Training Opportunities by District

Our standing policy is: “Online Courses may be counted as continuing education on the same basis as Alternative Advanced Courses can be counted (every other time a Certified Lay Servant completes continuing education for credit).”  We have suspended this policy through the end of 2021. You may take an on-line class to meet continuing education requirements for Certified Lay Servant and Certified Lay Speaker without prior approval from your District Director. (Please remember that you must submit your certificate of completion of any on-line classes with your next annual report.)

Some districts are offering virtual courses.  Also on-line classes may be taken through BeADisciple.com. They offer a wide variety of classes, so please make sure you are taking only those courses approved for Lay Servant Ministries. The list of approved classes can be found at https://www.beadisciple.com/lay-servant-ministries/ Please be aware that classes may fill up quickly.

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

 

Cache River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, June 26 and July 10, 2021 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course
Title: Leading Worship (counts towards Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 (both dates required) 
Times: Friday, 6:00-8:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM on Saturday 
Location: Marion Aldersgate UMC, 1201 N Fair St, Marion, IL 
Cost: $20
Registration Deadline: Oct. 29, 2021 
Instructors: Ann Conner, Rick Wilson, and Angie Kaye Ransom 
Contact: Ann Conner,  call or text 618-571-0880
Required Text: Worshiping with United Methodists (Rev.) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN 978-0-687-33526-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Cokesbury and Amazon.  Available as ebook.  Once you sign up you will be sent a syllabus with required assignments.

 

Embarras River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course
Advanced Courses

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course
Dates: Friday, Oct 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.  Both days required.
Times: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM on Oct. 8 and 8:00 AM-7:00 PM on Oct. 9. Registration at 5:30 PM, Oct. 8.
Location: Arthur UMC, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur, IL 61911
Cost: $40
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021
Instructor: IRD LSM Committee members
Contact: Susan Connor, call or text 217-259-1649.  Register at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2021FallBasicLayServantClass
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: Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 (both dates required)
Times: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM on Oct. 8 and 8:00 AM-7:00 PM on Oct. 9. Registration at 5:30 PM, Oct. 8.
Location: Arthur UMC, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur, IL 61911
Cost: $40
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021
Instructor: Rev. Bob Sabo
Contact: Susan Connor, call or text 217-259-1649.  Register at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2021FallAdvancedLayServantCourseLeadingWorship
Required Text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (Rev.) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN 978-0-687-33526-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Cokesbury and Amazon.  Available as ebook.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 2021.  Both days required.
POSTPONED.


Advanced Course
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  April 24, 2021
COMPLETED.

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course
Advanced Courses

#1
Title: Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
COMPLETED.

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course
 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course
#1
Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday; 1:30-4:00 PM Sunday
Location: Island Grove UMC, 16128 Old Jacksonville Rd, New Berlin, IL 62670
Cost: $30.  Wrapped snacks and bottled water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Please wear a mask.
Instructor: Rev. Ken Dees
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdbasiclayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 9 and 23, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location: ZOOM CLASS
Cost: $15
Instructor: Rev. Floyd & Bobbie Blackard
Registration deadline: Oct. 1, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdbasiclayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday; 1:30-4:00 PM Sunday
Location: Island Grove UMC, 16128 Old Jacksonville Rd, New Berlin, IL 62670
Cost: $30.  Wrapped snacks and bottled water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Please wear a mask.
Instructor: Mary Alice Cunningham
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdadvancedlayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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 through CokesburyAmazon, and Barnes & Noble

#2
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday; 1:30-4:00 PM Sunday
Location: Island Grove UMC, 16128 Old Jacksonville Rd, New Berlin, IL 62670
Cost: $30.  Wrapped snacks and bottled water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Please wear a mask.
Instructor: TBD
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdadvancedlayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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

#3
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday; 1:30-4:00 PM Sunday
Location: Island Grove UMC, 16128 Old Jacksonville Rd, New Berlin, IL 62670
Cost: $30.  Wrapped snacks and bottled water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Please wear a mask.
Instructors: Rev. Linda Harrod and Taylor Penseneau
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdadvancedlayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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 Amazon.  Available as ebook. 

#4
Title:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  5 Tuesdays - Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26, 2021 (all dates required)
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM.
Location: ZOOM Class
Cost: $15
Instructor: Rev. Andrew Maxwell
Registration deadline: Sept. 21, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdadvancedlayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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 through CokesburyAmazon, and Barnes & Noble

#5
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 14 and 24, 2021 (both dates required)
Times:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: ZOOM Class
Cost:  $15
Registration deadline: Nov. 12, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdadvancedlayspeaking
Instructor: Rev. Bradley Watkins, II and Brian Caughlan
Contact:  Carol Conover at cconover@igrc.org.
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.

#6
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  5 Thursdays – September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, and October 28, 2021
Times:   6:30-8:30 pm
Location: ZOOM
Cost:  $ 15.00
Instructor: Rev. Haley Hausman
Registration deadline: September 23, 2021. Register at igrc-reg.brtapp.com/srdadvancedlayspeaking
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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 Amazon.  Available as ebook. 

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course
Advanced Courses

#1
Title: Living Our UM Beliefs (open to anyone; counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 6 and 13, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 8:00 AM to noon each day.  There are required videos to watch outside of class.
Location: Riverside UMC, 712 16th St, Moline, IL.  Also offered as a Zoom class; link to be provided upon registration.
Cost: $20, participants bring their own snacks and drinks. 
Registration deadline: Oct. 23, 2021. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Christine Harper, Spoon River District Certified Lay Speaker
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 and Amazon.  Available as an e-book.  Participant is required to purchase own book. There will also be required pre-class homework and recordings to watch.

#2
Title: Leading Missional Small Groups (open to anyone.)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 6 and 13, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 1:00-5:00 PM each day.  There are also required videos to watch outside of class and pre-class homework.
Location: Riverside UMC, 712 16th St, Moline, IL Also offered as a Zoom class; link to be provided upon registration.
Cost: $20, participants bring their own snacks and drinks
Registration deadline: Oct. 23, 2021. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Jozett McCoy, Spoon River District Certified Lay Speaker and Deacon Candidate
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Transforming Community, The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations by Henry H. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe Jr. (978-0-88177-754-3).  Participants are required to buy their own book.  Books are available at Upper Room or Amazon. Available as an e-book at either site.

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course