Number of weeks: 7
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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We are in new times for doing ministry work. The question remains how do we encourage and provide support for of those in our pews to do the work that Christ is calling us to? We have a new opportunity to be the church of today. We have an opportunity to spread God’s Word of Love, Grace, Mercy, Peace, Hope and Joy.
Some pastors and church leaders are worried that people will be out of the habit of attending Worship and other activities at a church building after being away. We are to be the church not just in the building, but also in our homes and in our communities. There are ways that we can keep in contact with our congregations and be the church that we are being called to be at this time and to be there for people who are searching for the support we offer all the time.
Join me in this course as we work together in developing new ways of being the church in the world that needs spiritual care, pastoral care, care from neighbors and a sense that things will be okay. It is a lot to manage, but our congregations have the gifts to do the work that God is calling them to do and to be the disciples your local area.
You’ll need copies of the following books for this class:
- Searching for Seekers: Ministry with a New Generation of the Unchurched, By Mary Scifres
- Can These Bones Live: A Practical Guide of Church Revitalization, By Bill Henard
This course will run for 7 weeks and is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet Wilkin has been called into ministry to be bring the Gospel message of love, hope, peace, and joy. She knows what it means for a community of faith to come together to support one another and to support the local community. Harriet has served both rural and urban congregations. Harriet believes that through community and through inter-generational ministry the Holy Spirit is working to bring the message of Christ’s redeeming love to all.
Harriet has two bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Divinity degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Upon completing her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in 2015, Harriet was appointed to her first church as solo-pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Harriet has been studying Spiritual Formation, and she continues to study a variety of topics that include religion, leadership, business, and communications.
Harriet’s early days in ministry revolved around Christian program/ ministry development for children, youth, and young adults. She has experience of nearly 20 years working as a volunteer or staff person in the local church. Harriet has also worked at an Easter Seal camp working with various age groups with disabilities.
God has given Harriet the following skills: organizational skills, administration/ business skills, teacher/ preacher, building or re-building programs/ ministries, visitation ministry, small group facilitator, writing ministry resources for all age groups, passion about inter-generational ministry, developing ministry support for those with disabilities and their families, support group for Caregivers, support for First Responders, Veterans, and their families, organize/ plan worship services, and researching for materials that can be used in a ministry setting. She enjoys being creative with ministry and trying new and exciting ministries that offer support and outreach to all who are searching for a deeper connection with Christ.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries