Lay Ministry Training

Local church training is an essential component to growth and evangelism. Ephesians 4:16 -17 is a beautiful picture of God’s desire for His church. With Jesus as our head – “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective work by which every part does its share…edifying itself in love.” 

The Illinois Conference remains committed not only to the continuing education and training of its Pastors but providing support and training to lay members (ministers). Ellen White stressed that we “hunger and thirst for the gifts of the Spirit” and that we “offer our petitions to God” to pray for, study about, and explore our gifts (Acts of Apostles p. 50). We look forward to partnering with local Churches and helping members capture the joy of service.


LAY MINISTRY TRAINING EVENT — The Illinois Conference Ministerial Department is offering free lay ministry training events for the following areas.
  • Southern IL at Thompsonville SDA Church, Sunday, April 19 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm (Cancelled)
    • Registration will open: March 16
    • Deadline to register is April 12, 2020
  • Central IL at Peoria SDA Church, Sunday, May 17 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm (Cancelled)
    • Deadline to register is May 10, 2020
  • Northern IL at Hinsdale SDA Church, Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm (Cancelled)
    • Deadline to register is September 6, 2020

Training Seminars may include: Health, Church Clerk, Church Growth, Elders, Deacon and Deaconess, Treasurers, Prayer, Relational Bible Study, Small Groups, Social Media, and Biblical Preaching. Don't miss this opportunity to network and learn new skills, sure to enhance your ministry opportunities. Please register on-line through the Illinois Conference website at Note that registration will open up one month before each training date. All training is free, and lunch is provided. If you have any questions, please call Christine Peña at 630-856-2854 or email

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Note that registration will open up one month before.


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