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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.

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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 2017-2018

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  

Jeffry Bross, Email: pyropastor@gmail.com

Candidacy Team      

Laura Dean Friedrich, Email: Ldfriedrich16@gmail.com

Deacons’ Registrar: Kris Aves, Email: Aveskris0@gmail.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: Gregory Gross, Email: Gregorygross@yahoo.com

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

Leadership Development Team

Mark Meyers, Email: RevMarkMeyers@gmail.com

Cabinet Liaison: Richard Wisdom, Email: dwisdom@umcnic.org

News & Announcements

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Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

The Council of Bishops is issuing the following statement, written by the bishops who served on the Commission on a Way Forward and approved by the Execut…

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Constitutional amendment to be revisited

The Secretary of the General Conference has announced that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently fa…

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Bishop's Pastoral Letter to the Northern Illinois Conference

The Council received the report from the Commission on the Way Forward (COTWF) and discerned our recommendation to the called session of the General Conference in Fe…

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United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a W…