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The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Northern Illinois District is 200+ congregations plus new missions and satellite sites that span 24 counties in the northern third of Illinois.

As of June 1, 2018, the district is being led by President Allan R.  Buss.


Filled with living hope in Christ, Confessing, Praising, and Advancing His Kingdom

As LCMS Lutherans in Northern Illinois, we will carry out this mission by upholding three pillars. These pillars direct our work together in the vision laid out for us.

  • WORD: Helping congregations be more centered on a rich life of Word and Sacrament, with congregational support in transitions as well as time of joys and sorrows.
  • WELLNESS: Promoting and encouraging health and vitality in congregations, schools, ministries, professional workers and lay-leaders.
  • WITNESS: Encouraging personal witnessing, congregational engagement with their community, support of our NID partnerships and missions and sharing in a world mission field together.

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Wondering where to find things on our website? Go to…

Church Workers to find professional and personal tools and resources for church workers.

Congregations to learn about missions – advancing His Kingdom, congregational services and specialized ministries, as well as maps of the congregations in the district.

Ethnic Ministry to partner in the NID for the development of all ethnic ministries, identifying opportunities to flourish and integrate with surrounding communities.

FAQ for more tips on who to contact plus access to immediately needed forms, documents, and links to connected ministries.

LCEF for an overview of services from our national servant partner, Lutheran Church Extension Fund. They help ministries, individuals and Lutheran businesses invest, grow, and serve.

News, Stories & Events to go to NIDnews.org for our district-wide events calendar, the latest news, and stories about Lutherans at work in northern Illinois.

President’s Office to find information for ordained workers and filling pastoral vacancies.

Resources for documents and links useful for calling and hiring, church and school administration offices, church worker personnel concerns, and crisis planning.

Schools to find information on Lutheran school services and commissioned minister vacancies, as well as maps for the Lutheran preschools, elementary schools, and high schools in northern Illinois.