Sunday, May 01, 2022

The Reflector - May 2022

The Village ILWIDIot

By Walt Wiltschek

In real estate, the catchphrase is always “Location, location, location!” Whatever other factors might be in play for a house, you can’t change its physical setting—not easily, anyhow. It encompasses things like proximity to schools or work, demographics, nearby parks or a great view, and potential resale value.
At a conference I attended in Seattle last month, speakers from the Parish Collective said churches should be focusing on that same attribute—but for very different reasons. Think about your congregation’s location: What sort of neighborhood is around it? Has it changed over the years? Is it primarily residential, or rural, or are you near a commercial area? What makes it unique?
Paul Sparks, one of the organization’s founders, says that churches have to see their ministry through “the lens of their neighborhoods.” We’re often good at sending money to other organizations, whether in our towns or around the world, but how well do we really know the places where our church buildings sit?
If you haven’t done so lately, consider talking a walk around the area within a square mile of your building; or, if you’re in a more rural location, take a drive through the surrounding area or the nearest town. If there are people you have seen but haven’t met, stop to say hello. Start a conversation. Maybe small gifts or greetings could be left at homes in way of introduction, or a community event could be held on the church grounds.

Think about any needs that might exist that aren’t being met or, better yet, talk to people about what they would find helpful. Don’t think of it as a means of getting more people in the church doors. Instead, just ponder how can the church be a better and more involved neighbor. And, of course, pray for those neighbors—perhaps in your prayer time in worship.
We often say that God puts us in certain places for a reason. Why might your congregation be in the location that it calls home?

District Executive Schedule

In addition to regular meetings, Walt will be visiting Peoria on May 15, preaching at Dixon on May 22 and at York Center on May 29 and at Woodland on June 5, assisting with the senior high youth camp at Camp Emmanuel June 5-10, officiating a wedding in Bloomington on June 11, and conducting a licensing service and preaching at Highland Avenue on June 12.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

“Stepping Out of the Pandemic” Potluck Experience Team event: Wed., May 18, 7 p.m.
Church Revitalization and Development Team, Sat., May 21, 9 a.m.
Leadership Team meeting, Bloomington (in person), Sat., June 4, 9:30 a.m.
Ministry Leadership Development Team, Sat., June 11, 9 a.m.
Licensing service for Zech & Jen Houser at Highland Avenue, Sun., June 12, during 9:30 a.m. worship
Program & Arrangements Committee, Mon., June 13, 7 p.m.
Midwest CODE meeting, Tues., June 14, 12:30 p.m.
[all meetings via Zoom unless otherwise noted]


A district prayer calendar has been created for your use in praying for our district and related programs through the years. We invite you to include the following in your prayers in coming weeks:
Week of May 16: Pray for the Franklin Grove congregation this week, and for their ministry in and around their community and Lee County.
Week of May 23: Pray for the Rockford Community congregation this week, and for their ministry in and around the city of Rockford. Pray also for the Church of the Brethren National Young Adult Conference taking place in North Carolina this week, and for all the young adults of our denomination to find their call and to make their voices heard.
Week of May 30: Pray for the Cerro Gordo congregation this week, and for their ministry in and around Piatt County and the greater Decatur area.
Week of June 6: Pray for the Martin Creek congregation this week, and for their ministry in and around Geff, Fairfield, and beyond.
Week of June 13: Pray for the ministry of Camp Emmanuel in Astoria, that the children and youth who come there this summer will find welcome, belonging, and nurturing of their faith. Pray also for the staff and volunteers who enable the program to happen, including managers Don and Kelly Davis.

Do you have congregational news: celebrations, milestones, “Jesus in the Neighborhood” stories or other things to share with our district family? Please send those to the district office:


Zech and Jen Houser of the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin have been approved for ministry in Illinois & Wisconsin District after having previously been licensed elsewhere in the denomination. Their licensing service will take place June 12.

Blaine Miner pastor at the Dixon congregation for the past five years, has announced his retirement effective June 30. Dixon is in the initial stages of forming a search committee.

Christy Waltersdorff, pastor of the York Center congregation, is continuing to recover after suffering injuries from a bad fall on an icy sidewalk about six weeks ago. We pray for her and for the church leadership at York Center as they work to cover ministry needs in her absence. Jonathan Shively will be providing guest pastor coverage for York Center in June and July to assist with preaching and worship planning.

Rick Koch of Milledgeville officially retired April 24 following a special sendoff service followed by a potluck luncheon and a cake reception in the afternoon. Kudos to Rick on a long ministry career, and best wishes in new adventures!


Recent Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey of Frederick, Md., led a retreat focused on evangelism for a group of 10 clergy from the district April 25-26 at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center near Rockford. The district’s Ministry Leadership Development Team planned the event. Another continuing education opportunity will be offered prior to district conference in November.


Springfield First Church of the Brethren celebrated its centennial April 30-May 1 with a concert/sing-a-long by Jonathan Shively on Saturday and a worship service and potluck meal on Sunday. The worship featured current Annual Conference moderator Dave Sollenberger—who also provided some music on guitar—as the guest preacher and Brethren Press publisher Wendy McFadden as worship leader. Historical reflections and materials and souvenir pins added to the occasion. Congratulations, Springfield!

Naomi Powers, daughter-in-law of Mount Morris member Marge Powers, was ordained into the Church of the Brethren pastoral ministry during a special service held on Sunday, May 1, at Daleville Church of the Brethren in Troutville, Va. Marge’s son, Tom Powers, is pastor of the Daleville congregation. Marge has been an active leader in the district for many years.

Dawn Blackman, outreach pastor at Champaign (Ill.) Church of the Brethren, was one of the speakers for the YWCA of the University of Illinois’ virtual event titled “We Can’t Wait to Close the Digital Divide” on April 28. The event is part of the YWCA USA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign that happens every April to “raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities and to build community among those who work for racial justice,” said an announcement on the “Smile Politely” blogsite.

Blackman was part of a panel discussion on the “impact of racism on access to technology and the subsequent inequities in education, healthcare, employment,” moderated by Lemond Peppers, community engagement coordinator for the city of Urbana. (from Newsline)

Mary Dulabaum of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill., who works as director of marketing and communications at Judson University, received the Marguerite Henry Award for Communications and Technology at the YWCA Elgin 38th annual Leader Luncheon on May 12. She was among 28 women honored in a number of categories. (from Newsline)

Rockford Community Church of the Brethren held a benefit auction for a community member with cancer on May 7. We’re grateful for all the ways our congregations connect with their communities!


The district’s Potluck Experience Team is planning a special event for May 18 at 7 p.m.: an online forum titled “Stepping Out of the Pandemic … and How???” Panelists Josh Brockway, LaDonna Sanders Nkosi, Katie Shaw-Thompson, and Carol Davis will share about their church experience during the pandemic and look at how we move forward in this new “normal.” District executive Walt Wiltschek will serve as moderator for the panel. The event will be free and held on Zoom. You can register for the event at; a Zoom link will be provided to all those who register.


The district’s Program & Arrangements Committee is hard at work on plans for the 2022 district conference. We anticipate it being an in-person event, with some hybrid options available for non-delegates. Harold Rose (Canton) serves as moderator this year, with Phyllis Batterton (Woodland) as moderator-elect. More details will follow in the coming months (and a new “District Conference” tab has been added to the district website), but for now mark your calendars for Nov. 4-5 at Peoria Church of the Brethren!


Part-Time Pastor, Full-Time Church

The Part-Time Pastor, Full-Time Church program of the denomination’s Office of Ministry is hosting pastor and author Peter Chin for an event on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Central Time. Chin wrote an article that appeared online in Christianity Today entitled, “I’ve Reached My Breaking Point as a Pastor.” He is senior pastor at Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle and the author of “Blindsided by God,” a memoir of his wife’s fight against breast cancer while pregnant with their third child. Register here.

Basic Ethics

The Brethren Academy has set June 4 for the next training session of Ethics for Set-Apart Ministry: Basic Course, created by James Benedict. This training using Zoom, an online conferencing platform, is for newly licensed ministers and others seeking basic clergy ethics training. The training will be take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT with a break for lunch. The registration deadline to participate is May 23. This allows time to mail the workbooks to participants. Registrations and payment must be received by this date. Find more details at

Dementia and Congregational Care

A free, one-hour webinar on “Dementia and Congregational Care” is planned for Thursday, June 16, at noon Central Time. Accredited ministers may receive 0.1 continuing education credit through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. This webinar, co-hosted by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries and the Anabaptist Disabilities Network, will help you understand the basics of dementia and learn how to reach out. Heddie Sumner, RN, BSN, will lead this webinar. Before her retirement, she served as care manager, director of Dementia Services, and director of Resources and Development for the Midland County (Mich.) Council on Aging. She is co-author of two works: A Family Centered Alzheimer’s Care: A Caregiver’s Manual and Doing More with Less: Michigan Dementia Coalition. In addition, she provides training on dementia for staff of adult care facilities and church leadership. Register at For questions about the webinar or registration contact Stan Dueck, co-coordinator of Discipleship Ministries, at or 847-429-4343.

Ministers’ Association event

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change, July 9-10, with Carrie Eikler as the facilitator. This course is a Directed Independent Study Unit (DISU) in conjunction with attending the Ministers’ Association Pre-Conference event with Tod Bolsinger, in Omaha. This course is available for continuing education and personal enrichment. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded after the instructor has notified the Brethren Academy of successful completion of the course. Cost is $115. Learn more at Registration deadline is June 6.

The Minister as Theologian

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will offer this online course, The Minister as Theologian, from Sept. 7 to Nov. 1.  Joelle Hathaway, assistant professor of theological studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the instructor and TRIM students will receive one credit in Bible/Theology upon completion and the BTS experience.  EFSM students may create a Learning Unit for the course. Others can take it for continuing education or personal enrichment.

    As an introduction to theological thinking, this course will cover some of the “big topics” that Christians talk about, including: God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity as the image of God, and Christian hope. We will read multiple genres, including sermons and poetry, to help us explore the deep, imaginative interconnections between various aspects of the Christian faith.  

The deadline to register for this course is Aug. 3. Register and pay online at  There is a 3 percent service charge when registering online.

Mediation Training

The summer session of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders will be held in person Aug. 1-5 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. This popular and practical workshop helps church leaders deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. Register online at For more information, please contact the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at 630-627-0507 or

NCP Learning Tours

New Community Project is offering Learning Tours to Rwanda and Malawi in early May; the Ecuadorian Amazon in late May; Lybrook, N.M., in mid-summer; Denali/Kenai Fjords, Alaska, in early August; and Arctic Village in mid-August. January 2023 will offer either Myanmar or Nepal. These trips are open to all ages and explore the beauty of and challenges facing God’s creation and God’s children. Learn more at


The Church of the Brethren seeks applicants for the position of director of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS). This is a full-time salaried position. A successful candidate will be an energetic and dynamic leader who connects well with people of all ages, is skilled at leading through programmatic change, and facilitates Christian discipleship formation. Five years of proven experience in social services, program development, and administration, and three years of experience in volunteer management are required, with previous international living experience preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required, with an advanced degree in a related field preferred. This position is based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Applications are being received and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Send a resume to or to the Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120.

Brethren Press is seeking candidates for a part-time, hourly position of customer service and warehouse specialist at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Responsibilities include shipping orders, receiving and maintaining inventory, and entering customer orders. Applications are being received and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Send a resume’ to; Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 ext. 367. 

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) is seeking candidates for a marketing director and a Retirement Plans director. These are full-time, exempt positions. Learn more at To apply for either of these open positions, email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Tammy Chudy at

The Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center in Harrisonburg, Va., invites applications for the position of director of Advancement. This is a new role at the center that will focus on fundraising and marketing. It will be a half-time to full-time salaried position depending on the candidate’s interest. A position description and application information can be found at

The South/Central Indiana District, which comprises 40 congregations in the middle of the state of Indiana and represents a wide range of theological views, is seeking a district executive minister. The shift to a full-time position envisions strong connections out of which congregations will be able to reach out in service and witness more effectively to Christ. The DEM’s commitment to Jesus Christ and the scriptures is essential. This Full-Time position is available Sept. 5. Interested and qualified persons may apply for this position by sending a letter of interest and a resume to: Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, Office of Ministry, 1451 Dundee Avenue Elgin, IL 60120, or Applicants will be asked to complete a Candidate Profile on receipt of resume. Applicants are requested to contact three or four persons to provide a letter of reference.


James Deaton has resigned as managing editor for Brethren Press. He concludes his work with the Church of the Brethren on May 24. He will be taking a position as communications content editor for the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Deaton began his work with Brethren Press on Oct. 29, 2007. Over close to 15 years on the staff of the denomination’s publishing house, he has edited curriculum, books, and the bulletin series; supervised freelance writers, editors, and designers; overseen the Church of the Brethren Yearbook; and managed the production process for the publishing house.

Shenandoah District has announced the call of Linetta Ballew to the role of executive director for Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Keezletown, Va. After the retirement from Brethren Woods of long-time executive director Doug Phillips in 2021, Ballew was hired as acting director. That role ends on Aug. 31. Ballew has served in camping ministry for 19 years in a variety of roles, including as program director and assistant director at Brethren Woods. She also was co-administrator of Camp Swatara in Bethel, Pa., from 2013 to 2018. She holds degrees from Bridgewater (Va.) College and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where she earned a Master of Divinity.


Register for National Youth Conference!
Registration is still open for the 
Church of the Brethren National Youth Conference (NYC), coming up July 23- 28, 2022, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This powerful event, held every four years, will have the theme "Foundational," drawn from Colossians 2:5-7, for the 2022 edition. It’s a week of fellowship, worship, workshops, recreation, and more. Registration for the conference is now $600 since it is past the early registration deadline.
    Youth in grades 9-12 and one year out of high school this school year (2021-2022) are eligible to attend, along with advisors. More details on the conference, including a list of speakers and special events, can be found at Please spread the word to any youth and advisors in your congregation and other ministries who might want to attend. 

Illinois/Wisconsin District NYC bus trip!
The district is organizing a bus trip to NYC for our attendees. To fill a larger bus and keep costs down, we are partnering with Northern Plains District and will pick up their group along the way in Iowa. With an additional subsidy provided by the district, the cost for Illinois/Wisconsin participants is $300. A deposit of $100 (with registration form) is due by May 31, with the remainder due to the district office by June 15. Some scholarship assistance is available if needed. Please contact district executive Walt Wiltschek ( with questions or if registration forms are needed. Pick-up/drop-off points will be in Rochelle and in the Quad Cities area, with one motel night in Nebraska in each direction. Please be in prayer for our youth and for this major event in our denominational life.

National Young Adult Conference 2022
After so much pandemic living and the isolation it’s caused, the centrality of community compelled the Young Adult Steering Committee to choose Romans 12:5 as the theme for National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) 2022: “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” The theme title is “I Am Because You Are.”
    NYAC 2022 will take place May 27-30 at the Montreat (N.C.) Retreat Center. Registration is now open. To learn more, visit

FaithX registration is open
Registration for FaithX (formerly workcamps) events in the summer of 2022 is open at
    “Boundless Faith” is the theme for the 2022 FaithX events, with the theme scripture: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

2022 District Camp Dates

Camp Emmanuel (Astoria, Ill.)

June 3-5: Women’s Camp

June 5-11: High School Camp

June 12-18: Middle School Camp

June 19-22: Junior Camp

June 24-26: Pre-Junior Camp

July 18-22: Day Camp

Aug. 5-7: Men’s Camp

Sept. 2-5: Family Camp

Visit to register or for more information.

Camp Emmaus (Mount Morris, Ill.):

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend Family Camp

July 3-9: Senior High Camp (finished grades 9-12)

July 10-14: Intermediate Camp (finished grades 3-5)

July 15: Counselor Training (CIT, works with Elementary 1)

July 16-17: Elementary 1 Camp (finished grades 1-2)

July 21-23: Women’s Camp

July 29-31: Young at Heart Camp (ages 18 and up)

July 31-Aug. 6: Middle School Camp (finished grades 6-8)

Aug. 11-13: Men’s Camp

Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Weekend Family Camp

Visit to register or for more information.


The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference will take place July 10-14 in Omaha, Neb. Registration for delegates and non-delegates opened on March 1. This will be the first in-person conference since 2019, and COVID protocols will be in place depending on conditions at the time. A virtual option for non-delegates will provide access to business sessions, a Ted & Co. theatre performance, two concerts, and selected equipping sessions for a fee.

The business items for the conference are posted online. The Conference will address one item of unfinished business, “Update to Polity Regarding Annual Conference Agencies,” and seven items of new business.

New business includes queries on “Standing with People of Color” and “Breaking Down Barriers–Increasing Access to Denominational Events”; three items related to pay and benefits for pastors: a new Integrated Annual Ministry Agreement and Revised Guidelines for Pastors’ Salaries and Benefits, a Revised Minimum Cash Salary Table for Pastors, and the annual cost-of-living adjustment to the Minimum Cash Salary Table for Pastors (the latter recommendation to come in June); amendments to the appeal section of the Ethics in Ministry Relations polity document; and revisions to the denomination’s bylaws. Learn more at

Topping the elections ballot are two candidates for Annual Conference moderator-elect—Marla Bieber Abe and Madalyn Metzger (formerly of Springfield First)—and two candidates for Annual Conference secretary—Connie R. Burkholder (who served as interim district executive last year) and David K. Shumate. A variety of other committee and board positions are also on the ballot. Complete biographical information is available at

To watch the business online you must register as a virtual nondelegate. Business sessions will no longer be live-streamed free of charge. Go to


When is the last time you visited the IL/WI District Website? There you’ll find helpful information about your district including but not limited to:

Don’t delay! Check it out! See what you can learn about your district!


Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., honored the graduates from the class of 2022 during its Academic Commencement Ceremony on May 7. This year’s class includes seven master of divinity graduates, eight graduating with master of arts degrees, and 17 earning graduate certificates. For more about Bethany’s 2022 commencement go to

A conference on Pietism titled “Heirs of Pietism in World Christianity” is planned for June 1-3 in Dayton, Ohio, hosted by United Theological Seminary as a hybrid event (in-person and online). Among the sponsoring organizations is the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA), which is a ministry of the Church of the Brethren. Church of the Brethren leadership at the event will include former BHLA archivist William C. Kostlevy, Bethany Theological Seminary faculty Denise D. Kettering-Lane and Scott Holland, Timothy S. Binkley, and Karen Garrett, among 20-plus presenters in total. Plenary presenter J. Steven O’Malley will speak on “The Influence of the Radical Pietist Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769) upon German American Revivalism.” Register and find out more about the schedule and fees at

Manchester University invited descendants of its first Black students to the formal naming ceremony of its Academic Center in honor of siblings Martha and Joseph Cunningham on Monday, May 2, on the North Manchester, Ind., campus. The observance begins with a celebration paying tribute to the Cunninghams and their descendants. “I can think of no better way for Manchester to honor the Cunninghams than to name a hall of learning for them,” said Manchester president Dave McFadden.

Anabaptist Disabilities Network is the recipient of the 2022 Mennonite Health Services’ Innovation Grant, which will go towards the development of an Anabaptist membership curriculum for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. A release from the network reported that “ADN’s membership curriculum will include an overview of the biblical story, a brief history of the Anabaptists, an exploration of Anabaptist beliefs and practices, and a detailed explanation of the practice of baptism in Anabaptist tradition. The curriculum will be written for adults, easy to read and illustrated. The teacher’s book will help teachers accompany their students as they consider a choice for baptism. Membership curriculum and Bible studies for youth/adults with intellectual disabilities are some of our most frequently requested resources.”

Philip E. Norris, 92, of Lititz, Pa.–who was one of the “Seagoing Cowboys” working with Heifer Project in Europe following World War II, and a former trustee for Bethany Theological Seminary–died on May 2 at Brethren Village. Born in Sweden, he was the son of Glen E. and Lois Detweiler Norris, who were serving as missionaries for the Church of the Brethren. 

Our district continues to examine ways we might be able to provide assistance related to the ongoing humanitarian situation in Ukraine. To support the denomination’s Ukraine Crisis Response, make an online donation at or mail a check to the Emergency Disaster Fund, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 and earmark for “Ukraine Crisis.”
The Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund in late April sent a grant of $50,000 to support the response to the Russia-Ukraine war by partner organization the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), a US-based NGO. And a shipment in partnership with Lutheran World Relief went to Ukraine from the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., recently. It consisted of approximately 9,600 quilts, 4,160 school kits, 18,500 personal care kits, 4,080 baby care kits, and 21,330 pounds of soap. It is to arrive this week.

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is holding a volunteer training June 3-4 at Bear Creek United Methodist Church in Woodinville, Wash., near Seattle. Registration is currently open on the CDS website at

Song and Story Fest 2022 on the theme “Into the HEARTland: Healing What Divides Us” is scheduled for July 3-9 at Camp Pine Lake in Eldora, Iowa. Song and Story Fest is a unique family camp featuring Church of the Brethren musicians and storytellers, with co-sponsorship from On Earth Peace, organized by Ken Kline Smeltzer. The annual event is usually held before or after the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, at a location relatively close to the Conference. This year’s is the 26th annual Song and Story Fest.
    Registration includes all meals, on-site facilities, and leadership, and is based on age. Children age 4 and under are welcome at no charge. Registration fees for other ages: adults $360, teens $240, children ages 5 to 12 $150, maximum total per family $1,000. Registrations after June 10 add 10 percent as a late fee. Daily fees also are available. For details, go to For questions, or if you need financial help to attend, contact Ken Kline Smeltzer at


District Mission and Mortar Grant/Loan Program 

Is your congregation beginning a new mission outreach program but a little short on cash? Is your congregation faced with a major repair or capital improvement project that exceeds your congregation’s capacity to pay for it? Did you know that the district has a program to assist with your needs? It’s called the Mission and Mortar Grant/Loan Program and is available to help meet the needs mentioned above. 

Grants are available up to $2,500, and non-interest bearing loans up to $5,000. A congregation that applies must provide financial data and be a regular contributor to the district. Applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis and are reviewed/approved by the district Leadership Team. 

If you would like more information or wish to apply, visit the district website. Send completed applications to the IL/WI District Office, 269 E. Chestnut St., Canton, IL 61520.

Supporting Your District 

The Illinois/Wisconsin District is active in a variety of ministry and mission efforts, both directly and indirectly. For these efforts to continue, resources are needed in the form of time, tools, knowledge, and especially finances. Consider making a contribution to one or more of the following:

  • Disaster Relief Fund
  • Endowment Fund
  • Mission and Mortar Fund
  • General Fund
  • Emerging Ministries
  • Ministry Training

Look for the donate button at, or send your checks to the district office: 269 E. Chestnut St., Canton, IL 61520. Thank you!


The Gifts Discernment and Call Committee (GDCC) is commissioned to discern the gifts of persons for the purpose of inviting and calling them in to positions of leadership and team/committee participation. The GDCC delves into this work based on the names and information available to them. The likelihood is that gifted persons are not invited and called to serve because the GDCC lacks names and information. If you feel compelled to serve in the district and have not been asked, you can connect to the district webpage and learn how to share your name and information with the GDCC. Simply complete the online profile form after clicking on the “online profile form” link in the website article. Or call the district office (649-6008) and a profile form will be emailed to you.

Do you know someone you believe has gifts to serve at the district level? Invite them to visit the district webpage or share their name with the GDCC or district office.

Serving is rewarding!