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DYK – Boundaries have value

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 assigned clergy will participate in mandatory boundary and ethics training.

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Did you know? – Leaning into Change

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.

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DYK – “Equip” is Our Watch Word

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 strategies, (2) equipped to help members grow as disciples and to (3) equipped for more effective community outreach. This focus has become part of our conference priorities.

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Did you know – we have a constitution?

The United Methodist Church does not have a central headquarters or a single executive leader. Duties are divided among bodies that include the General Conference, the Council of Bishops and the Judicial Council. Each of these entities plays a significant role in the life of the church and are required by our Constitution, a foundational document, to be part of our structure.

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Did you know? – Say Something

“Say Something” this should also be a mantra for us in the church. Sometimes we are the best-kept secret around!

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Did you know – Our stories connect us?

In the midst of fears and threats, political stands and court battles, there is no substitute for listening to one another and hearing each other’s stories. In putting a face to what it means to be a refugee, an immigrant, we grow closer to understanding one another. Whether the story is centuries old or from a few weeks ago, visiting what it means to migrate to a new country helps us appreciate those we are called to serve as Christ served.

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