On Saturday, November 9, 2019, over 30 pastors, commissioned church workers, and lay leaders gathered at the District office to discuss the challenges and opportunities of ethnic and intercultural ministry. This gathering was an opportunity to share stories, ideas, prayers, and support as we partner together in advancing His Kingdom. Rev. Dr. Tom Johnson facilitated this discussion with the assistance of Rev. Alex Merlo and Rev. Hicham Chehab.








The discussions were focused on sharing.

The gathering concluded with participants praying as our Father taught us, in their own mother tongue. You can see and hear this awesome coming together of God’s people in the a video by clicking here .

Sharing the Vision: What is your dream for ethnic ministry? What has God placed on your heart for your ministry?

Sharing the Challenges: What are the challenges and opportunities:

Sharing the Victory: How has God blessed your ministry? What ideas can the Holy Spirit inspire for us?

Sharing the Mission: How can we move forward together as partners in ministry and the LCMS Northern Illinois District?



















Other workshops are being planned for 2020. Please watch the District’s email newsletter for dates and locations.

These are exciting times as God brings people from all nations, tribes, tongues, and people to Northern Illinois. We have the privilege and joy of participating in Christ’s commission to make disciples of all nations. We have a lot to learn from each other and to gain from our prayerful partnership in the Gospel.

We invite you to join them and bless ethnic ministry in the LCMS Northern Illinois District with your prayers and financial resources.







Learn more about ethnic ministry in the NID and  how you can boldly support our vision as we carry out our mission in making Disciples of all nations at nidlcms.org/ethnic-ministry.


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NID Holds Ethnic Ministry Workshop