Category: Bishop

Retiring bishop moving up stream

By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com Jun 11, 2016 ROCK ISLAND — Moving to a Minnesotan fishing cabin is making a bishop as happy as a clam. Bishop Gary Wollersheim has led the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northern Illinois Synod for the last 18 years and was an assistant to the bishop for eight years before …

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Important Information for Every Pastor of the NIS

All pastors of the ELCA are eligible to be nominated in a synodical bishop election using an ecclesiastical ballot. Therefore, we ask that all NIS pastors be discerning whether they sense a call to the office of bishop. Voting members of the assembly can write the name of any ELCA pastor on the first ballot. …

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Two Ways to Thank Bishop and Polly

March 15, 2016 At our Northern Illinois Synod Assembly in June, we will be honoring Bishop Wollersheim and Polly upon Bishop Wollersheim’s retirement. In honor of the Bishop and Polly, two funds have been established in their names. They are The Gary Wollersheim Rostered Leaders Educational Debt Retirement Fund and The Polly Wollersheim Fund for …

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Bishop Election Prayer Resources

Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a key responsibility of the Synod Assembly. As an election, it is a process governed by the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions of the synod; however, it is also a call …

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New Bishop Survey Results

In anticipation of the June election of a new bishop to serve the Northern Illinois Synod, we asked members of the congregations of our synod to fill out an online survey April 1-30. The results of this online survey will be used to create a “profile” of the Northern Illinois Synod for our candidates and could …

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Transition Team April Blog

Hello Everyone, For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Andy Tyrrell.  I have served as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond, IL for the last four years.  As you know Bishop Wollersheim is retiring after 18 years of faithful service to our synod.  In order to recognize Bishop Wollersheim …

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CRE Workshop – How to Elect a Bishop: A Primer

Congregational Resourcing Event March 12, 2016 How to Elect a Bishop: A Primer The 2016 NIS Assembly will be tasked with the responsibility of electing a new synod bishop. This workshop will review the election process from the first “ecclesiastical” ballot, through opportunities for nominee speeches and questions to the nominees, all the way to the final …

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2016 Synod Assembly Lay Voting Members

All congregations in the Northern Illinois Synod are requested to send the names and contact information of their 2016 Synod Assembly Lay Voting Members to Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann as soon as possible after they have been selected. In the email, please be sure to include the name and location of the congregation. As part of the preparation …

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Transition Team Blog

Hello Everyone, For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Andy Tyrrell.  I have served as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond, IL for the last four years.  As you know Bishop Wollersheim is retiring after 18 years of faithful service to our synod.  In order to recognize Bishop Wollersheim …

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Everyone’s Help is Needed

Gary Wollersheim

With the upcoming retirement of Bishop & Polly Wollersheim, we are collecting videos, photos, stories, and other memorabilia from his three terms as bishop. Would you please check your own resources and ask around your congregation to see if you might have anything from a time he/they visited your congregation – or any other events where someone …

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Important Characteristics of the Next Bishop

Below is a summary of the characteristics of a Bishop, as seen through the eyes of our parishioners, at our Discipleship Gatherings this fall. Self-control Clear boundaries (3) Able to balance work and life Sense of humor (12) Compassionate, fair and firm Pastoral presence especially to the pastors in the synod Not overwhelmed by administrative …

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Synod Prayer Team Invitation

We are extending an invitation to anyone interested in joining the Northern Illinois Synod Prayer team. Esther Prabhakar who is the chair of this prayer team, will send email prayer requests as needed to pray for our beloved Synod during this critical transition time. If interested in praying for that, please contact Esther Prabhakar at …

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Northern Illinois Statistics

The pdf report at the bottom of this page includes the following information: Synod Trend Report – showing the baptized membership, average attendance and giving and many other statistics for the synod from 2005 to 2011. Size of all ELCA congregations – Distribution of all ELCA congregations based on average attendance Congregation Size/Type – Distribution of congregations by average attendance for …

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