United Methodist Men’s Annual Report for 2015

President Steve Nailor

2015 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. The Conference is working on 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. Grace Imathiu from Community UMC, Naperville, 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. The Class Meetings were also introduced

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
  • Held the 55rd 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 especially past due memberships
  • 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 to the UMM Foundation)
  • Scouting Ministries Programs
  • “District Presidents either established or updated their Constitution/By-Laws
  • Reaching out to the younger Men

Chicago Northwestern District: President Leon Deloney

  • 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: President Dr. Donald Linder

  • New District Officers elected and installed
  • Continued Monday night bible study for the 27th year
  • Focused on mission support for MFM, HIV-Aids and Hunger Relief
  • Hosted Annual Awards Banquet recognizing Benjamin Davis, James Portis, Jessie Richards, and Dr. Lillie Child
  • John Wesley Fellow Award was presented to Past President Lucious Moore
  • Held the 26th Annual United Methodist Men’s District Musical
  • Community Outreach through Food Pantries, Clothing Closets

Aurora District: President George Groves

  • Concentrated on Men’s ministries to revitalize our churches
  • Lenten Breakfast @ Faith UMC, Orland Park 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
  • George and Herb Johns taught Understanding Men’s Ministry at the Aurora District Laity Training Academy. 6 District Churches attended

Elgin District: President, Brad Meador

  • Supported several Mission projects and contributed $3,862 to them
  • Hosted Upper Room Prayer Line
  • Continued to strengthen the Executive Team
  • Mission Projects such as; Repair Projects
  • Hosted MFM, 40K# of Potato drop
  • Collected 1,380 bushels of vegetables for food pantry
  • Developed Faith ministry thru bible studies
  • Staffed prison ministries

De Kalb District: President, Scott Brooks (Also Conference Prayer Advocate)

  • Elected new Executive Committee
  • Strengthen Leadership through establishing new Charters & EMS Members
  • Continues to promote training for the various Men’s Units
  • Distributed tons of Potatoes through Society of St. Andrews
  • Continued to provide hunger relief through various pantries
  • Participated in disaster relief efforts for Fairdale Tornado Victims
  • Provided teams for 4 days at Camp Reunoldswood

Rockford District: President Dave Holland

  • Hosted 8th Annual Harmony for Hunger Concert and raised $17,500 for local food pantries and Meals for Millions, this event has raised more than $93,378 in the six (8) concerts
  • Hosted the 2015 Annual meeting for the Annual Conference. Our own Conference President, Steve Nailor was elected the National President for United Methodist Men, Bishop Dyck was the guest speaker.
  • Ken Hudgins newly elected Jurisdictional President attended the Conference Annual Meeting. New Jurisdictional Officers were introduced as well
  • Rockford District Hosted a SOSA Potato drop, 40,000 lbs. for distribution
  • The Society of St. Andrews noted the Rockford District would have been third on the list of conferences for contributions to the Society in 2015.