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The mission of the Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries is to strengthen rural churches in their quest to be the Body of Christ through quality education courses, training events and presentations for lay and pastoral leadership.

    Available courses

    The Foundations for Ministry course helps Certified Lay Ministers, first time pastors, and District Superintendent Assignment persons develop best practices for serving the local church in sermon writing, developing relationships with their congregation, building mission and vision.

    This course is a blend of academic learning with practical on the job training. It allows the student to learn through both academic and hands on experience.

    This class is also appropriate for pastors moving to new congregations.

    The course focuses on a different aspect of ministry each month with all work and discussion forums taking place online, including monthly meetings. We will meet online using Adobe Connect. You will need a webcam.

    PDF fileFoundations for Ministry course textbooks

    FacilitatorsRev. Dr. Carl Ellis and Jada Hodgson

    Dates: August 29, 2017 - May 15, 2018

    Online meetings: The class meets online once a month, usually the second Saturday (occasionally the first Saturday), from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with online work to be completed before each meeting.

    Course fee: $200 

    The Discovering Your Call to Ministry online course will help you discover your gifts and call to ministry. During the four weeks you will take a spiritual gifts inventory and explore your gifts for ministry, read how God called those in the Bible and how your call might be similar to theirs, and finally develop a clear statement of your call and gifts for ministry.

    Your guide and instructor over the four weeks is Carl Ellis, an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, who has taught and mentored hundreds of lay persons moving into ministry. His goal is to help each person discover God’s call and gifts which will guide their ministry in the days, months and years to come.

    PDF fileDiscovering Your Call to Ministry course textbooks

    FacilitatorRev. Carl Ellis

    Dates: January 29 - February 25, 2018

    Course fee: $100

    Resources for faculty building and teaching courses on Moodle.

    This is a duplicate of the Discovering Your Call to Ministry course for demonstration purposes. It is not open to students. Contact the Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis for access.

    This is a duplicate of the Foundations for Ministry course for demonstration purposes. It is not open to students. Contact the Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis for access.