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Did you know? - Methodism 101

What is the difference between the College of Bishops and the Council of Bishops?  How many conferences are in a jurisdiction? What is a jurisdiction? Who votes at a General Conference? How many countries have UM congregations? How are we structured?

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DYK - Conversations Count?

More reports are released every week about the influence social media has on our impressions and decision making. Our online communications tools can be used constructively or destructively. I recently attended a workshop on framing the church’s story, where we were reminded that social media is a powerful tool with which we can champion our faith story, capture hearts and empower lives.

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DYK? - Foundation for Building Safe Sanctuaries

As fall settles in, Sunday School and youth ministries ramp up. At the same time, news stories of child abuse in the church remind us that we all need to provide safe space for our children, youth and vulnerable adults. This fall is a good time to refresh Safe Sanctuaries policies and practices in every local church.

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Did You Know – Program ministry grants have launched

For years the Northern Illinois Conference has had a tradition of encouraging local churches to dream beyond their current ministries by offering small grants for new and creative experiments. With the transition to the Annual Conference Shepherding Team in 2017, we have been realigning the Program Ministries of the conference to address today’s realities. This fall we are excited to launch a newly organized granting structure to help our congregations experiment with ministries that are risk-taking and adventurous.  

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Did you Know - “Youth Ministries Abound”

Every year during annual conference, some great questions are raised as we review the conference budget. From administrative costs to congregational care to programming, we want you to know your apportionment dollars are making a difference. 

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DYK - What goes on behind the scenes?

The theme for this year is “Navigating Uncharted Waters” and while we talk, pray, and learn with one another about all the uncertainties in our world and for our denomination, there is one thing that is certain – we will be prepared for the session, thanks to the many, many hours of volunteer and staff time that goes into making our annual conference a hospitable, comfortable, well run event.

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