ordainedministryThe church and society are in a time of exponential change. We need leaders, as never before, with convicted moral and spiritual courage, excellence in preparation and training and a compelling sense of mission or call.

You are invited to consider becoming part of a generation of Christian leaders who commit boldly to Jesus Christ and are characterized by intellectual excellence, moral integrity, spiritual courage, and holiness of heart and life, and a sense of vocational fulfillment.

Explore your calling

"Is God Calling You?" (Resource provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry)

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

The Spiritual Gifts Assessment helps individuals identify their God-given gifts for living faithfully as Christian disciples day by day and find meaningful ways to use their gifts in connection with others through the community of faith. Click to take learn more and take the assessment.

Candidate Resources

Important Dates to Remember 2017-2018


Continuing Education Grants

Distance Learning

At the September 2010 meeting of the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the policy from the University Senate on Distance Learning was adopted:

"In order to facilitate an education that is both technologically astute and relationally adept, the University Senate maintains the standard that two-thirds of theological education towards ordination shall occur on campus or in residence, and no more than one-third may occur by means of distance or on-line learning.  This standard applies to United Methodist and non-United Methodist seminaries.

The University Senate understands "on campus" or "in residence" to mean a course that includes a significant component of in person dialogue and conversation occurring on campus either at a school's primary location or at an approved extension location.  "Hybrid courses," which combine online and on campus instruction, are considered distance learning or online education for the purposes of this standard."

Seeking to transfer to the Northern Illinois Conference?

If you are an ordained clergy either from another United Methodist Conference or from another denomination and are seeking transfer to Northern Illinois Conference please contact Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Arlene Christopherson, at

Voluntary Transition Program

Download the information for those considering transitioning out of ministry.

For Pastoral Transition Materials go to "Forms" under "Leadership Resources" or click here.



Bishop Dyck new ruling on question of law

Bishop Sally Dyck has issued a new ruling on a Question of Law first requested following the 2016 Clergy Session at the Northern Illinois Annual Conference regarding a statement by the Board of Ordained Ministry on giving equal consideration and protection to LGBTQ candidates. Bishop Dyck had ruled that the initial Question of Law was “moot…


Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

By Christa Meland, Minnesota Conference In a meaningful worship service and before hundreds of United Methodists from across the North Central Jurisdiction, the four newly elected episcopal leaders – Bishop Tracy S. Malone, Bishop Frank Beard, Bishop David Bard and Bishop Laurie Haller – were consecrated Saturday, July 16 at First United Methodist Church in…


Bishop’s ruling on Question of Law

Bishop Sally Dyck issued her ruling July 5, 2016 on a request for a decision on a question of law arising from action taken on a failed motion voted upon at the Clergy Session of the Northern Illinois Conference (June 5, 2016) by Rev. Scott Field. Click here to read the full ruling.


Celebrating Order of Deacon 20th anniversary

By Kimberly D. Woods For those new to The United Methodist church or just attending their first Annual Conference, the term “deacon” is just a piece of the standard vernacular. Just twenty years ago, however, the position of deacon in the United Methodist church was more akin to a stepping stone, a path onward to elder, but not a…


Danita Anderson, Chair, Board of Ordained Ministry 630-308-0001 Lameise Turner, Benefits Administrator
Rev. Adonna Davis Reid, Continuing Education Coordinator 773-752-6233 Bom.ce.grants@gmail.com Wespath (formerly General Board of Pension and Health Benefits) www.wespath.org

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