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DeKalb District Lay Academy

Location: Zoom video conferencing

Saturdays, October 10 and 17, 2020, 9-11 am
Thursdays, October 15 and 22, 2020, 5-7pm
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9-11 am

DeKalb District Lay Academy

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DeKalb District is gearing up for Fall Lay Academy with classes in a new and exciting format for Lay Academy via Zoom video conferencing.  If you have not attended a class in a while, here is a chance to attend classes from the comfort of your own home or office.  Classes offered include:

Basic Course: instructor Serina Blasdell (book is Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson: 978-0-88177-627-0 Participants Book). Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, develop future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being a part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

United Methodist Polity: instructor Karen Newby (book is Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the United Methodist Church by Thomas Edward Frank:978-0-687-33531-2).This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of the United Methodist Church.  2016 Book of Discipline also recommended for the class.

***NEW***Justice in Everyday Life: instructor Rev. John Meyers (Book is Social Principles of the United Methodist Church 2017-2020:  9781501835773).  This course looks at the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.

***NEW***Leading Missional Small Groups: instructor Janet Becker (book is Transforming Community by Henry H. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe, Jr.: 978-0-88177-754-3). 
This course teaches the Wesleyan way to form missional communities and congregations. It is based on the conviction that just as holiness of heart leads to holiness of life, it is communities of holy love that participate in God's mission in the world.

Lay Academy classes are the equivalent of 10 hours of instruction.  Each class will be 2 hours long.  Students must attend all classes on all dates to receive credit. Registration is $20.00 and the student must purchase  his/her own participant's book.   High-school-aged youth may attend at no cost for registration; however, they must purchase the participant's book.

Registration will open on Tuesday, September 15 and close on Thursday, October 8. Class sizes will be a minimum of 3 members/maximum of 15 members.  Online registration is coming soon. 

For information, contact Marcia Peddicord via e-mail at or via cell phone at 815-579-5938.

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