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 Apr. 22 2017 (all four sessions required) 
COMPLETED,

 

District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District

 

Embarras River District

 

Illinois River District

#1
Title:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Dates: Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 2017
Times: August 5, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM; Sunday, 1:30-5:00 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost: $40.00 (includes textbook and meals)
Registration deadline: July 10, 2017
Instructors:  TBA.
Contact person: Lynn Heisel, 309-231-6290; lheisel@mtco.com

#2
Title: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century
Dates: Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 2017
Times: August 5, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM; Sunday, 1:30-5:00 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost: $40.00 (includes textbook and meals)
Registration deadline: July 10, 2017
Instructors:  TBA.
Contact person: 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:  Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept 16, 2017. 
SAVE THE DATE.  Additional information soon.

#2
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. 
SAVE THE DATE.  Additional information soon.

 

Kaskaskia River District

#1
Title:  TBA (Preaching) (the course selected will count toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 13, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM (working lunch)
Location:  Flora First UMC, 103 E. 3rd St., Flora, IL 62839
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  May 5, 2017 (space is limited)
Instructor:  Gary Pearce
Contact:  Rose Straeter, roseharp10@gmail.com or 618-204-9081

#2
Title:  Justice in Everyday Life
Date:  May 13, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM (working lunch)
Location:  Flora First UMC, 103 E. 3rd St., Flora, IL 62839
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  May 5, 2017 
Instructor:  Carol Lakota Eastin
Contact:  Rose Straeter, roseharp10@gmail.com or 618-204-9081

 

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.
Time:  2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Rd., Troy, IL 62294; 618-667-6241
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline:  Aug. 13, 2017
Required Text:  From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-68706-660-5).   Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury and Amazon.  E-book available.
Instructors:  Donna Massey and Shelley Loring
Contact: Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@gmail.com

 

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