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 Course

 

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.
Time: 1:30-5:30 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost $40.00 (includes textbook and materials)
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2017
Instructors: Members of the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministry
Contact person: Lynn Heisel, 309-231-6290; lheisel@mtco.com

#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
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

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

Advanced Courses

#1  
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. 
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017. 
COMPLETED.

 

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
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

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
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM (working lunch)
Location:  Wesley Chapel UMC, 1447 Merritt Rd, Jacksonville, IL 62650, 217-245-7312
Cost:  $50
Registration Deadline:  May 1, 2017
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377

#2
Title:  You Can Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 6, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM (working lunch)
Location:  Wesley Chapel UMC, 1447 Merritt Rd, Jacksonville, IL 62650, 217-245-7312
Cost:  $50
Registration Deadline:  May 1, 2017
​Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377

 

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.
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035; 618-466-3624
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline:  Apr. 19, 2017
Required Text  Each One a Minister by William J. Carter,  (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact: Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@gmail.com

#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

Basic Course

Date(s):   Apr. 22 and 29, 2017. Both Saturdays required.
Time:  8:00 AM–5:00 PM, both days
Location(s): Apr. 22 at Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
                    Apr. 29 at Sugar Creek UMC, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, IL 62629, 217-483-2270
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2017
Required Text: Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase, read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room (also available as ePub).
Instructor(s): TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackardfloyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register at http://www.igrc.org/forms?topic=Sangamon%20River, choose BASIC class form for Apr. 22 & 29, 2017.

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
Time:  Friday 6:00-9:00 PM;  Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Location:  Galesburg First UMC, 120 N. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-342-3197
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Apr. 1, 2017
Instructor:  John Knueppel
Contact:  Lisa Unger309-335-2048 or clunger962@comcast.net

Advanced Course

Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) 
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N, Kellogg St,, Galesburg, IL 61401; 309-342-3197 (NOTE: Location change)
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Mar. 25, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Karna Peterson
Contact:  Lisa Unger, 309-335-2048 or clunger962@comcast.net 

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course

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

Advanced Course

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