Church of the Brethren
Illinois & Wisconsin District
 
 

Kevin Kessler, District Executive
Ellis Boughton, Moderator
Allegra Hess, Moderator-Elect
Beth Kelly, Administrative Assistant
Debbie Noffsinger, Newsletter Publisher
Jim Miner, District Webmaster

Announcements

  • May Events

    1 - National Youth Sunday
    8 - Mother’s Day
    9 - Online Healthy Boundaries Training
    15 - Pentecost Sunday
    19-21 - Church Planting Conference, Richmond, IN
    22 -  Ecumenical Prayer Service
    27-30 - National Young Adult Conference
    27-30 - Camp Emmaus Memorial Day Family Camp

     

  • Camp Emmaus Schedule for 2016
    Memorial Day Family Camp - May 27-30
    Senior High Camp - July 10-16
    Elementary II Camp - July 17-20
    Young @ Heart Camp - July 20-24
    Junior High Camp - July 24-30
    Elementary III Camp - July 31-August 5
    CIT Training - August 5-7
    Elementary I Camp - August 6-7
    Women's Camp - August 11-14
    Labor Day Family Camp - September 3-5
    Trail Race - September 16-17
  • National Young Adult Conference

    Creating HarmonyWhere: Manchester University, Indiana
    When: May 27-30, 2016
    Who: All young adults are welcome (Ages 18-35)

    Would you like to get connected to the young adult community in the Church of the Brethren? Plan to attend Young Adult Conference. This three day event is typically full of worship, fun, and fellowship. Come to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones! We'll explore God’s word and learn about what it means to be a young adult in the Church of the Brethren.

    For conference information or follow-up:

    National Youth Conference

    Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office
    (800) 323-8039, ext. 385
    1451 Dundee Ave. Elgin, IL, 60120
    COBYouth@brethren.org
  • June Events

    18 - District Leadership Team meeting
    19 - Father’s Day
    27-29 - Council of District Executives Summer Meeting
    29-July 3 - Annual Conference

  • 2016 District Conference

    Rockford Community Church
    November 4-5

  • 2015 District Conference Documents
    * 2015 IL WI District Conference Summary
    * Query Creation Care final (Polo) Dist Conf (Peoria)
    * Response to Human Sexuality Concerns (2015) from District Leadership Team
  • Guest Speaker List
    There is a Speakers List for the Illinois/Wisconsin District. Persons included in this document have accepted the invitation to be available to preach during worship services or for other special events as indicated. Hopefully you will find this tool useful and valuable when the need arises for inviting a guest speaker.

    The speakers on this list are all credentialed ministers, either licensed or ordained. We would like to expand the list to include more credentialed ministers as well as interested laity. If your name is absent from the list and you have interest in serving as a guest speaker, please inform the district office. We would also welcome the names of persons you might suggest for inclusion on the list.

    Since this is a new venture, it is likely we may need to provide more information than is included. Your input as to how the list can be improved would be welcomed.

    Please share with the District Office any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

  • Mission and Mortar

    The purpose of the Illinois/Wisconsin District is supporting the growth and development of the member churches. One means of support is financial assistance. Congregations in good standing are eligible to apply for assistance through the Mission and Mortar program. A congregation in good standing is one that has in the past two years sent delegates to district conference and has supported the district with undesignated gifts of at least $100 per year.

    Assistance if provided up to a maximum of $7,500 of which $2,500 is a grant and the remainder is a loan. All requests for assistance shall be submitted to the district office.

  • Information Reporting
    All ordained ministers, licensed ministers, and congregations need to keep the District Office informed of changes in contact information. Changes include: phone number, cell phone number, email address, mailing address, and congregational email or website. Please email Beth Carpentier, bethc.iwdcob@att.net or call (309)649-6008 with your updates. Your effort will save valuable staff time trying to track down these changes. Other information to share: changes in key leadership positions at the church or the death or serious illnesses of minister, retired ministers, or spouses. Help us serve better!
  • CEU Credits for Ordained Ministers
    Do not wait to begin to log your Continuing Education Units. The 2015 Five-year Ordination Review process for ALL ordained ministers will launch in 2014. Ordained ministers are required to produce verification of 5 CEU credits for this five-year period. It is your responsibility to secure certificates, letters or verifying documentation regarding CEU credit. Retired clergy are exempt from this requirement with the exception of those retired clergy actively involved in Interim Ministry.

    CEU Notation: The district does not grant CEU credit for personal study and/or self-designed experiences you have had and/or books you have read. It is the minister's responsibility to secure a CEU certificate, Letter of Verification, and/or authentication document for completed training, seminars or workshops, or learning experiences offered by the presenting organization. This verification should always state the number of hours of the training - 10 hours of training equals 1.0 CEU credits. Please take personal initiative to become a life-long learner and increasingly effective minister of the Gospel.

  • Gifts Discernment
    The Gifts Discernment and Call Committee seeks your help. We are commissioned to call active, informed, and committed members of congregations or fellowships from within our District to positions of service. These persons, both pastors and lay members, are to be called from all parts of the District and to represent the diversity among us. Our committee's knowledge of members eligible and capable to serve is limited. Therefore, we make this appeal for assistance.
  • Each congregation in the district has a Liaison Leadership Team member who may be contacted with any questions or concerns about the ministries of our district.
  • Add news, announcements, or your congregation's web site URL to the district site. Email your information to the

  • Please check the District Disaster Response website for disaster relief news.