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Events and Opportunities

Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry  (All are welcome)

  • Spring - 2023 - The next Introductory to Christ Servant Ministry course will be offered in the Spring of 2023. Date and location will be announced after the start of the new year. For more information contact instructor, Judy Ehninger or CSM Conference Director, George Hollich.

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Advanced Training  (All are welcome)​

  • March 4 Tools for Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary in St. Davids - These half-day academies, each offering two sessions of diverse courses, will occur onsite, rather than online, for the first time since 2020. You may attend any Tools session at any location.  More information and registration to come. 

  • March 11 at Asbury UMC in Allentown - These half-day academies, each offering two sessions of diverse courses, will occur onsite, rather than online, for the first time since 2020. You may attend any Tools session at any location. More information and registration to come. 

  • March 18 at Church of the Good Shepherd UMC in Lebanon - These half-day academies, each offering two sessions of diverse courses, will occur onsite, rather than online, for the first time since 2020. You may attend any Tools session at any location. More information and registration to come. 

  • 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…

  • February 6 – 19, 2023Ministry for Dementia Patients: Serving the Forgotten through a Spiritual Lens - This course seeks to equip individuals to serve dementia patients and to lead ministries that serve people with dementia and the people who care for them. It is built on the foundational conviction that the Christian faith significantly broadens how people with cognitive impairments are viewed and treated. Such a task requires a basic understanding of dementia and the spiritual needs and gifts of people who live with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  The goal of this class is to empower learners with the knowledge and understanding of dementia using a spiritual lens, and to enable them to become more comfortable ministering with individuals affected by these diseases. Click here for more information or Click here to enroll - cost $70

CLM Orientation  (More information can be found on the Certified Lay Minister page)

      Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator,  for more information

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

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  • Tools for Ministry Workshops - 2023 - If you participate in this training be sure to complete a "Request for Credit" form to insure that you receive the appropriate credit.. (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF) 

  • 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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