church history, Christian ethics, interfaith relations, and the intersection of faith and science. Laypeople can earn a certification in Wesleyan Studies by completing six of the courses online, or can choose to take courses individually for personal education and enrichment. All of the Wesley Theological Seminary Lay Academy courses can be viewed at BeADisciple.com.
Upcoming in 2023 – for additional calendar events in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, please go to – www.epaumc.org/conference-calendar
Evangelical Seminary’s School of Lifelong Learning Institute for Church Leadership offers a series of courses in Bible, theology, spiritual disciplines, evangelism, church history, missions, and counseling. CSM credit can be requested for these opportunities for spiritual enrichment and leadership development. They are open to all without any educational prerequisites. They are not seminary level courses and do not earn credit from Evangelical Seminary. If you wish to inquire about courses please apply online or contact Joel Kime at email@example.com.
For more information on Christ Servant Ministries or CSM sponsored events call: 717-838-2812 or E-mail: George Hollich