“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.
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This two-week Advanced course for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers will use daily journaling, discussion, and an optional Zoom meeting to gain fresh insights into both being part of and preparing to lead accountable small groups. If you have any questions or are unable to post fully through the course, please email the instructor. The instructor will record the session for those who cannot attend.
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.
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.”
About the Instructor
Beth Perry was ordained in the United Methodist Church and 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 25 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience, she teaches religion courses for Mercy College and is a frequent guest preacher. She has been active in Safe Sanctuary/Safe Church training for almost 2 decades, and a consultant for more than 200 congregations working to reduce the risk of abuse in the church. Several of her courses are approved as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries and meet requirements towards lay speaker status.
• Creating Safe Spaces for Children and Youth Ministries (formerly Five Day Safe Sanctuary Policy Workshop)
• Safe Spaces for Vulnerable Adult Ministries
• Called to Preach
• Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts
• Teach Adults
• Leading Bible Study: Biblical Interpretation
• Becoming Accountable Disciples
• Biblical Faith Regarding Women
• Theology Regarding Women
About the Instructor
Nan Nelson was called into ministry to serve as an itinerant Elder in the United Methodist Church sharing the love of God and life in Jesus Christ with everyone she encounters. She understands the connection not only between churches, but also the special connections churches have with their communities. She believes that churches in concert with caring communities spread God’s love and grace.
Nan holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a Master of Business Administration. While attending seminary, she served in her first appointment, a one-station United Methodist Church in Northeast Arkansas. She received recognition as Outstanding Evangelist in her District her first year in ministry. She completed her Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2016. Nan has a heart for ministry of the laity and continues to hold a leadership position with Lay Servant Ministry in the Southeast District of the Arkansas Conference, where she is appointed to a solo pastorate. She currently serves on the District Committee on Ministry and as a Circuit Elder and Mentor to churches in the District.
Receiving her call into ministry later in life than most, Nan places high value on the opportunity to serve God, make disciples of Jesus Christ, and share the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion. She is an encourager, preacher/teacher, served as an Early Responder. God has given her many talents including business and administration, leading and planning worship, teaching Bible studies and lay servant courses. Nan enjoys relaxing with watercolors and playing piano.