Certified Lay Minister Courses

Register for classes online by clicking on the links in the course descriptions below. Questions? Contact Shane Warta at swarta@greatplainsumc.org or 785-414-4238. Your course registration confirmation email will list required and recommended texts for your class. You will be responsible for obtaining the books you need. 

The coursework for the 4 Modules can be found through the BeADisciple website. The three additional classes (Old Testament, New Testament, and Preaching), as well as others, may be found on the course schedule page. The Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries courses can be found at larcm.org/lay-training.

Online access for courses will be sent by email at least one day prior to the start of the course.

Each course costs $50. Payment can be made online during registration, or by check.

To ensure the best possible course experience, please review the Online Learning System Requirements page.

Not sure what a certified lay minister is? Read this brochure.

 

2022 Online Courses

Courses are $50 each.

Preaching

Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM). This course is designed to help CLM students learn how to prepare a sermon that delivers the good news. This course also assumes a basic biblical knowledge and ability to exegete the biblical text. It would be helpful to have had at least the Old Testament or the New Testament class. At the culmination of the class the student will deliver a sermon to the class, the instructor, and some well-established preachers. The student will then receive helpful feedback for their preaching. The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students to allow plenty of time for student presentations. The goal of this class is to have preachers who can proclaim the Good News to a congregation.

  • Course dates: February 2022 (5 weeks)
  • Preaching course textbooks
  • Facilitator: Rev. Phyllis Provost-Saas
  • Register here

 

Worship

Understand that designing and leading corporate worship is to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Gain knowledge of the elements and order of worship outlined in The United Methodist Book of Worship. Understand the importance of spiritual disciplines used in designing Spirit-led worship through Scripture, prayer, contemplation, other texts, singing. Develop practical applications for designing and leading thematic worship.

  • Course dates: April 2022
  • Worship course textbooks
  • Facilitator: Rev. Abby Caseman
  • Register here

 

Church Renewal

Church renewal looks different in every congregation and for every leader. But, there are tools that can  help! Participants will practice discerning what's needed in their congregations, learn how to restore hope, and learn a helpful way of thinking that can adapt when things go wrong. Participants will finish with a detailed plan of action for bringing about real change.

  • Course dates: May 2022
  • Facilitator: Rev. Jeff Slater
  • Register here

American Methodist History

United Methodist History for Certified Lay Ministers will introduce participants to major themes in United Methodist history. The objectives of this course are:

  • To understand and appreciate United Methodist history and heritage.
  • To describe and discuss the ways in which United Methodist history influenced – and continues to influence – the life and work of the denomination.
    • Course Dates: May 23 through June 2022
    • United Methodist History course textbooks
    • Facilitator: Marian Adell
    • Register here

 

United Methodist Theology and Doctrine

Participants will know and become conversant with the basic principles of United Methodist doctrine and theology. The objectives of this course are to:

  • Help students assess their own faith journey in the context of United Methodist doctrine and theology.
  • Provide a basic understanding of the elements of United Methodist doctrine and theology.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to be in online conversation with the instructor and other students about their understandings of United Methodist doctrine and theology.
  • Assess and evaluate their growth in understanding United Methodist doctrine and theology.
    • Course dates: July 2022
    • Facilitator: Marian Adell
    • Register here

 

Leadership in Rural Congregations

Students will be given guidance on how to develop their spiritual toolkit by making use of resources and processes available to them for their own personal growth. From that personal growth, students will then learn about the processes God unveils within rural congregations for personal growth, evangelistic practices, and potential mission work for engaging rural ministries.

  • Course dates: July 2022
  • Required book: "Transforming Church in Rural America: Breaking All the Rurals," by Shannon O'Dell
  • Facilitator: Rev. Mark Crist
  • Register here

 

Pastoral Care

This pastoral care class focuses on pastoral care as a leadership function utilizing listening skills, pastoral presence during times of crisis, and engagement of a rudimentary approach to family systems.

  • Course dates: August 2022
  • Facilitators: Rev. Abby Caseman and Rev. Marcee Binder
  • Register here

 

Missions, Evangelism and Social Principles

This course offers an understanding of United Methodist mission theology as well as some mission education program ideas and methods to pastors, lay and ordained, through a partnership with annual conference board/committee/teams on Global Ministries, with an organized opportunity for reflection on mission, evangelism and theology from the United Methodist perspective.

  • Course Dates: August 2022
  • Facilitators: Rev. Abby Caseman and Rev. Marcee Binder
  • Register here

 

Old Testament

This course helps United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM) students learn how to research an Old Testament Bible Passage (exegesis) using research tools (hermeneutics) that helps them write a sermon that is grounded in the Bible passage they are using to preach a sermon.

  • Course dates: September 2022
  • Old Testament course textbooks
  • Facilitator: Rev. Jeff Slater
  • Register here

 

New Testament

Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM). This course is designed to help CLM students learn how to engage in a critical reading of the biblical text. The course by its nature will focus on readings from the New Testament. It is impossible to cover in detail every aspect of the New Testament. Hopefully, this course will be one step on a lifetime of learning.

This course also assumes a basic working knowledge of the New Testament (what are the four gospels, what are the epistles, who Jesus is and why he is important, who Paul is and why he is important, etc.). This course will also teach the students to ask the deeper questions not only of their own biblical understanding, but to also to lend a richer and more informed voice to their biblical teaching and preaching.

  • Course dates: October 2022
  • Required books: “The New Testament in its World: An Introduction to the history, literature, and Theology of the First Christians,” by N. T. Wright and Michael F. Bird as well as preferred commentaries.
  • Facilitator: Rev. Richard Fitzgerald
  • Register here

 

Preaching

  • Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM). This course is designed to help CLM students learn how to prepare a sermon that delivers the good news. This course also assumes a basic biblical knowledge and ability to exegete the biblical text. It would be helpful to have had at least the Old Testament or the New Testament class. At the culmination of the class the student will deliver a sermon to the class, the instructor, and some well-established preachers. The student will then receive helpful feedback for their preaching. The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students to allow plenty of time for student presentations. The goal of this class is to have preachers who can proclaim the Good News to a congregation.
    • Course dates: November 2022 (5 weeks)
    • Preaching course textbooks
    • Facilitator: Rev. Richard Fitzgerald
    • Register here