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.
Times: 2:00-5:30 PM
Location: Anna UMC, 111 W. Monroe St., Anna, IL 62906
Cost: $0, but the individual must purchase the required text.
Registration deadline: Sept. 1 10, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Carl Johnston
Contact:  Deb Johnston, djjohn5@yahoo.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.

#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

 

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
Time:  8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost $40.00 (includes textbook and meals)
Registration deadline: Sept. 15, 2017
Instructors: TBA
Contact:  Lynn Heisel, 309-231-6290; lheisel@mtco.com

#4
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays,  Oct. 7 and 14, 2017
Time:  8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost $40.00 (includes textbook and meals)
Registration deadline: Sept. 15, 2017
Instructors: TBA
Contact:  Lynn Heisel, 309-231-6290; lheisel@mtco.com

 

Iroquois River District

#1  
Title:  Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Champaign First UMC, 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks and certificate)
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.  See www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Registration deadline:  Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Instructor:  Rev. Bob Sabo, Watseka UMC
Required Text:  Each One A Minister by William J. Carter (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0). Individuals should order, read, and complete exercises in this text prior to the class. Available through Cokesbury, Upper Room, or Amazon.  Also available as E-Book (Cokesbury or Upper Room), Kindle (Amazon). Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

#2  
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. 
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Champaign First UMC, 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks and certificate)
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.  See www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Registration deadline:  Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Instructor:  Rev. Paul Unger
Required Text: From Pew to Pulpit  by Clifton F Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).   Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class. Please bring a prepared 5 minute message to deliver with outline and a worship program/bulletin from your local church.   Text is available through Cokesbury (paperback or eBook) and Amazon (paperback or kindle).  Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

 

Kaskaskia River District

#1
Title:  TBA (Preaching) (the course selected will count toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 13, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Justice in Everyday Life
Date:  May 13, 2017
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

#1
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward the Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Apr. 22 and May 6, 2017.  Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward the Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Aug. 20, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 17, and Sept. 24, 2017.  All dates required.
CANCELLED.

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Apr. 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Apr. 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

#3
Title: You Can Preach!   (Preaching) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Apr. 22 and 23, 2017.  Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

 

Spoon River District

Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) 
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Vermilion River District

Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Dates: October 7 and 8, 2017
Times: To be determined
Location: Hudson UMC, 212 E Franklin St, Hudson, IL 61748
SAVE THE DATE. Additional information soon.