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Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai Assigned to the Iowa Area

Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai Assigned to the Iowa Area

11/5/2022
By Rev. Cindy Gregorson Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai has been assigned as the resident bishop for the Iowa Area, effective Jan. 1, 2023. She was elected to the episcopacy at the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Before her election, she served as the chief connectional ministries officer of the Connectional Table for the United Methodist Church since 2018. Bishop Bigham-Tsai, has served as a district superintendent in the Michigan Annual Conference and as a local church pastor in ...

The Episcopal 22-10

The Episcopal 22-10

11/5/2022
By Rev. Cindy M. Gregorson I confess that as a former delegate to jurisdictional conference I often categorized the election of bishops to something akin to horse trading. More political than spiritual in nature, it seemed to me. But the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference was noticeably different. It all started, according to one of the candidates, Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown, about six weeks previously. Rev. Brown had seen a video created by the Western Jurisdiction administrative ...

Stand Up With The Good News – Bishop Trimble’s Opening Worship

Stand Up With The Good News – Bishop Trimble’s Opening Worship

11/4/2022
By Liz Winders, Director of Communications, Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church FORT WAYNE, IN — Bishop Julius C. Trimble told the North Central Jurisdiction Conference, “The Good News is for everybody…[it’s] an inclusive message that breaks the chains of oppression and exclusion” in his sermon for the Friday, Nov. 4 morning worship service.  The morning worship opened with a word and dance performance by students from The Art Leadership Center (ALC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The...

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference

11/4/2022
Commission on the General Conference The United Methodist Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2022 Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference announced today that the 2024 United Methodist General Conference will be held April 23 – May 3, 2024, at Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  “The Commission selected Charlotte as the site that best met our varied needs. We believe that delegates and attendees will be pleased with all the city has to offer,” ...

Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough honored—recognized for service

Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough honored—recognized for service

11/3/2022
JAMES DEATON, Content Editor Nov. 3, 2022 | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Thursday afternoon, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) formally honored three retiring bishops—Bishop Sally Dyck, Bishop Laurie Haller, and Bishop Bruce Ough—during a moving celebration of ministry filled with gratitude and love. This official recognition service had been postponed because of the delayed NCJ Conference, originally scheduled for 2020. Both Bishop Dyck and Bishop Ough retired in 2020 and took staff positions ...

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

11/3/2022
By Rev. Cindy Gregorson FORT WAYNE, Indiana—Bishop David Alan Bard, president of the College of Bishops, launched into his episcopal address declaring that we find ourselves in odd space. We are in an odd space historically, politically and denominationally. We are on the precipice of mid-term elections in the United States where deep polarization and mistrust of our election system is undermining democracy that leave us ill-prepared to meet the challenges of climate change, gun violence, ...

Mercy Sustains - Bishop Tracy Malone at NCJ

Mercy Sustains - Bishop Tracy Malone at NCJ

11/3/2022
By Liz Winders, director of communications, Iowa Annual Conference of the UMC FORT WAYNE— On day two of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, opening worship began with praising God. Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church’s Pastor Danira Parra opened with prayer and reflection centered around the Native American Spirit Drum.  Tracy Malone, resident bishop of the Ohio East Area, began her sermon preaching from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. “We are ...

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

11/3/2022
By Lisa Wink is director of communications for the Wisconsin Conference. The Rev. Dan Schwerin, assistant to the bishop for the Wisconsin Conference, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church’s North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates elected Schwerin on November 3 at the jurisdiction’s meeting in the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the sixth ballot. He received 100 votes out of 166 valid ballots cast. He needed 100 to be elected. (60% of valid...

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship NCJ

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship NCJ

11/2/2022
By Doreen Gosmire, director of communications, Dakotas UMC   FORT WAYNE— Bishop Julius Trimble opened the North Central Jurisdiction, honoring the indigenous people of Indiana.   “As we gather in the presence of God. We honor the indigenous people who settled in the Fort Wayne area and who went here before us. With deep respect, we honor the people of the Shawnee, Miami, Wea, Potawatomi, Delaware, Wyandot, Kickapoo, Piankashaw, and Chickasaw nations,” said Bishop Trimble. More than 600 gathered...

NCJ elects Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as Bishop

NCJ elects Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as Bishop

11/2/2022
Bishop Lanette Plambeck was elected on the third ballot at the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Wednesday, November 2. She received 102 votes of the 167 ballots cast. She needed 101 to be elected (60% of valid votes.) The North Central Jurisdiction consists of 167 delegates, an equal number of United Methodist clergy and laity, from the nine states forming the North Central Jurisdiction. The assignments of bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction for the next two years will be ...

Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

11/2/2022
By Doreen Gosmire, director of communications, Dakotas UMC BISMARCK, N. D. — Rev. Art Scanson, a retired elder of the Dakotas Conference, has found a ministry in woodworking. Scanson has handcrafted more than 20 crosiers for bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction and some bishops in other locations. "I have been making the crosiers for the North Central Jurisdiction since 2000. Every bishop elected in the North Central Jurisdiction receives one," said Scanson. "It is something I can do and ...

Ten NCJ candidates introduced to delegates at the Episcopal Forum

Ten NCJ candidates introduced to delegates at the Episcopal Forum

11/2/2022
The North Central Jurisdictional Conference delegates and episcopal candidates landed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to gather under the theme of We Press On (Philippians 4:13). Iowa's episcopal candidate is Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck.  Voting clergy delegates from Iowa are Rev. Katie Dawson, Rev. Lanette Plambeck, Rev. LaTonya Calderon, Rev. Chad Jennings, Rev. Nate Nims, Rev. Frederick Lewis, Rev. Josh Steward, Rev. Melissa Warren, Rev. Barrie Tritle, Rev. Amy Johnson, Rev. Matt German, and Rev. ...

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

11/1/2022
By Karla Hovde   Nov. 1, 2022   This week, delegates from every United Methodist conference in the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will gather in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to elect new bishops and hold important conversations about how to build a more just and inclusive church. Among them will be about 20 young adults who have been elected as delegates by their conferences. These young adults share a common motivation to represent the voices of the youngest generations within the United Methodist ...

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference to Elect New Bishop for Iowa

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference to Elect New Bishop for Iowa

10/27/2022
Written by James Deaton, Content Editor, the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church, and adapted for Iowa. We Press On is the theme of the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (NCJ), which will convene in person from November 2 – 5 in Fort Wayne, IN, to elect bishops and report on mission and ministry.    Watch the NCJ Livestream here. Iowa Conference’s endorsed candidate, Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, is on the ballot along with nine other candidates. Delegates ...

Episcopal Elections and Iowa: Delegation endorses Plambeck as episcopal candidate

Episcopal Elections and Iowa: Delegation endorses Plambeck as episcopal candidate

9/5/2022
Submitted by the Iowa Conference Delegation With the announcement of Bishop Laurie's retirement at the end of the year, your General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegates thought it might be helpful to share what that means for episcopal leadership from our perspective.    The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will meet the first week in November to elect new episcopal leadership to serve our jurisdiction. We currently have ten folks who have put their names forward, including our very own ...

NCJ Committee on Episcopacy recommends Episcopal Election

NCJ Committee on Episcopacy recommends Episcopal Election

8/8/2022
 Press Release  NCJCOE Episcopal Recommendation  August 8, 2022  The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 2-5, 2022 with the theme We Press On. This Jurisdictional Conference will gather delegates (lay and clergy) from across Illinois (Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers), Indiana, Iowa, Ohio (East Ohio and West Ohio), Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin for a momentous time filled with worship and collective discernment ...

North Central Jurisdictional Episcopal Elections

North Central Jurisdictional Episcopal Elections

6/22/2022
Jurisdictional Conferences have been scheduled for November 2-5. The North Central Jurisdictional Conference will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During this conference, we will be electing Episcopal leaders for the 2022-24 completion of this quadrennium. Any Elder in full connection is eligible to be elected as a bishop. If you are discerning a call to this ministry, the Iowa Conference delegation would love to be in conversation. You can reach out to Rev. Katie Dawson , Rev. LaTonya Calderon...

Announcement from the NCJ College of Bishops regarding episcopal leadership for the Dakotas and Iowa Conferences

Announcement from the NCJ College of Bishops regarding episcopal leadership for the Dakotas and Iowa Conferences

3/30/2022
Dear Friends in Christ in the North Central Jurisdiction:   I greet you in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the peace and power of the Holy Spirit.   As many of you are already aware, on the morning of February 16, Bishop Laurie Haller fell on ice while running, fracturing her right wrist, and being knocked unconscious.  Her concussive symptoms have persisted, leading Bishop Haller to make the difficult decision to request a leave from her responsibilities as bishop.   ...

NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

11/12/2021
By Christa Meland, director of communications, Minnesota Conference • NCJ Delegate Covenant • Statement from the Council of Bishop's Narrative for Continuing the UMC • "A Call To Grace" - An open letter to all United Methodists At a virtual North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference this week, delegates elected by their respective annual conferences created and overwhelmingly approved a covenant naming their commitment to anti-racism work and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Approximately 250 delegates ...

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by one

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by one

11/12/2021
When Rev. Ron Bell was in high school, his father became superintendent of the Eastern District of the Delaware Annual Conference. As their family was moving into the superintendents’ big, beautiful parsonage in Eastern Maryland, the entire local police department surrounded the house with guns drawn and told Bell and his father to get on the ground with their hands behind their heads. Why? “Because a little white girl across the street saw black folk in her neighborhood,” said Bell, who serves ...

Bishop Laurie presents

Bishop Laurie presents "The Future of the UMC" at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Nov. 10

11/4/2021
In September of 2021, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) College of Bishops decided to hold a special session of the NCJ virtually rather than in-person and pare down the schedule to focus on three critical areas: the work of dismantling racism, the future United Methodist Church, and the role and deployment of episcopal leadership within the jurisdiction. The “Building Beloved Community” session will be livestreamed from here. Bookmark this page in your browser so you can navigate to it ...

NCJ Mission Council asks all United Methodists to prayerfully support the Nov 10-11 virtual conference

NCJ Mission Council asks all United Methodists to prayerfully support the Nov 10-11 virtual conference

10/18/2021
Mission Council: Press Release For Immediate Release The Mission Council of the North Central Jurisdiction is calling on all United Methodists in the jurisdiction to prayerfully support the November 10-11 virtual jurisdictional conference. Beginning November 1 and each day until November 11 pause at 10:11 AM and pray the following prayer: Long version: Psalm 22:21 ~ For all to get along well with God and be at peace; that something good will come to your people, Almighty God; we pray for the ...

Update on the North Central Jurisdiction Special Session, November 2021

Update on the North Central Jurisdiction Special Session, November 2021

10/12/2021
One month ago, the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops made the difficult decision to move from an in-person special session of the jurisdictional conference to a virtual gathering. The College of Bishops also decided to pare down the agenda to focus on three critical areas: the work of dismantling racism, the future United Methodist Church, and the role and deployment of episcopal leadership within the jurisdiction. "We are grateful to the College of Bishops for the additional work ...

Special Session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to be held virtually

Special Session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to be held virtually

9/21/2021
In an early June 2021 announcement from the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, plans were to have an in-person Special Session of the North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference in November of 2021. Recently, because of the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, plans are now to meet virtually November 11-12, 2021.   “In the two months since then, COVID-19 has roared back, fueled by the Delta variant, a variant of the virus that is more communicable than previous versions of the ...

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN

7/1/2021
 July 1, 2021   To: The Elected Delegates of the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church   From: The North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops   On the matter of a special session of the North Central Jurisdiction   In accordance with ¶521.1 and ¶521.3 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, ...

North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Grants

North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Grants

6/18/2021
The NCJ Mission Council is once again opening its grant process. The information and grant applications can be found on the NCJ website by clicking here. Agencies and groups are encouraged to investigate and apply for a grant. All applications should be completed by September 1, 2021. If you have questions, email Jim Searls, the NCJ Communications Coordinator, at ncjumc@gmail.com. 

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

8/14/2020
A new streamlined process for obtaining grants from the Mission Council has been adopted.   Two classes of applications will be created.  Class One will be ongoing projects that can be funded over the next quadrennium. These groups will only need to submit a single application that explains the mission and needs for the next four year period.   An agency in this group needs to complete the initial application, click here.  This application will be due September 15, 2020. If you are granted the...

College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction announce interim leadership for 2021

College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction announce interim leadership for 2021

7/7/2020
Today the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops announces the plan proposed to and approved by the Council of Bishops for episcopal leadership for 2021 in light of the vocational retirements of Bishops Sally Dyck and Bruce Ough (¶408.2b), and the inability to gather and engage in episcopal elections during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The retirements of Bishops Dyck and Ough have been approved by the NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy and become effective January 1, 2021. To serve the ...

North Central Jurisdiction announce plans for episcopal leadership

North Central Jurisdiction announce plans for episcopal leadership

5/27/2020
  Yesterday, two announcements were made regarding significant events in The United Methodist Church.   The Commission on the General Conference announced the postponed 2020 General Conference will be held August 29–September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.   The Council of Bishops followed that with the announcement that the postponed jurisdictional conferences in the United States will be held November 10–12, 2021.   Today, each of the jurisdictions in the ...

All US Jurisdictional Conferences for 2020 are postponed

All US Jurisdictional Conferences for 2020 are postponed

4/7/2020
Dear NCJ Delegates and Alternates,   I trust you are all doing well and that you are safe and healthy.   After conversation with Bishop David Bard, President of the NCJ College of Bishops, I want to let you know that we received news that all US Jurisdictional Conferences for 2020 are postponed.     Once the dates for the General Conference are finalized, the Council of Bishops will set the date for the Jurisdictional Conference. The plan is for the Commission on General Conference and the ...

North Central Jurisdiction Recommends Electing One Bishop in 2020 and Forms a Task Force to Study Episcopal Leadership

North Central Jurisdiction Recommends Electing One Bishop in 2020 and Forms a Task Force to Study Episcopal Leadership

1/28/2020
Press Release from the College of Bishop, North Central Jurisdiction CHICAGO, ILLINOIS In a meeting last week in Chicago, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops have proposed to only elect one bishop during the NCJ Quadrennial Meeting, July 15-18 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two groups have agreed to form a task force to make recommendations on episcopal leadership for the jurisdiction over the next four years. In late August 2019, David...

Delegates build relationships, consider what is good for the whole church

Delegates build relationships, consider what is good for the whole church

9/24/2018
By Rick Wolcott*   Members of each of the delegations to the Special Session of General Conference from across the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) gathered at Wespath Benefits and Investments in Glenview, Illinois September 21-22. The time of shared learning, small group discussion, worship, and fellowship was sponsored by the NCJ College of Bishops and the NCJ Mission Council. “The goal really was conversations and the building of relationships,” said Bishop David Bard, president of the NCJ ...

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