The course examines the need for recovering the lay pastoral ministry of the class leader for the 21st century church.
This course is a sequel to IFD168 Becoming Accountable Disciples.
In this course, you will explore the difference between church membership and discipleship. You will also explore Jesus’ relationship with people who came to him in need of healing, reconciliation, and out of curiosity, as well as those who chose to follow him and pattern their lives after his. You will develop an understanding that “tradition is the gospel of Jesus and the gospel about Jesus. You will explore the meaning and the office of class leader; then look at the General Rule (A United Methodist Rule of Life), the General Rule of Discipleship, Covenant Discipleship, and the contemporary office of class leader. You will develop an understanding of the work of class leader.
Consultation with the pastor of your congregation is required before assuming the role of class leader.
The book Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition, is a difficult read and must be read prior to the first class session.
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.