Welcome to the Chicago Central District

Jesus of Nazareth communicated a lot of truth through telling stories called parables.

Jesus’ parables involved ordinary people and everyday life.

We want to follow Jesus’ lead by allowing the world around us to remind us to pray about our priorities:

Our district priorities: foundations, multiplication, leadership development, renewal, service

Every time you see a rock, we hope you’ll be reminded of the foundation of our church.

Every time you see a seed, we hope you’ll be reminded we are to multiply the kingdom.

Every time you see trees or view a forest, we hope you’ll remember we are growing leaders of all ages and that we are all interconnected.

Every time you watch it rain, we hope you’ll join us in prayer for renewal.

Every time you see a river, we hope you’ll think about the church going deeper and wider together in Christian service.


District Assembly

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    113th District Assembly

    Our district family's annual celebration and business meeting April 2–3, 2017 Kankakee, IL

Delegates: please visit the district assembly group page through the link above.

In order to protect the personal information of our users and the sensitivity of some of the information shared, only registered assembly members and delegates have access to the assembly’s group page.

If you are a member of the assembly and need assistance with the assembly’s group page, then please contact your local church board secretary, pastor, mission area leader, or the District Ministry Center.

All assembly events—including the assembly celebration service, ordination service, and plenary business meetings—are all free and open to the public. Any mention of the word “private” on the website with respect these events is due to their being managed by the assembly group.

All are welcome at assembly!

Mark you calendars!

April 2, 2017

Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel
Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

District Celebration Service
6:00 PM

April 3, 2017

Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene
1000 N Entrance Ave
Kankakee, IL 60901

113th District Assembly Business Meeting
8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sacred Service of Ordination
6:30 PM

District Map

Our district was born August 28, 1904 when Phineas F. Bresee organized Chicago First Church during a tent meeting on the corner of S Lexington Ave (now University Ave) and E 62nd St.

Today, our district mission field includes 12 counties in northeastern Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Vermilion, and Will.

Two thirds of our Illinois neighbors live here, and they come from all over the world.

Please join us as we pray for our local churches.

Click to interact with our district map!

Praying for what’s next

Everywhere we already have a local church is a testimony of God’s presence among us.

Please join us as we pray for the following communities that God will continue sending workers out into the harvest field.

Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10:2 NIV)

Give Now

The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10 NIV

Thank you for supporting our district ministries.

Thank you for sharing in the mission to make Christlike disciples in the nations and across Chicagoland. We’ve made it convenient and easy for you to contribute online.

Give Now with our secure online giving form.

You may designate your tax-deductible gift for any of our existing funds:

  • Annual Campaign
  • Church Planting
  • Human Trafficking/Reach77
  • Leadership Development
  • Student Ministries/Camp


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You also have the option to make one-time gifts or to give in recurring amounts.

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