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.  Text available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.

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 (2018) (pdf)


Cache River District


Embarras River District


Illinois River District


Iroquois River District

Dates: Friday, Oct 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.  Both days required.


Kaskaskia River District

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 2021.  Both days required.


LaMoine River District


Mississippi River District


Sangamon River District

Date:  Saturday, March 19, 2022
Time: 8:30 AM-6:30 PM
Location: Island Grove UMC, 16128 Old Jacksonville Rd, New Berlin, IL 62670
Cost: $30.  Wrapped snacks and bottled water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Please wear a mask.
Instructor: Rev. Ken Dees
Registration deadline: March 11, 2022. Register at
Contact: Carol Conover,
Required Text:  Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3). Individuals are expected to purchase, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.


Spoon River District


Vermilion River District