All participants in the Body of Christ depend on the spiritual gifts God has given them. Those gifts differ but they provide the foundation for whatever ministry we do. Learn more about your spiritual gifts – and how to help your congregation learn more about theirs – in this two-week course.
Participants will interact via online discussions, journals, and videos throughout the two weeks. Participants are also expected to read the Discipleship Resources book, Each One a Minister, by William J. Carter, and Spirit Gifts, by Patricia Brown. (If Spirit Gifts is not available, notify the instructor as soon as the course opens to receive another inventory.) It is highly recommended that you acquire and read the books before the online course begins.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants must commit to posting in Discussion Board and Spiritual Gifts Journals every weekday. If you are going to be unavailable for more than one day during the course, please wait to register until a time when your schedule will permit full participation. Due to the number of participants, the BeADisciple rollover policy will be strictly enforced.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers (equivalent 1 CEU).
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Beth Perry was ordained in the United Methodist Church but now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Elizabethtown College. In addition to 20 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience, she teaches religion, philosophy, critical thinking, sociology, and general education courses for the University of Phoenix in New Jersey. She has been active in Safe Sanctuary/Safe church training for a decade or more, and a consultant for more than 150 congregations working to reduce the risk of abuse in the church. She also leads workshops and retreats on Spiritual Gifts, meditation, and mysticism. Her courses, Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts, Leading Bible Study: Biblical Interpretation, and Teach Adults are approved as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries and Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts meets one requirement towards lay speaker status.
Past Students Said…
“This was a great class and I have enjoyed every minute of this course. I would recommend this to anyone that would like to learn more about Spiritual Gifts.” — Patricia Merritt
“Not only did I discover my spiritual gifts (finally) but learned appropriate ways to use them and learned to recognize the spiritual gifts with which others are blessed. And that’s a lot!!”
“I highly recommend this course for all who want to know more about their Spiritual Gifts and how to use them more effectively in their ministries.”
“Beth was a wonderful instructor and a joy to get to know! The daily videos and spiritual journaling were great additions!! I hope this valuable course continues for a long time so that others can benefit from it also.”
“Reverend Perry is excellent. She made insightful comments throughout the course and seemed to be constantly commenting or updating the course. She took the course very seriously and challenged all students to think carefully about their spiritual gifts and what they can bring from their course to their own congregations.” — John Mylecraine
“This workshop was very informative, stimulating and interactive. I enjoyed it a lot and plan to use what I have learned in my own congregation. Beth was an excellent presenter, filled with God’s spirit, and put in a lot of effort keeping up and responding to all of us in this class… Thank you.”