Advanced Courses

Advanced courses are developed by Discipleship Ministries (formerly GBOD).  Advanced courses provide at least 10 hours of instruction.  Advanced courses use a required text and will involve pre-course assignments.

Lay Servant Ministries courses are open to ALL, whether or not an enrollee applies to serve as a Lay Servant.

 

Conference Wide Alternative Advanced Courses

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.

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.

 

District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District

Title:  Leading Worship
Dates:  Friday & Saturday, Apr. 1 & 2, 2016
Completed.

 

Embarras River District

Title:  Go Preach! (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, 2016 (must attend both dates)
Completed.

 

Illinois River District

TItle:  (Choose one) Go Preach!; Leading in Prayer; Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage).  Counts for the Lay Speaker track.
Dates: Saturday Oct. 1, and Saturday Oct. 8, 2016.  Both Saturdays are required.
Completed.         

 

Iroquois River District

#1
Title: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage). Counts toward lay speaker track.
Date:  Saturday, October 29, 2016 
Completed.

#2
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity). Counts toward lay speaker track.
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Completed.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts for Lay Speaker track)
Date: Nov. 19, 2016
Completed.

 

LaMoine River District

 

Mississippi River District

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 19, 2016
Completed.

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 (both dates required)
Completed.

#2
Title:  The Method of Our Mission (UMC Polity) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 (both dates required)
Completed.

#3
Title:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way (UMC Heritage) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 (both dates required)
Completed.

 

Spoon River District

#1
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Completed.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Completed.

#3
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (Heritage) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Completed.

#4
Title:  Go Preach (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Completed.

#5
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Completed.

#6
Title: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Completed.

 

Vermilion River District

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017
Details forthcoming