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: Sundays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017.  All dates required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  Leading in Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.  Both dates required.
Times:  Friday, 6:00-8:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location: Carbondale Grace United Methodist Church, 220 N. Tower Road, Carbondale, IL 62901
Cost:  $10.00  (covers Saturday lunch and snacks both days)
Registration deadline:  January 30, 2018.  Register by phone at 573-201-6650 (voicemail is ok); by email at happyfish27@hotmail.com, or by US mail at P.O. Box 96, Marion, IL  62959.
Instructor: Roberta DePuy
Contact:  Roberta DePuy, happyfish27@hotmail.com.
Required text to purchase and assignments will be announced January 2018

#2
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, April 7 and 14, 2018.  Both dates required.
Times: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:TBA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch both sessions)
Registration deadline: Mar. 17, 2018
Instructor: TBA
Contact:  Deb Johnston, djjohn5@yahoo.com
Required text:  The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner (ISBN 978-1-42676-717-3).   Individuals are expected to purchase the text and complete assigned work PRIOR to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Abingdon Press, and Cokesbury.  E-books available.

 

Embarras River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Course

Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturdays, Sept 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

Illinois River District

Basic Course

#1
Dates: Sundays, June 4, 11, 25, and July 2, 2017.  All dates required.
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 16, 2017.  Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Dates: Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century
Dates: Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Dates: Saturdays,  Oct. 7 and 14, 2017
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays,  Oct. 7 and 14, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Iroquois River District

Basic Course
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 25 and Mar. 11, 2017. Both Saturdays required.
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#1  
Title:  Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2  
Title:  Called to Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. 
COMPLETED.

 

Kaskaskia River District

Basic Course
Dates: Oct. 8, 14, and 15, 2017 (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  Aging and Ministry
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

LaMoine River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, and March 10, 2018  (all dates required)
Times:  9:00 AM-noon and 1:00-4:00 PM all dates
Location:  Camp Point UMC, 104 W. Wood St., Camp Point, IL 62320; 217-593-6331
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Feb. 2, 2018
Instructors:  Sheila Kelly, Barbara Wooldridge, Grant Armstrong, Robin Lyons, Eddie Carpenter, and Linda Reining
Contact: Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  You Can Preach! (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  May 6, 2017
COMPLETED.

 

Mississippi River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 24 and Mar. 3, 2018 (both dates required)
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: New Baden UMC, 107 W. Hanover St, New Baden, IL 62265, 618-588-3588 
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC;  lunch will be provided (free-will offering)
Registration deadline:  Feb. 10, 2018
Instructors:  Shelley Loring, Sue Busler, Donna Massey, and Jeremy Volkmar
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@gmail.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

Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 2017.  (both dates required).
COMPLETED.
 

Sangamon River District

Basic Course
Dates:  Saturday, Jan. 20 and 27, 2018 (both days required)
Times:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM both dates
Location:  IGRC United Methodist Center, Springfield, IL
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Jan. 15, 2018
Instructors:  Pastor Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
Contact   Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.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 Room, Amazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

Advanced Courses

#1
Title:  Life Together in the UM Connection (UM Polity) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#3
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#4
Title:  Lay Pastoral Care
Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#5
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (Revised) by Hoyt Hickman (ISBN AB526-978-0-6873-3526-8).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon or Cokesbury.  E-books available.

#6
Title:  Called to Preach (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
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. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon or Cokesbury.

#7
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)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth Carder (ISBN DR571-978-0-88177-571-6).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, or Cokesbury.

#8
Title:  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
Dates:  Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com
Required text:  The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation by Thomas Porter (ISBN  1026-978-0-8358-1026-1).  Individuals are expected to purchase this text and read the book prior to the first class. The instructor MAY require other assignments to be completed.  Available through Amazon or Upper Room.

 

Spoon River District

Basic Course
Dates: March 10, 17, and 24, 2018 (all dates required)
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  First UMC, 9412 228th St., Port Byron, IL 61275, 309-523-2396
Cost: $40.00. Includes materials, lunches, and snacks.
Registration deadline:  March 1, 2018
Instructor:  Pastor Jim Crozier
Contact:  Lester Graham, patandlesgraham@gmail.com

Advanced Course

#1
Title:  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Riverside UMC, 712 16th St., Moline, IL  61265, 309-764-6721
Cost:  TBD.  Will include lunch and snacks.  Pay at the door this time only.
Registration deadline: Feb. 8, 2018
Instructor: Lester Graham
Contact:  Lester Graham, patandlesgraham@gmail.com

#2
Title:  Discover Your Spiritual Gifts  (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Riverside UMC, 712 16th St., Moline, IL  61265, 309-764-6721
Cost:  TBD.  Will include lunch and snacks.  Pay at the door this time only.
Registration deadline: Feb. 8, 2018
Instructor: Pastor Kathy Crozier
Contact:  Lester Graham, patandlesgraham@gmail.com

#3
Title:  Leading Worship (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: Altona UMC, 212 Depot St., Altona, IL  61414, 309-484-5811
Cost:  TBD.  Will include lunch and snacks.  Pay at the door this time only.
Registration deadline: Feb. 8, 2018
Instructor: Pastor Karna Peterson
Contact:  Lester Graham, patandlesgraham@gmail.com

#4
Title:  Leading Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: Altona UMC, 212 Depot St., Altona, IL  61414, 309-484-5811
Cost:  TBD.  Will include lunch and snacks.  Pay at the door this time only.
Registration deadline: Feb. 8, 2018
Instructor: Pastor Howard Ross
Contact:  Lester Graham, patandlesgraham@gmail.com

 

Vermilion River District

Basic Course
Dates: Sundays - April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 20, 2018 (all sessions required)
Time: 1:30-5:00 PM (tentative)
Contact: Amy Smith, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
SAVE THE DATE.

Advanced Course

#1
Title: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts ​(counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 (both days required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Title: Leading in Prayer (counts toward Certified Lay Speaker track)
Dates: May 19 and 20, 2018
Time: TBA
Contact: Amy Smith, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com
SAVE THE DATE.