Advanced Courses

Advanced courses are developed by Discipleship Ministries.  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

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 of the course.
  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:  Walking with Jesus in the Wesleyan Spirit
Dates:  Sept. 22-23, 2017; Nov. 18, 2017; Feb. 17, 2018; and Mar. 24, 2018 (all four sessions required)  
Times:  Sept. 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM.  All other sessions from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM.
Location:  Northwest UMC, 3800 W. War Memorial Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
Cost:  Early registration (before Aug. 15, 2017) is $199 for all session.  Regular registration (after Aug. 15, 2017) is $239 for all sessions. Includes lunch and snacks at all sessions.  Child care is available for an additional fee.
Registration Deadline:  Sept 15, 2017.  Register at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/WWJ17-18.
Instructors: Brad Watkins, Pastor, Willow Hill UMC, Germantown Hills, IL; Tom Albin, Dean, Upper Room Chapel, Nashville, TN; Margaret Ann Jessup, Associate Pastor, Douglas Ave. UMC, Springfield, IL; and Scott Kisker, Professor of the History of Christianity, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH.
Text Used:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition by Steve Harper.  The text will be provided at the first session.
Contact:  Beth Fender, Coordinator of Discipleship and New Streams, 217-529-2611, bfender@igrc.org

You will experience a time of closer relationship with God through understanding and applying John Wesley's means of grace, and our broader Methodist heritage.  The result will be a strengthened commitment to personal discipleship as you walk with Jesus.  Sessions include:  Revival Now and Meeting God, Growing in Our Relationship with God through Acts of Piety and Acts of Mercy, and Application of Wesleyan Principles and Practices for Today.  Sponsored by IGRC New Streams Team.

 

District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District

#1
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Sundays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24, 2017.  All dates required.
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, April 7 and 14, 2018.  Both dates required.
Times: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:TBA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch both sessions)
Registration deadline: Mar. 17, 2018
Instructor: TBA
Contact:  Deb Johnston, djjohn5@yahoo.com
Required text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 978-1-42676-717-3).   Individuals are expected to purchase the text and complete assigned work PRIOR to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Abingdon Press, and Cokesbury.  E-books available.

 

Embarras River District

Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturdays, Sept 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

Illinois River District

#1
Title:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Dates: Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century
Dates: Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Dates: Saturdays,  Oct. 7 and 14, 2017
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays,  Oct. 7 and 14, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Iroquois River District

#1  
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2  
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. 
COMPLETED.

 

Kaskaskia River District

#1
Title:  Aging and Ministry
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

LaMoine River District

#1
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  You Can Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Mississippi River District

Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 2017 (both dates required).
Times: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: St. Jacob UMC, 407 Jacob St., St. Jacob, IL
Cost: $30
Registration deadline: Nov. 1, 2017 (must have at least 5 registered participants by the deadline or the class will be cancelled)
Instructor:  Jeremy Volkmar
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar at mrdlayservantministries@gmail.com
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6). Individuals are expected to purchase the text and complete assigned work PRIOR to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  E-books available.

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED,

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#5
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (Revised) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN AB526-978-0-6873-3526-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon or Cokesbury.  E-books available.

#6
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie  (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon or Cokesbury.

#7
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth Carder (ISBN DR571-978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, or Cokesbury.

#8
Title:  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation by Thomas Porter (ISBN  1026-978-0-8358-1026-1).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon or Upper Room.

 

Spoon River District

#1
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
COMPLETED.

#5
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
COMPLETED.

#6
Title:  From Your Heart to Theirs or Go Preach! (depends on who Instructor is) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Vermilion River District

#1
Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Leading in Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: May 19 and 20, 2018
Time: TBA
Contact: Amy Smith, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
SAVE THE DATE.