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 Course
Dates:  Saturdays, April 14 and 21, 2018 (both days required)
CANCELLED.

Advanced Courses
#1

Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, May 5 and 12, 2018 (oth dates required) 
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: You Can Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, 2018 (both dates required)
Times: Friday, 6:00-8:00 PM and Saturday, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Carbondale Grace UMC, 220 N. Tower Rd., Carbondale, IL 62959
Cost: $30 (includes book, snacks, and Saturday lunch)
Registration deadline: June 11, 2018
Instructor: TBA
Contact: Roberta DePuy, happyfish27@hotmail.com, 573-201-6650 (voicemail), or P.O. Box 96, Marion, IL 62959

 

Embarras River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  7:30 AM-3:30 PM (Registration begins at 7:15 AM)
Location:  Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham, IL 62401
Cost:  $35.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Oct. 1  Registration on-line soon.
Contact:  Lori Sparks, 217-259-3234, la_sparks2008@yahoo.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 this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

Advanced Courses
#1
Title:  Dancing with Words
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  7:30 AM-3:30 PM (Registration begins at 7:15 AM)
Location:  Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham, IL 62401
Cost:  $35.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Oct. 1  Registration on-line soon.
Contact:  Lori Sparks, 217-259-3234, la_sparks2008@yahoo.com
Required text: Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley (ISBN 978-0-88177-407-8). Individuals are expected to purchase and read this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper Room, Cokesbury, and Amazon.

#2
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  7:30 AM-3:30 PM (Registration begins at 7:15 AM)
Location:  Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham, IL 62401
Cost:  $35.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Oct. 1  Registration on-line soon.
Contact:  Lori Sparks, 217-259-3234, la_sparks2008@yahoo.com
Required text: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth Carder (ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. Available through Amazon, Upper Room, or Cokesbury.

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course
#1

Dates: Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, 2018 (both days required) 
Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Morton UMC, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com, 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.

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) 
Times: Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, and Sunday, 1:30-4:30 PM
Location: Morton UMC, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com, 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie  (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class.  Available through AmazonCokesbury, and Upper Room.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 (both days required) 
Times: Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, and Sunday, 1:30-4:30 PM
Location: Morton UMC, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com, 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required test:  Worshiping with United Methodists (Rev. Ed.) by Hoyt L. Hickman (ISBN 978-0-687-33526-8). Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Cokesbury, and Upper Room.

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course
Dates: Saturdays, March 10 and 24, 2018 (both Saturdays required). **2nd date postponed to Sept. 15, 2018 due to weather**
Times:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Savoy UMC, 3002 W. Old Church Rd., Champaign, IL 61822, 217-352-3993
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunches, snacks, and certificate)
Registration deadline:  Friday, March 2, 2018.  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.
Instructors:  Multiple
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon (book or Kindle), and Upper Room (book or ePub).

Advanced Courses
#1  
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, March 10, 2018
CANCELLED.

#2  
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM-7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Savoy UMC, 3002 W. Old Church Rd., Champaign, IL 61822, 217-352-3993
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration deadline:  
Instructor:  Rev. Paul Unger
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Required text:  The Method of our Mission  by Laceye C. Warner.  (ISBN 9781426767173).  Available through Amazon (paperback & Kindle), Cokesbury (paperback & eBook) and Upper Room.  Participants are expected to read this text prior to class and complete required assignments, due electronically to instructor by 3/20/18. Participants should bring a copy of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline to the course.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course
Dates: Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2018 (all dates required)
CANCELLED.

Advanced Courses
#1

Title:  Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century
Date:  Saturday, May 5, 2018
COMPLETED.

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

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, and March 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:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care Giving
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course
Dates: March 10, 17, and 24, 2018 (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course
#1

Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
COMPLETED.

 

Vermilion River District

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

Advanced Course
#1
Title:  You Can Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Sunday, April 22, and Saturday, April 28, 2018 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2018 (both days required)
Time: Saturday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM; Sunday 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Dwight UMC, 701 S. Columbia, Dwight, IL 60420, 815-584-3420
Cost:  $40.00 (includes light breakfast and lunch on Saturday, plus snacks)
Registration deadline:  Friday, May 4.  Registration on-line at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/VRD2018AdvancedLayServantClass
Contact: Amy Smith, 309-530-6271, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
Required text:  Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey (ISBN 978-06870-9077-8). Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class. It is available through Cokesbury or Amazon.  Also available as an e-book.