Each Annual Conference may approve additional classes for its own use. Alternative Advanced Courses fit these guidelines:
Please note--To receive credit for an Alternative Advanced Course, you MUST:
NOTE: An alternative advanced course may only be used every other time for continuing education credit. Not every course offered in the Conference will count as an alternative advanced course, which is why prior permission is necessary.
Prior permission is NOT required to take a regular Advanced Course outside of your home District.
Course of Study Extension School Modules
Lay Servants may audit any of the Weekend Part-time Local Pastor Course of Study (Extension School) modules held at the United Methodist Center. For more information go to the Extension School web site at https://www.igrc.org/cos and contact Director,
Rev. Kenneth Hutchens or by phone at 217-390-1566.
You will also need to contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for approval and required attendance form (a link to their e-mail address can be found on the main Lay Servant Ministries page). Please note--this option requires a larger time and financial commitment than traditional Lay Servant Ministries courses.
Lay servants may use a course offered through UMW's Mission U one time. You will need to contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for approval and required attendance form (a link to their e-mail address can be found on the main Lay Servant Ministries page). The course must be a minimum of 10 contact hours and should be skill building. This policy became effective in 2017.