Methodism 101 class intensive instruction in being Methodist

3/1/2009

On Saturday, February 7, almost 70 lay and clergy from the Asbury and McKendree Districts gathered at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland for a “Methodism 101” class.

During six hours of intensive instruction, they learned about: John Wesley from Dave Hilliard, American Methodism from Wayne Hamm, The African Experience from Martin McCain, Organization and Conferences from Jack Shannon, Methodist Ministry from Judy Piercey, Methodist Beliefs from Tim Atkins, Challenges to the UMC from Laura Felleman with reviews by Deb Dallas Walker. Dennis Walker welcomed the group and served as facilitator and official “time keeper.” 
 
The event was in direct response to a concern from Dennis Walker, McKendree District Lay Leader, and Wayne Hamm, Lay Speaking Course Instructor, as they realized a lack of basic knowledge of Methodism from previous Lay Speaking participants.  
 
 Barry Henson, McKendree District Superintendent, and John Holt, Asbury District Superintendent, were excited about the visionary leadership of the laity and the successful outcome of the day. They plan to make this an annual event, expand it and reach even more people from the two Districts.
 
The day ended with participants receiving a 2008 Book of Discipline and a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. When leaving one participant commented, “I’ve been a United Methodist all my life and I learned more today than I have in 50 years. Just let the Baptists ask me what we believe – now I can tell them!”