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

 

Embarras River District

Basic Course

Advanced Courses

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course

Advanced Courses

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 25 and Mar. 11, 2017. Both Saturdays are required.
Time:  8:00 AM-4:00PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location: Quest UMC, 2004 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL 61802
Cost:  $25 (includes lunch/snacks both days and certificate)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Feb. 17, 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).
Instructors:  Multiple
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant

Advanced Courses

#1  
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. 
Time:  8:00 AM–7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Quest United Methodist Church, 2004 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL  61802
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Required Text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) by Hoyt Hickman.  (ISBN 978-06873-3526-8).  Participants are expected to purchase, read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), Upper Room, and Cokesbury.
Instructor:  Rev Patti Wise, Batestown/Union Corner UMC, patpa1950@sbcglobal.net
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant

#2
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017. 
Time:  8:00 AM–7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Quest United Methodist Church, 2004 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL  61802
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Mar. 3, 2017
Required Text:  Let the Whole Church Say Amen! By Laurence Hill Stookey.  (ISBN 978-06870-9077-8).  Participants are expected to purchase, read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), Cokesbury (paperback & eBook), and Upper Room.
Instructor:  Rev Paul Dinges, St Joseph UMC, waldod@mcn.com
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course

Advanced Course

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 25, Mar. 11 and 25, 2017  
Time:  9:00 AM-noon and 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Barry UMC, 720 Perry St., Barry, IL 62312
Cost: $30
Registration deadline:  Feb. 17
Instructors:
Contact: Peg Ratliff at 1-217-833-2377 or pegrat04@hotmail.com

Advanced Courses

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course

Date(s):  Saturdays, Mar. 4 and 11, 2017 (both Saturdays required)
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Worden UMC, 103 S. Lincoln St., Worden, IL 62097
Cost:  $30;  lunch will be provided (free-will offering)
Registration deadline:  Feb. 22
Instructor(s):  
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@gmail.com

Advanced Courses

 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course

Date(s):   April 22 and 29, 2017 (both Saturdays required)
Time:  8:00 AM–5:00 PM, both days
Location(s): April 22 at Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
                    April 29 at Sugar Creek UMC, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, IL 62629, 217-483-2270
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: April 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 April 22 & 29, 2017.

Advanced Courses

#1

Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: April 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
Time:  Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sunday, April 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: April 15, 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: Rev. Larry Bricker,  larryd_bricker_135@comcast.net
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 appropriate advanced class form for April 22 & 23, 2017.

#2

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  April 22 and 23, 2017. Both dates required.
Time:  Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, April 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost: $40
Registration Deadline:  April 15, 2017
Required Text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 978-14267-6717-3).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room
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 appropriate advanced class form for April 22 & 23, 2017.

#3

Title: Called to Preach!   (Preaching) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  April 22 and 23, 2017.  Both dates required.
Time: Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, April 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2017
Required Text: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and complete prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Abingdon Press.
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 appropriate advanced class form for April 22 & 23, 2017.

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course

Advanced Courses

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course

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, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017
Details forthcoming.