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 (2018) (pdf)


Cache River District

Dates:  Saturdays, June 26 and July 10, 2021 (both dates required)
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM


Embarras River District


Illinois River District


Iroquois River District

Dates: Friday, Oct 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.  Both days required.
Times: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM on Oct. 8 and 8:00 AM-7:00 PM on Oct. 9. Registration at 5:30 PM, Oct. 8.
Location: Arthur UMC, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur, IL 61911
Cost: $40
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2021
Instructor: IRD LSM Committee members
Contact: Susan Connor, call or text 217-259-1649
​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.


Kaskaskia River District


LaMoine River District


Mississippi River District


Sangamon River District

Dates:  Saturdays, May 22 and June 5, 2021 (both dates required)


Spoon River District


Vermilion River District