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Thursday, October 11, 2018 to Saturday, October 13, 2018

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St. Luke's (Hickory)
52 16th Ave. NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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Jana Alexander

We are excited that the Catawba Valley District can offer classes on Methodism for clergy and laity who serve in leadership positions in your church.

Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith holds a PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Christian Education and Congregational Studies. He regularly teaches United Methodist studies for Garrett-Evangelical, as well as courses in faith formation and discipleship for various schools. He grew up in Earl, North Carolina, and currently serves as Interim Director of Connectional Ministry for Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Morganton, North Carolina. His wife, Shannon, is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and currently serves at First United Methodist Newton. They live in Hickory with their two dogs, Jupiter and Biscuit.

Dr. LeMaster-Smith is offering to lead three classes in Polity and Methodism. These classes will be structured as 3-day workshops, held on Thursday evening, all day Friday, and Saturday.  The cost of the workshops will be $25 each, which covers the cost of refreshments and lunches.  There are also books that are required, which you will need to purchase before class and bring with you. The books are available at www.amazon.com and/or www.cokesbury.com

Classes will be held at St. Luke’s UMC (52 16th Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601).

Please see the class schedule and descriptions below. (A third class, Polity in the Methodist Church, will be offered in the spring. More details to come.)



October 11-13 2018

Thursday, Oct 11, 6pm - 8pm

Friday, Oct 12, 9am - 4 pm

Saturday, Oct 13, 9 am - 2pm

Required Books:  (You must purchase the books before class and bring them with you. Books available from Amazon and Cokesbury, and other outlets.)

Wesley and the People Called Methodists, Richard Heitzenrater (2nd Edition, 2013, Abingdon)

American Methodism: A Compact History, Russel Richey, Kenneth E. Rowe, Jean Miller Schmidt, (2012, Abingdon)

While no one course can cover the whole of Methodist history, this retreat seeks to provide a thorough overview of the timeline of Methodism from before John Wesley to the present. We will explore the history of the denomination, the history of our local congregations, and their interconnectedness. There will be two primary books for this retreat, plus resources from various conference and denominational offices.