The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference gathered around the theme, Let’s Get Fired Up: Hearts Strangely Warmed by the Blaze of the Holy Spirit, June 6-8 at the Peoria Civic Center.
Annual Conference Secretary Alice Shirley has announced the assignment of voting numbers for additional clergy and the numbers for lay delegate candidates for the 2020 General Conference.
Due to an oversight, numbers were not assigned among clergy for deacons in full connection -- which are eligible for election as a General Conference delegate. The error was discovered last week and Shirley announced those numbers today. In addition, seven probationary elders have also been assigned number pending their election as full members at the 2019 Clergy Session. Upon election, they, too, are eligible to be elected as General Conference delegates.
Among laity, candidates were still completing the application process when printing deadline for the Pre-Conference workbook occurred. In all, 43 lay candidates which met the qualifications will be among the field in which lay members to annual conference will vote. Additional nominations may be made from the floor and upon certifying their eligibility, will be assigned a number for voting.
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Annual Conference Secretary Alice J. Shirley has announced that 51 clergy members and 43 laity have expressed interest in serving as delegates to General Conference.
In 2019, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference will elect five clergy and five lay delegates for General Conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minn. May 5-15, 2010. Five additional clergy and five additional lay delegates will be elected to serve with the General Conference delegates as delegates to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in Fort Wayne, Ind., July 15-18, 2020. The first two elected Jurisdictional delegates will serve as General Conference alternates.
Following the election of both General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates, three jurisdictional alternates will be elected. Elections will occur on Thursday, June 6, during the respective clergy and lay sessions of Annual Conference. Those sessions will run concurrently from 1 to 4 p.m.