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Work in the church? Make these connections

Northern Illinois District networking groups are opportunities that help church workers (especially those that are not pastors or teachers) to connect, build relationships and gain skills for the Lord’s mission. Would you fit into one of these groups? Contact the district office and let us know you want to receive email notifications about meetings.

Parish Professionals – This diverse group encompasses commissioned and non-rostered individuals who work in parish ministry beyond the typical teaching or pastor roles, including Directors of Christian Education and youth leaders. Contact the district office to let them know you are interested in receiving the newsletter with meeting dates.

Parish Administrators – If you have administrative responsibilities for your church or school or serve as the business manager, this gathering every other month covers it all. Contact the district office to be added to the email list for receive meeting notices.

Parish Communicators – This group meets every other month to give encouragement and resources to individuals with a staff or volunteer role in parish or school communications. Contact the district office to receive emails with meeting dates. Search NID Communicators on Facebook and request to join the group.

School Groups – If you are a Lutheran school administrator, early childhood director or admissions director in the district, you are encouraged to join one of the school ministry peer groups. View Educator Conferences page for scheduled dates. They also are announced in the district’s school e-newsletter. Contact our Lutheran School office for more information.

LinkedIn – The district LinkedIn group is called “New Starts…Bew Believers” and shares tips and tools for work and mission outreach. Send us a request to join via your LinkedIn account.

Pastors and Educators – Please don’t neglect your circuit, regional and district gatherings as announced. Regional pastor conferences are in the fall with a general pastor conference in the spring. The annual educators conference is usually held in October, except the year when schools participate in the Lutheran Education Association national gathering.

Stay in Touch via Parish Resource Connection

Other groups that form locally and hold events in the district often share their gatherings in the district’s e-newsletter, the Parish Resource Connection. Contact the district office to request to be added to the email list and then watch for information on various professional groups.

Helpful information

Go to these pages:

Resources for Churches/Schools (calling, employees, crisis prevention and management, church workers, church administration, school administration)

Recognized Organizations – partner ministries recognized by LCMS that operate within NID

Facebook groups:

Many of the NID networking groups have Facebook groups. Search on Facebook or contact the district office.