About Us:

According the the 2012 Book of Discipline: “The Conference Board of Church and Society shall serve to connect the General Board of Church and Society and the district and local churches in relating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the members of the Church and structures of the communities, nation, and world in which they live.

Programs shall be developed that provides education and action on issues confronting the church consistent with the Social Principles and the policies adopted by the General Conference.” (Par. 629)

Currently, the NIC Board is working on issues related to childhood poverty, mass incarceration, corporate tax accountability, and gun violence.

NIC Board of Church and Society Chair: Wendy Witt





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…


Celebrating Our Apportionment Dollars at Work [September 2015]

Outreach Ministries The Outreach Ministries of our Program Council work to fulfill our annual conference mission statement by seeking to “equip local faith communities for a ministry of witness, justice, hope and love and to provide a connection for mission beyond the congregation.” The Outreach Ministry is the church at work in God’s name, stretching out…

Bishop's Appeal

Bishop’s Appeal – Story of a dreamer

Second Chances: A story of a dreamer Min-Chul Suk came to the U.S. from South Korea with his parents in 1991, when he was 9. Min-Chul graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. With the support of the Korean-American community, Min-Chul…


Responding to the Ebola Crisis

By Anne Marie Gerhardt As the number of Ebola cases and deaths rises daily in Sierra Leone, Femi Davies, a nurse and member of the diverse congregation at Central United Methodist Church in Skokie, Ill., grows more worried and concerned for family, friends and colleagues. Davies, who came to the United States in 1996, is…

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