United Methodist Men’s Annual Report for 2014

President Steve Nailor

2014 was a great year for NICUMM, as they have reached out in mission and helped others to know and grow in Christ. The Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist men continue to develop Executive Committees in each District. Our website is back up and running. The Conference is working materials for our endowment fund with the foundation. This will generate more funding for mission work. Our Spiritual Congress, Upper Room Prayer Ministry and our mission efforts continue to be focal points for our men. By encouraging men to become involved and become leaders in our churches, we hope to equip men, who have a heart for ministry, to develop disciples for Jesus Christ. Greg Arnold, from Live Bold Ministries was our guest speaker at Spiritual Congress. Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries continues to be a focal point for both Illinois Great River Conference and our Northern Illinois Conference UMM.

District Activities are reaching men for Christ. Some of our 2014 highlights common in all districts are:

  • Reviewed and continue the 2013-2017 plan of work for the Conference UMM
  • Develop materials for our Endowment Fund for Conference UMM
  • Held the 54rd Spiritual Congress at Williams Bay Wisconsin in September
  • EMS/Legacy Builders & Charters, was a main emphasis to invite men to become involved in Men’s work
  • Held District Advent and Lenten Services 
  • Meals for Millions / Society of St. Andrews, continues to a major Mission Program 
  • Prayer Ministry provided support to the Upper Room (Prayer Line $1000)
  • Scouting Ministries Programs
  • “Imagine No More Malaria” was our Annual Meeting theme ($4,000 presented to Bishop at Annual Conference
  • District Presidents either established or updated their Constitution/By-Laws

Chicago Northwestern District:

  • Held 7 events to strengthen our UMM ministry
  • UMM & UMW provided leadership through service @ the NUCUMC Urban Summit
  • Implemented The Map program by David Murrow
  • Held Prayer Line work shops and now have 2 Prayer Line Ministries in NWD
  • Established training session at our Connectional Table for the Men of the district

Chicago Southern District:

  • New District Officers elected and installed
  • Continued Monday night bible study for the 26th year
  • Continue to work with the UMW on a Domestic Violence workshop
  • Focused on mission support for MFM, HIV-Aids and Hunger Relief
  • Hosted Annual Awards Banquet recognizing Donald Bradley, Sr. Samuel Graham, Robert Mays, Anne Genther
  • Held the 25th Annual United Methodist Men’s District Musical

Aurora District:

  • Concentrated on Men’s ministries to revitalize our churches
  • Lenten Breakfast @ Wesley UMC, Missions was the emphasis 
  • Advent Breakfast @ Wheatland Salem
  • Continued to establish our District Executive Committee
  • “No Man Left Behind “, was our district focus this year
  • Men’s Ministry Specialist, we have two men working on their certificates

Elgin District:

  • Supported several Mission projects and contributed $4,100 to them
  • Hosted Upper Room Prayer Line
  • Continued to strengthen the Executive Team
  • Continues to promote training for the various Men’s Units

DeKalb District:

  • Elected new Officers and appointees to the Executive Committee
  • Created ministry entry points for men
  • Aligned to mission and ministry of the local church
  • Participated in potato drops and distribution
  • Reynoldswood, UMM continues to support and maintain the camp

Rockford District:

  • Hosted 6th Annual Harmony for Hunger Concert and raised $15,500 for local food pantries and Meals for Millions, this event has raised more than $63,000 in the six (6) concerts
  • UMM Men hosted a Rockford River Hawks Baseball Game and presented the Hunger Concert checks to the various food pantries.