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.  Classes that "count toward the Lay Speaker track" may be taken by anyone, not just individuals pursuing Certified Lay Speaker status. 

 

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.

Opportunity #1
None available at this time.

 

District Sponsored Trainings

Cache River District

 

Embarras River District

 

Illinois River District

#1
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 (both dates required)
Times:  Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location: Bartonville UMC, 6005 S Adams St, Bartonville, IL 61607
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Rev. Nick Jordan
Register using form.
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

#2
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, 2020 (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:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Danira Parra
Register using form.
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 AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

 

Iroquois River District

Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  June 13, 2020 
Time:  7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Villa Grove UMC, 302 2nd St, Villa Grove, IL 61956
Cost:  $30.00
Registration deadline:  May 15, 2020
Instructor:  Beth Fender
Contact:  Susan Connor, radtech20032003@yahoo.com or 217-159-1649
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 class.  There may be pre-class assignments.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  Available as ebook.

Kaskaskia River District

 

LaMoine River District

 

Mississippi River District

 

Sangamon River District

 

Spoon River District

#1
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Galva Grace UMC, 108 SE 2nd St, Galva, IL 61434-1782
Cost:  $20, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  Jan. 18, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  Pastor Trisha Chapman
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
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 class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  Available as ebook.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Kirkwood UMC, 215 S Kellogg St, Kirkwood, IL 61447
Cost:  $20, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  April 4, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  TBD
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (Rev.) by Hoyt Hickman (978-0-68733-526-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Cokesbury and AmazonAvailable as ebook. 

#3
Title:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Kirkwood UMC, 215 S Kellogg St, Kirkwood, IL 61447
Cost:  $20, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  April 4, 2020. 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 (978-0-80287-097-1).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available throough Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

#4
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Maquon UMC, 322 East St, Maquon, IL 61458
Cost:  $20, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  August 29, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructors:  Pastor Don Shane and Pastor Teri Shane
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
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 class.  Available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Cokesbury

#5
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Maquon UMC, 322 East St, Maquon, IL 61458
Cost:  $20, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  August 29, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructors:  Pastor Don Shane and Pastor Teri Shane
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 AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.  Available as ebook.

#6
Title:  Living Our UM Beliefs (Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: $20, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline: October 24, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: TBD
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required Text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (978-0-88177-571-6). Available through Upper Room, Amazon, and Cokesbury.

 

Vermilion River District