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Equitable Compensation Task Force Is Analyzing Data

Members of the Equitable Compensation Task Force, established at the 2023 Northern Illinois annual conference session, are well along their assignment of gathering data on clergy compensation and preparing a report and recommended legislation.

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From Your Bishop:Yielding all things for what is to come

Wesley’s Covenant Service has been recommended for Methodists who gather on New Year’s Eve to worship, leave behind a year, and cross the threshold of a new one. More deeply, Methodists were to receive new life afresh. The core petition of the prayer at the heart of the service is, “I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.”

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Northern Illinois Conference prepares for its 185th session

Under the theme “Yield,” clergy and elected lay members will gather for Northern Illinois Conference’s 185th session, June 16-18, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, IL.

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Conference Overview: Come to the Table, Go Out in Ministry

The conference theme, “Come to the Table,” informed the work of conference members at the Northern Illinois 184th Annual Conference session, June 6-8, Schaumburg, Ill. Bishop Schwerin’s “state of the conference” address, the Bible study, the lay session, and more explored the theme.

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Urgency Is Not Enough: Shepherding Team Talks About Change

Liz Gracie, who has been one of the co-chairs of the Annual Conference Shepherding Team for the past eight years, told the Annual Conference 2023 members of an insight the team recently gained: Urgency is not enough; leaders have to internalize change itself.

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Conference Bible Study: We Come to the Table Together, Connected in Christ

In his Bible study on the great banquet in Luke 14, Dr. Rolf Nolasco reminded Northern Illinois Annual Conference members on June 7 that Jesus’s banquet includes everyone—and gives those of lower social status places of honor at the table.

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