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



Opportunity #2 

Title:  Disciple Making 101
Date: Nov. 19, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, 4212 Broadway St., Mt Vernon, IL 62864
Cost: $40
Registration deadline: Nov. 14, 2016
Facilitator:  Dr. David Kueker
Contact: Rose Straeter,, 618-204-9081
(Note: bring a sack lunch)


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, or Jana Waite,

Online registration at 

Sponsored by New Streams Team


Opportunity #4

Title:  Lay Witness Mission Team Member Training; Fall 2016 E3 Evangelism Event (Event brochure may be downloaded from
Dates:  Friday evening and Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22, 2016
Times:  Friday—6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday—8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Savoy UMC, 3002 W. Old Church Road, Champaign, IL  61822
Cost:  As Advanced Course/CLM credit—Attendance required BOTH days--$55
          All others (Lay Servant/CLM not for credit, other Laity or Clergy)—Attendance required only on Saturday but you may also be
          present on Friday evening--$35
Registration deadline:  For those taking as Advanced Course/CLM credit—Fri., Oct. 7, 2016 
          All others—Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Instructor:  Rev. Frank Billman, Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, Goodlettsville, TN
Contact:  Ava D. Williams

There are three ways to register:
1.  register and pay online at
2.  register online and pay by check, OR       
3.  register by mail and pay by check

Please make checks payable to IGRC.

When sending by mail please return registration form and/or registration fee to:
          Illinois Great Rivers Conference
          Attn: Christy B.
          P. O. Box 19207
          Springfield, IL  62794-9207

Please use only the above address information on your envelope as doing otherwise may delay or cancel your registration.

This event is open to all and will be a good experience for Clergy, CLMs and laity seeking information on holding a Lay Witness Mission at their church or in their Charge/Parish. This training will also benefit participants in helping them to share their witness with others. Persons other than Lay Servants/CLMs attending for continuing education credit, will only need to attend on Saturday;  however, the option to attend on both days is available.

This event is also being offered to those laity who would like to become LWM Team members or to explore that possibility. Lay Servant/CLM continuing education credit will be available for those wanting to use it (information concerning requirements to receive continuing education is available at Participation in this event does not commit you to becoming a team member. Lay Servants/CLMs attending for credit MUST attend both days.

Congregations other than United Methodist can request to hold a LWM at their church and you need not be United Methodist to be a team member or a Team Coordinator.

Jointly Sponsored by the IGRC Evangelism and Lay Servant Ministries Committees


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  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.