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Lay Ministry Class 2021

posted on November 23

On November 13th, laity attended classes at First United Methodist Church in Monett to improve and broaden their ministry skills.  Students from the Southwest and Ozarks Districts in Missouri and from the Great Plains Conference attended preaching and lay ministry courses offered by the Southwest District Office.  
Students in the Basic Lay Ministry course discussed their call to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Marsha Egan the course facilitator from Aurora UMC said the students were, “an especially attentive and interactive group.”  Many of these students will go on to partner with their pastors in ministry in the local church or beyond.  
In the Lay Preaching course, students discussed preaching, sermon preparation and examined various styles of preaching.  Each student delivered a mini-sermon and was critiqued by other students.  Mitch Ross, the course facilitator from Stockton UMC said, “these laity are answering a call to fill pulpits that would otherwise go empty on a Sunday morning.”  
Thanks to First UMC in Monett and Pastor Brian Smith for hosting the training and supporting the ministry of the laity in the Wesleyan tradition.