Alternative Advanced Courses

Each Annual Conference may approve additional classes for its own use. Alternative Advanced Courses fit these guidelines: 

  • The subject is in line with courses currently in the Lay Servant Ministries catalog. 
  • The content fits the theme of leading, caring and communicating.
  • The course will benefit the lay servant for use in the local church.
  • The course must provide at least 10 hours of study.
  • The course is participatory and led by a facilitator qualified in the subject. 

Please note--To receive continuing education credit for an Alternative Advanced Course, you must:

  1. Contact your District Director(s) of Lay Servant Ministries PRIOR to attending the event for approval and to obtain the required Continuing Education Form. 
  2. Take the Continuing Education Form to the event and obtain the instructor's signature at the end.
  3. Upon completion of the course and your portion of the form, return the completed form to your District Director to receive credit.

NOTE:  An alternative advanced course may only be used every other time for continuing education credit.

Prior permission is NOT required to take a regular Advanced Course outside of your home District.

 

Opportunity # 1

Title:  Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation: Healing, Wholeness and Holiness
Dates:  Sunday, Apr. 3, through Friday, Apr. 8, 2016
Completed.

 

Opportunity #2 

Title:  Disciple Making 101
Date: Nov. 19, 2016
Completed.

http://www.disciplemaking101.com/

 

Opportunity #3

Title:  Walking with Jesus in the Wesleyan Spirit
Dates:  Sept. 23-24, 2016; Nov. 12, 2016; Jan. 21, 2017; and Mar. 18, 2017 (all four sessions required)
Times:  Sept. 23, 7:00-8:30 pm; all other dates, 9:00 am-4:45 pm
Location:  Tuscola UMC, 901 N. Prairie, St.
Cost:  Early registration (before Aug. 15), $199; regular registration, $249. Registration includes lunch on Saturdays, snacks, and book
Registration Deadline:  Sept. 16, 2016
Facilitators:  Rev. Tom Albin, Rev. Thomas Logsdon, and Rev. Steven Manskar
Contact:  Beth Fender, bfender@igrc.org or Jana Waite, jlwaite@sbcglobal.net

Online registration at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/WWJ16-17 

Sponsored by New Streams Team

 

Opportunity #4

Title:  Lay Witness Mission Team Member Training; Fall 2016 E3 Evangelism Event
Dates:  Friday evening and Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22, 2016
Completed.

 

Other Opportunities

Course of Study Extension School Modules
Lay Servants may audit any of the Weekend Part-time Local Pastor Course of Study (Extension School) modules held at the United Methodist Center.  For more information go to the Extension School web site at  http://www.igrcos.com  and contact Director,
Rev. Kenneth Hutchens  or by phone at  217-390-1566.

You will also need to contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for approval and required attendance form (a link to their e-mail address can be found on the main Lay Servant Ministries page).

Please note--this option requires a larger time and financial commitment than traditional Lay Servant Ministries courses.