Advanced Courses

Advanced courses are developed by Discipleship Ministries (formerly GBOD).  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

Please note--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.
  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, or Jana Waite,
Online registration at 

Sponsored by New Streams Team


Other Opportunities

Course of Study Extension School Modules
Lay Servants may audit any of the Weekend Part-time Local Pastor Course of Study (Extension School) modules held at the United Methodist Center.  For more information go to the Extension School web site at  and contact Director, 
Rev. Kenneth Hutchens  or by phone at  217-390-1566.
You will also need to contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for approval and required attendance form (a link to their e-mail address can be found on the main Lay Servant Ministries page).
Please note--this option requires a larger time and financial commitment than traditional Lay Servant Ministries courses.


District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District


Embarras River District


Illinois River District


Iroquois River District


Kaskaskia River District


LaMoine River District


Mississippi River District


Sangamon River District


Spoon River District


Vermilion River District

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017
Details forthcoming