Training Opportunities by District

Face-to-face courses are currently postponed due to COVID-19.  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 are suspending this policy through the end of 2020. 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.)

On-line classes are 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 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)
THIS CLASS IS POSTPONED.

#2
Dates:  Sundays, April 5, 19, 26, and May 5 2020 (all dates required; will not meet on Easter)
THIS CLASS IS POSTPONED.  

#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)
COMPLETED.

#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)
COMPLETED.

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)
COMPLETED.

#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
POSTPONED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, March 21, 2020
POSTPONED.

#3
Title:  Leading Bible Study
Dates:  Saturday, March 21, 2020
POSTPONED. 

#4
Title:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
POSTPONED.

#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)THIS CLASS IS POSTPONED.

#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
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
POSTPONED.

#3
Title:  Public Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
POSTPONED.

#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)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course