At the Eastern PA Conference’s 34th Academy for Laity, August 4-6, some fortunate lay members will embark on a new journey, while others will find wise counsel and willing companions for a journey already begun. It is a revealing, life-changing journey that can draw one into the heart of ministry and ultimately, nearer to the heart and mind of Christ.
“Embrace the Journey: Step Up and Step Out” is the theme of this year’s weekend academy that will take place at a new location, Cedarville UMC in Pottstown (1092 Laurelwood Road). That’s where hundreds of conference members will gather to learn, to teach and to embrace the fundamentals of lay ministry, as they “step up and step out” to speak, care and lead others with the love of Christ.
“Whether you are just beginning your journey to learn more about our amazing God and His Son Jesus, or you are a seasoned Bible scholar, a Christ Servant Minister, a Certified Lay Minister or a clergy member, this is the year for you to step up and step out to enhance your knowledge,” reads the event brochure. “Join with hundreds of fellow Christians who thirst for information as well as fellowship.”
Each course is designed to be a unique learning experience with valuable information and insights that can be applied promptly to enhance ministry. Classes may be taken individually or combined as part of one’s Christ Servant Ministry curriculum.
The clergy and lay instructors are experts in their subjects, and all have experience that can be leveraged to help their students and their churches in mission.
The Academy offers ten subjects, from the Basic Course for those who are starting out, to advanced classes in three disciplines:
There are popular returning courses and instructors, along with several new courses focused on establishing new ministries. Included are courses in:
The academy begins Friday evening with time to meet and greet over refreshments before the first class session begins. Saturday morning offers breakfast, Bible study and devotions; and then classes resume, with breaks for lunch and dinner. A surprise, inspirational musical performance and fellowship follows in the evening. And classes resume on Sunday morning, before the academy ends in worship.
The registration deadline is extended to July 29. Register now. Don’t delay or miss out on this life-changing educational experience that can empower your life and ministry.
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