Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
What is your “spiritual style”? Why do other people connect with God so differently? Is your church embroiled in “worship wars?” Or is your connection with God in a rut? Every Advent, Lent or New Year do you make the same spiritual resolutions, and fail? Do you really know your own spiritual style and want to go deeper? Or are you trying to imitate others?
This class is for you, the disciple who wants to grow in your own passionate and balanced connection with God (as well as other people)!
The concept of “Three Colors of Your Spirituality” springs from the pioneering Natural Church Development (NCD) research of Christian Schwarz in 70,000 churches across all six continents. Participants will need to purchase “The Three Colors of Your Spirituality” by Schwarz from Churchsmart.com in the U.S. or from your national NCD resource agency in other countries. There will be a short daily reading, reflection and small group discussion. (This class will not include face to face online meetings.)
1.5 CEU will be awarded on completion.
About the Instructor
Beth Galbreath is a United Methodist deacon whose specialty is “digital culture ministry,” which includes everything the Church needs to do to move from the print-literate culture of the last five centuries to the digital-communication culture of the 21st. She is one of the few (but proud!) graduates of the former Lumicon Institute’s certification program in digital culture ministry. “Digital culture ministry” is not just about technology; it includes re-emphasis on spiritual formation practices. To that end she holds a master’s from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in spiritual formation and evangelism. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to classes.
Digital culture ministry is also about ancient-future worship arts and education styles, especially an emphasis on story; to that end she is a passionate biblical storyteller and teacher. She is an ambassador of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates the NBSI-related Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories. She’s taught biblical storytelling abroad in Cameroon, Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines.
Beth serves the Northern Illinois Conference as co-chair of its Order of Deacons, and is a certified Natural Church Development coach. She also serves on the pastoral leadership team of Compassion UMC in Brookfield, IL, a new church plant. Her ministry includes consulting, teaching, and small group leadership. She is also an activist for solar energy, prison ministry, interfaith understanding, and eco-sustainability. Rev. Galbreath is the author of The Story and the Feast, a digital resource (three CDs of text and slides) of liturgy for Holy Communion, connected to the weekly stories and texts of the lectionary, and including notes for biblical storytellers.
Past Students Said…
“I learned about different styles of interacting with God – how I, and others, each have an individual style. Understanding those styles that are “opposite” or different than our own can enhance our worship and connection to God.”