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Did You Know? “United Methodists Respond!”

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. Connectional Ministries As we move rapidly to the close of 2017 there is much to recap in a year when the earth has been bombarded with countless natural disasters. These past few months have been filled with stories of devastation. Wildfires in California and elsewhere, hurricanes in…

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Did you know? – Web Gardening

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. Connectional Ministries While out-of-state a few weeks ago, I turned to the internet to find a place for worship on Sunday morning. Surfing through a half-dozen United Methodist Church websites, within a radius of my hotel, I realized just how differently we all treat this evangelism tool….

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DYK – Boundaries have value

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Ass’t to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries Every summer, newly appointed and assigned pastors in the Northern Illinois Conference receive Boundary and Ethics training. Every four years all those under appointment or assigned are required to take a “refresher course” in professional ethics and boundaries. This fall, all our appointed and…

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Did you know? – Leaning into Change

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries The 2016-2017 Annual Conference year was a time of innovation. This June, the annual conference approved implementation of a new model for coordination at the conference and district levels continuing the trajectory of innovation. We have been called into a time of “Adaptive Change”….

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DYK – “Equip” is Our Watch Word

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. Connectional Ministries In 2015 the Northern Illinois Conference went through a major organizational review including the use of a judicatory tool called “Landscape.” The Landscape assessment told us that a key desire of pastors and laity is to be (1) equipped to reach new members using new…

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Did you know – we have a constitution?

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries The United Methodist Church as we know it today was formed in 1968. Of course we trace our roots back much, much further to the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. When two streams of Methodism were united in 1968 after more than 25 years…

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