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Advanced Lay Servant: Leading Worship (Westby)
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 09:00am - 02:30pm
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Dates: Saturday, March 17 & 24, 2018
Times: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Place: Westby United Methodist Church, 202 E. State Street, Westby, 608-648-2528 – Church Office
Teacher/Facilitator: Pastor Jim Aniol
Theme: Leading Worship in the United Methodist Church
Deadline for Registration: March 9, 2018

This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship and we will learn the basics of United Methodist worship. Drawing upon five basic principles, we will learn the formative nature of worship and how it can revitalize persons' lives. The five principles are:

  • God's Word is primary
  • Active congregational participation is crucial
  • Spontaneity and order are both important
  • Worship should be relevant and inclusive
  • Worship is communion

We will also discuss:

  • The basic resources for planning and leading worship
  • The basic pattern of UM worship and its origins
  • Practical suggestions how to renew and revitalize worship
  • How to be effective leaders in planning and revitalizing worship
  • How to lead our congregations into a deeper and richer experience of God through worship.

The required text is “Worshiping with United Methodists Revised Edition: A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders Paperback" by Hoyt L. Hickman (ISBN 13: 978-0-687-33526-8) and may be purchased from The Upper Room Bookstore or Amazon.com. There is no registration fee for this class, your only cost is the book.

Please come to class on March 17th having read through Chapter 6, Proclamation and Response, and knowing that you will be in a non-threatening environment where your thoughts and contributions are valued. Also, please bring a copy of your church bulletin so we can learn from each other, and a bag lunch as dining options in the area are very limited.

To register – or with questions – send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for registration is March 9, 2018.

Location - Westby United Methodist Church, 202 E. State Street, Westby, 608-648-2528

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