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. 23-24, 2016; Nov. 12, 2016; Jan. 21, 2017; and Mar. 18, 2017 (all four sessions required) - to be rescheduled 
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

 

District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District

 

Embarras River District

 

Illinois River District

#1
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) (joint with Spoon River District)
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location:  East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611, 309-699-5417
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Mar. 25, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Sarah Wanck
Contact:  Lisa Unger for Spoon River District, 309-335-2048 or clunger962@comcast.net and/or Lynn Heisel for Illinois River District, 309-231-6290

#2
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Apr. 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost: $40.00 (includes food, textbook and materials)
Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2017
Instructors: TBA
Contact: Lynn Heisel, 309-231-6290; lheisel@mtco.com

#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:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. 
Completed.

#2
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017. 
Completed.

 

Kaskaskia River District

 

LaMoine River District

 

Mississippi River District

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Apr. 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
Time:  Saturday, Apr. 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sunday, Apr. 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2017
Required Text  Each One a Minister by William J. Carter,  (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room.
Instructor: Rev. Larry Bricker,  larryd_bricker_135@comcast.net
Contact:  Bobbi Blackardfloyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register at http://www.igrc.org/forms?topic=Sangamon%20River, choose appropriate advanced class form for Apr. 22 & 23, 2017.

#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.
Time:  Saturday, Apr. 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, Apr. 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost: $40
Registration Deadline:  Apr. 15, 2017
Required Text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 978-14267-6717-3).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room
Instructor(s):  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackardfloyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register at http://www.igrc.org/forms?topic=Sangamon%20River, choose appropriate advanced class form for Apr. 22 & 23, 2017.

#3

Title: You Can Preach!   (Preaching) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Apr. 22 and 23, 2017.  Both dates required.
Time: Saturday, Apr. 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, Apr. 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2017
Required Text: Go Preach! by John GIlbert. Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room.
Instructor(s):  TBA​
Contact:  Bobbi Blackardfloyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register at http://www.igrc.org/forms?topic=Sangamon%20River, choose appropriate advanced class form for Apr. 22 & 23, 2017.

 

Spoon River District

Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) (joint with Illinois River District)
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location:  East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611, 309-699-5417
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Mar. 25, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Sarah Wanck
Contact:  Lisa Unger for Spoon River District, 309-335-2048 or clunger962@comcast.net and/or Lynn Heisel for Illinois River District, 309-231-6290

 

Vermilion River District

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017
Time: Saturday Apr. 1, 9am-5pm and Sunday Apr. 2, 12:00pm-4pm
Location: Bradley Wesley UMC 500 North Cleveland Avenue in Bradley
Cost:  $25.00
Registration Deadline: Mar. 11, 2017
Required Text: Polity, Practice and the Mission of the United Methodist Church  (2006); 2016 Book of Discipline
Suggested additional book: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection
Instructor: 
Contact: Linda Michel, lindabmichel@earthlink.net or 630-918-9695
Download Registration form here