United Methodist Men’s Annual Report for 2016

President George Groves

2016 was a great year for NICUMM, as they have reached out in mission and helped others to know and grow in Christ. The new quadrennial led to a change in leadership of the Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Men with a newly elected President, Vice President, Treasurer and one new District President. The NICUMM men continue to develop Executive Committees in each District. Our Spiritual Congress, Upper Room Prayer Ministry and our mission efforts continue to be focal points for our men. By encouraging men to become engaged as leaders in our churches, we hope to equip men, who have a heart for ministry, to develop disciples for Jesus Christ. Mark Lubbock, National Men’s Ministry Speaker and Trainer, 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 supported for the men in our conference. The Conference is working on materials for our endowment fund with the foundation. This will generate more funding for mission work.

District Activities are reaching men for Christ. Some of our 2016 highlights common in all districts are:

  • Reviewed and continue the 2013-2017 plan of work for the Conference UMM
    Men’s Ministry Specialist, we have two men certified as MMS and two men working on their certificates 
  • Held the 56rd Spiritual Congress at Williams Bay Wisconsin in September
  • EMS/Legacy Builders & Charters, were a main emphasis to invite men to become involved in
  • Men’s Ministry, 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, hosted Prayer Lines at NIC Annual Conference with 32 volunteers and at
  • Spiritual Congress with 12 volunteers. provided support to the Upper Room Prayer Line ($1000 to the UMM Foundation)
  • Scouting Ministries Programs
  • Reaching out to the younger Men
  • Held District elections with changes to some of the Executive Committees

Chicago Northwestern District: President Leon Deloney

  • Held 3 events to strengthen our UMM ministry
  • Held Prayer Line workshops and now have 2 Prayer Line Ministries in NWD
  • Conducted DBOM,IL training session for Rings of Fellowship youth program

Chicago Southern District: President Dr. Donald Linder

  • New District Officers elected and installed
  • Continued Monday night bible study for the 28th year
  • Focused on mission support for MFM, HIV-Aids and Hunger Relief
  • Hosted Annual Awards Banquet recognizing David Henry, Walter Outland, Kelley Woodlawn,
  • Marvin Taylor, and Dr. Lolita Bacon
  • Held the 27th Annual United Methodist Men’s District Musical
  • Community Outreach through Food Pantries, Clothing Closets

Aurora District: President Herb John

  • Concentrated on individual men’s spiritual growth
  • Hosted training event for DBOM.IL
  • Lenten Breakfast and elections @ Good Shepherd UMC, Oswego
  • Prayer Breakfast @ Community UMC, Naperville
  • Advent Breakfast @ Fourth Street UMC, Aurora
  • Continued to establish our District Executive Committee

Elgin District: Vice President, Jim Nelson (President – Open)

  • Supported several mission projects and contributed more than $3,750 to them
  • Hosted Upper Room Prayer Line
  • Continued to work on completing the Executive Team
  • Mission Projects such as; Repair Projects
  • Hosted MFM, through Potato drops and donations 
  • Collected vegetables for food pantry
  • Developed Faith ministry thru bible studies
  • Recruited and supported counselors for the God and Country Program

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

  • 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 and gleaning sweet corn, and countless garden vegetables
  • Provided teams for 2 days at Camp Reynoldswood

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 eight (8) concerts
  • Hosted the 2016 Annual meeting and elections for the Annual Conference. 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. were distributed
  • 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.

The NICUMM would like to thank Steve Nailor, Conference President (2006-2016) for his years of service and leadership to our UMM. We would also like to celebrate that in 2016 Steve was elected the National President for United Methodist Men, where he will continue his ministry on a national level, as well as, continue to support leadership in our conference.