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A Continuing Education Opportunity Exploring the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church

This dynamic course will explore the possibilities, origins, theology, and ministry of the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church. It is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the historical roots of the United Methodist deacon, understand deacons and their ministry, and to be a deacon or a supporter of deacons with a vision of Church and ministry that seeks to liberate and empower persons. Offered conveniently as three individual weekend sessions, this course allows continuing education students to earn one, two, or three continuing education credits.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Margaret Ann H

  

  

Dr. Margaret Ann Crain is Professor Emeritus of Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical and is an ordained deacon of The United Methodist Church in full connection with the Northern Illinois Conference. Crain’s contributions to the academy and the Church has made her one of the most well-known and well-respected scholar practitioners in her field. She has served as a board member of the Christian Educators Fellowship and editor of Christians in Education, and was co-writer for the UMC Commission for the Study of Ministry in the 2008-2012 quadrennium. Crain also has participated in ecumenical organizations such as The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate (TEND), the Diaconal Organization of the Americas and Canada (DOTAC), and the DIAKONIA World Federation. Her most recent publication, The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon Press 2014), gives a clear understanding of the order of deacon, beginning with a discussion of how its unique call sets apart persons for ordained ministry.

 

INDIVIDUAL WEEKEND SESSIONS OR 3-WEEKEND PASS AVAILABLE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING STUDENTS

Each weekend session is a freestanding learning experience, and continuing education students can register for an individual weekend session or for a 3-weekend pass (see pricing below).

REGISTRATION FOR COURSE CREDIT

Course credit is available for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students through the normal registration procedures. The deadline for traditional students to register is September 2, 2014.

 

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 Deacons - All

 

Register for The United Methodist Deacon (Three Weekend Pass)
Sept. 12-13, Nov. 14-15, Dec. 5-6, 2014 | $250 (A $50 Savings for All Three Weekends)
Registration Cutoff Date: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Weekend Schedule
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m.

    
 Deacons - Sept

 

Register for September 12-13, 2014
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m. | $100
Registration Cutoff Date: Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Deacons and Their Ministry

  • Understand deacons and their ministry
  • Envision a diaconal ministry that is prophetic and faithful to the call of all Christians
  • Consideration of the meaning of ordination and role of sacraments
    
 Deacons - Nov

 

Register for November 14-15, 2014
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m. | $100
Registration Cutoff Date: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Historical Roots of the United Methodist Deacon

  • Learn historical roots of the United Methodist deacon, the theological basis for the diaconate, and the place of the deacon in United Methodist polity
  • Learn how the diaconate is expressed in other Christian groups
    
 Deacons - Dec

 

Register for December 5-6, 2014
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m. | $100
Registration Cutoff Date: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Models for Designing Your Own Ministry 

  • Learn to be a deacon or supporter of deacons with a vision of ecclesiology and ministry that seeks to liberate and empower persons to be co-creators of the reign of God in our multi-cultural and multi-faith environment
  • Consider several models of ministry appointments that illustrate how to set up an accountability structure, raise funds, and successfully articulate your vision to the bishop
    

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