Equalization members announced for 2021 annual conference


SPRINGFIELD -- Annual Conference Secretary Ethan Carnes has announced that 186 churches will receive an additional lay member to the 2021 annual conference. The announcement was made today.

The 186 additional lay delegates will be needed to equalize the number of clergy and lay delegates at the 2021 annual conference.  The equalization formula is set by the Standing Rules of the Annual Conference III.C.   The purpose of equalization is to ensure an equal number of laity and clergy at the annual conference.
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.
Churches which paid 100 percent of their apportionments in the previous year (in this case, 2019) are to be granted one "equalization member.”   Eligibility will be granted to the 186 largest churches according to membership who have paid 100% of their 2019 apportionments.  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.
Please notify your district office if you have not filed your equalized member with your 2020 Charge Conference paperwork.
The following churches shall receive one equalization lay member to annual conference:
Springfield First UMC
Bloomington Wesley UMC
Crossroads UMC
Troy UMC
Peoria First UMC
Normal First UMC
Charleston Wesley UMC
Champaign Faith UMC
Pontiac First UMC
Canton Wesley UMC
Springfield Laurel UMC
Morton UMC
Macomb Wesley UMC
Effingham Centenary UMC
Taylorville UMC
Belleville Union UMC
East Moline Christ Multisite UMC
O'Fallon First UMC
Geneseo Grace UMC
Pekin First UMC
Monticello UMC
Marion Aldersgate UMC
Pana UMC
Danville Saint James UMC
Pekin Grace UMC
Mahomet UMC
Lincoln First UMC
Kewanee First UMC
Moline Riverside UMC
Champaign First UMC
Dunlap Prospect UMC
Edwardsville Saint John's UMC
Coal City UMC
Gibson City UMC
Dwight UMC
East Peoria Willow Hill UMC
Mount Vernon First UMC
Chillicothe First UMC
Jerseyville UMC
Shelbyville First UMC
Sugar Creek UMC
Peoria University UMC
Decatur First UMC
Mackinaw UMC
Tremont UMC
Quincy Vermont Street UMC
Orion UMC
Paxton First UMC
Metropolis First UMC
Manteno UMC
Fairbury First UMC
Lexington First UMC
Sparta First UMC
Vandalia First UMC
Galesburg First UMC
Chatham UMC
Urbana Wesley UMC
Carlinville UMC
Monmouth First UMC
Cornerstone UMC
Petersburg UMC
Beardstown First UMC
Paris First UMC
Mattoon First UMC
Saint Joseph UMC
Decatur Grace UMC
Gillespie First UMC
Highland Hope UMC
Camp Point UMC
Sherman UMC
West Frankfort Trinity UMC
Kankakee Saint Mark UMC
Jacksonville Wesley Chapel UMC
Clinton UMC
Havana First UMC
Tuscola UMC
Harrisburg First UMC
Olney First UMC
Arthur UMC
Savoy UMC
Casey UMC
Trenton First UMC
Cambridge UMC
Delavan UMC
Momence First UMC
Rantoul First UMC
Colona UMC
Champaign New Horizon UMC
Arcola UMC
Galva First UMC
El Paso UMC
RiversEdge UMC
Cerro Gordo UMC
Streator First UMC
Nashville Grace UMC
Marshall First UMC
Bradley Wesley UMC
Manito UMC
Maryville Saint Luke's UMC
Pinckneyville UMC
Tolono UMC
Nokomis UMC
Abingdon UMC
Greenville First UMC
Jacksonville Centenary UMC
United Church of Heyworth
Winchester UMC
Living Faith UMC
Watson UMC
Elmwood UMC
Neoga Grace UMC
Mount Sterling First UMC
East Peoria First UMC
Newton Grace UMC
Lewistown UMC
Columbia Bethany UMC
Mansfield UMC
Fairview Center UMC
Reynolds UMC
Virginia UMC
Elwin UMC
Peoria Bradley Epworth UMC
Peoria Bethel UMC
Roseville UMC
Barry UMC
Robinson First UMC
Carlyle First UMC
Tonica UMC
Warsaw UMC
Mount Carmel Evangelical UMC
Flora First UMC
Urbana First UMC
Macon UMC
Beulah UMC
Carrier Mills First UMC
Countryside UMC
Washington Evangelical UMC
Preemption UMC
Herrin UMC
Hoopeston UMC
Shields' Chapel UMC
Waverly UMC
Homer UMC
Villa Grove UMC
Port Byron First UMC
Arenzville UMC
Eureka UMC
Bement UMC
Fisher UMC
Stronghurst UMC
Brighton Saint Paul UMC
Marshall Armstrong UMC
Caseyville UMC
Rock Island Two Rivers UMC
Mossville UMC
Carmi Emmanuel UMC
Moline Bethel Wesley UMC
Quincy Union UMC
Hennepin UMC
Oakford UMC
Colchester UMC
Sunfield UMC
Springfield Grace UMC
Springfield Kumler UMC
Williamsville UMC
Sidell UMC
Roanoke UMC
Knoxville UMC
Glen Carbon New Bethel UMC
Murrayville UMC
Princeville UMC
Peoria Northwest UMC
Clay City UMC
Downs UMC
Albion UMC
Louisville UMC
Hudson UMC
Henry UMC
Fithian UMC
Hillsboro UMC
Galesburg Faith UMC
Goreville UMC
Alpha UMC
Riverton First UMC