Rev. Dan P. Gilbert of Addison, Ill., was re-elected, by acclamation, to his second term as president of the Northern Illinois District during the district’s 56th Regular Convention, May 8-9 in Lombard, Ill. Gilbert, 57, was unopposed.
Also re-elected to second terms were:
Elected to his first term was Rev. Mark C. Schulz of Bolingbrook, Ill., third vice president.
Installation of officers is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.
Much of the convention was devoted to presentations on the district’s “New Starts … New Believers” initiative, which got under way in late 2007. In the “New Starts” initiative, 220 LCMS congregations in 24 counties of Northern Illinois are focusing on starting new missions to reach out to people not currently worshiping as Lutherans. Twelve congregations with new starts were recognized by the convention.
To help fund the new starts and other outreach ministries, the district has awarded 24 Ablaze! grants totaling $1,742,000, which also were recognized at the convention.
Convention action included three overtures to the next LCMS convention in 2010 to:
Delegates also voted to:
Posted May 15, 2009