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Illinois Great Rivers Conference

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Your local link to all things UMC.  Find information on all 10 districts in the IGRC, a conference directory, annual conference reports, and a calendar of events.

Northern Illinois Conference

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Our neighbors to the north, the NIC is a valuable resource for IGRC and home to over 400 local churches in the northern third of the state.

Prodigal Pastor Kids: Fact or Fiction

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Parents believe that they are primarily responsible for the spiritual development of their children, but few parents spend time during a typical week interacting with their children on spiritual matters. This finding, from nationwide research conducted by the Barna Research Group (Ventura, California), underscores the need for churches to help parents address the spiritual needs of their children more intentionally and effectively.

The Upper Room

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The Upper Room daily devotional guide contains meditations that show real people struggling to live faithfully in real-life situations, with the Bible as the touchstone for and measure of faithful living. The writers of the daily meditations that appear in The Upper Room are both laity and clergy and come from around the world. However, all in some way reflect the belief that God wills only good for each of us and that God calls us to lives of love, forgiveness, and service to others, according ...

The WellSprings Journal

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The WellSprings Journal is an expression of who we are as United Methodist (UM) clergywomen.  WellSprings is for UM clergywomen, by UM clergywomen and of UM clergywomen.  The need for “an instrument of some kind that could not only connect, but bond United Methodist clergywomen in a new and exciting way” was recognized (vol.1, no.1, p. 5), 34 years after full United Methodist clergy rights for women was granted in 1956.  Addressing that need, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry ...

UMC

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Information on the United Methodist Church. Learn about our church, our faith, our people, and our world through the lens of the United Methodist Church. (Available in Korean and Spanish.)

UMCOR

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The United Methodist Church's committee on humanitarian relief, alleviating suffering in times of war, conflict and natural disasters. Find news, programs and ways to help out here.

10 Tips for a Healthy Marriage

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It takes work to have a healthy marriage but it is possible. Just like good nutrition and regular exercise can help you have a healthy body, there are things you can do to have a healthy marriage. This article talks about 10 tips to strengthen your marriage.

21 Tips to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

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What many people-pleasers don’t realize is that people-pleasing can have serious risks. Not only does it put a lot of pressure and stress on you, Newman said, but “essentially you can make yourself sick from doing too much.” If you’re overcommitted, you probably get lesssleep and get more anxious and upset. You’re also “depleting your energy resources.” “In the worst case scenario, you’ll wake up and find yourself depressed, because you’re on such overload because you possibly can’t do it all,” ...

Coping with Appointment Changes and Relocation Stress

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Changing appointments creates both vocational and personal stressors. Clergy may have their own concerns, as well as the need to alleviate the fears of family members about the new appointment.

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