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.
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

Basic Course

Advanced Course

 

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.
Time: 8:00 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: Aug. 18, 2017
Instructors: Members of the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministry
Contact person: Lynn Heisel, 309-231-6290; lheisel@mtco.com

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
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

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
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Champaign First UMC, 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks and certificate)
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.  See www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Registration deadline:  Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Instructor:  Rev. Bob Sabo, Watseka UMC
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 two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

#2  
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. 
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Champaign First UMC, 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks and certificate)
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.  See www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Registration deadline:  Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Instructor:  Rev. Paul Unger
Required Text: From Pew to Pulpit  by Clifton F Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).   Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class. Please bring a prepared 5 minute message to deliver with outline and a worship program/bulletin from your local church.   Text is available through Cokesbury (paperback or eBook) and Amazon (paperback or kindle).  Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  TBA (Preaching) (the course selected will count toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 13, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Justice in Everyday Life
Date:  May 13, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

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

#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

Basic Course

Date(s):   Apr. 22 and 29, 2017. Both Saturdays required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#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

Basic Course

Date:  Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course

Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) 
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Sundays, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Apr. 2, 2017
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course

Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Dates: October 7 and 8, 2017
Times: To be determined
Location: Hudson UMC, 212 E Franklin St, Hudson, IL 61748
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