Fall Discipleship Gatherings – Unique and Important for All in the NIS

From the September/October 2015 Making Christ Known

Each fall, everyone in the Northern Illinois Synod is encouraged to attend one of the Discipleship Gatherings which are held in each of our eight geographical conferences.
Bishop Wollersheim has announced that he will retire and not stand for re-election as Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod at the end of his term in 2016. Because of this major transition in the life of the Synod, this fall’s Discipleship Gatherings will be an opportunity for the members of the Synod to begin to think about the upcoming Bishop election and the nature of Church Leadership in this time.

At the gatherings, those present will have the opportunity to worship together and pray about this process, learn the actual duties of a Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod, hear from Bishop Wollersheim the joys and challenges that he has experienced, learn how the Bishop election will be conducted, and have the opportunity to reflect together on the qualities and skills that each individual believes to be important in the next Bishop.

Because this is such an important time for our Synod, the appointed Transition Team is doing everything it can to encourage all members of Northern Illinois Synod congregations to come to one of the Discipleship Gatherings, as a way to be part of this year-long discernment process. Please share this information among your colleagues and your congregation members, so that all can participate fully.

Registration will begin at 6:15 pm. A light supper will be served from 6:30-7 pm. Devotions will begin at 7 pm, followed by the program. The evening will end by 8:45 pm. Topics will include congregational leadership, the constitutional responsibilities as well as the joys and challenges of a bishop, and the election process for a bishop.

Download a bulletin insert for use in your congregation.

Date City Congregation

Thursday
Sept. 10

DeKalb
Northeast Conference

First Lutheran
324 N 3rd St
firstdekalb.org

Thursday
Sept. 17

Rockford
North Conference

Shepherd of the Valley
2715 S Mulford Rd
shep61.org

Thursday
Oct. 8

Rock Island
West Conference

St. John’s Lutheran
4501 7th Ave
stjohnsri.org

Thursday
Oct. 22

Lockport
East Conference

Shepherd of the Hill
925 E 9th St
shepherdofthehill.com

Thursday
Oct. 29

Dixon
Central Conference

Immanuel Lutheran
1013 Franklin Grove Rd
immanueldixon.org

Thursday
Nov. 5

Galva
Southwest Conference

Messiah Lutheran
317 SW 3rd St
messiahlutherangalva.org

Thursday
Nov. 12

Somonauk
South Conference

St. John’s Lutheran
235 S Green St
elcastjohns.com

Thursday
Nov. 19

Lena
Northwest Conference

Good Shepherd Lutheran
118 E Mason St
goodshepherdlena.org