A new online Lay Servant Ministry-approved course about stewardship is now open for enrollment to United Methodists around the country. The course will be hosted on BeADisciple.com in mid-July.
BeADisciple is an online learning platform for Christian education courses, and is a ministry of the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College (a United-Methodist affiliated college in the Great Plains Conference). We host about 150 classes for over 2000 individual students each year. You can learn more here: http://www.beadisciple.com/about-us/.
The new course is entitled Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards and is taught by Rev. John Zimmerman from the Western Pennsylvania Conference. The two-week course starts July 17 and costs $70 per participant.
Course Description: Stewardship feels like a dirty word in most churches. Pastors preach about it knowing they must while members sit uncomfortably through the “it’s-that-time-again” sermons and other appeals. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Stewardship really means that we are taking good care of our ministries and physical property.
This class challenges you to become stewards-in-action in all God has entrusted to us. We will go beyond thinking in terms of ‘dollars contributed’ to see stewardship as becoming living examples of the gospel. If we take stewardship seriously – and joyfully – it won’t be just another addition to the same old programs we’ve been doing in our congregations. It will change our thinking, acting and imagining. And it will change our vision of ministry, working from the inside out.
The required textbook is Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards by Betsy Schwarzentraub and should be obtained in advance of the course. More information and enrollment can be found at: http://www.beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/ifd353-afire-with-god-becoming-spirited-stewards/.