Northern Illinois
Wesleyan Covenant Association
The United Methodist Church
is at a turning point. The next General Conference is expected to approve a plan of separation into two or more denominations.
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5 Things You Need To Know Now
and how this website can help you make informed decisions about each of them
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The Separation
of the United Methodist Church: A 30,000 foot Overview. In September 2021, the United Methodist Church is expected to approve its own separation into two or more denominations. Every United Methodist congregation will have to make a choice for their future.
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The mission of the Northern Illinois Wesleyan Covenant Association is to network with, provide resources for, and assist laity, clergy, local congregations, and disaffected United Methodists in the area to find their way in this transitional period of Methodism. The Northern Illinois WCA is a regional chapter of the larger, global Wesleyan Covenant Association.
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your congregation

The Northern Illinois Wesleyan Covenant Association is available for consultation to assist your local church in understanding the current situation, assess options that fit your congregation, and provide a “home” should you choose to become part of the emerging new traditionalist Methodist movement.

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It's time to take a step forward

God is providing an opportunity to United Methodists in Northern Illinois for spiritual, congregational, and missional renewal through a newly emerging traditionalist Methodist denomination. The United Methodist Church is at a turning point and the next General Conference is likely to approve a plan of separation into two or more denominations. In this process, the Northern Illinois Conference and its congregations will be forever changed. For many of us it is both an energizing and an anxious time.

The United Methodist Church

is going to divide into two or more denominations at its next General Conference (August 29-September 7, 2021 in Minneapolis).

Click here to see the proposed and widely supported Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation.

You and Your Congregation

Your (whether you are clergy or laity) and your congregation (whether urban, suburban, or rural) will have a decision to make about which of these denominations will be your “home”.

See the FAQs concerning congregations and clergy.

The Northern Illinois Conference

is on record to be part of the Progressive and/or Liberationist United Methodist Church and to oppose the Traditionalist United Methodist Church. At the Annual Conference session in June, 2019, the NIC clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference voted in a straw poll by an overwhelming 85% that the NIC cannot and will not comply with the United Methodist Book of Discipline until and unless it expressly removes restrictive language regarding homosexuality and fully embraces membership, leadership, ordination, and marriages of LGBTQIA+ persons.

Read The Annual Conference wrap-up: The NIC Reporter, July/August 2019, pg. 4

You May or May Not Agree

with the direction of the Northern Illinois Conference or of The United Methodist Church. If the straw poll of June 2019 reflects congregational perspectives, then more than 50 congregations in the NIC are not in agreement with the direction our elected Annual Conference members have affirmed.

Maybe your congregation is one of those 50+ churches in the Northern Illinois Conference.

Alternatives for a Faithful Future

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