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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

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:  Mark Meyers, Email: RevMarkMeyers@gmail.com

Vice-Chair: Allyson Talbert Email: talbertac@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: Mary Gay McKinney

Fruitfulness Team  

Adonna Davis Reid, Email: Adonnadreid@gmail.com

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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Planting justice and harvesting hope for NIJFON

Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (NIJFON) has been blessed with a $25,000 gift from Berry Memorial UMC in Chicago through the sale of the church’s historic building. A…

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UMM Spiritual Congress: Finding Solutions to the Challenges of Our Time

The United Methodist Men’s online Spiritual Congress 2020 brought clergy and laity together to hear top leaders discuss ways to mitigate and eventually el…

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Sympathy Notice: Patricia A. Cantwell

Mrs. Patricia A. Cantwell, a spouse of retired clergy Rev. John R. Cantwell of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the age of 83.  

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Bishop Message: The Beauty and Efficacy of Diversity

Along with many others (not just women, but many women), the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and all the articles and memorials to her life and contributions to our country hav…

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