Alternative Advanced Courses

Each Annual Conference may approve additional classes for its own use. Alternative Advanced Courses fit these guidelines: 

  • The subject is in line with courses currently in the Lay Servant Ministries catalog. 
  • The content fits the theme of leading, caring, and communicating.
  • The course will benefit the lay servant for use in the local church.
  • The course must provide at least 10 hours of instruction.
  • The course is participatory and led by a facilitator qualified in the subject. 

Please note--To receive credit for an Alternative Advanced Course, you MUST:

  1. Contact your District Director(s) of Lay Servant Ministries PRIOR to attending the event for approval and to obtain the required Alternative Advanced Course Form. 
  2. Take the form to the event and obtain the instructor's signature at the end of the course.
  3. Upon completion of the course and your portion of the form, return the completed form to your District Director to receive credit.

NOTE:  An alternative advanced course may only be used every other time for continuing education credit.  Not every course offered in the Conference will count as an alternative advanced course, which is why prior permission is necessary.

Prior permission is NOT required to take a regular Advanced Course outside of your home District.

 

Opportunity #1

Title:  Walking with Jesus in the Wesleyan Spirit
Dates:  Sept. 22-23, 2017; Nov. 18, 2017; Feb. 17, 2018; and Mar. 24, 2018 (all four sessions required)  
Times:  Sept. 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM.  All other sessions from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM.
Location:  Northwest UMC, 3800 W. War Memorial Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
Cost:  Early registration (before Aug. 15, 2017) is $199 for all session.  Regular registration (after Aug. 15, 2017) is $239 for all sessions. Includes lunch and snacks at all sessions.  Child care is available for an additional fee.
Registration Deadline:  Sept 15, 2017.  Register at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/WWJ17-18.
Instructors: Brad Watkins, Pastor, Willow Hill UMC, Germantown Hills, IL; Tom Albin, Dean, Upper Room Chapel, Nashville, TN; Margaret Ann Jessup, Associate Pastor, Douglas Ave. UMC, Springfield, IL; and Scott Kisker, Professor of the History of Christianity, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH.
Text Used:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition by Steve Harper.  The text will be provided at the first session.
Contact:  Beth Fender, Coordinator of Discipleship and New Streams, 217-529-2611, bfender@igrc.org

You will experience a time of closer relationship with God through understanding and applying John Wesley's means of grace, and our broader Methodist heritage.  The result will be a strengthened commitment to personal discipleship as you walk with Jesus.  Sessions include:  Revival Now and Meeting God, Growing in Our Relationship with God through Acts of Piety and Acts of Mercy, and Application of Wesleyan Principles and Practices for Today.  Sponsored by IGRC New Streams Team.

 

Other Opportunities

Course of Study Extension School Modules
Lay Servants may audit any of the Weekend Part-time Local Pastor Course of Study (Extension School) modules held at the United Methodist Center.  For more information go to the Extension School web site at  http://www.igrcos.com  and contact Director,
Rev. Kenneth Hutchens  or by phone at  217-390-1566.

You will also need to contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for approval and required attendance form (a link to their e-mail address can be found on the main Lay Servant Ministries page).  Please note--this option requires a larger time and financial commitment than traditional Lay Servant Ministries courses.

Mission U
Lay servants may use a course offered through UMW's Mission U one time. You will need to contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries for approval and required attendance form (a link to their e-mail address can be found on the main Lay Servant Ministries page).  The course must be a minimum of 10 contact hours and should be skill building.  This policy became effective in 2017.