Skip to Main Content


Jurisdictional Wrapup North Central 690pxcr

Special NC Jurisdiction Conference Called for Jan. 23

The North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will hold a special, virtual session on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Central Time. The sole item for consideration at this session is the recommendation that four episcopal areas (regions overseen by a bishop) be combined into two. Wisconsin and Northern Illinois conferences are among those proposed to share a bishop.

Read More
Sympathy625x400 2a417

Sympathy Notice: Rev. Morgan L. McLeland

Rev. Morgan L. McLeland, a retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023.  During his ministry he served Chandler: Chicago; Normal Park, Yorkhouse; Forest Park; Melrose Park; Chicago: Albany Park; Kaneville; Orangeville; Afolkey; Barrington:  Salem; and Fox River Grover: Community.

Read More
Flowers Sympathy625x400 2a417 Copy

Sympathy Notice: Rev. Gessel Berry Jr.

Rev. Gessel Berry Jr., retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Friday, November 24, 2023. During his ministry he served Vincent; Chicago: New Gresham; Highland Park: Bethany; General Board of Pension and Health Benefits; Zion: Memorial; Chicago: Hartzell Memorial; and Evanston: Sherman.

Read More
Loom Dixon Photo Working Cmky

Plarn projects weave communities and ministry

A new mission project from Midwest Mission is being woven across Northern Illinois. Church groups are turning clean plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats. The mats are distributed to organizations around the world that serve people who lack homes, who have been displaced by disaster, or who need temporary sleeping arrangements—anyone who needs a clean, dry barrier between them and the ground.

Read More
Repair The Harm To Children Cmyk 300

For survivors’ sake, pledge to the Repair the Harm Fund today

What would you give to keep a child safe? What would you give to help the wounded heal? Northern Illinois Conference’s Bishop Dan Schwerin asks churches to prayerfully consider these questions as they make a pledge to the conference’s Repair the Harm campaign. The campaign is raising $754,348 toward a survivors’ fund for those who endured abuse while participating in Boy Scout activities.

Read More
Dec 23r Support Belong Together Kevin Gent I7bq8hww9be Unsplash

From Your Bishop: We Belong to Each Other

John Wesley taught that the covenants of Methodist polity affirm that we share for the good of the whole, be it the trust clause, the appointment, or the apportionment. I write today to ask you to pray and consider how to finish well and move toward 100 percent payment of all your church’s apportioned items, both conference and general church apportionments.

Read More