NYCT District Lenten School of Discipleship (Newburgh: Grace)

NYCT District Lenten School of Discipleship (Newburgh: Grace)

WhenSunday, February 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Where468 Broadway
Newburgh, NY 12550

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The 2015 Lenten School of Discipleship will be held on five Sunday afternoons, February 22 through March 22, at Grace United Methodist Church in Newburgh, NY from 4pm to 7pm.
Five courses will be offered (descriptions below):
  • Basic Lay Servant
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon
  • Leading in Prayer
  • Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • Leading Worship
The cost for the five-week event is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  A light supper will be served.
The four advanced courses are all part of the requirements for becoming a Certified Lay Servant; the basic course is prerequisite to the others.
Registration forms for each of the courses is above; see the bottom of each form for  important details — the registration deadline is February 15.

Course Descriptions

Basic Lay Servant — This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon — Moving beyond the basics of public speaking and the foundations necessary for preparing an engaging sermon, this course also includes types of sermons – from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons – as well as how to find a story, use the hymnal, and how to move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.  Advanced course in (limited to 10 participants).

Leading in Prayer — For many people, prayer remains a mystery, and praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church.  This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and private.  Advanced Course in Leading Prayer (limited to 15 participants).

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition — Structured around Wesley’s “Means of Grace,” this study covers, among other topics, prayer, scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting – major features in John Wesley’s devotional life.  Participants will learn how they can apply Wesley’s ministry to their own life.  Advanced course in United Methodist Heritage and Polity (limited to 10 participants).

Leading Worship — This course will focus on basic worship leadership skills with particular attention paid to understanding your leadership role, reading scripture, leading prayer, and basic do’s and don’ts of effective worship leadership.   Advanced course in Leading Worship (limited to 15 participants).