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

Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturdays, Sept 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)
Time:  8:30 AM-4:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM.
Location: Casey UMC, 700 N. Central St., Casey, IL 62420
Cost:  $30.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/ERD2017FallLayServantClass 
Registration deadline:  Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Embarras River District Office, 217-347-3915.
Required Text:  Each One A Minister by William J. Carter (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0). Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class. Available through Cokesbury, Upper Room, or Amazon.  Also available as E-Book (Cokesbury or Upper Room), Kindle (Amazon). 

 

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:  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. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2017 (both dates required)
Time:  Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Clay City UMC, 412 S. Main St., Clay City, IL 62824
SAVE THE DATE.  More information to follow.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2017 (both dates required)
Time:  Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Clay City UMC, 412 S. Main St., Clay City, IL 62824
SAVE THE DATE.  More information to follow.

 

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:  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)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta United Methodist Church, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Oct. 30, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Floyd Blackard
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 978-1-42676-717-3).  Individuals are expected to purchase and read the text prior to the first class.  The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon, Abingdon Press or Cokesbury.  E-books available.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta United Methodist Church, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Oct. 30, 2017
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.

#3
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta United Methodist Church, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Oct. 30, 2017
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Each One a Minister by William J. Carter (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, Upper Room, or Cokesbury.

#4
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta United Methodist Church, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Oct. 30, 2017
Instructor:  Rev. Dr. David Wence
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Tim Farabaugh (ISBN DR554-978-0-88177-554-9).  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.

#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
Times:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, Oct. 7
Instructor:  Rev. Dan Wright
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com, 309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
Times:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, Oct. 7
Instructor:  Pastor Karna Peterson
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com, 309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

#3
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
Times:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, Oct. 7
Instructor:  Pastor Lisa Unger
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com, 309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

#4
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
Times:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, Oct. 7
Instructor:  Sue Schurke
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com,309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

#5
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Nov. 18, 2017
Times:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, Oct. 7
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com, 309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

#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
Times:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, Oct. 7
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com, 309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

 

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)
Times: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM on Saturday and 2:30-5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Hudson UMC, 212 E Franklin St, Hudson, IL 61748
Cost: $35
Registration Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017.  Registration form
Instructor: Rev. Joy Schlesselman
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 one week for delivery AND one week to complete assignments prior to class.
Contact: Amy Smith, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com

#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.