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.



Landscape Regional Conversations

A series of conversations will be held in the winter of 2016 concerning the purpose and future of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference following the Landscape survey taken in the summer of 2015. Mark your calendars and join in the conversation. Read the Bishop’s column for more background and information. Purpose Summit – Saturday, February…


What do UM Ordination and the Three Musketeers have in common?”

By Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop Sorry no, we do not pass out candy bars during the ordination service, but in the novel by Alexandre Dumas the Three Musketeers often repeat their motto “all for one, one for all”. In similar fashion the United Methodist ordination process is all about the connection, our United…

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Celebrating Our Apportionment Dollars at Work [April 2015]

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah 6:8 Isaiah clearly heard God’s call to go and speak to the people of God in his day. The call is no less urgent, no less needed…


Lent in a Bag

By Linda Duback This year Glenview United Methodist Church is helping families practice the 40 days of Lent at home with a “to-go” bag. The “Lent in a Bag” idea is simply a paper bag filled with four symbols along with an accompanying activity/reflection to be used each week of Lent. Instructions tell families to…


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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