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

Dates:  Saturdays, April 14 and 21, 2018 (both days required)
CANCELLED.

 

Embarras River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, 2018 (both days required)
Time:  7:30 AM-3:30 PM (Registration begins at 7:15 AM)
Location:  Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham, IL 62401
Cost:  $35.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Oct. 1  Registration on-line soon.
Contact:  Lori Sparks, 217-259-3234, la_sparks2008@yahoo.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 this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

 

Illinois River District

#1
Dates: Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, 2018 (both days required)
Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Morton UMC, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com, 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.

#2
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, 2018 (both days required) 
Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Morton UMC, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Contact: Kim Wade, kamwade@hotmail.com, 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.

 

Iroquois River District

Dates: Saturdays, March 10 and 24, 2018 (both days required) **2nd date postponed to Sept. 15, 2018 due to weather**
Times:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Location:  Savoy UMC, 3002 W. Old Church Rd., Champaign, IL 61822, 217-352-3993
Cost:  $25.00 (includes lunches, snacks, and certificate)
Registration deadline:  Friday, March 2, 2018.  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line.
Instructors:  Multiple
Contact:  Teresa Pratt, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com
Required text:  Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon (book or Kindle), and Upper Room (book or ePub).

 

Kaskaskia River District

Dates: Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2018 (all dates required)
CANCELLED.

 

LaMoine River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, and Mar. 10, 2018  (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

Mississippi River District

Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 24 and Mar. 3, 2018 (both dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

Sangamon River District

Dates:  Saturday, April 21 and 28, 2018 (both days required)
Times:  8:00 AM-5:00 PM both dates
Location:  Cotton Hill UMC, 5931 N Cotton Hill Rd., Springfield, IL  62703-5349
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018.  Advanced registration is required.  Download registration form here.
Instructors:  Pastor Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
Contact   Bobbi Blackard at floyd.bobbi.blackard@gmail.com ​or 217-825-7303 (text or call)
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 this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper Room, Amazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

 

Spoon River District

Dates: March 10, 17, and 24, 2018 (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

Vermilion River District

Dates: Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 20, 2018 (all dates required)
Time: 1:30-5:00 PM.  Registration begins at 1:00 PM on April 8.
Location: Dwight UMC, 701 S. Columbia, Dwight, IL 60420, 815-584-3420
Cost: $30.00 (includes snacks and required text)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 30. Online Registration available here: https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/VRD2018SpringBasicLayServantClass
Contact: Amy Smith, 309-530-6371, SmithAmyL678@gmail.com