Who can join a Nu Places class? Any believer in the love and grace of God as experienced through Jesus Christ is invited.
Who can benefit from the Nu Places course of study? Anyone who feels a need to engage others in worship, learning; or service, to take the Good News of Jesus Christto folks outside of the traditional church setting; or simply wants to explore their own calling to become a more involved disciple of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world can benefit from the spiritual and practical exercises of this year-long course.
What hapens during that year? The Nu Places course encompasses 10 lessons offered during weekend sessions at nearby churches led by leaders from throughout the Yelllowstone and Rocky Mountain Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church. These 10 lessons provide a structure for learning and exploration by the individual members of each class, while individual and group study helps provide a platform for groups to form around similar interests and geographic concerns. Prayerfully joining with fellow believers and explorers allow everyone both freedom and support which allos for amazing growth, by each individual, each group, and every congregation represented in the Nu Places program.
Here’s an outline of the 10 sessions:
Session 1: Come & See - An Introduction to Nu Places
Session 2: Basics of Wesleyan Theology and Practice
Session 3: The People called United Methodist
Session 4: Engaging with yourCommunity
Session 5: Preaching and Teaching
Session 6: Pastoral Care
Session 7: Discipling and Mentoring New Leaders
Session 8: Growing and Multiplying Ministries
Session 9: Christian Stewardship
Session 10 Graduation and Celebration
What opportunities are there at the end of the ten sessions? At the end of the ten sessions, in addition to having learned much more about yourself, your church, and your faith, you may find that you feel called to become more involved in your congregation's established and emerging ministries. If you feel called to begin or help begin a new faith community, you will have completed an intentional discernment and assessment process that could lead to a new faith community with you serving as primary leader or part of a clergy-led launch team. If you have completed all sessions, background checks and assessments with an affirmation of your gifts, graces and demonstrated qualification you are eligible for Certified Lay Minister status. (Assignment to a new faith community start or initiating a new ministry in an existing church is subject to approval by partner church, Cabinet, and District Committee of Ordained Ministry.)