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, 23, and July 2, 2017.  All dates are 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 are 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 Course

#1
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track) (joint with Spoon River River District)
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location:  East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611, 309-699-5417
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Mar. 25, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Sarah Wanck
Contact:  Lisa Unger for Spoon River District, 309-335-2048 or clunger962@comcast.net and/or Lynn Heisel for Illinois River District, 309-231-6290

#2
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Apr. 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost: $40.00 (includes food, textbook and materials)
Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2017
Instructors: TBA
Contact: 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 are 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 Course

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course

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

Advanced Course

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course

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

Advanced Course

 

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.
Time:  Saturday, Apr. 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sunday, Apr. 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: Apr. 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 Apr. 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, Apr. 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, Apr. 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost: $40
Registration Deadline:  Apr. 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 Apr. 22 & 23, 2017.

#3

Title: You Can Preach!   (Preaching) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Apr. 22 and 23, 2017.  Both dates required.
Time: Saturday, Apr. 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and  Sunday, Apr. 23, 2:00–5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2017
Required Text: Go Preach! by John GIlbert. 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 Apr. 22 & 23, 2017.

 

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) (joint with Illinois River District)
Date:  Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location:  East Peoria First UMC, 154 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611, 309-699-5417
Cost:  $40 (make checks payable to IGRC)
Registration Deadline:  Mar. 25, 2017
Instructor:  Pastor Sarah Wanck
Contact:  Lisa Unger for Spoon River District, 309-335-2048 or clunger962@comcast.net and/or Lynn Heisel for Illinois River District, 309-231-6290

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course

Dates:  Sundays, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 and 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 Course

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017
Time: Saturday Apr. 1, 9am-5pm and Sunday Apr. 2, 12:00pm-4pm
Location: Bradley Wesley UMC 500 North Cleveland Avenue in Bradley
Cost:  $25.00
Registration Deadline: Mar. 11, 2017
Required Text: Polity, Practice and the Mission of the United Methodist Church  (2006); 2016 Book of Discipline
Suggested additional book: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection 
​Instructor: 
Contact: Linda Michel, lindabmichel@earthlink.net or 630-918-9695
Download Registration form here