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. The required text is 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

Dates:  Saturday, January 7, 2023 & Sunday, January 8, 2023
Times:   8:00 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday, 1:00PM-5:00PM on Sunday

Required to attend on both days.
Location: Chillicothe UMC, 1023 N Sixth St., Chillicothe, IL 61523
Cost:  $ 20.00 (Bring a sack lunch for Saturday and your own snacks) (Coffee & Water will be provided)
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade77@outlook.com or 309-825-7237 (call or text)
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson  (9780881776263)  Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class.  Available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Cokesbury.
 

Iroquois River District

Dates: Friday, Nov.18 and Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022
Times: Friday--5:30 p.m. check in to 9 p.m. and Saturday--8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Both Days are required.
Location: Danville: St James UMC, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832
Cost: $40.00 (includes Saturday lunch, drinks and snacks)
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
Instructor(s):
Contact: Susan Connor 217-259-1649 (if you have further questions)
Required text: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson, ISBN: 9780881776263.
Individuals are expected to purchase the text and read it prior to the first class. Available through umcdiscipleship.org, AmazonBarnes & Noble,
and Cokesbury.
Registration available online...

Kaskaskia River District

LaMoine River District
 

Mississippi River District

Dates:  Saturdays, April 15 & 29, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April 15) and 9 a.m. to Noon (April 29)
Location: St. Paul UMC, 10 N Center St, East Alton, IL 62024

Cost: $20
Instructors: Donna Massey and Rebecca Tuchalski
Coffee and bottled water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch and snacks. We may ask you to wear masks.
Registration deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023. Register and pay via credit card or PayPal at: https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/MRDBasicLaySpeaking
Contact: Rebecca Tuchalski, rtuchalski522@gmail.com
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. Copies are available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury

Sangamon River District

Spoon River District

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2023; both days are required

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Orion UMC, 407 12th Ave, Orion IL 61273-7737. This will be available as a Zoom class as well as in-person. 

Cost $20

Registration deadline: January 21, 2023.  Register at cemken@mymctc.net

Instructor: Pastor Ann Champion, Orion UMC

Contact: Claudia Emken, cemken@mymctc.net

In-person participants must bring their own lunch and snacks.  

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. Copies are available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury

Vermilion River District