Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
What do you see? Churches are meeting in beauty parlors, theaters, and homes. Ministries are reaching out in new ways to help the homeless with laundry, the youth with literacy, and the elderly with end-of-the-month backpacks filled with food. All these examples are creative visions on how to “be” the church. Yet there can be more still to discern and give in following God’s call as an individual layperson.
Join this class to:
- Identify disciple-making opportunities and take mission trips across silo thinking communities
- Implement key strategies to start a ministry that is unexpected and Spirit-led
- Utilize specific catalysts to get over three challenging “never been done before” borders
Lay leaders are on the move to connect and serve in calls outside their local churches, conference structures, and traditional organizations. In this course, you will focus on the model of Peter’s three major calls, a reimagining of a lay circuit rider, and creating collaborative AND individual fresh expressions of faith for following God.
This class is for you if you cannot find the “right” fit in lay servant, lay speaker, or certified lay ministry. This class is for you if you have volunteered for a ministry and been turned down. This class is also for you if you are looking for an alternative to finding “where your greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.”
About the Instructor
Teryl Cartwright is a teacher and writer. She has an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston and B.S. in Education from Clarion University. She worked as a freelance curriculum writer for Group Publishing for ten years and then served as Director of Adult Ministries in a thousand member church for seven years. She has taught various other online courses including “Conference Call,” a personalized “design as you go” curriculum offered by the Susquehanna Conference E& I Committee for those attending a “God’s Calling” workshop on discernment. She loves the “iron sharpening iron” opportunities to learn from her course participants.
She is a member of Spry Church (UMC) in York, PA. Her teaching is based on reflection, discussion, and activity-based learning. She feels blessed to have piloted several unique Bible studies within the local church on bioethics, humor, creativity, and service learning. Some of her hobbies include origami, game creation, pottery throwing (making bowls not breaking them), and Christian fiction writing. An advocate of lifelong learning, she thinks the best part is seeing the wonders God reveals daily!