Equalization member churches announced for 2020 Annual Conference

8/23/2019

SPRINGFIELD – 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..
 
Clergy members of the annual conference consist of all active and retired deacons and elders in full connection, provisional members, and associate members. Local pastors under appointment are included, as well. (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶32). Each charge in the conference elects one layperson for each pastor appointed to the charge. If the number of clergy overall is greater than the number of laity, which is usually the case, the annual conference uses its own approved formula for determining how the balance of the laity are selected. For more information on the formula, please see Standing Rule III.C. on page 313 of the 2019 Journal-Yearbook (or page 323 in the 2018 Journal-Yearbook).
 
Equalization members are elected to serve to the end of the quadrennium as long as the congregation continues to pay 100 percent of its apportionments.
 
For 2019-2020, the eligibility list includes congregations with 181 or more members paying 100 percent of their 2018 apportionments. Those churches include:
 
Cache River District
Carbondale First
Carmi Emmanuel
Carmi First
Carrier Mills
Carterville
Cross and Flame Ministries
Harrisburg First
Marion Aldersgate
Metropolis
Pinckneyville
West Frankfort Trinity
Embarras River District
Altamont First
Casey
Charleston Wesley
Effingham Centenary
Marshall First
Mattoon First
Neoga
Newton Grace
Nokomis
Paris First
Robinson First
Shelbyville First
Watson
Illinois River District
Canton Wesley
Chillicothe
Delavan
Dunlap Prospect
East Peoria First
Eureka
Farmington
Kewanee
Lewistown
Mackinaw
Manito
Morton
Pekin First
Pekin Grace
Peoria Bethel
Peoria Bradley Epworth
Peoria First
Peoria University
Shields Chapel
Spring Bay Rivers’ Edge
Tremont
Washington Crossroads
Washington Evangelical
Willow Hill
Iroquois River District
Arcola
Arthur
Bement
Catlin
Champaign Faith
Champaign First
Champaign New Horizon
Countryside
Danville St. James
Fisher
Gibson City
Homer
Hoopeston
Mahomet
Mansfield
Paxton
Quest Grace
Rantoul
St. Joseph
Savoy
Sullivan
Tolono
Tuscola
Urbana First
Urbana Wesley
Villa Grove
Kaskaskia River District
Beulah
Bridgeport
Centralia First
Flora First
Lawrenceville First
Mt. Carmel Evangelical
Mt. Vernon First
Olney First
Salem Grace
Sumner
Vandalia First
LaMoine River District
Barry
Beardstown
Camp Point
Carlinville
Havana First
Jacksonville Centenary
Living Faith
Mt. Sterling
Quincy Vermont Street
Virginia
Warsaw Trinity
Waverly
Wesley Chapel
Winchester
Mississippi River District
Alton Main Street
Belleville St. Matthew
Belleville Union
Carlyle
Columbia Bethany
Edwardsville Immanuel
Fairview Heights Christ
Gillespie First
Granite City Nameoki
Granite City Niedringhaus
Greenville First
Highland Hope
Maryville St. Luke
Nashville Grace
O’Fallon First
Shiloh
Sparta
Trenton
Troy
Sangamon River District
Cerro Gordo
Chatham
Clinton
Decatur First
Decatur Grace
Elwin
Lincoln First
Macon
Monticello
Pana
Petersburg
Rochester
Sherman
Springfield Cotton Hill
Springfield Douglas Avenue
Springfield First
Springfield Laurel
Sugar Creek
Taylorville
Spoon River District
Abingdon
Aledo
Cambridge
Colona
East Moline Christ Multisite
Elmwod
Fairview Center
Galesburg First
Galva First
Geneseo First
Geneseo Grace
Macomb Wesley
Moline Bethel Wesley
Moline Riverside
Monmouth First
Orion
Preemption
Reynolds
Rock Island Two Rivers
Roseville
Vermilion River District
Bloomington Wesley
Bradley Wesley
Coal City
Dwight
El Paso
Fairbury
Heyworth
Kankakee St. Mark
Leroy
Lexington First
Manteno
Momence
Normal Calvary
Normal First
Pontiac First
Streator First
Tonica