Lay Servant Ministry Basic Class

This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. 

REQUIRED TEXTLay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon (book or kindle), and the Upper Room Bookstore (book or ePub).

DATES: Friday, Oct 8, 2021 and Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 7pm

LOCATION: Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur 61911

COST:  $40.00 (with Saturday lunch for donation; snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, Sept 20, 2021

INSTRUCTORS:  Multiple

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Susan Connor, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, call or text to 217-259-1649

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Lay Servant Ministry Advanced Class - Leading Worship

This course explains the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship.  It covers the formative nature of worship and provides practical suggestions for how to renew and revitalize worship.  Instruction in multiple resources for planning and leading worship included to lead congregations into a deeper and richer experience of God.

Counts towards the Lay Speaker Tract.

Required Text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) by Hoyt Hickman.  (ISBN 978-06873-3526-8).  Participants are expected to read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), the Upper Room Bookstore, and Cokesbury.

DATES: Friday, Oct 8, 2021 and Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 7pm

LOCATION: Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur 61911

COST:  $40.00 (with Saturday lunch for donation; snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, Sept 20, 2021

INSTRUCTOR:  Rev Bob Sabo

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Susan Connor, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, call or text to 217-259-1649

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Iroquois River District Fall Clergy Education Day: Strength Finder Cohort

Date: Wednesday, November 3

Time: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Location: Champaign New Horizon UMC

Registration Fee: $10 (includes lunch)

 Iroquois River District clergy will gather to participate in “At Your Best,” a workshop led by Rev. Mike Crawford, IGRC Coordinator of Congregational Development. The workshop is designed to help participants build on the CliftonStrengths workshops held for pastors in all IGRC districts in the fall of 2019 and early 2020.

 

“At Your Best” will lead participants to reflect on how each one leads from her/his personal strengths, equipping the individual for effective ministry. It will help the individual see why certain aspects of ministry are very natural to her/him and how s/he can utilize personal strengths to do the aspects of ministry which are more personally challenging.

 

Each individual must bring to the workshop a copy (either print or electronic) of their personal Signature Strengths Report and their Strengths Insight Guide. You can access your previous results from your personal account at www.Gallup.com. (If you forgot your login credentials, Gallup tech support can help you.)

 

Before coming to the workshop, highlight the portions of each report which truly describe who you are before coming to the workshop.

If you have not previously completed the CliftonStrengths assessment, contact Mike Crawford (mcrawford@igrc.org) as soon as possible and he will send you instructions and an access code so you can complete the assessment. Do not wait until the last minute to do this because not only will you need the code and instructions, you will also need 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete the online assessment and get your results.

If you did NOT participate in the workshop in 2019-2020, you need to view these three videos in order, so that you have a working knowledge about CliftonStrengths which will be assumed for the November workshop:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

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2022 Virtual Spring Clergy Education Day: Spiritual Formation and Coaching For Clergy

Saturday, February 19, 2022

9:00am – 12:00pm

Join us for a morning of intentional focus on growing deeper in our spiritual formation and growth in grace. Brian Russell will facilitate a rich time of reflection on creating healthy habits and rhythms to help us thrive and flourish in our personal and professional lives as United Methodist clergy.

During our time together, Brian will guide us through a series of practical growth tools, contemplative exercises, and dynamic small group exercises.  You will come away renewed with fresh ideas and tools that can be implemented in your ministry.

Participants will gain:

-- a spiritual growth plan designed specifically for this season of your ministry;

-- strategies for managing time, energy levels, and the stress/anxiety of ministry in our uncertain age;

-- a deeper appreciation for the ancient contemplative practices of the Christian faith, hands on experience of them, and how important they are for our modern day churches;

-- a theological/biblical foundation for spiritual formation in the Wesleyan tradition

 

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Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Rev Kevin Nourie (Donovan/Crescent City) - health issues
  • Gabe Fairchild, son of Gary Fairchild (Gibson City) - health issues
  • Rev Dennis Divan (retired) - health issues
  • Connie Tennyson, wife of Rev John Tennyson (Danville First/Bowman Ave) - health issues
  • Rev. Jim Till (retired) - health issues