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
Advanced Courses

 

Embarras River District

Basic Course
Advanced Courses

 

Illinois River District

Basic Courses
#1
Dates:  Saturdays, March 14 and 28, 2020 (both dates required) (jointly sponsored with Spoon River District)
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day
Location: Cambridge UMC, 120 W Exchange St, Cambridge, IL 61238
Cost: $25, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline: Feb. 22, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Pastor Jim Anoil
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
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:  Sundays, April 5, 19, 26, and May 5 2020 (all dates required; will not meet on Easter)
Time:  1:30-4:30 PM 
Location:  Chillicothe UMC, 1023 N 6th St, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Cost:  $30.
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.

#3
Dates:  Saturday, July 18 and 25, 2020 (both dates required)
Times:   8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Dayspring UMC, 201 N. Norwood Place, East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Advanced registration required.  Registration form.
Contact: Kim Wade, 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 Courses
#1
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 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

Basic Course
#1
Dates:  Saturdays, June 13 and 20, 2020 (both dates required)
Time:  June 13, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM; June 20, 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
Location:  Villa Grove UMC, 302 2nd St, Villa Grove, IL 61956
Cost:  $30.00
Registration deadline: June 1, 2020
Contact:  Susan Connor, radtech20032003@yahoo.com or 217-159-1649
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. 10 and 24, 2020 (both dates required)
Times:  Oct. 10, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM; Oct. 24, 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
Location:  Ogden UMC, 105 W Main St, Ogden, IL 61859
Cost:  $30.00
Registration deadline:  Sept. 30 2020
Contact:  Susan Connor, radtech20032003@yahoo.com or 217-159-1649
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:  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

Basic Course
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 22, Mar. 7, and Mar. 21, 2020 (all dates required)
Times:  9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Hull UMC, 350 IL-106, Hull, IL 62343
Cost: $30 (lunch provided)
Registration deadline:  Feb. 15, 2020
Contact: Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377 (home) or pegrat04@hotmail.com


Advanced Courses

LaMoine River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course
Advanced Course
 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course
#1

Dates:  Saturdays, February 1 and 8, 2020 (both dates required)
Time: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM each day
Location: Bissell UMC, 2798 Colt Rd, Springfield, IL 62707
Cost: $30, includes lunch and snacks
Instructor: Rev. Floyd & Bobbie Blackard
Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2020. Register online...
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, July 18 and 25, 2020 (both dates required)
Time: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM each day
Location: TBD
Cost: $30, includes lunch and snacks
Instructor: Carol Conover
Registration deadline: July 2, 2020. Register online...
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: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, March 21, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N. Cotton Hill Road, Springfield, IL 62703
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Rev. Larry Bricker
Registration deadline: Mar.6, 2020. Register online...
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
Required Text:  Each One a Minister by William J. Carter (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0). Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class. Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, March 21, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N. Cotton Hill Road, Springfield, IL 62703
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: TBD
Registration deadline: Mar.6, 2020. Register online...
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 AmazonAvailable as ebook. 

#3
Title:  Leading Bible Study
Dates:  Saturday, March 21, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N. Cotton Hill Road, Springfield, IL 62703
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
​Instructor: TBD
Registration deadline: Mar.6, 2020. Register online...
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
Required text:  Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap by Sharon Ringe and Frederick Tiffany (978-0-68701-608-2)  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

#4
Title:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N. Cotton Hill Road, Springfield, IL 62703
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Rev. Ken Dees
Registration deadline: Mar.6, 2020. Register online...
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 Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

#5
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Rev. Roger Grimmett
Registration deadline: July 24, 2020. Register online...
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

#6
Title:  Living Our UM Beliefs (Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Taylor Pensoneau
Registration deadline: July 24, 2020. Register online...
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (978-0-88177-571-6). Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class. Available through Upper RoomAmazon, and Cokesbury.

#7
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown
Registration deadline: July 24, 2020. Register online...
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
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.

#8
Title:  God’s Mission…Our Journey
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
Times:   8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost:  $ 30.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Instructor: TBD
Registration deadline: July 24, 2020. Register online...
Contact: Carol Conover, cconover@igrc.org
Required text:  A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers (978-0-8358-1786-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  Available as ebook.

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course
#1
Dates:  Saturdays, March 14 and 28, 2020 (both dates required) (jointly sponsored with Illinois River District)
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day
Location: Cambridge UMC, 120 W Exchange St, Cambridge, IL 61238
Cost: $25, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline: Feb. 22, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: Pastor Jim Aniol
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
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:  Saturday, Nov. 7 and 14, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $25, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  Oct. 17, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
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:  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:  $25, 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:  $25, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  April 4, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  Jill Kosek
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:  $25, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  April 4, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  Pastor Lester Graham
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:  $25, 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:  $25, includes lunch and snacks
Registration deadline:  August 29, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructors:  Steve Davis
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:  Leading Bible Study
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Maquon UMC, 322 East St, Maquon, IL 61458
Cost: $25, includes lunch and snacks 
Registration deadline: August 29, 2020. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor: William Schumaker, certified lay speaker, Maquon UMC
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap by Sharon Ringe and Frederick Tiffany (978-0-68701-608-2).  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to class.  Available through Cokesbury and Amazon.  Available for Kindle.

#7
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: $25, 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

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays,  Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, 2020 (both dates required)
Time:  8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Location:  Grand Ridge UMC, 300 Sylvan St, Grand Ridge, IL 61325
SAVE THE DATE.  MORE INFORMATION SOON.

Advanced Course