Category: Bishop

Bishop Clements’ Sermon for June 21, 2020

Sermon text: Matthew 10:26-39 Greetings, beloved, of the Northern Illinois Synod… Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Thank you for welcoming me into your home today. My name is Jeff Clements and I serve as your bishop. I specifically chose this weekend to …

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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Jeffrey Clements 03-17-2020

March 17, 2020 Dear siblings in Christ: Hear the words of the Psalmist: God is our refuge and strength,    a very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;though its waters roar and foam,    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Psalm 46:1-3 (NRSV) There is something …

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Rejoicing Spirits, Rockford

Download the video for use in your congregation. Rejoicing Spirits is a special worship service held every second Thursday at 6:00 pm at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave, Rockford IL. The service is open to all, but is especially sensitive to the needs of adults who are developmentally, emotionally, or physically challenged. Bishop …

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Catalyst Kitchen – St. John's, Rock Island

Download the video for use in your congregation. In this video, Bishop Jeffrey Clements speaks with Pr. Stacie Fidlar and others involved in Catalyst Kitchen, a partnership of Palomares Social Justice Center and St. John’s Lutheran Church – Rock Island. The kitchen and social hall ministry is intended to support local entrepreneurs in starting and …

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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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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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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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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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