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.
COMPLETED.

 

Embarras River District

Dates:  Saturdays, March 3 and 10, 2018.  Both Saturdays required.
Time:  8:30 AM-4:00 PM (Registration begins at 8:00 AM)
Location:  Altamont First UMC, 308 N. 2nd St., Altamont, IL  62411, 618-483-6036
Cost:  $30.00 (includes two meals and snacks)
Registration deadline:  Monday, Feb. 19.  Registration is on-line at  https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/ERD2018SpringLayServantClass
Contact:  Embarras River District Office, 217-347-3915
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: Sundays, June 4, 11, 25, and July 2, 2017.  All dates required.
COMPLETED.

#2
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 16, 2017.  Both dates required.
COMPLETED.

 

Iroquois River District

Dates: Saturdays, March 10 and 24, 2018. Both Saturdays required.
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: Oct. 8, 14, and 15, 2017 (all dates required)
COMPLETED.

 

LaMoine River District

Dates:  Saturdays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, and Mar. 10, 2018  (all dates required)
Times:  9:00 AM-noon and 1:00-4:00 PM all dates
Location:  Camp Point UMC, 104 W. Wood St., Camp Point, IL 62320; 217-593-6331
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC.
Registration deadline:  Feb. 2, 2018
Instructors:  Sheila Kelly, Barbara Wooldridge, Grant Armstrong, Robin Lyons, Eddie Carpenter, and Linda Reining
Contact: Peg Ratliff, 217-833-2377

 

Mississippi River District

Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 24 and Mar. 3, 2018 (both dates required)
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: New Baden UMC, 107 W. Hanover St, New Baden, IL 62265, 618-588-3588 
Cost:  $30.00.  Make check payable to IGRC;  lunch will be provided (free-will offering)
Registration deadline:  Feb. 10, 2018
Instructors:  Shelley Loring, Sue Busler, Donna Massey, and Jeremy Volkmar
Contact:  Jeremy Volkmar, mrdlayservantministries@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 this book prior to first class.  Available through Upper RoomAmazon and Cokesbury.  Available for Kindle.

 

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)
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  First UMC, 9412 228th St., Port Byron, IL 61275, 309-523-2396
Cost: $40.00. Includes materials, lunches, and snacks.
Registration deadline:  March 1, 2018
Instructor:  Pastor Jim Crozier
Contact:  Lester Graham, patandlesgraham@gmail.com

 

Vermilion River District

Dates: Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 20, 2018 (all sessions 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