Training Opportunities by District

Lay Servant Ministries courses are open to ALL, whether or not an enrollee applies to serve as a Lay Servant.

 

Cache River District

Basic Course

Advanced Courses

Title:  Leading Worship
Dates:  Friday & Saturday, Apr. 1 & 2, 2016
Completed.

 

Embarras River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturdays, Apr. 16 & 23, 2016.  Both Saturdays are required
Completed.

Advanced Courses

Title:  Leading Worship
Dates:  Saturdays, Apr. 16 & 23, 2016.  Both Saturdays are required.
Completed.
 

Illinois River District

Basic Course

Dates: Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 2016.  All Saturdays are required.
Time:  Saturday, October 1 and 8, 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M; Saturday, October 15, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M
Location:  East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL. 61611
Cost:  $40.00 (Includes textbook, materials, and lunch on the 1st and 8th
Registration deadline: September 15, 2016
nstructors: Dr. Jean Aldag Daniels, Pastor Paul Copeland, Donald Chapman, Donna Boardman, June Tyler, Marti Ogborn, Lynn Heisel
Contact:  Lynn Heisel, 506 N. Oregon Ave.,  Morton, IL 61550,  309-263-4411 (home), 309-231-6290 (cell),  lheisel@mtco.com

Advanced Courses

TItle:  (Choose one) Go Preach!; Leading in Prayer; Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage).  Counts for the Lay Speaker track.
Dates: Saturday October 1, and Saturday October 8, 2016.  Both Saturdays are required.
Time:  8:30 A. M.- 5:00 P.M.
Location:  East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost:   $40.00 (includes textbook and materials, lunch on both days.)
Registration deadline:  September 15, 2016
Instructors: TBA 
Contact: Lynn Heisel, 506 N. Oregon Ave.,  Morton, IL 61550, 309-263-4411 (hoe), 309-2316290 (cell), lheisel@mtco.com 

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 27 & Mar. 5, 2016. Both Saturdays are required.
Completed.

 

Advanced Courses

#1
Title: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage). Counts toward lay speaker track.
Date:  Saturday, October 29, 2016 
Time: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Mahomet UMC, 1302 E South Mahomet Rd, Mahomet, IL  61853
Cost: $25.00.  (includes lunch + snacks + certificate)
Registration deadline:  October 15, 2016
Instructor:  Rev. John McIntosh, Mahomet UMC.  jmcintosh@mumc.org
Contact: Teresa Pratt, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries at:  teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advance registration is required.  Register on-line.  See http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Required Text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Bishop Kenneth Carder (ISBN 9780881775716).  Participants are expected to read this text prior to class and complete required assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), and Cokesbury

 
#2
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity). Counts toward lay speaker track.
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Mahomet UMC, 1302 E South Mahomet Rd, Mahomet, IL  61853
Cost: $25.00.  (includes lunch + snacks + certificate)
Registration deadline:  October 15, 2016
Instructor:  Rev. Paul Ungerepunger@comcast.net
Contact: Teresa Pratt, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries at:  teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advance registration is required.  Register on-line.  See http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Required Text: The Method of our Mission  by Laceye C. Warner.  (ISBN 9781426767173).  Participants are expected to read this text prior to class.  Available through Amazon (paperback & Kindle), Cokesbury (paperback & eBook) and Upper Room.  Participants will also need the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  There is significant reading and preparation for this course, so allow adequate time.  Required papers are due electronically to the instructor no later than October 25, 2016.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course

 

Advanced Courses

Title:  Planning Worship
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016
Completed.

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 13, 27 & Mar. 12, 2016
Completed.

Dates:  Saturdays, Apr. 9, 23 & 30, 2016
Completed.

Advanced Courses

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Sundays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7 & 14, 2016
Completed.

Advanced Courses

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 19, 2016
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  Alton Main Street UMC, 1400 Main St.
Cost:  $30; the host church is offering a lunch option for $10 per class (proceeds to benefit their mission teams).
Textbook:  The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization by Laceye C. Warner. Participants should also have access to the 2012 Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions (check with your pastor). They should also download The United Methodist Handbook (http://www.umcgiving.org/pastors/resources?category=2756)
Registration Deadline:  October 5, 2016 
Instructor:  Beth Fender
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@gmail.com
Other:  After the registration deadline, participants will receive an email with an assignment to be completed before the first class session.

 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course

 

Advanced Courses

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5
Times:  Friday 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  John Knueppel
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5
Times:  Friday 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM-4:00PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  Rev. Dan Wright
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5
Times:  Friday 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

#3
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (Heritage) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5
Times:  Friday 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

#4
Title:  Go Preach (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6
Times:  Saturday 4:00-9:00 PM and Sunday 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

#5
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6
Times:  Saturday 4:00-9:00 PM and Sunday 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  Lisa Unger
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

#6
Title: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) (counts for lay speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6
Times:  Saturday 4:00-9:00 PM and Sunday 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $40
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 23
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048

Laity Courses on the following topics are also being offered (NOTE: these are not advanced courses):
Missions; Visiting/Grief Support; Technology in Worship; Music Ministry; Evangelism/Visitors; Youth/Children Ministry; Finances; Staff-Pastor-Parish Relations Committee; Leading Bible Studies/Sunday School; Leading Small Groups

Date: Friday, Nov, 4,  and Saturday, Nov. 5
Times: Friday, 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, 8:00 AM-9:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St.
Cost:  $10/course (courses are 1 hour and 15 minutes)
Instructors: TBD
For a schedule of exact times for each course, contact Lisa Unger at clunger962@comcast.net or (309) 335-2048. 

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Sundays, Jul. 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7 & 14, 2016  
Completed.

Dates:  Sundays, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Apr. 2, 2017
Time:  1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Bradley: Wesley UMC, 500 N. Cleveland Ave.
Cost:  $25 per person/$40 per married couple
Registration Deadline:
Instructor(s): TBA
Contact:  Linda Michel  lindabmichel@earthlink.net

Advanced Courses

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)
Dates:  Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 1 & 2, 2016
Completed.