The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is an introductory course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders. It can be used with adults and youth and is the foundational course for other leadership training courses. This course covers the 3 core categories of Lay Servant Ministries: Leading, Caring, and Communicating; it also emphasizes ministry in daily life and sharing faith stories. The plans in this Leader\'\'s Guide are designed to be taught in 5 two-hour sessions. NOTE: This guide replaces the Lay Speaking Ministries Basic Course Leader\'\'s Guide, DR551. If you have taught the Basic Course before, you will need to adjust your teaching plans to emphasize the core categories of Leading, Caring, and Communicating; ministry in daily life; and sharing faith stories.