Annual Conference meets virtually

published 8/15/2020
The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference gathered online for its first ever virtual annual conference session on Aug. 15. The theme of the single-day gathering with a two-hour clergy session and a three-hour plenary session was Let’s Get Fired Up: On Holy Ground.
Despite the limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, conferees were able to worship and gather for Christian conferencing. IGRC Communications collaborated to produce a hybrid, part-live, part-recorded Annual Conference. Worship leader Cynthia Wilson provided music for both the opening and closing worship. Music was also provided by several music groups of Pekin Grace UMC. Attendees gathered virtually via Zoom web conferencing or by attending one of the 13 remote locations throughout the annual conference. Slightly more than 1,022 attended annual conference from home and another 166 attended through one of the remote sites and voted manually with marshals reporting vote totals via text messaging to the Annual Conference secretarial staff who aggregated the vote totals.

2020 Annual Conference going online

published 6/1/2020
Bishop Frank J. Beard, all 10 district superintendents, the extended cabinet and the Annual Conference Sessions Committee announce that the 2020 Annual Conference will be held online on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Update from Annual Conference Sessions Committee

published 4/29/2020
As we continue to make plans for the Aug. 14-15, 2020, Session of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, we are focusing on the safety and health of our members. With this in mind, we are trying to limit the exposure of people to each other during the Annual Conference session. This has led us to two decisions: We will not be having Displays during the Session. Initially, we had hoped to be able to accommodate this meaningful part of our gathering. However, as we continued to explore the ...

Annual Conference postponed until Aug. 14-15

published 4/17/2020
Out of abundance of caution, Bishop Frank J. Beard is announcing new dates and rescheduling our Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference Session to be held on August 14-15, 2020 at the Peoria Convention Center.

Annual Conference going paperless in 2020

published 2/3/2020
Beginning in 2020, all materials will be provided online at: for download and for persons who wish to print the materials. Persons may also view the Pre-Conference Workbook, the Supplemental legislation and worship bulletins through the Sched app which has been used for the past two years.

Equalization member churches announced for 2020 Annual Conference

published 8/23/2019
Annual Conference Secretary Rev. Alice Shirley has announced that 174 additional lay delegates from Illinois Great Rivers Conference churches will be needed in 2020 to equalize the number of clergy and lay delegates at annual conference.
According to the Conference Standing Rules, churches which paid 100 percent of their apportionments in the previous year (in this case, 2018) are potentially eligible to be granted an "equalization member." Inclusion in the final list depends on a church's membership and the number of additional laity needed to balance clergy. This year, eligibility is granted to the 174 apportionment-paying congregations with the largest membership.