LWC Hosts School for Future Leaders of The United Methodist Church
Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2012 [7:55 PM]
Students and teachers of the United
Methodist License for Pastoral Ministry School
gather in the amphitheater on the Lindsey Wilson College Campus
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Shannon Blosser
received a great theological education at Asbury (Ky.) Seminary.
Last week at Lindsey Wilson College, he received a great practical
education about how to translate what he learned in seminary to his
everyday work in a church.
Blosser, of Mackville, Ky., was one of almost three dozen
future leaders of The United Methodist Church who spent a week on
the LWC A.P. White Campus attending the United Methodist License
for Pastoral Ministry School.
"Seminary teaches you the theology, this teaches you the
practicality," said Blosser, who ministers churches in Boyle and
The weeklong school -- sponsored by the Kentucky Annual Conference
of The United Methodist Church -- certifies laypersons to
present sacraments in their assigned United Methodist churches. For
some of the students, the school will enable them to have expanded
responsibilities in their home church; for other students, the
school is a step on eventually becoming pastor of a
This was the 13th time in the last 14 years LWC has been the
site of the the school.
"We love working through this process with people who are
answering their call," said Mary Lou Stephens of Richmond, Ky., who
was one of the four leaders of this year's school. "We love working
with them and struggling with them to answer their
The 35 men and women who attended the school from May 27-June
2 at LWC experienced an intense week of education that included
everything from wrestling with theological questions to learning
how tax laws affect churches.
"We have spirited debates and discussions that make for some
very long days," Stephens said. "We've talked about some hard
things, yet we've come out unified around Christ and what he has
called us to do and how to serve his church."
Blosser said the school also helps individuals build and
expand a network of contacts.
"It's great opportunity to meet your fellow brothers and
sisters who will be serving the church with you for many years to
come," he said.
This year's school attracted students from all over Kentucky
as well as from Illinois, Indiana and Texas.
After researching the school and LWC on the Internet, Jan
Shaulis made the eight-hour drive from Oak Forest, Ill., to
"It looked like an attractive program to be in that was also
located in an attractive place," she said. "What I like about this
school is that it gives you the practical food that you need to
work in the church. And they've done it in an informational way
where you feel like you are walking away with a book that is going
to help you."
The students in this year's school also came from diverse
backgrounds -- lifelong United Methodists as well as Christians who
had recently joined the church.
One of those students who recently joined the church was Dee
Decker Huey of Louisville, Ky. An assistant pastor at Revolution United
Methodist Church in Louisville, Huey said the school at LWC was
an excellent way to prepare for enrollment in Louisville
"It's been really great to spend time with people who are
wrestling with the same questions and concerns," she