Conference Reorganization

The 2022 Annual Conference approved a resolution submitted by the IGRC Cabinet that would decrease the number of districts in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference from 10 to five districts, effective July 1, 2023.

Bishop Beard will be addressing the Conference at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 via a webcast streamed on the IGRC website.

You will be able to view this announcement below:

Cabinet issues a Call to Breakthrough Prayer

Psalm 127:1a says, “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” IGRC is undergoing a restructuring. The 2022 Annual Conference approved going from 10 Districts to five Districts effective July 1, 2023. 

The Bishop, Extended Cabinet, and IGRC Committees are working on how to “build our [IGRC] house.” We are inviting the entire Annual Conference to join with us in calling upon God to breakthrough and guide our plans.

Throughout October and November, we are covenanting together to pray for ONE MINUTE each day asking God to breakthrough and reveal God’s will. You are welcome to utilize the prayer provided below or your own prayer. Opportunities will be provided throughout the IGRC to receive what you are hearing from God during this prayer time.

In light of Psalm 127:1, you are invited to join with the Bishop & Extended Cabinet to pray wherever you are at 1:27 p.m. for one minute. It is suggested that folks set a daily alarm on their phones at 1:27 p.m. (to begin your prayer time) and at 1:28 p.m. (to close your prayer time).

Potential Prayer:

Gracious and Merciful God, we come before You acknowledging that Your ways are higher than ours and Your wisdom is greater than ours. While we love and care deeply for our communities and congregations, Your Love for the people of and in IGRC is greater than ours. We also know that You do nothing except in believing prayer. So, we are calling out to You and asking for You to breakthrough in new and fresh ways. Reveal to us and our leaders Your will, Your guidance, Your direction. Bring Your wisdom as we seek to restructure in ways that will allow us to be more faithful and fruitful in making disciples of Jesus the Christ that will lead to our world being transformed in God-glorifying ways. Thank You, in advance, for working in and through us to accomplish Your plans and purposes. Please speak for Your servant is listening….  Amen.

A possible devotional companion to the breakthrough prayer is Dynamite Prayer: A 28-Day Experiment by Rosario Picardo and Sue Nilson-Kibbey. The book is available through as a paperback for $14.99. A Kindle version is also available instantly.

Share your discernment as you participate in Breakthrough Prayer