We will have a welcome and a brief Centering Prayer. Rev. Jan Brittain will then continue her teaching on foundations for preaching and how to construct a sermon. There will be a 5-10 minute break.
More about Rev. Jan Brittain:
Kneeling on the concrete floor of a summer camp in the mountains of NC, Jan Brittain committed her life to full time Christian service at the age of 16. Of course, at that time, she did not know any women pastors and assumed her commitment would take her overseas as a missionary. But God had other plans. Jan has served churches of all sizes and in a variety of locations --- country, urban, suburban, mountain, farm, and now lake. And though, not in the way she anticipated, Jan has done her share of overseas work. She began her ministry by serving churches in Bristol, England and has done extensive work with churches in Kenya, and has preached on 4 continents.
Jan’s background in Christian Education and her degree in Business Administration, along with her nearly 4 decades of professional ministry are resources that are serving the local church and the larger church. She works with the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina in co-leading a course in church administration and is currently leading a cohort in preaching for the conference.
Jan is a true child of the church. As the daughter of a United Methodist pastor, Jan grew up in the parsonages of South Carolina. And, at the top of any list of achievements or blessings, Jan would put the honor of being a mother and a Gran Jan.
Jan summarizes her personal theology this way:
1. God's motivation is always love.
2. Jesus Christ's death on the cross is the means to our salvation. His resurrection is the promise of our eternity. We cannot save ourselves and, praise God, we do not have to.
3. There are three absolute essentials for effective and faithful living: time spent in God's word, time spent in prayer and time spent with God's people.
4. God formed and chose the Church. As flawed as the Church is, it is still God's chosen agent for doing His work in the world. Those who want to be on God's team find their place in the Church and go to work helping the Church do what only the Church can do.