For registration deadlines for each course, refer to the registration
form (available through the link to the left). Additional information
is available through the Director of this Extension Course of Study
School for Part-time Local Pastors, Dr. E. Michael Jones, 405 Jay Dr., Mount Vernon, IL62864-2249.
You may download a registration form by clicking the link to the
left and you can receive other important information at the Illinois
Great Rivers Conference website: www.igrc.org.
These courses are offered for Part-time Local Pastors seeking study
in ministry and United Methodist heritage. To be admitted to the
school, one must have:
||Completed the School for License
as a Local Pastor AND
||Received a recommendation
by District Superintendent
A limited number of other clergy and laity may audit each course
for a fee of $75.00 and receive 2 CEU's for each class
The tuition and registration is $300 per course. This fee includes
lunch on Saturday. Textbooks and lodging are the responsibility
of the participant. The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Illinois
Great Rivers Conference provides a $150 scholarship for its candidates
are Certified Candidates or have the License as a Local Pastor .
Those persons who need additional help are encouraged to contact
their District Superintendent for other possible financial support.
The tuition and registration for candiidates for ministry from
outside the Illinois Great Rivers Conference must pay the entire
$300 fee. They may seek financial support from their home District
and/or their Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
||Read assigned textbooks and write
answers to study questions.
||Write short papers and sermon or
teaching lesson plan. These assignments must be completed prior
to the start of the classes.
||Attend the class sessions on two
weekends and actively participate in the group discussions.
All sessions will take place at:
Illinois Great Rivers Conference
Illinois Great Rivers Conference Center
5900 South Second Street
All the physically and spiritually hungry people of our world feasting
at God's table through the inviting, welcoming, and sharing of Christian
communities of faith.
The purpose of the annual conference is to make disciples of Jesus
Christ by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing
a connection for ministry beyond the local church, all to the glory
of God, so that the physically and spiritually hungry may feast
at God's table. (The Book of Discipline, 2000, para. 601).