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 (2017) (pdf)

 

Cache River District

 

Embarras River District

 

Illinois River District

 

Iroquois River District

Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 25 and Mar. 11, 2017. Both Saturdays are required.
Time:  8:00 AM-4:00PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location: Quest UMC, 2004 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL 61802
Cost:  $25 (includes lunch/snacks both days and certificate)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 
Required Text:  Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase, read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room (also available as ePub).
Instructors:  Multiple
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at http://www.igrc.org/iroquois_layservant

 

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, 2017
Instructors:
Contact: Peg Ratliff at 1-217-833-2377 or pegrat04@hotmail.com

 

Mississippi River District

Date(s):  Saturdays, Mar. 4 and 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
Instructor(s):  
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@gmail.com

 

Sangamon River District

Date(s):   April 22 and 29, 2017 (both Saturdays required)
Time:  8:00 AM–5:00 PM, both days
Location(s): April 22 at Argenta UMC, 520 W. Elm, Argenta, IL 62501, 217-795-4722
                    April 29 at Sugar Creek UMC, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, IL 62629, 217-483-2270
Cost:  $30
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2017
Required Text: Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase, read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Upper Room (also available as ePub).
Instructor(s): TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackardfloyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303
Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Register at http://www.igrc.org/forms?topic=Sangamon%20River, choose BASIC class form for April 22 & 29, 2017.

 

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  lindabmichel@earthlink.net