Methodism Classes Offered

posted on November 28

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 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 has offered 2 classes in the fall of 2018, and will be offering one more class in January of 2019. These classes will be structured as 3-day workshops, held on Thursday evening, all day Friday, and Saturday.  The cost of the workshop will be $25, 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 and/or 


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

** Certificates will be issued, which can then be used for CEU credit or for Catawba Valley District Advanced Lay Servant course credit.

United Methodist Polity

Course meets 3 days: January 24 - 26, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6pm - 8pm

Friday, Jan. 25, 9am - 4 pm

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 am - 2pm


This course will explore our connectional nature as a denomination. It will include a brief history, an understanding of the Book of Discipline, an exploration of leadership roles, and, of course, an solid overview of church structure from the local church to the global community.

Required Books:  (You must acquire the books before class and bring them with you. Books are available from if you wish to purchase; or you might be able to borrow one from your church.)

  • The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2016
  • The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church 2016 (suggested but not required)
  • Laceye Warner. The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity and Organization. (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press: 2014).

Payment Information

Registration fee ($25 per class) includes refreshments, snack breakfast and lunch.

You may pay online through the registration website, or you may mail a check to the Catawba Valley District Office.  All payments must be received 1 week prior to the class you are taking (payment due  January 15, 2019.)

Register Now →

$25 per class, plus cost of books

Jana Alexander

St. Luke's
52 16th Ave. NW

Hickory, NC 28601

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