What's a Methodist? - It's All in the Details!
I will have participants take a short online survey with questions ranging from: Christ's physical presence in communion, does worship HAVE to be on a Sunday, women in ministry, Biblical inerrancy vs. inspiration. The survey then let's students know what denomination they may align with. From there, I go question by question and explain them in greater detail, what denominations typically believe what, and why I find myself in the Wesleyan view point of the topic. This has been really fun to do with my leadership students! In the end, we typically find the beauty of UMC theology, gray areas of theology, and areas we feel passionately about.
Workshop leader: Rev. Chelsea Peddecord - Highland Park United Methodist Church
How will it help you be BOLD? I think seeing the theological spectrum is great way to understand the "great cloud of witnesses" in this passage! It's a humbling reminder that odds are, we don't have it all right! While also reminding us of some of the greatest things that we have figured out (God's grace, love, etc.). I think when students feel empowered to express their theology it allows them to live boldly in the word and into their own sanctification.
Audience Age Range:
- Adult Leaders/Volunteers/Chaperones
- Older Youth (9-12th grades)