The unfolding work of Harvest 2.0 has created momentum for our conference as we sharpen our focus and rekindle our call to be witnesses for Christ in the communities where we live. Join our vision to plant 100 new faith communities, to nurture vital congregations through healthy discipleship practices, and to cultivate active community listening and outreach in all of our local churches. Donate today!

New Faith Communities

This is your starting place for church planting! We are called to plant new communities of faith in new places across Northern Illinois. As our cities, towns and neighborhoods change, we believe that starting new faith communities of all kinds is an important way to reach new people for Jesus Christ.

 Vital Churches

Does your church want to feel alive again? Are you wondering how you can make an impact in your community? Large or small, all of our churches are important centers for mission and ministry. By following the core principles of healthy discipleship and using proven methods of outreach, all of our congregations can make an even bigger impact in their communities as vital churches.

Community Engagement

We believe that by working together with neighboring congregations, our local churches can find new opportunities for effective ministry. By cultivating active community listening and outreach, churches can do more together to love their neighbors than they could on their own.


Recent News

Matthew Johnson

Twitter Prayer Practice

The following post is from Rev. Matthew Johnson, a Northern Illinois Conference pastor who is planting new kind of church community. Find out more by going to I’ve long been fascinated by Twitter. I first encountered it at a conference in Memphis about five years ago were tweets from people in the room and around…

Edison Park UMC Takes a Risk and God Shows Up

Edison Park United Methodist Church is one of our beautiful congregations on the far northwest side of Chicago. The community has changed, however, and the congregation had to decide what to do – close themselves off from their neighbors or reach out with love. They decided to take a risk and reach their neighbors! Because…


A bond between two churches helps in a time of tragedy

By Anne Marie Gerhardt When Lou and Sherry Schairer started teaching English as a second language to Hispanic families at Barrington United Methodist Church in the mid-90s, they had no idea they would be forming life-long bonds. The older couple didn’t know Spanish but took these families under their wings, in particular becoming mentors to…


Flowing Grace Charters as a New Church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt The congregation at Flowing Grace had many reasons to give high fives on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Flowing Grace officially became a United Methodist Church in the Northern Illinois Conference following a charter service led by Aurora District Superintendent Rev. Dick Wisdom. Flowing Grace’s Pastor Jeffry Bross, wearing his new “I…


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