Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
This class is an excellent introduction to anyone who is new in the church, and also a solid grounding in heritage and the specific emphases of its Wesleyan theology for anyone - and especially anyone who feels called to preach. It covers both U.M. theology and highlights of its history and roots in England (and Germany) and the U.S.
Curious about where the United Methodist Church came from, and what it believes and teaches?
This class is a great experience for anyone who wants to know more about the church's roots and guiding beliefs.
This class has been humbling as I am walking away with a lot more than I expected to take away, learning more than I thought I would and finding a class that addressed needs that I had and may not have realized I had when I didn't think it would.
- Bob T., Fall 2012 Living Our UM Beliefs
This course in the United Methodist church's heritage and theology is one of the core classes required for certification as a Lay Speaker in United Methodist Lay Servant Ministries.
This class is scheduled over three weeks with Sundays and another day "off." There is a lot to cover, including a textbook prescribed by the Lay Servant Ministries program. There are assignments for all 14 days, so you are strongly urged to buy - or borrow - the book and read it ahead of time -- class will be much easier. It is Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Bishop Kenneth Carder.
"This class is SO rich, so full of good information, background, historical information on UM heritage ... I would like to see more in depth course offerings such as this one." - Spring 2012
I cannot imagine having the ability to join heart and mind with such dedicated, talented servants with such varied and inspiring backgrounds through any class I could afford to attend in person. I first receive critical lessons through the assignments which all tie to my life as a Disciple ...I learn even more through the diverse responses posted by other students and their thoughtful feedback.
Third, through authentic sharing in discussions, I receive the ultimate lesson of experiencing our Living Lord in the Community of Faith – WOW! I cannot find words to explain how this feeds my soul and fills my heart. ...
The online blackboard allows me to receive the materials, read, and respond to them when it is convenient for me amid a congested calendar, without travel expenses. Rev Beth Galbreath uses the medium well, utilizing books, handouts, videos, and other resource links to give students a breadth of understanding and ability to carry lessons learned into future ministry. The depth of her knowledge of the United Methodist teachings, the breadth and openness of her personal experiences, and her skill in pointing out positive, relevant trends are all valuable. -- Victoria Coulter, Spring 2013