Please read page in its entirety in preparation for each session.

You are responsible for purchasing your own books unless otherwise noted. Books can be purchased on Cokesbury, Amazon and may be the bound or digital version.

Texts to Bring to Each Session

You may seek to borrow the below UMC texts from your church or pastor.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session One - February 5-6

For those enrolled in Session One, prior to the first class:

  • Purchase and read Worshiping with United Methodists Revised Edison by Hoyt L. Hickman | Click here
  • Read online document, “This Holy Mystery” by Gayle Felton. | Click here
  • Read online document, “By Water and the Spirit” by Gayle Felton. | Click here 

Also prior to February 1, submit to Beverly Karlovich the below typed documents in Times New Roman, 12 pt font and double spaced. Make sure your first and last name is on each page and your pages are numbered.

  1. A 250-400-word biographical reflection paper that includes your strengths and growing edges in ministry.
  2. A 250–400-word reflection paper on a personal experience related to either baptism or communion. It could be something you experienced yourself, or something you saw, heard or felt on behalf of someone else.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session Two - March 5-6

For those enrolled in Session Two, prior to class:

  • Purchase and read From Pew to Pulpit: A Beginner’s Guide to Preaching, by Clifton F. Guthrie | Click here

By February 25, email Beverly Karlovich the following typed documents in Times New Roman, 12 pt font and double spaced.

  • A manuscript of a 10-minute original sermon that you are prepared to preach in class based on ONE of the identified scriptures. Make sure your first and last name are on each page.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session Three – March 26-27

For those enrolled in Session Three, prior to class:

  • Ministry Safe Training (for Safe Sanctuaries)
  • Purchase and read Ministry and Money A Practical Guide for Pastors by Janet and Phillip Jamieson | Check here
  • Read A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen | Article will be provided to you in Session Two.
  • Bring to class your church’s 2021 budget.

After completion of session three:

  •  Select an obituary of someone that you do not know. Write a funeral sermon based on the obituary. Include the printed obituary and scripture before the sermon. Sermons should be double spaced in 12 point font of Times New Roman. Make sure your first and last name is on each page. Submit your sermons to Beverly Karlovich by April 8th.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session Four – April 16-17

For those enrolled in Session Four, prior to class:

  • Purchase and read Living Our Beliefs by Kenneth L. Carder | Click here
  • Purchase and read United Methodist Questions, United Methodist Answers: Exploring Christian Faith (Revised) by F. Belton Joyner, Jr. | Click here
  • Complete the United Methodist 101 Handout