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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.

Explore your calling

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

  • 2022 Commissioning and Ordination Service, June 10 at 1:30 pm at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg, IL.
  • Ordination Letter

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


Executive Team:


Recruitment Team  


Candidacy Team      


Fruitfulness Team  


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

Order of Elders: Paul Lee, Email: umc.paul@gmail.com

Order of Deacons: Adrienne Stricker, Email: adrienne.stricker@gmail.com 

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

Leadership Development Team

Allyson Talbert Email: talbertac@gmail.com 

Cabinet Liaison 

Jeffry Bross, Email: jbross@umcnic.org 

News & Announcements

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Ruling opens door for bishop elections in 2022

The United Methodist Church’s top court says that the Council of Bishops can call jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. bishops. However, the Judicial Council al…

Sympathy

Sympathy Notice: Clara McLaughlin

Clara McLaughlin, spouse of retired clergy Rev. Terry Mclaughlin serving in the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away May 9, 2022, at age 82.

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Sympathy Notice: Kay E. Potenza

Mrs. Kay E. Potenza, spouse of retired clergy Rev. Thomas Potenza of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022, at age 77.  During his ministry, Rev. Potenza served Plain…

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Sympathy Notice: Gregg A. Downs

Gregg A. Downs, former local pastor of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Monday, May 2, 2022, at age 69. During his ministry, Gregg served Oregon: Lighthouse and Kingston.

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