Advanced Courses

Advanced courses are developed by Discipleship Ministries.  Advanced courses provide at least 10 hours of instruction.  Advanced courses use a required text and will involve pre-course assignments.

Lay Servant Ministries courses are open to ALL, whether or not an enrollee applies to serve as a Lay Servant.

 

Conference Wide Alternative Advanced Courses

To receive continuing education credit for an Alternative Advanced Course, you must:

  1. Contact your District Director(s) of Lay Servant Ministries PRIOR to attending the event for approval and to obtain the required Continuing Education Form. 
  2. Take the Continuing Education Form to the event and obtain the instructor's signature at the end of the course.
  3. Upon completion of the course and your portion of the form, return the completed form to your District Director to receive credit.

Prior permission is NOT required to take a regular Advanced Course outside of your home District.

 

District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District

#1
Title:  Leading Worship  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 (both dates required) (bring a sack lunch)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Living Our UM Beliefs (Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Friday, Apr. 5, and Saturday, Apr. 6, 2019 (both dates required) (bring a sack lunch)
Time:  Friday, 6:00-8:00 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 
Location:  Marion Aldersgate UMC, 1201 N. Fair St., Marion, IL 62959
Cost: $35.00
Registration deadline:  Mar. 15, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. Ray Long
Contact:  Roberta DePuy, 573-201-6650;  happyfish27@hotmail.com;  PO Box 96, Marion, IL 62959
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through  Amazon,  Cokesbury, and Upper Room.  Available for Kindle and as ePub.

#3
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care Giving
Dates: Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 (both dates required) (bring a sack lunch)
Time:  Friday, 6:00-8:00 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 
Location:  Marion Aldersgate UMC, 1201 N. Fair St., Marion, IL 62959
Cost: $35.00
Registration deadline:  Oct. 25, 2019
Instructor: TBA
Contact:  Roberta DePuy, 573-201-6650;  happyfish27@hotmail.com;  PO Box 96, Marion, IL 62959
Required text: Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Tim Farabaugh (ISBN 978-0-88177-554-9).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper Room, Amazon, and Cokesbury.

 

Embarras River District

 

Illinois River District

#1
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Apr. 6 and 13, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  Dayspring UMC, 201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost:  $ 30 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor:  Rev. Camilla Hempstead
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN  978-0-68706-660-5).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

#2
Title: Living Our UM Beliefs (UM heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Saturday, Apr. 27, 2019 
Time: 7:45 AM-6:15 PM 
Location:  Tremont UMC, 112 W Pearl St, Tremont, IL 61568
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Apr. 12, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. Larry Frank
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to class.  Available through  Amazon,  Cokesbury, and Upper Room.  Available for Kindle and as ePub.

#3
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Friday, 6:15-9:00 PM, and Saturday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Location:  Dayspring UMC, 201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost:  $ 30 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Danira Parra
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  Each One a Minister by William J. Carter (978-0-88177—375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through AmazonUpper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

#4
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Friday, 6:15-9:00 PM, and Saturday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Location:  Dayspring UMC, 201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost:  $ 30 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Rev. Camilla Hempstead
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  The Method of Our Mission  by Laceye C. Warner (978-1-42676-717-3)  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

 

Iroquois River District

#1  
Title:  Public Prayer  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location:  Homer UMC,  301 S. Main St., Homer, IL 61849
Cost:  $30 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Mar. 4, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Instructor:  Rev Teri Shane
Contact:  Teresa Pratt,  teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Required text:  Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher (ISBN 978-0-6870-90777-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon and Cokesbury.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location:  Homer UMC,  301 S. Main St., Homer, IL 61849
Cost:  $30 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Mar. 4, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Instructor: Rev. Bob Sabo
Contact:  Teresa Pratt,  teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
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, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

#3
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location:  Champaign First UMC,  210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
SAVE THE DATE.  MORE INFORMATION SOON.

#4
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location:  Champaign First UMC,  210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
SAVE THE DATE.  MORE INFORMATION SOON.

 

Kaskaskia River District

#1
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Mar. 30, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Kinmundy First UMC, 308 E 3rd St, Kinmundy, IL  62854
Cost:  $40 (includes snacks and textbook).  Make check to IGRC and mail to RC Merten at address below.  Bring a sack lunch.
Registration deadline:  Mar. 10, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. David Kueker (pre-class homework may be assigned by instructor)
Contact:  RC Merten, PO Box 116, Sandoval, IL 62882;  618-918-0124; rcmjr608@charter.net

#2
Title:  God’s Mission…Our Journey
Date:  Mar. 30, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Kinmundy First UMC, 308 E 3rd St, Kinmundy, IL  62854
Cost:  $35 (includes snacks).  Make check to IGRC and mail to RC Merten at address below.  Bring a sack lunch.
Registration deadline:  Mar. 10, 2019
Instructor:  Nancy Myers, CLM
Contact:  RC Merten, PO Box 116, Sandoval, IL 62882;  618-918-0124; rcmjr608@charter.net
Required Text:  A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers (ISBN 978-0-8358-1786-8).  Available at Upper Room and AmazonRegistrant must order, read, and study text prior to class.  Available for Kindle.
 

LaMoine River District

 

Mississippi River District

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care Giving
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30 (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration.)
Registration deadline:  Apr. 1, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Tim Farabaugh (ISBN 978-0-88177-554-9).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.

#2
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30 (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration.)
Registration deadline:  Apr. 1, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN  978-0-68706-660-5).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

#3
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30 (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration.)
Registration deadline:  Apr. 1, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 978-1-42676-717-3).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Abingdon Press, and Cokesbury.  Available as Kindle and e-Book.

#4
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker Track)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30 (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration.)
Registration deadline:  Apr. 1, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN 978-0-6873-3526-8). Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

#5
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30  (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration form)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle and as ePub.

#6
Title:  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30  (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration form)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2019.  Advanced registration is required. Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation by Thomas Porter (ISBN 978-0-8358-1026-1).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.

#7
Title:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30  (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration form)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher (ISBN 978-0-6870-90777-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon and Cokesbury.

#8
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Argenta UMC, 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL 62501; 217-795-4722
Cost:  $ 30  (Checks payable to IGRC and send with registration form)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN  978-0-68706-660-5).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

 

Spoon River District

#1
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Dancing With Words (Storytelling)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Henderson UMC, 100 East Washington St., Henderson, IL 61439
Cost: $40 (includes book, lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline: Jan. 26, 2019.  Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Jozett McCoy
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net

#3
Title: Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Wesley Foundation, 1325 West University Dr., Macomb, IL 61455
Cost: $20 (includes lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline: Mar. 9, 2019. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Pastor Mark Hendrickson
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (revised) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN 978-0-88177-682-9).  Participants must purchase their own book.  Available at Amazon, Cokesbury or Upper Room.  Available for Kindle.

#4
Title: Leading in Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Wesley Foundation, 1325 West University Dr., Macomb, IL 61455
Cost: $20 (includes lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline: Mar. 9, 2019. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Pastor Howard Ross
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey (ISBN 978-0-6870-9077-8).  Participants must purchase their own book.  Available at Amazon, Cokesbury or Upper Room.  Available for Kindle.

#5
Title:  Public Prayer  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Altona UMC, 212 N Depot St, Altona, IL 61414
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline:  August 17, 2019.  Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: TBD
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher (ISBN 978-0-6870-90777-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon and Cokesbury.

#6
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
Times: 8:00 AM-6:00PM
Location: Altona UMC, 212 N Depot St, Altona, IL 61414
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline:  August 17, 2019.  Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Pastor Lisa Unger
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Each One a Minister by William J. Carter (978-0-88177—375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through AmazonUpper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

#7
Title:  God’s Mission…Our Journey
Date:  Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Christ United UMC, 3801 7th St, East Moline, IL 61244-3506
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch and snacks).  
Registration deadline: Oct. 2, 2019. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  Jozett McCoy
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required Text:  A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers (ISBN 978-0-8358-1786-8).  Available at Upper Room and AmazonIndividuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available for Kindle.

#8
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Christ United UMC, 3801 7th St, East Moline, IL 61244-3506
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch and snacks).  
Registration deadline: Oct. 2, 2019. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  Christine Harper
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle and as ePub.

 

Vermilion River District

#1
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  Saturday 8:30 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Pontiac First UMC, 219 N Chicago, Pontiac, IL, 61764
Cost: $40
Registration deadline:  May 8, 2019.  Register here.
Instructor:  Rev. Tom Goodell
Contact:  Amy L Smith;  SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
Required text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (revised) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN 978-0-6873-3536-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury and Amazon.  Also available for Kindle.  

#2
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time:  TBD 
Location:  Herscher UMC, 274 N Elm St, Herscher, IL, 60941
Cost: $40
Registration deadline:  July 6, 2019. Register here 
Instructor:  Rev. Kevin Boesen
Contact:  Amy L Smith;  SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
Required text:  Each One a Minister by William J Carter (ISBN: 978-0881773750).  Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Christianbook.com, and Amazon.  Also available for Kindle.