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The One Matters Discipleship Award was created by the Discipleship Ministries (GBOD) in 2015 with the purpose of lifting up churches who have in recent years moved from zero baptisms and zero professions of faith into positive numbers as they redirected their focus toward intentional discipleship. In addition to the One Matters Discipleship plaque, each church will receive $1,000 to encourage the continuation of their work in discipleship.

The Northern Illinois Conference is one of the most diverse conferences in The United Methodist Church, so instead of recognizing one congregation, we have the opportunity to offer six awards with the help of the Office of Connectional Ministries.

Most  importantly, as we celebrate these churches and hear their stories, we are invited to ask “What are they doing differently that is helping them to turn things around by God’s grace?” And when we discern an answer to that question, we can ask ourselves, “What can we do to make a difference?” Each person matters to God! This we celebrate!

2022 awards presented to:
(click each to read their stories)


Awards were not presented in 2020 and 2021.

2019 awards presented to:
(click each to read their stories)

2018 awards presented to:
(click each to read their stories)


2017 awards presented to:

  • Aurora District: Orland Park: Faith United Methodist Church

  • Chicago Northwestern District: Skokie: Jesus-Love Korean New Faith Community

  • Chicago Southern District: Oak Lawn: First United Methodist Church

  • DeKalb District: Morrison United Methodist Church

  • Elgin District: Morrison United Methodist Church

  • Rockford District: Roscoe United Methodist Church

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