Coronavirus Information

We will be continually updating this page with information and resources for our Northern Seminary community.  To the right, under Related Pages, you can find additional content for you to use at this time.  If you have questions about the information below or cannot find an answer, reach out to us at We are praying for our community as they adapt to this season.


  • Spring Term will begin March 30th.
  • All courses will be held via Northern Live through April 30th, at least. Students who do not have adequate internet or computer access to take their classes via live streaming should contact Linda Owens ( who will assist you.


  • May intensives will be delivered via Northern Live


  • The MA-CCD intensive in June is being rescheduled to August. When we have a final date confirmed with Coach, we will notify you.
  • We will announce a plan for the MATM intensive, Worship Capstone, and DMin intensives for NT, Preaching, and Contextual Theology students no later than April 20.
  • We will announce a plan for Commencement, Spring Convocation, and the Brady Lecture no later than April 20.


  • The MANT cohort scheduled for August will still happen as scheduled at the Lisle Center.


The Journeys of Paul trip will be postponed to June 13-23, 2021. Students in the 2017 cohort will participate in Spring Commencement in 2021 and then travel after commencement. Students in the 2018 cohort will participate in the 2021 trip. Because Northern Seminary is changing the trip (not the travel agent), an additional nonrefundable $200 deposit may be required to reserve your place in the 2021 trip. Northern Seminary will absorb the $200 deposit for students. Friends and families of students will pay the $200 deposit at their own expense. For all travelers- do not send in your final payment that is due April 3. Additional details will be sent to participants via email. If you have any questions, contact Ingrid Faro (


  • If students have any financial problems or other concerns, please contact Linda Owens ( for assistance.
  • New students for Spring Term are invited to take advantage of a special offer. To assist you during this time of special uncertainty, we are waving technology fees and refunding application fees for new students who start in the Spring Term. Your first class will be 50% off. Contact for more information. Register by March 26.


The Northern Seminary Library will remain CLOSED through April 30.

  • Contact Blake Walter ( ; 630-620-2115) for online reference assistance.
  • As long as the Illinois shelter-in-place order is in effect, students cannot pick up books in person. Needed books will be mailed to students.
  • All I-Share lending and borrowing is also suspended at least through April 7.
  • Faculty can consult the Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research Public Statement from 50+ state university and research libraries. Contact Blake Walter for assistance with adding online resources to course reserves.
  • During the Covid-19 disruptions, many vendors are providing free online resources. Look for the red highlights on the Online Resources page.

Illinois is currently under a Shelter in Place order. Northern staff and faculty will be following this directive.

  • The Lisle Center will not be open to the public through April 30
  • The South Side Center, Cincinnati Center, and Lawndale Center will be closed until further notice. Classes will be held via Northern Live.
  • Northern will continue to receive and send mail
  • Voicemail will be returned promptly


  • There will be no chapel during the month of April
  • The Faith and Finances seminar scheduled for March 20-21 will be rescheduled to a later date
  • June events, Brady Lecture, commencement, and intensives are currently scheduled, but we are working on contingency plans for these in case we cannot meet in person.
  • The San Antonio Open House has been rescheduled to May 11. Learn more at


  • Join Dr. Bill Shiell on a weekly call for persons who need to discuss their responses to the coronavirus and gain wisdom for their problems. Click here to register for the call. 
  • If you’re serving as a chaplain or clinician on the front lines of these issues in a medical clinic or facility, please let us know by contacting Marlene Minor so we can pray for you and support you (


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