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DYK – The OTF is Underway?

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson – Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Connectional Ministries Government agencies and religious denominations love to shorten their language into acronyms and alphabets. In July, I became the A2B/DCM, Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Connectional Ministries. Beyond the alphabet soup, when I first heard those titles spoken as part of a Sunday…

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Our future together

Flying home from a meeting, I worried about making my connections between Pensacola, Fla., and Chicago via Atlanta, Ga. I had about 30 minutes and in the Atlanta airport it can take a while to get from one end to the other. I inquired about catching an earlier flight to Atlanta, but it cost $50…

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Leadership training equips conference chairs

Equipping local churches for ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ while also providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church is the foundational mission of the Northern Illinois Conference. Work over the past year through the Landscape survey and listening sessions has helped us better understand that “equipping” is at the heart of…

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Delegates and visitors listen to debate about petitions at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the Commission,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. “This group…

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Join the World Series Cross-Conference Challenge for Haiti

Root for your team and support Hurricane Relief The World Series returns to Wrigley Field Friday night for the first time in 71 years after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 2. The series is now tied 1-1. Let’s keep the momentum going! Join in a friendly cross-conference challenge to root for…

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Sympathy Notice: Joseph R. Ganzel

Mr. Joseph R. Ganzel, spouse of retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  He was 81 years of age. A memorial service will be held on November 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Geneva United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton Street, Geneva, IL  60134. Messages of condolence may be…

NIC PAUMCS 2016 Fall Workshop in the Districts

A Professional Workshop for Church Office Secretaries & Staff!    2016 Fall PAUMCS Workshop ~ in the Districts! Diplomacy for the Church Office A Biblical Process for Dealing with Concerns Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Bowes, Deacon The NIC Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) will offer the workshop Diplomacy for the Church Office for…

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Cultural Competency Training

Building God’s Beloved Community – a Cultural Competency Training “Building God’s Beloved Community” is an awesome task, and yet, a task that requires hard and intentional work. How do we relate across racial, ethnic, and cultural differences? How do we live together, work together, and build God’s beloved community where everyone is valued and every gift celebrated? The…

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Did You Know: We are framed by Core Values?

In the summer of 2015 the Northern Illinois Conference began a journey of assessment, reflection and focus for the future. We launched the Landscape survey and heard from 396 laity and clergy who shared their current assessment as well as aspirations for our future. We followed up by taking the survey findings to a leadership…

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Taking Care of the Plumbing

Recently a pastor who moved over a year ago sent an email telling me about the changes that she had made in her church. She said in part: “I discovered that the finance committee did not meet regularly…other committees met sporadically and were not well attended…no minutes of meetings were on file…the same few people…

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