Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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This online course is for members of the Florida United Methodist Conference who are hungry to know how God can use them to help others during COVID-19. This 3-week-course will give you clarity around your talents and the needs of your community. Learn online while connecting with others who want to lead better without losing time from your work and loved ones. Easy and doable even if you are new to online learning.
The Basic Course is a requirement towards becoming a Certified Lay Servant, but it is open to all. Six of the required 10 hours will be offered online with an additional four hours through use of Zoom Meeting software. This course is being offered online on a limited basis to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and is only approved for use within the Florida Conference.
Learners will need the Lay Servant Ministries, Participant’s Book (Basic Course)
This course is worth 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructors
David Palmer serves as the Director of Lay Servant Ministries for the North Central District in the Florida Annual Conference and on the Conference Board of Lay Servant Ministries. He is a member of Belleview UMC and serves on the worship team as a Lay Speaker and musician. He also preaches in a fill-in pulpit role. He and his wife Karen serve as members of Belleview’s Fresh Expressions and on-line ministry teams. His lay ministry experience includes service as a bible studies teacher, committee leadership on Staff Pastor Parish Relations, Finance, Missions, Youth and Disaster Response and as chair of the Administrative Board/Church Council. He has worked at the district level on the District Council on Ministries and as an Annual Conference Lay Member-at-Large. He and wife Karen have two adult children and two grandsons.
Rod has been a lay servant/lay speaker for 22 years and has served as an instructor, district director, associate director and conference director. He has also served in other district and conference roles over the years. He retired from state corrections in Florida as a security administrator and is married to the Rev. Shirley Groom. They have a mixed family of seven children and thirteen grandchildren and usually find ways to keep themselves busy.