I am glad you have stopped by our website. Who are we? The Illinois Conference is home to almost 14,000 members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, living in Chicagoland and the state of Illinois. We, the Conference, exist to serve the needs of more than 120 churches, companies, and mission groups, as well as 11 schools around our territory. Our desire is for every member to grow into a fully mature follower (disciple) of Jesus, and for all of us to share the Good News that Jesus loves each one of us, that each person matters to God, and that He invites each to be in relationship with Him.
We also look forward with confident expectation to the return of Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We believe in Jesus' words found in the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 3, that He will come back to take us to be with Him forever. What wonderful news!
May God bless each one of you. And, please remember, that no matter where you are in your journey with God, He loves you, and invites you to walk with Him. May each one of us share this Good News with others, is my prayer, in Jesus name and for His sake.
We are ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and I know many of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue. That is one reason I am thankful that the positivity rate has been going down in the State of Illinois over the last week or so. What does this mean for our churches and schools in the Illinois Conference?
The Illinois Conference Administration strongly recommends our churches follow the guidelines set out by State officials and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). These recommendations are different for each of the 11 regions of our state and are dependent on the metrics of each region. That is why it is important to be up to date, as changes have been occurring rapidly over the last few days. Elder John Grys, Illinois Conference Executive Secretary, sends our pastors a notice every time there is an update to any region to make sure you are well informed. Depending on the region, gatherings (limited by size for that region) can take place, as long as the church is following the guidelines and protocols listed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), such as social distancing, cleaning, masks, etc.
As you consider when to open, I want to encourage you to err on the side of caution. Be mindful of the impact it will have on our members and our community. Remember, our intention might be one thing, but we must assess the impact our decision will have on others both physically and spiritually.
As for our schools, our Conference Education Department will continue to work with our school principals to ensure our schools are following the guidelines and protocols to keep our students and teachers safe.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We continue to pray for God’s hand to guide us as we navigate these difficult times. Most importantly, let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and continue to ask God to help us accomplish the mission He has given us.