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
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:  Roberta DePuy, 573-201-6650;  happyfish27@hotmail.com;  PO Box 96, 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
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

Basic Course
Advanced Courses

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days
Location:  Pekin First UMC, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554
Cost:  $25 (includes light breakfast).  Please bring your own sack lunch.
Advanced registration required.  Registration form.
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, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  

Advanced Course
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, October 12, 2019 (Please note:  THIS IS A NEW DATE)
Times: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Location:  Dayspring UMC, 201 N. Norwood Place, East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost:  $30.00 (includes breakfast, lunch & snacks)
Instructors:  Larry Frank and Gabe Wanck
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

Basic Course
Advanced Courses
#1
 

Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
COMPLETED.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 21, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days
Location:  Olney First UMC, 335 S Fair St, Olney, IL 62450
Cost:  $30.
Registration deadline:  Aug. 26, 2019
Instructors: Nancy Myers, CLM, and  Diane Goff, CLM
Contact: Nancy Myers, 618-553-2645, nmyers941@gmail.com
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:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Times:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Cornerstone UMC, 736 S Poplar St, Centralia, IL 62801
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline: Sept. 23, 2019
Instructor:  RC Merten, CLM
Contact:  RC Merten, 618-918-0124, rcmjr608@charter.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 the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle and EPub. 

#2
Title:  From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon (Preaching) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturdays, Nov. 2 and 9, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  Beulah UMC, 1040 Beulah Ln, Sumner, IL 62466
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline: Oct. 21, 2019
Instructor:  Rev. Mike Rucker
Contact:  Nancy Myers, 618-553-2645, nmyers941@gmail.com
Required Text:  From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon by Tony Franks and David Carroll (ISBN 978-0-88177-536-5).  Registrant must order, read, and study text prior to class.  Available from Amazon, Cokesbury, and Barnes & Noble.  

#3
Title:  God’s Mission…Our Journey
Date:  Saturdays, Nov. 2 and 9, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  Beulah UMC, 1040 Beulah Ln, Sumner, IL 62466
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline: Oct. 21, 2019
Instructor:  Nancy Myers, CLM
Contact:  Nancy Myers, 618-553-2645, nmyers941@gmail.com
Required Text:  A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers (ISBN 978-0-8358-1786-8).  Registrant must order, read, and study text prior to class.  Available at Upper Room and Amazon Available for Kindle.

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019
COMPLETED.

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 24 and 31, 2019 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course
#1
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location:  Bissell UMC, 2798 Colt Rd, Springfield, IL 62707-8863
Cost:  $ 30
Registration deadline:  Sept. 16, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.
Instructor:  Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN  978-0-88177-626-3).   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.

Advanced Courses
#1

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.

#2
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.

#3
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.

#4
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

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays,  Nov. 2 and 9, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM.
Location:  Christ Church UMC, 3801 7th St., East Moline, IL 61244-3506
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch/snacks both days)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 2, 2019. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  TBD.
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN  978-0-88177-626-3).   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.

Advanced Courses

#1
Title: Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, July 13, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Public Prayer  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
COMPLETED.

#5
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.

#6
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

Basic Course
Advanced Course

#1

Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, July 13, 2019
COMPLETED.

#2  Save the Date
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity)  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Time:  7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  TBD (if your church would like to host, contact Amy L Smith)
Cost: $40
Registration deadline:  Sept. 14, 2019. Register here
Instructor:  Rev. Julie Smith
Contact:  Amy L Smith;  SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
More information on the book and assignment - coming soon