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Rediscover the Heart of Methodism in free online course

Rediscover the Heart of Methodism in free online course

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The Duke Divinity School is offering a free online course called "Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism."

The course is designed as a four-week experience for small groups, classes, and leadership development in churches. Those without access to a group are also welcome to complete the course individually.

To register, click here.

Presenters include:

• Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, resident bishop of the Florida Conference and the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. He also serves as bishop-in-residence and a consulting faculty member at Duke Divinity School.

• The Rev. Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Dean of Duke Divinity School, Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology, and director of the Center for Reconciliation. 

• The Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, a theologian whose work centers on the nature of forgiveness, the significance of Christian ministry and pastoral leadership, and social innovation and entrepreneurship. 

• The Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner is an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. At Duke Divinity School, she currently serves as the associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies, and as associate dean of Wesleyan engagement and hybrid programs.

“The Heart of Methodism was itself a return to the life-giving practices and mindsets core to the ancient church that continued in the ministry of Jesus," Bishop Carter said.

"The rediscovery of who we are will be the pathway to our vitality, sustainability, and innovation in the season ahead.  I hope our leaders, lay and clergy, will see this as a wonderful resource for this calling.”

This project is a missional initiative of the Duke Divinity School with the support of the Kern Family Foundation. It will make a positive difference for long-time members or those newer to the faith. 

“The emphasis on the rediscovery of the vibrant and engaging heart of Methodism is connected to our emphasis on Unity in Christ,” said Dr. Jung Choi, Senior Director, Wesleyan Formation Initiatives.

Each 4-week course will address one of the five key themes of the series, and the first focus is Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets.

“Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism reflects our vision of shaping innovative leadership within the Wesleyan tradition as a constructive response to the conflicted landscape and need for a fruitful trajectory," Dean Colón-Emeric said. 

"We are grateful for the support of the Kern Family Foundation that allows us to offer this timely resource to pastors and churches at no charge, for the sake of renewal of the people called Methodist.”

Rev. Dr. Colón-Emeric added, "It also reflects our shared vision of shaping innovative leadership within the Wesleyan tradition as a constructive response to the conflicted landscape and need for a fruitful trajectory,"

The course asks learners to spend about 30 minutes on their own each week completing an interactive video lesson and companion activities in the course workbook. The workbook also includes a discussion guide for weekly group meetings lasting about an hour.

​"As such, we are encouraging churches to consider this for use in adult classes, small groups, and leadership development programs," Dr. Choi said. "The content is intended to be accessible for engaged laypeople with no formal theological training, yet rich enough for use in pastoral formation pathways."


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