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

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

 

Illinois River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days
Location:  Pekin First UMC, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554
Cost:  $25 (includes light breakfast).  Please bring your own sack lunch.
Advanced registration required.  Registration form.
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, read, and study this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  

 

Iroquois River District

 

Kaskaskia River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 21, 2019 (both dates required)
Time:  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days
Location:  Olney First UMC, 335 S Fair St, Olney, IL 62450
Cost:  $30.
Registration deadline:  Aug. 26, 2019
Instructors: Nancy Myers, CLM, and  Diane Goff, CLM
Contact: Nancy Myers, 618-553-2645, nmyers941@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.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.

 

LaMoine River District

 

Mississippi River District

 

Sangamon River District

#1
Dates:  Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019
Times:  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location:  Bissell UMC, 2798 Colt Rd, Springfield, IL 62707-8863
Cost:  $30
Registration deadline:  Aug. 10, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.
Instructors:  Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
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.

#2
Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28, 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:  Sept. 16, 2019.  Advanced registration is required.  Download form.
Instructor:  Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
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

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