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)
COMPLETED.

 

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, 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.

#2
Dates: Sundays, March 17, March 24, March 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) 
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**
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses
#1
 

Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
​Date:  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
COMPLETED.

#2  
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
COMPLETED.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27, 2018.  Both dates required.
Time:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location:  Clay City UMC, 412 S Main St Clay City, IL 62824
Cost:  $30.00 (includes books and snacks).  Bring a sack lunch.
Registration deadline:  Oct. 10, 2018.  Registration on-line.
Instructor:  Pastor Jill Bunker
Contact:  RC Merten, rcmjr608@charter.net, 618-918-0124

Advanced Course
Title:  Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Location: West Salem Trinity UMC, 4212 Broadway St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864
Cost:  $40.00 (includes all materials and snacks).  Bring a sack lunch.
Registration deadline: Nov. 1, 2018.   Registration on-line.
Instructor:  Rev. Harold Quick
Contact:  RC Merten, rcmjr608@charter.net, 618-918-0124

 

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:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, July 21, 2018
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Wednesday, Aug. 1, and Thursday, Aug.2, 2018 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Galesburg First UMC, 120 N Kellogg St, Galesburg, IL 61401
Cost: $40.00, includes book, lunch and snacks. 
Registration deadline:  Oct. 20, 2018
Instructor: Pastor Paul Newhall
Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net

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)
Time:  Saturday 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday 2:00-5:00 PM.  
Location:  McDowell UMC, 18156 E 1400 North Rd, Pontiac, IL 61764
Cost:  $40.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and certificate)
Registration deadline: October 20.  Advance registration is required.  Register on-line - available soon. 
Instructor:  Rev. Kim Stuby
Contact:  Amy Smith at  SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
Required text: Living Our Beliefs:  The United Methodist Way by Bishop Kenneth Carder (ISBN 9780881775716).  Participants  are expected to read this text prior to class and complete required assignments, due electronically to instructor by October 22, 2018.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), Upper Room, and Cokesbury.