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: Sundays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017.  All dates required.


Embarras River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30, 2017 (both dates required)


Illinois River District

Dates: Sundays, June 4, 11, 25, and July 2, 2017.  All dates required.

Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 16, 2017.  Both dates required.


Iroquois River District

Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 25 and Mar. 11, 2017. Both Saturdays required.


Kaskaskia River District

Dates: Oct. 8, 14, and 15, 2017 (all dates required)


LaMoine River District

Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 25, Mar. 11 and 25, 2017  


Mississippi River District

Date(s):  Saturdays, Mar. 4 and 11, 2017 (both Saturdays required)


Sangamon River District

Dates:  Saturday, Jan. 20 and 27, 2018 (both days required)
Times:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM both dates
Location:  IGRC United Methodist Center, Springfield, IL
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Jan. 15, 2018
Instructors:  Pastor Floyd and Bobbi Blackard
Contact   Bobbi Blackard at
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:  Nov. 17 and 18, 2017


Vermilion River District

Dates: Sundays - April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 20, 2018 (all sessions required)
Time: 1:30-5:00 PM (tentative)
Contact: Amy Smith,