Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, required
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 2-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 focused basis to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and is approved for use within the Florida Conference.
Learners will need the Lay Servant Ministries, Participant’s Book (Basic Course)
The first Zoom meeting for this course will be held Monday, November 1st – 6:00-7:30 pm EDT. The second and third meeting days/time will be scheduled with learner input during meeting 1. The three Zoom meetings are a required part of this course.
This course is worth 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours).
PLEASE NOTE: If you reside outside of the Florida Conference, and have an interest in this course, you must have written permission to enroll sent from your conference or district director of laity to David Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enroll before obtaining this written permission, and cannot obtain it, the cutoff for a refund is Wednesday, October 27. No refunds will be issued after this date.
About the Instructor
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.