Laity in Action – Ever Thought About Lay Speaking?
If you are looking for a way to grow your faith and enjoy public speaking, consider joining the Bethel Hill Lay Speaker Program. This program will help those who want to experience the challenges and rewards of giving a message during a church service. Together we will grow and learn the process of preparing and presenting the message to our own congregations. We will learn the process through classroom training, mentoring from those experienced in the process, and from each other as we support each other along the way.
Mentor: Pastor Harold Burkett
A Hundred Helpers – “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.” – John Wesley
This program is part of an ongoing program to develop Lay Speakers. Once participants complete the introductory portion, they can continue in the program to meet with their group and continue to assist each other in the development of sermons.
Participation in this program is a long term commitment. Although an occasional absence is allowable, participants are expected to make a commitment to the group and attend a significant majority of group meetings. The program is presented as a long term, on-going activity. The total duration of this introductory portion is approximately 15 hours. The group meets once every three weeks for 90 minutes each session.
This program is more than a lecture series on preaching. Although the participants will learn a great deal about the construction and presentation of a sermon, the greatest attribute of this program is that the group behaves very much like a Wesleyan small group. Over a period of time the group will become very close through honest and open discussion of faith. Those who actively participate most, will gain the most.
Contact the Bethel Hill United Methodist Church office at 610-584-5936 for more information.
(For those participants that wish to receive credit as an Advanced Christ Servant Ministry class, attendance at a minimum of 12 hours will be required. For those participants that have already achieved CSM or CLM, attendance of at least 10 hours in 24 months can be used for continuing training credit.)
Click on the links below to see youtube video of our Lay Speakers.