Advanced Lay Servant Course – Polity – March 30, 2019

Advanced Lay Servant Course – Polity – March 30, 2019
Rev David Kueker, Instructor ( or 618-780-0151)

Sponsor: Kaskaskia River District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries
RC Merton,
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8 am to 6 pm
Location: Kinmundy UMC, 309 E Third St, Kinmundy, IL 62854

Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church by Thomas E. Frank
The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (any year but preferably 2016)

Your minister or church office will probably have a copy of the Book of Discipline that you can borrow. Thanks to Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, you can download a PDF copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline for free. This will allow you to copy and paste quotes into your printed work for this class. Download from here:

Your preparation for this class has two parts – other homework may be assigned.

  1. Read through the book, Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church by Thomas E. Frank, and identify items which are meaningful and provoke you to want to discuss them before, during or after our class. (Reading this textbook prior to class is required for credit for advanced lay servant classes.)

2. Lay Servants preach and teach on United Methodist Concepts. Therefore, read through the following six sections of the Book of Discipline. Be ready to discuss them in class. In each of the six sections listed below, choose a passage about which you might preach a sermon or lead a Bible study, or use to illustrate a biblical principle in a sermon or Bible study. (You do not need to read the entire Book of Discipline prior to class, but please read these sections.)

Note: The basic unit in The Book of Discipline is the paragraph (¶) rather than page, chapter, or section. The paragraphs are numbered consecutively within each chapter or section, but many numbers are skipped between parts, chapters, and sections in order to allow for future enactments and to fit with the following plan:

1– 99 The Constitution
101– 199 Doctrine, Doctrinal Statements, General Rules, starting p. 47.
Part Four: The Ministry of All Christians, starting p. 93.
Part Five: Social Principles, starting p. 105.
201– 299 The Local Church
301– 399 The Ministry of the Ordained

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: For the six passages you’ve chosen, consider the following questions that might be a part of discussion:

  1. What grabs your attention?
  2. What are the human needs or problems addressed in the passage? Are they a problem where you are? How could you illustrate these problems?
  3. Does this passage from the Book of Discipline remind you of a scripture? Which one? What does it say?
  4. What are the recommendations or solutions addressed in the passage from the Book of Discipline? Would they work where you are? How could you illustrate these solutions so that people could visualize the consequences of applying them?
  5. If you intended to apply these solutions in your location, what specifically would you be asking people to do next Monday? What behavior would you like to see that would show up on a camera?

Choose one of the passages and email your answers to the questions in writing to me prior to class – (We may have a discussion based on your passage if there is time. You may get to lead it! It will be a very full day!)

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