Category: NIS News

Register for the CRE

The annual Congregational Resourcing Event will be Saturday, March 10 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Find out more about the CRE. The list of workshops is now available. See all the workshops here. Online Registration is now available. Register online now!

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Hey Youth Leaders – Are You Going to the E!?

Are you going to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in Houston? If you are, please email or text 815-762-0758 so we can know who from the NIS will be there. We will have lunch together as a synod on Sunday, January 28 at 12:30pm! Location TBA. Extravaganza 2018 Finding Forward Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, …

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NIS Women of the ELCA Spring Retreat April 28, 2018

Mark your calendars for the Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA Spring 2018 Retreat Saturday, April 28, 2018 at LOMC, Oregon, IL “HERstory—A String of Pearls” Bible Study led by Susan Ekstrand Pastor Diane Dardon will lead the worship Partnership Reports on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation by Louise Owen Watch for more information…

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2018 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2017 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms below or from the ELCA website: PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that you save the form on your computer before filling it out and sending it to Julie at the synod office – Otherwise nothing that you …

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Important National Youth Assembly News from Peg

December 29, 2017 Blessed New Year to all! Still a little business to wrap up the year: T-shirt contest for NIS will be to design the t-shirt for Synod Day.  Get your artists ready to send in by JANUARY 15, 2018 their entry.  Youth or adult may enter; label picture with name of artist, name …

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Safeguarding God’s Children workshop 4/7/18 at First, Geneseo

Places, dates, and times of upcoming workshops:

Saturday, April 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota (9 a.m. – noon)
Saturday, April 16 at Christ Lutheran Church, Stockton (1 – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, April 23 at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg (9 – noon)
Saturday, April 30 at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake (9 – noon)

Registration is open now at

Please talk with your members who work with children/youth in any capacity and encourage them to register today!

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2018 Statement of Intent Forms Available

Mission Support is the proportionate share of a congregation’s income that is designated to support the mission and ministry of the church as expressed through the Northern Illinois Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Northern Illinois Synod shares 55% of all Mission Support dollars with our ELCA for churchwide ministries.

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Annual Report Covers

The ELCA Annual Report Cover for 2017 is now available. You can download a PDF version below, or you can order hard copies in quantity by calling 800-638-3522.

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Send Us Your Stories!

By Pastor Kurt Nordby, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development  All around the territory of the Northern Illinois Synod exciting and meaningful ministries are taking place. From Scales Mound to Streator, from the Quad Cities to Joliet, congregations of the Northern Illinois Synod are making a difference in people’s lives through ministry in …

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Yes, your congregation’s photos are still needed! 

We are looking for photos of folks in worship or involved in acts of ministry within the church building or out in the neighborhood or world! Also needed are current photographs of each congregation’s building or home (inside and out). Can you help? Please send photographs to or use the form at this link to upload photos. Please …

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