Christian Education FellowshipWho we are

Christians Engaged in Faith Formation is an organization to provide support and fellowship for people who work in Christian Education. If you are in ministry with children and youth the CEF group provides practical information on curricula options, starting new ministries, ideas for youth, training, support and networking.

Join us

The NIC chapter meets three times per year and has active email and Facebook groups . Everyone involved with faith formation is welcome to join! Please contact, Jacki Bogolia or Christine Hides for more information.  


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New tool for background checks

The Northern Illinois Conference is proud of its partnership with local churches in ministry to children, youth and vulnerable adults, as we have provided tools for training and background checks for many years. With transitions in staffing, we have been investigating ways of making volunteer training and background checks more timely and flexible for our…


Cokesbury makes customer service changes for Northern Illinois

Christian retailers must continuously reinvent and perfect the ways in which we serve churches and their leaders, due to individual marketplace changes, and increasing costs for product development and delivery. When market conditions require, Cokesbury adapts, as has been apparent in our financially self-sustaining ministry since our formation as The United Methodist Church’s first agency…


Got a Creative Ministry?

The Northern Illinois Conference Program Council is currently accepting applications for Creative Ministries Grants. In 2015, the Program Council awarded 17 grants totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth…

VBS 2015 Showcase

Even though the New Year just started, it is never too soon to start thinking about VBS. Over the next few weeks, Cokesbury will be hosting five very exciting VBS Showcases at churches in your area. They will be an opportunity for local Christian educators to gather together and share ideas. We will discuss how to…


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