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Our Mission: "Multiplying Leaders, Ministries and Healthy Churches"
THE PRACTICE OF KINDNESS
" But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." (Luke 6:35)
 
" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control." (Galatians 5:22-23)
 
" Love is patient, love is kind..." (1 Corinthians 13:5)
 
Pastor Dan Reiland correctly states that the #1 overlooked quality of a leader...is kindness. We certainly need to talk more about the kindness that God has toward us and how much kindness is required if we are to be effective in serving others within God's church.  
 
It is kindness that allows trust, connection and agenda harmony to begin to grow. It is kindness that brings peace and joy into pressure-filled situations. In the Old Testament, God's heart toward us is expressed through His kindness:  "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness..." (Jeremiah 31:3).
 
Yes, good leaders can handle the hard stuff, the difficulties that come with the task of leading. They are able to "take the heat." At times, circumstances require us to be tough-minded, not weak or indecisive. But when we are filled with Jesus, there is a spiritual dimension that will always reveal itself in our relationships. It flows out of our hearts because we have been filled with the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Hearts full of God's love will always nurture a desire for kindness to permeate our relationships. 
 
God reminds us that above all else we should guard our heart, because all of the other issues of life flow out if it (Proverbs 4:23). We need to make sure the pressures of leading never steal the spirit of kindness from us. To give that word of encouragement may take a moment or two, but slowing down to do it is so necessary. Kindness cannot be rushed. Patience is the testament of whether or not God's love has truly taken up residence within us (1 Corinthians 13:4). Practicing it is indispensable.
 
Genuine humility and a desire to serve other people will keep nurturing our desire to always be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32).  Thank you for practicing it - and for serving so well on the Chicago Central District and for being Christ in Action. You are loved.






Dr. Larry McKain, Superintendent
Chicago Central District
Church of the Nazarene

THEOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP C ONFERENCE

The Olivet Nazarene University Theological Leadership Conference  features a keynote speaker and time devoted to special presentations, breakout discussion groups and conversation. This year's event is September 5-7 and features  speaker  N.T. Wright. The theme is Presence and Promise: The Challenge of the Temple. 

Early bird registration is $79. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at this link

KIDS CAMP REGISTRATION

The registration deadline is approaching for CCD's Kids Camp! Kids in 1st - 6th grades are eligible to attend camp from July 11 - 14 at Olivet. Campers will enjoy action packed chapels, games, swimming, rock climbing and more! 

Registration and more information is available at the district website. The early registration deadline is June 17, but don't wait - register today! 


ORGANIC OUTREACH FOR CHURCHES

Come join other leaders from local churches at the Organic Outreach Training on Thursday, May 30 from 9 - 3 at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Together, we'll join hearts and minds for a day of inspiration, fun, collaboration and practical insights. Organic Outreach for Churches Training provides direction for congregations to weave the gospel-focused passion and practice into the very DNA of church life. Organic outreach happens when evangelistic vision and action become the domain of every ministry in a church and the commitment of every person in a congregation.

Registration can be completed here. Any Nazarenes wanting to attend can enter the code NAZ for a $20 discount. Contact  info@organicoutreach.org for more information.


UPCOMING DATES

Mark your calendar!
  • Saturday, June 1 | NMI President's Training Day | Manteno COTN
  • Saturday, June 8 | Regional Children's Bible Quiz, ONU
  • June 17 - 21 | High School Camp, Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
  • June 24 - 28 | Middle School Camp, Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
  • July 11 - 14 | Kids Camp, ONU
  • July 20 - 25 | Everyone Cares Camp, Dickson Valley Campground
  • October 11 - 13 | Preteen Mission Trip 
  • Saturday, November 2 | Cultivate at Kankakee First
  • Saturday, November 16 | Children's Bible Quiz, Location TBA
  • Saturday, January 4, 2020 | South/Southwest Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 | North/Northwest Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Central Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 | Southern Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Chicago Mission Area Leader Breakfast 
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Manteno
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee First
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 | NMI Convention
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee Westbrook 
  • April 17 - 18, 2020 | District Assembly
DISTRICT VISITS

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Wangler, Pastor of Chicago First Church, on receiving an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Olivet last weekend! 

Congratulations to Pastor Simone Twibell from Kankakee First Church (pictured with husband Andrew) who received a Doctor of Philosophy In Intercultural Studies Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School!


Congratulations to Carlos Lonberger, Ordained Elder and ONU Director of Church Relations (pictured with wife Kristen), who received a Doctor of Education In Ethical Leadership Degree from Olivet!


Congratulations to David Morris, Ordained Elder and District NYI President (pictured with wife Kati), who received a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry Degree from Olivet!
PRAYER REQUESTS AND CELEBRATIONS


Please continue to pray for Robyn Luttrell, especially for guidance in treatment for ongoing seizures.

We would love to hear any prayer requests or celebrations from our district pastors to include in our weekly communications. Please email us so we can lift each other up!
UPCOMING LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY EVENTS
   
June
 
 
July
 
 
August
 
 
September
Mon, Sept 9 - Joliet Crystal Lawns   6:30 - 8:15 pm
Sun., Sept. 15 - Oak Lawn First - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
 
October
 
 
 
November
Sun., Nov. 3 - Oak Lawn First  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Mon, Nov 11 - Joliet Crystal Lawns   6:30 - 8:15 pm
 
 
December


Please send us dates for your upcoming 2019 Leadership Community gatherings - we would like to promote those in our newsletter! 


If there is any way we can serve you better, please let us know!