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

#1
Date:  Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 cancelled
Dates NOW:  Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, 2019 (both dates required) (​bring a sack lunch)
COMPLETED.

#2
Date:  Saturday, Oct. 19 and 26, 2019 (both dates required) (​bring a sack lunch)
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 
Location:  Marion Aldersgate UMC, 1201 N. Fair St., Marion, IL 62959
Cost:  $35.00
Registration deadline:  Sept. 28, 2019
Instructors:  Roberta DePuy, Wanda Brandon, Rev. Ray Long
Contact:  Roberta DePuy, 573-201-6650;  happyfish27@hotmail.com;  PO Box 96, Marion, IL 62959
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.  

 

Embarras River District

Dates: Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (registration begins at 8:00 AM)
Location: Watson UMC, 13900 E US Hwy 37, Watson 62473
Cost: $30.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Monday, March 11, 2019.  Advanced registration is required. Register here.  If you experience any difficulties with the on-line registration, please contact the Embarras River District Office at 217-347-3915.
Contact:  Embarras River District Office, 217-347-3915
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.

 

Illinois River District

Dates: Sundays, Mar. 17, Mar. 24, Mar. 31, and Apr. 7, 2019 (all dates required)
Time:  1:30-4:30 PM
Location: Chillicothe UMC, 1023 N. 6th St, Chillicothe, IL  61523
Cost: $30.00
Contact: Kim Wade at kamwade@hotmail.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
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 and read this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.  Individuals are expected to read this text before the class starts. 

 

Iroquois River District

Dates:  Saturdays,  Mar. 9 and 16, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

Kaskaskia River District

 

LaMoine River District

Dates:  Mar. 2, 16, and 30, 2019  (all dates required). Commitment service April 7, 7:00 PM
Time: 9:00 AM-noon and 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Sugar Grove UMC, State Hwy 103 & Sugar Grove Rd, Rushville, IL 62681
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline:  Feb. 15
Contact: Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377; pegrat04@hotmail.com

 

Mississippi River District

 

Sangamon River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Mar. 9 and 23, 2019 (both dates required)
Times:  8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location:  Bissell UMC, 2798 Colt Rd, Springfield, IL 62707-8863
Cost:  $ 30
Registration deadline:  March 1, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.
Instructor:  TBA
Contact:  Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN  978-0-88177-626-3).   Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle and as ePub.

 

Spoon River District

#1
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates:  Saturdays,  Nov. 2 and 9, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM.
Location:  Christ Church UMC, 3801 7th St., East Moline, IL 61244-3506
Cost:  $20 (includes lunch/snacks both days)
Registration deadline:  Oct. 2, 2019. Register at cemken@mymctc.net
Instructor:  TBD.
Contact:  Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson (ISBN  978-0-88177-626-3).   Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through Amazon, Upper Room, and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle and as ePub.

 

Vermilion River District

Dates:  Saturday,  Feb. 23 and Mar. 2, 2019 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.