Basic Course

“Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course” is the foundational course for individuals wishing to become Certified Lay Servants. But this course can also be used as part of a discipleship plan for anyone in the church to acquaint them with spiritual gifts, calling and responsibilities as followers of Jesus. Training is offered by district committees of Lay Servant Ministries. It is offered in a variety of formats, times and places.

Lay Servant Ministries courses are open to ALL, whether or not an enrollee applies to serve as a Lay Servant.

Tri-fold brochure: The BASIC Course (2016) (pdf)


Cache River District


Embarras River District


Illinois River District


Iroquois River District


Kaskaskia River District


LaMoine River District

Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 25, Mar. 11 and 25, 2017  
Time:  9:00 AM-noon and 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Barry UMC, 720 Perry St., Barry, IL 62312
Cost: $30
Registration deadline:  Feb. 17
Contact: Peg Ratliff at 1-217-833-2377 or


Mississippi River District

Date(s):  Saturdays, Mar. 4 & 11, 2017 (both Saturdays required)
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Worden UMC, 103 S. Lincoln St., Worden, IL 62097
Cost:  $30;  lunch will be provided (free-will offering)
Registration deadline:  Feb. 22
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar,


Sangamon River District


Spoon River District


Vermilion River District

Dates:  Sundays, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Apr. 2, 2017
Time:  1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Bradley: Wesley UMC, 500 N. Cleveland Ave.
Cost:  $25 per person/$40 per married couple
Registration Deadline:
Instructor(s): TBA
Contact:  Linda Michel