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Stay informed

If you are a church worker (rostered or lay) within the LCMS Northern Illinois District, we want you to stay informed.

Visit Northern Light Online for an events calendar and feature news.

Submit your contact information (PDF fill-in) for the district office if you are new in your ministry location or when you change work or personal email or address. (NOTE: This is in addition to what is provided for LCMS Rosters and website.) Church workers automatically receive the Northern Light newspaper in the mail if they provide a home address and the Parish Resource Connection by email if they provide an email address.

Who to contact in the district office:

  • President Dan Gilbert is your contact for ordained minister issues and critical incidents.
  • Mike Zimmer is your contact for commissioned minister issues and incidents. He can help you work through unifying church and school mission for outreach.
  • Rev. Mike Mast is your first contact for information on services and grants related to New Starts…New Believers.
  • Rev. Keith Haney provides assistance to congregations calling ordained workers and ordained workers seeking calls.

The LCMS Northern Illinois District works together with the LCMS Ohio District in a partnership called CoachAdvance. Coaches meet one-on-one (often by phone) for a specified period of time to help a church worker develop in his or her ability to set and accomplish ministry goals. Coaches work across the two districts so that there is a wide selection of available assistance. Go to the CoachAdvance website for more information.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) provides services available to anyone connected with our LCMS churches and schools. Go to the national LCEF website to learn about investment and loan opportunities, StewardAccount financial services, ministry support and more. Or speak to our local LCEF VP Vanda Toner to learn more.

Helpful information

Go to these pages:

Conferences: Educators

Conferences: Pastors General Conference; Regional Conferences

Locations of Churches and Schools

Church Worker News – Installations, obituaries, roster reports, etc.

NID Networking Groups

Vacancies – Looking for Educators and Parish Professionals

For District – PDF fill-in – save and email to office@nidlcms.org.

For Synod – Rostered commissioned workers must fill in CMIF online. Contact Rosters & Statistics at 888-843-5267 or rosters.stats@lcms.org for personal log-in access.