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Events and Opportunities

Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry  (All are welcome)

  • August 2-3 - Summer Session Lay Academy - The next scheduled in-person Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry will be at the Laity Academy at Eastern University on August 2 & 3. 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 ehninger@gmail.com. or  Click here to register for this year's Academy. 

  • November 2 - South District Mini-Academy - An in-person Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry will be presented at the South District mini-Academy at Hopewell UMC, 852 Hopewell Road Downingtown PA 19335 on November 2. 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. Click here to register or to get more information.

Advanced Training  (All are welcome)​​​​ 

  • August 2-3 - Summer Session Lay Academy - (Eastern University) -A number of Advanced Courses for CSM Credit will be available at the 40th EPAUMC Laity Academy to be held at Eastern University This training will be held at Eastern University (1300 Eagle Rd, St Davids, PA 19087) on August 2 & 3. Course offerings include...

         SPEAKING

                    • After 40 - From Exegesis To Sermon Series     NEW

                 • SPEAKING 1: Preaching to be Heard

               LEADING

                     • Biblical Interpretation – The In’s And Out’s      NEW

                     • Coaching Volunteers For Effectiveness      NEW

                  • Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design Theory

                  • Local Church Leadership Skills And Development      NEW

               CARING

                     • Developing Christian Peer Mentoring Skills

                   • Spirituality of Self-Care

                   • UMCOR Early Response Team In Disaster Relief       NEW

    Click here to view the course catalog.

   Click here to register for this year's Academy.

   Registration for this year's Academy closes July 22nd.

  • November 2 - South District Mini Academy - The South District will sponsor a mini-Academy at Hopewell UMC, 852 Hopewell Road Downingtown PA 19335 on November 2. The following advanced courses will be offered:

         SPEAKING

                    • Finding Your Voice: Essentials of Preaching

                    Instructor: Rev. Amy Banka

           CARING

                     • Embracing God's Beloved: Dementia Care and Ministry in the Church

                     Instructor:  Pastor Karen Bartkowski 

    Click here to register or to get more information.

  • In  addition to the limited number of in-person courses 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

      Call:  610-442-3140 or Email: judy.ehninger@gmail.com.

​​Special Opportunities​​​​​​

  • Sexual Ethics Workshops - For more information on Sexual Ethics workshops, contact Rev. Jacqueline Hines at pastorjacquelineumc@gmail.com, 610-495-6807, or 410-963-1721.

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  • 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)

Other Events

  • 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.

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  • 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 joel.kime@evangelical.edu.

For more information on Christ Servant Ministries or CSM sponsored events call:  717-838-2812 or E-mail:  George Hollich

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