Fresh Expressions LSM and Clergy Event

This event is sponsored by the Great Plains Conference and hosted by the Prairie Rivers District

Course:  Fresh Expressions: How Laity Lead in a Changing Culture

The course offering will aim to help define the roles for laity, which are pioneer, supporter or permission-giver, with a team launching a Fresh Expression. Laity will develop and identify gifts and graces that can meet the unchurched and begin a discipleship journey.

The course will help participants develop a deeper understanding of their Fresh Expression and role within a church movement. All laity and clergy are invited!

  • This is an Approved Advanced Lay Servant Class.
  • A Certificate of Completition for CEU’s will be provided for Clergy.

Location, date and time:

  • Online a week before or after the event date
  • In-person on Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch included) at Hastings First United Methodist Church, 614 N. Hastings, Hastings, NE

Leadership Team:

  • Mitch Marcello - Fresh Expressions trainer and Director of the Acts Network
  • Shane Warta - Coordinator of Lay Leadership, Great Plains UMC Conference

Course Materials:

  • Pre-requisite: The “Fresh Expressions of Church” text will cover:
    • History & Overview
    • Innovation through challenges
    • Author: Travis Collins
  • Required Reading: The “From the Steeple to the Street” text will cover:
    • Future of Christianity
    • Re-imagining Stories
    • Author: Travis Collins
  • Suggested Supporting Material: The “Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist church for People Not in Church” will cover:
    • Terminology relating to Methodism
    • Plans for group conversation and Bible study
    • Author: Kenneth H. Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren
  • Required Video: Overcoming Barriers -  Mitch will cover:
    • Training and the conference initiative
    • Introduction to course and lay movement
    • By: Shane Warta & Mitch Marcello

Class Design: Within the online Moodle classroom, articles for discussion will be provided for class dialogue and mutual learning. The articles will aid in defining roles, providing a Wesleyan historical context and the theology of play. The in-person training aims to be a time of spiritual call and discovery with others as we all learn experientially.

Contact with questions: 

You may also contact your leadership team.

Note:  Lay Servants – to receive a certificate of completion, all required hours must be completed.

*First Name
*Last Name
*Are you laity or clergy?
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*Where do you see God calling you and in what type of role?
*Describe the trainings, book and/or resources that have informed you of this movement.
*Have you attended, or listened to, Vision Day or roundtable?
Do you require any dietary accommodations for the provided lunch?
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