President’s May Newsletter

Dear Northern Friends,

Northern alumni pastors provide hope for small congregations. Churches that average fewer than 200 in worship may appear to exist on meager resources. In reality, as Northern discovered in Bloomington, Illinois, the small church is the mission outpost of hope in communities.


FIRST-TIME RESOURCE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE EQUIPS 120 PASTORS, LAY LEADERS OF SMALL CHURCHES IN ILLINOIS

May 9-11, pastors and members from small churches gathered for the Resource conference. Over 2/3 were Northern alumni who bear witness through small congregations. Here are just a few ways they’re impacting their communities:
  • Adopting small congregations who can’t afford a pastor
  • Training students how to give their testimonies of faith in worship
  • Starting dinner groups throughout their community to share the gospel
  • Teaching people how to get out of long term debt and into the generous life of ministry
  • Building strong character by studying for sermons in accountability groups with other pastors

NORTHERN EMPOWERS WOMEN IN CHURCH MINISTRY

Our seminary provides a safe space for women who are called and serving in congregations to explore and discern their ministries equally alongside men. Kellye Fabian, one of the ministers at Willow Creek, writes that because of Northern, her faith as deepened, she’s better equipped to respond to questions, and has recommitted to local church ministry.

JOIN US FOR A “NIGHT AT NORTHERN” FOR WOMEN IN MINISTRY

Learn more about Women in Ministry
Join us Monday, June 3, 2019
Greater Cincinnati CenterContact Kathy Wilfong at kwilfong@seminary.edu to register.

JOIN US FOR COMMENCEMENT WEEK!


SOCIAL INCARNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT
What the Black Church Can Teach the Rest of the Church About Mission

June 6th, 2019 @ 7-9PM | June 7th, 2019 @ 9:30AM-NOON

America is continually divided by race and politics. Our churches are no different. How do we accomplish Christ’s mission in a world and a church divided? Join renowned theologian Reggie Williams as he casts a vision for a church engaged with the world. He will lead us in how to incarnate the good news and foster an imagination for the work of justice and social engagement. Using examples from historically African American churches, Reggie will engage us with tough questions and challenging answers that will inspire our mission in communities.

COMMENCEMENT SERVICE
Commencement Speaker: Dr. Douglas E. Summers
Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland
Northern Class of 1996

Saturday, June 8th 10:00am
Christ Church of Oak Brook. 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook IL

A housing block is reserved at the Hyatt (rate of $105.00) – if you need a room, please email ckolb@seminary.edu.


Dr. David Fitch will be speaking on his new book, The Church of Us vs. Them: Freedom from a Faith That Feeds on Making Enemies. Register now.Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of Dr. Fitch’s new book when it is released in mid-July.

Do you attend a small church? How have you seen God at work? Let me know by clicking here.

Your friend,

William D. Shiell
President, Northern Seminary

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