This fourth CLM module reviews United Methodist history, doctrine and polity, and the connection between various levels of the denomination. It also includes proposed plans for ongoing education and a commitment service.
- For this course, participants will need the CLM Downloadable Resource for Module Four and Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth Carder.
- CLM Module 1, Module 2, and Module 3. Please do not enroll in CLM Module 4 if you have not completed CLM Modules 1-3 online or locally.
- Check with your pastor, district superintendent, or conference office to make sure these courses are approved by your conference for your certification as a lay minister — each conference is different and some may not accept this course.
- You must have access to a United Methodist Book of Discipline for this course.
This course is offered in partnership with the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Dr. Joshua Reichard is a Certified Lay Minister and the congregational Lay Leader at Trinity United Methodist Church in Youngstown, OH. Joshua is the Vice President and Assistant Superintendent of Valley Christian Schools, a multicultural, urban, K-12 Christian school system with more than 700 students. Joshua earned a PhD in Human and Social Studies (Religion and Theology) from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, a DPhil in Religion and Society Studies from Oxford Graduate School, and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Joshua also completed certification in Online Teaching and Learning at United Theological Seminary. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of several higher education institutions. Joshua has served as a missionary, educator, and leader in various contexts of Christian service, as well as a technology consultant and entrepreneur. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with an extensive publishing record in peer-reviewed academic journals including the Wesleyan Theological Journal, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Process Studies, Religious Education, among others.
Past Students Said…
“I learned a lot more about the history, structure of the Methodist church, and the role CLMs can have within this structure.”
“Good course content and length. I like the focus on heritage and the Book of Discipline, and several assignments were challenging. This is probably the hardest and best course of the 4 required for CLM.”
“This course revisited some very important areas – types of grace, involvement with the conference – just to name a couple of things.”
“For me, the material was easy to understand, and it led me to do some additional research on my own.”
“I learned that I am part of a team and I don’t take this journey by myself. I need to speak up, ask for clarification when I need it, and never stop studying/learning/growing in my service to Jesus Christ, my Savior.”
“The study material was so helpful. I have increased my understanding of my denomination and how to appreciate the wonders of God. Thank you so much.”