Thanks for visiting our District website. Several years ago, we set out to create a different kind of district for northeast Illinois – a district that wasn’t just for existing churches, as important as they are among us. We wanted to create a district that would welcome everyone on their unique spiritual journey! New cultures, new churches, new people, new leaders, new ministries -- we wanted to create both an environment and a District Resource Center that was welcoming and inviting to people who had never heard of the Church of the Nazarene but were interested and willing to explore.
Serving the 8.7 million people who live within our District, our vision is to resource all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. Even though we have been around the Chicago area since 1904, our churches and missions are ever changing. From Olivet Nazarene University, our flagship educational institution of 5,000+ students to our 82 churches scattered across 12 counties (worshipping in 12 different languages), we are a very diverse, spiritual family. God is at work in phenomenal ways as people’s lives are being changed both in our local communities and around the world.
Whether you've been in church for a long time, or not at all, we welcome you. We hope you will visit one of our churches and get to know us. If you are not familiar with how our District is a group of interdependent churches, we encourage you to browse our website. Explore our connections locally, nationally and globally. Thanks again for visiting…and welcome!
Larry McKain, Superintendent Chicago Central District