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

Dates: Sundays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017.  All dates required.
Time:  2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Anna UMC, 111 W. Monroe St., Anna, IL 62906
Cost: $0, but the individual must purchase the required text.
Registration deadline:  Sept. 15, 2017
Instructors: Varied
Contact:  Deb Johnston, djjohn5@yahoo.com
Required text:  Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper Room and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

Advanced Courses

#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.
COMPLETED.

#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

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)
Time:  8:30 AM-4:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course

Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturdays, Sept 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course

#1
Dates: Sundays, June 4, 11, 25, and July 2, 2017.  All dates required.
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 16, 2017.  Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#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
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays,  Oct. 7 and 14, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 25 and Mar. 11, 2017. Both Saturdays required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#1  
Title:  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

Basic Course

Dates: Oct. 8, 14, and 15, 2017 (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#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
Cost:  $40.00 (includes book and assignments) (bring a sack lunch on Saturday).  Please make checks payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline: Oct. 24
Instructor:  Jill Bunker
Contact: Rose Streator at roseharp10@gmail.com or 618-204-9081

#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
Cost:  $40.00 (includes book and assignments) (bring a sack lunch on Saturday)  Please make checks payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline: Oct. 24
Instructor:  Mike Rucker
​Contact: Rose Streator at roseharp10@gmail.com or 618-204-9081

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 25, Mar. 11 and 25, 2017  
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#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

Basic Course

Date(s):  Saturdays, Mar. 4 and 11, 2017 (both Saturdays required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 2017.  (both dates required).
Times: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: St. Jacob UMC, 407 Jacob St., St. Jacob, IL
Cost: $30
Registration deadline: Nov. 1, 2017 (must have at least 5 registered participants by the deadline or the class will be cancelled)
Instructor:  Jeremy Volkmar
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar at mrdlayservantministries@gmail.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.

 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturday, Jan. 20 and 27, 2018 (both days required)
Times:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM both dates
Location:  IGRC United Methodist Center, Springfield, IL
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Jan. 15, 2018
Instructors:  Pastor Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
Contact   Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to purchase this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper Room, Amazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

Advanced Courses

#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

Basic Course

Dates:  Nov. 17 and 18, 2017
Times:  Friday, Nov. 17, 6:00-9:00 PM;  Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:00 AM-6:00 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 John Knueppel
Contact:  Pastor Lisa Unger, ungerlisa4@gmail.com, 309-335-2048 or 309-333-0729

Advanced Course

#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

Basic Course

Dates: Sundays - April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 20, 2018 (all sessions required)
Time: 1:30-5:00 PM (tentative)
Contact: Amy Smith, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
SAVE THE DATE.

Advanced Course

#1
Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts ​(counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#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.