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Ordained Ministry

Clergy

The church and society are in a time of exponential change. We need leaders, as never before, with convicted moral and spiritual courage, excellence in preparation and training and a compelling sense of mission or call.

You are invited to consider becoming part of a generation of Christian leaders who commit boldly to Jesus Christ and are characterized by intellectual excellence, moral integrity, spiritual courage, and holiness of heart and life, and a sense of vocational fulfillment.

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Spiritual Gifts Assessment

The Spiritual Gifts Assessment helps individuals identify their God-given gifts for living faithfully as Christian disciples day by day and find meaningful ways to use their gifts in connection with others through the community of faith. Click to take learn more and take the assessment.

Candidate Resources

Important Dates to Remember 2019-2020

Distance Learning

At the September 2010 meeting of the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the policy from the University Senate on Distance Learning was adopted:

"In order to facilitate an education that is both technologically astute and relationally adept, the University Senate maintains the standard that two-thirds of theological education towards ordination shall occur on campus or in residence, and no more than one-third may occur by means of distance or online learning.  This standard applies to United Methodist and non-United Methodist seminaries.

The University Senate understands "on campus" or "in residence" to mean a course that includes a significant component of in-person dialogue and conversation occurring on campus either at a school's primary location or at an approved extension location.  "Hybrid courses," which combine online and on-campus instruction, are considered distance learning or online education for the purposes of this standard."

Seeking to transfer to the Northern Illinois Conference?

If you are an ordained clergy either from another United Methodist Conference or from another denomination and are seeking transfer to Northern Illinois Conference please contact Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Arlene Christopherson, at achristo@umcnic.org.

Pastoral Transition Materials

Voluntary Transition Program

Download information for those considering transitioning out of ministry here.

Boundary Training Resources

Other Resources

Contacts

Lameise Turner, Benefits Administrator, Email: lturner@umcnic.org

Wespath: www.wespath.org

Executive Team:

Chair: Danita Anderson - 630.308.0001 - EmailRevDanitaRuth@gmail.com 

Vice Chair:  Mark Meyers, Email: RevMarkMeyers@gmail.com

Secretary: Wesley Dickson, Email: nicboomsecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Hwa Young (Hannah) Chong, Email: hychong@glenviewumc.com

Recruitment Team  

Caleb Hong, Email:  pastorcalebhong@gmail.com

Candidacy Team      

Laura Dean Friedrich, Email: Ldfriedrich16@gmail.com

Deacons’ Registrar: Lynn Mikels l.mikels@fumcah.com

Elders’ Registrar: Cynthia Anderson, Email: PastorCynthia.bumc@gmail.com

Fruitfulness Team  

Adonna Davis Reid, Email: Adonnadreid@gmail.com

Conference Relations: Pam Rossmiller, Email: Pam.rossmiller@gmail.com

Order of Elders: Dennis Langdon, Email: Dlangdon1@sbcglobal.net

Order of Deacons: Adrienne Trevathan, Email: adrienne.trevathan@gmail.com 

Fellowship of Local Pastors: Sharon Engert, Email: Safe331@comcast.net

Leadership Development Team

Mark Meyers, Email: RevMarkMeyers@gmail.com

Cabinet Liaison 

Jeffry Bross, Email: jbross@umcnic.org 

News & Announcements

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Carl Zager

Rev. Carl John Zager, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. During his ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference, he served Chicago: Se…

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Peace Is a Journey; Not a Destination - Let’s Walk Together

On a balmy and breezy Saturday in early September the fragrance of peace filled the air. The scent of patchouli and music of meditation greeted more than 200 reside…

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Delving Deeper into topic of race

For the last three years, under the aegis of the theme Skin in The Game, United Voices for Children (UVC) has succeeded in creating courageous space and facilitating critical conversations on…

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Preston Dean Woods

Rev. Preston Dean Woods, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019. During Rev. Woods' ministry, he served at Triumph and Prairie Center,…

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