Wesleyan District announces dates for Lay Academy

The Lay Servant Ministry Committee of the Wesleyan District has released the dates and brochure for the Spring 2022 face-to-face District Lay Academy, which will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 on the campus of WV Wesleyan College.

Jim Minutelli, director of Lay Ministry for the District, wants to invite everyone to this Spring’s Academy – “We are really excited this year to offer not only courses needed to become a Certified Lay Servant or Lay Speaker, but a variety of new courses that will hopefully intriguing and interesting to a variety of folks in our district, whether for re-certification or for general knowledge or to start up new programs in your churches and communities.  Even if you aren’t a Lay Servant, you can register for most any of the courses that are being offered.”

One of the exciting new courses for April is “Campus Ministry: Empowering Congregations to Support College Students,” being taught by Jonathan Acord, director of Campus Life Ministries at WV Wesleyan College.  “I think we often forget that there are many post-high school educational opportunities in our areas, in the way of junior colleges, business schools, trade schools or vocational programs, not just traditional colleges and universities, where our churches could extend their ministries,” says Minutelli.

 “During most of the past two+ years, we may have temporarily exchanged pulpits with iPads, sanctuaries with living rooms and kitchens, added words like “Zoom” and “virtual” and “fluid” to our daily vocabulary, but the work of our clergy and laity has remained the same – to serve God while serving others and to be a spiritual breath of fresh air in in our communities to help transform the world,” Minutelli states, “and as we slowing start to “see some light at the end of the tunnel,” I hope that our forward momentum can continue.”

The District plans to offer seven courses, including Intro to Lay Ministry; Storytelling, Delivering an Effective Sermon; United Methodist Polity; Spiritual Gifts; Campus Ministries; and Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens. Course cost includes books, materials, lunch in the WVWC Cafeteria, and snacks. If you have any questions, please contact Zondra Plum at the District office, 304-472-1095, zplum@wvumc.org or Jim Minutelli at 304-629-9398, minutellij@gmail.com.

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