Yesterday four students completed studies with the School for Lay Ministry at Morningside College. They joined eleven other students in a weekend course on worship led by the Rev. Linda Butler of Dysart and Phil Carver, the Field Outreach Minister in the Southeast District.
Jason Bush of Carroll, Nelva Petersen of Aurelia, Gina Rassel of Marcus, and Tylene Woods of Hinton were recognized during closing worship on Sunday morning. The Rev. Tom Carver, the District Superintendent of the Northwest District, presided over communion during the special commissioning service.
The Morningside College site has been experimenting recently by combining classes for a better educational experience. The four graduates began their studies in 2013, but they were joined by two other classes of students who started in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
All of the same courses are offered at Morningside as they are at Cornell College and Simpson College, the other two sites for the School for Lay Ministry. At Morningside, however, the students from the three difference classes study the same topic together.
In 2016 apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa are providing $12,797 to support the leadership development work of the Iowa Conference Board of Laity, including scholarships for students attending the School for Lay Ministry.