Training Opportunities by District

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

 

Cache River District

Basic Courses
#1

Date:  Saturday, Jan. 12 and 26, 2019 (both dates required) (​bring a sack lunch)
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 
Location:  Marion Aldersgate UMC, 1201 N. Fair St., Marion, IL 62959
Cost:  $35.00
Registration deadline:  Dec. 22, 2018
Instructors:  Roberta DePuy, Wanda Brandon, Rev. Ray Long
Contact: Ray Long, 618-499-0645;  raylong60@mediacombb.net; 1402 Mathew Lane, Marion, IL 62959
Required Text:  Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  

#2
Date:  Saturday, Oct. 19 and 26, 2019 (both dates required) (​bring a sack lunch)
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 
Location:  Marion Aldersgate UMC, 1201 N. Fair St., Marion, IL 62959
Cost:  $35.00
Registration deadline:  Sept. 28, 2019
Instructors:  Roberta DePuy, Wanda Brandon, Rev. Ray Long
Contact:  Ray Long, 618-499-0645;  raylong60@mediacombb.net; 1402 Mathew Lane, Marion, IL 62959
Required Text:  Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  

Advanced Courses
#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)
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:  Jan. 25, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. Ray Long
Contact:  Ray Long, 618-499-0645;  raylong60@mediacombb.net; 1402 Mathew Lane, Marion, IL 62959
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,.  Available for Kindle.

#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:  Jan. 25, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. Ray Long
Contact:  Ray Long, 618-499-0645;  raylong60@mediacombb.net; 1402 Mathew Lane, 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:  Ray Long, 618-499-0645;  raylong60@mediacombb.net; 1402 Mathew Lane, 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

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses
#1
Title:  Dancing with Words
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED,

#2
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course
#1
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, 2018 (both days required) 
Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates: Sundays, Mar. 17, Mar. 24, Mar. 31, and April 7, 2019 (all dates required)
Time:  1:30-4:30 PM
Location: Chillicothe UMC, 1023 N. 6th St., Chillicothe, IL  61523
Cost: $30.00
Contact: Kim Wade at kamwade@hotmail.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase and read this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.  Individuals are expected to read this text before the class starts. 

Advanced Courses
#1

Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 (both days required) 
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 (both days required) 
COMPLETED.

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays,  Mar. 9 and 16, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location:  Homer UMC,  301 S. Main St., Homer, IL 61849
SAVE THE DATE.  MORE INFORMATION SOON.

Advanced Courses

#1  
Title:  Leading in 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
SAVE THE DATE.  MORE INFORMATION SOON.

#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
SAVE THE DATE.  MORE INFORMATION SOON.

#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

Basic Course
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27, 2018.  Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
COMPLETED.

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, and Mar. 10, 2018  (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses
#1

Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: May 5, 2018
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: May 5, 2018
COMPLETED.

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 24 and Mar. 3, 2018 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 2017. 
COMPLETED.
 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturday, April 21 and 28, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses
#1

Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Nov. 3 and 4, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Nov. 3 and 4, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Called to Preach  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Nov. 3 and 4, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Dancing with Words
Dates:  Nov. 3 and 4, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23, 2019 (both dates required)
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:  Pastor John Knueppel
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net

Advanced Courses
#1

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Henderson UMC, 100 East Washington St., Henderson, IL 61439
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Jan. 26, 2019.  Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  Pastor Krey Leesman
Contact: Claudia Emken,cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 879-1-42676-717-3).  Participants must purchase their own book.  Available at Amazon, Cokesbury or Upper Room.  Available for Kindle.

#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.

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course
Dates: Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 20, 2018 (all days required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, 2018 (NEW DATES)
COMPLETED.