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)
COMPLETED.

#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

#1
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward the Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution 
Dates: Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 2019
COMPLETED.

 

Illinois River District

#1
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Apr. 6 and 13, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#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: TBD
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
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Champaign First UMC,  210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Cost: $30 (includes lunch/snacks and certificate)
Registration deadline:  Sept. 3, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.  See www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant
Instructor: Bob Freeman
Contact: Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Required text: From Pew to Pulpit  by Clifton F. Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-68706-660-5).  Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class. Please bring a prepared 5 minute message to deliver with outline and a worship program/bulletin from your local church.  Text is available through Cokesbury (paperback or eBook), Amazon (paperback or kindle), and Upper Room.  Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.

#4
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Champaign First UMC,  210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Cost: $30 (includes lunch/snacks and certificate)
Contact: Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Required text:   Each One A Minister by William J. Carter (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0). Individuals are required to order, read, and complete exercises in this text prior to the class. Available through Cokesbury, Upper Room, or Amazon.  Also available as E-Pub (Upper Room), Kindle (Upper Room & Amazon). Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.

 

Kaskaskia River District

#1
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Mar. 30, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  God’s Mission…Our Journey
Date:  POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 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:  
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

#1
Title:  Preaching (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 4, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location:  Winchester UMC, 20 N Walnut St, Winchester, IL
Cost:  $50.  Checks payable to IGRC.  Mail to Eddie Carpenter, 305 State St.  Jacksonville, IL 62650 (includes lunch and book).
Registration deadline:  April 22, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. Nic Showalter
Contact:  Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377

#2
Title:  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
Date:  May 4, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location:  Winchester UMC, 20 N Walnut St, Winchester, IL
Cost:  $50.  Checks payable to IGRC.  Mail to Eddie Carpenter, 305 State St.  Jacksonville, IL 62650 (includes lunch and book).
Registration deadline:  April 22, 2019
Instructor:  Marty Pressey
Contact:  Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377

 

Mississippi River District

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care Giving
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#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)
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker Track)
Dates:  Saturday, Apr. 6, and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#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:  Rev. Donn Stephens
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 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:  Rev. Floyd Blackard
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:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM polity) (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.)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2019.  Advanced registration is required. Download form.  Make sure you mark class you plan to attend.
Instructor:  Beth Fender
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.

#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:  Rev. Sylvester Weatherall
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
COMPLETED.

#3
Title: Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: POSTPONED.  WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
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:   . 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: POSTPONED.  WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
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:   . 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.