The church and the new overtime regulations (one man's opinion)

Rick Van Giesen

11/14/2016

A lot of you have been asking my opinion about the new overtime regulations from the US Department of Labor (DOL) that go into effect on Dec. 1. Since there is no law against offering my opinion, you can take it for what it’s worth.


Black Friday results for our conference

Bishop Frank Beard

11/9/2016

Thanksgiving is a day set aside to give thanks for the blessings we have received. How strange that right after giving thanks we rush out to get more, oftentimes at the expense of pushing others so that we might get there first. Lord have mercy upon us.


Mental health minute

Shauna Summers

10/26/2016

Working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you're supposedly working toward. You can easily get stressed in the workplace, which makes you so exasperated that you can’t stand going into the office. You don’t really want to quit, you just need a break — and a mental health day gives you that.


How to cope with difficult personalities

Clergy Assistance Program Blog

10/25/2016

There is no way to completely avoid crossing paths with irritating or frustrating people. Your best strategy is to learn how to deal with them without losing your cool. Follow the tips below so you can gain the necessary skills to handle difficult personality types.


Is multi-tasking worth it?

Shauna Summers

10/25/2016

PCC Coordinator Shauna Summers offers a few suggestions about multi-tasking that have proven most helpful to her.


Ways to best work with your S/PPRC

Pastoral Care and Counseling

10/25/2016

The Pastor /Staff Relations committee is a critical ministry for us to be a vibrant connectional church of Jesus Christ transforming the world. The committee members are the lifeline linking the pastor, church staff, the congregation, and the Conference through the District Superintendent. As pastor, your discernment of who serves on this committee and providing training and information for them is crucial to your ministry.


What can you expect from me?

Bishop Frank Beard

10/24/2016

One of the things I have been sharing with each district is EXPECTATIONS. I firmly believe that unrealistic, or under-stated and unstated expectations are often the root causes of confusion, chaos, and disappointment.  Allow me to share a few things that I expect of you and that you can expect from me as your new Bishop.


Peter Cartwright: The Work of an Evangelist

Paul Black

Historical Messenger

10/17/2016

The work of evangelism belongs to all of us. The call of evangelism is to us because each of us have places to serve and to share what God is doing in our life. And if you haven’t started that journey, I invite you to do so today.


WOW, what a ride!

Bishop Frank Beard

9/27/2016

We’ve only just begun but the ride thus far has been great. It has not taken me long to discover three reasons why the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) is a wonderful place to be. I’m sure that by the end of the year I will have discovered a dozen or more reasons but for one month, here are my observations: 1. IGRC folks are great at hospitality. 2. IGRC people are genuinely friendly. 3. IGRC members are extremely generous.


Leading as an introvert

9/26/2016

After years of trying to force himself to be an extrovert, a pastor discovers that being a Christian leader begins with accepting who you are. Even if you are introverted, shy and out of touch with popular culture, you are God’s beloved.


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