Elizabeth Moreau, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, teaches laity the content of the faith and to come to see the world through the eyes of Christ - in short, to love God with all of their minds. Over a decade of service in the local church convinced Rev. Moreau that the laity desire the deeper things of God.
All human beings, and Christian laity in particular, will respond to God if given the opportunity to know Him because He is infinitely lovable and desirable -- the Object that satisfies every human soul. The From Called to Sent curriculum consists of six modules, two retreats, an ongoing spiritual support and accountability designed to lead the laity toward four goals:
- To be comfortable in the presence of God. "I have loved you as the Father has loved Me. Make yourselves at home in My love.” John 9:11 (The Message)
- To think with the mind of Christ and to see the world as God does. "But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:16b
- To learn to live as little christs in the world. "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12
- To move from the life of a disciple (follower) to the life an apostle (one who is sent) to realize and fulfill God’s calling in the participant’s life. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The From Called to Sent curriculum continues over a three year period including the following studies to equip and train laity in the deeper things of God.
- Year 1 - Fall Session: I'm Saved, So What? This first module introduces the goal and purpose of Christian life. Christians have talked about salvation for so long that we have forgotten its meaning and power. Explore the life to which you have been saved, the life the Father intended for you in your creation.
- Year 1 - Spring Session: I Believe...Something! What is God like personally? What does God think? Participants have the opportunity to know who God has revealed Himself to be throughout history. Likewise, participants will begin to see and understand the world as God does - from His point of view.
- RETREAT # 1: Who am I? Who is God?
- Year 2 - Fall Session: Pray, then, in this way. Crucial to Christian life is prayer, and participants will learn how to pray, what to expect, how to recognize God when He answers, and how to begin seeking and following His plans rather than our own.
- RETREAT #2: Entering into God's eternal story.
- Year 2 - Spring Session: The Will of the Father. At this stage participants begin to reach out in active ministry. This is the first class that is "hands on" so to speak. Participants will explore practical ministry in a variety of expressions to meet some of the diverse needs of our world, following the example of Jesus Christ.
- Year 3 - Fall Session: Sufficient Grace. God has provided His Church with the means - the times, the places, the practices - through which we come into His presence and learn to live in Him more fully throughout our lives. Sacramental living that encompasses and stretches beyond Baptism and Holy Communion are explored for the purpose of participants' continual nature in Christ.
- Year 3 - Spring Session: Spiritual Disciplines. Scripture and the Early Church provide us with intentional activities through which we deepen and strengthen our relationship to Jesus Christ. For an ongoing and ever-deepening fellowship with Christ, we are given tools by which we can make ourselves available to know Him better and recognize Him more clearly. These are crucial for remaining in Him and continually being fed by Him.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What is the weekly time commitment?
A. Each of five self-study lessons a week requires ~30 minutes of reading and reflection. The once-a-week class consists of 1 hour of lecture and 1 hour of small group discussion.
Q. Who is this program intended for; how much of a Bible scholar should I be to take this course?
A. The course is intended for Christian laity regardless of where they are in their spiritual walk. There is no “prerequisite” study or training needed to take or benefit from the course.
Q. What if I’m not sure about being able to participate throughout the 3-year period of the training, can I start?
A. Participants should have an interest and desire to complete all the modules. We do recognize that circumstances change that can get in the way of this goal.
Q. Do I need to start with the first module “I’m Saved, So What,” or could I begin with the prayer module?”
A. Yes, begin with “I’m Saved, So What.” This is a journey (with companions) that has been well mapped and is best taken without detours.