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)
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

Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) (joint with Spoon River District)
Date:  Saturday, April 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:  March 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, 309-263-4411

 

Iroquois River District

#1  
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. 
Time:  8:00 AM–7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Quest United Methodist Church, 2004 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL  61802
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Required Text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) by Hoyt Hickman.  (ISBN 978-06873-3526-8).  Participants are expected to purchase, read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), Upper Room, and Cokesbury.
Instructor:  Rev Patti Wise, Batestown/Union Corner UMC, patpa1950@sbcglobal.net
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant

#2
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017. 
Time:  8:00 AM–7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Quest United Methodist Church, 2004 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL  61802
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Mar. 3, 2017
Required Text:  Let the Whole Church Say Amen! By Laurence Hill Stookey.  (ISBN 978-06870-9077-8).  Participants are expected to purchase, read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), Cokesbury (paperback & eBook), and Upper Room.
Instructor:  Rev Paul Dinges, St Joseph UMC, waldod@mcn.com
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant

 

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: April 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
Time:  Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sunday, April 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: April 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 April 22 & 23, 2017.

#2

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  April 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
Time:  Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, April 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost: $40
Registration Deadline:  April 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 April 22 & 23, 2017.

#3

Title: Called to Preach!   (Preaching) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  April 22 and 23, 2017.  Both dates required.
Time: Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, April 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2017
Required Text: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Abingdon Press.
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 April 22 & 23, 2017.

 

Spoon River District

Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) (joint with Illinois River District)
Date:  Saturday, April 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:  March 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, 309-263-4411

 

Vermilion River District

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017
Time: Saturday April 1, 9am-5pm and Sunday April 2, 12:00pm-4pm
Location: Bradley Wesley UMC 500 North Cleveland Avenue in Bradley
Cost:  $25.00
Registration Deadline: March 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 (Polity)

Instructor: 
Contact: Linda Michel, lindabmichel@earthlink.net or 630-918-9695
Download Registration form here