Native American Ministries

There are 100,000 Native people living in Illinois. We belong to all Nations. We belong to all People.

The United Methodist Church recognizes the contributions and gifts of Native peoples to the church and their communities around the globe.

We support Native Americans and indigenous peoples and their traditions.

Find stories by and about Native peoples, along with resources, information about upcoming events, links to ministries and more.

Click on the graphic on the right to learn about the United Methodist Church's Native American Comprehensive Plan for Ministry.

NAF Dayspring

The Native American Fellowship has been meeting for 13 years. We have met in church basements, barns, parks and a machine shed. On Pentecost Sunday 2005, the Native American Fellowship Dayspring Church was chartered as a mission congregation of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

The 43 beautiful wooded acres in East Peoria, Illinois that were gifted to the Fellowship in 2000 is a sacred place filled with diverse wildlife and plant life, a freshwater spring and a creek. This is where we have built our sanctuary.

Our Native American heritage teaches us to recognize the sacred in all of God's creation, to respects and honor the gifts each creation brings.

Native American Ministry Resources

Seven Circles Heritage Center
Academic Outreach — provides immersion experiences, classes and internships. Northwestern PreMed students came to Seven Circles to learn the healing ways of native people. University instructors attended a workshop to learn Native American healing ways.

Native people are assisting the Nature Conservancy on the reclamation project near Lewistown.

Native American resources from Discipleship Ministries