“John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists understood the importance of Christian community, lay leadership in ministry, small groups and mutual accountability, and supporting the work of Christian formation. Faith was increased, hope confirmed, and persons perfected in love by the system of small groups led by laypeople in the Methodist societies. Men and women learned the basic practices of Christian life and, with regular accountability and support, they grew in love.” ¹
Learn more about Wesley’s theology, his understanding of scripture and the “means of grace,” as well as his “operating principles” and “household rules,” as we explore what it means to be accountable members of the household of God!
Students are required to have Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, by Steven W. Manskar, for this course.
This two-week Advanced course for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers will use journaling, discussion, and an optional Zoom meeting to gain fresh insights into both being part of and preparing to lead accountable small groups.
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.
¹Revised Leader’s Guide, Becoming Accountable Disciples
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…
“Where to begin?! I learned several ways to start and structure an Accountability Group or Partnership. The
review of John Wesley was good. The method of Discussion Board providing opportunity to hear different
ideas from other classmates was helpful . Goal-setting and then tracking how I/we meet those goals was
something I want to put into practice, whether I can get a group or partnership going in my church or not.”
“I learned what accountability is all about, in the early church and now, and how I can use it in all aspects of my
life, not just my faith.”
“The book by Steven W. Manskar is outstanding. I learned so much about terminology definition. The
questions each day involved some deep thinking and need to read scripture. I thoroughly enjoyed this class.
Maybe the best course I’ve taken through BeADisciple.”
“The book, Accountable Discipleship, is an excellent source for this course. The instructor was easy to
communicate with and provided needed materials online.”