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Trainings around the NIC fan the flame of discipleship

The week of September 9, approximately 350 clergy and laity attended one of six Discipleship Systems training sessions across the NIC led by Jeff Campbell, Associate General Secretary for Strategic Programming with Discipleship Ministries (UM General Board of Discipleship).

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BMCR celebrates 50 years and looks to the future

On Sunday, June 30, the Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) held its Annual Worship Celebration at historic St. Mark UMC, a Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) Chicago Southern District landmark church that produced Chicago BMCR founders and early leaders such as Rev. Maceo D. Pembroke, Sr., Rev. William T. Carter, Helen M. Fannings (Ammons) and Marie McFarland. 

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Campers say 'thank you'

For one week in August, more than 60 children from the city could just be kids and enjoy the great outdoors at one of NIC’s two camps. The campers from 14 churches in the Chicago Southern and Chicago Northwestern Districts took part in the Chicago Metro Camp at Camp Reynoldswood in Dixon, Ill. It was made mostly possible thanks to the generosity from all the churches and individuals who donated to the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal offering at the Annual Conference in June.

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HealthFlex Exchange Workshops offered

To help you choose the health plan that works for you, the NIC will offer five workshops around the conference this fall for the new HealthFlex Exchange medical insurance. Wespath and conference representatives will lead the workshops to explain each plan and help choose the best option to fit your family’s needs and budget.

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Being intentional about making disciples

Jeff Campbell, UMC Associate General Secretary for Strategic Programming, will lead "SeeAllThePeople," a conference-wide event for leaders to become more intentional about making disciples in their ministry setting.

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Grant helps Chicago clergy create cohort

Five innovative United Methodist clergy from the Northern Illinois Conference are receiving renewal grants from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This cohort of pastors will gather to offer each other support, to co-create space for spiritual practices and direction, and to retreat for renewal in the coming two years.

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