List of Equalization delegates for 2023 Annual Conference released


By Paul Black
SPRINGFIELD -- Annual Conference Secretary Ethan Carnes has announced that 162 congregations will have an additional lay member to annual conference to equalize the number of clergy and laity members for the 2023 Annual Conference session.

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, 2021) are to be granted one "equalization member.”   Eligibility will be granted to the 198 largest churches according to membership who have paid 100 percent of their 2021 apportionments. Equalization members are elected to serve to the end of the quadrennium if 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 2022 Charge Conference paperwork," Carnes said. "I have a Equalization Lay Member Change Form on my website: Please file this appropriately.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me."

Congregations that have been granted the additional equalization lay member are as follows:
Normal Calvary UMC VRD
Bloomington Wesley UMC VRD
Belleville Saint Matthew UMC MRD
Crossroads UMC ILD
Peoria First UMC ILD
Normal First UMC VRD
Charleston Wesley UMC ERD
Champaign Faith UMC IRD
Macomb Wesley UMC SPD
Belleville Union UMC MRD
Canton Wesley UMC ILD
Morton UMC ILD
Springfield Laurel UMC SRD
Effingham Centenary UMC ERD
Taylorville UMC SRD
Pontiac First UMC VRD
East Moline Christ Multisite UMC SPD
O'Fallon First UMC MRD
Pekin First UMC ILD
Geneseo Grace UMC SPD
Monticello UMC SRD
Marion Aldersgate UMC CRD
Danville Saint James UMC IRD
Carbondale First UMC CRD
Lincoln First UMC SRD
Pekin Grace UMC ILD
Kewanee First UMC ILD
Geneseo First UMC SPD
Coal City UMC VRD
Edwardsville Saint John's UMC MRD
Willow Hill UMC ILD
Gibson City UMC IRD
Mahomet UMC IRD
Dwight UMC VRD
Champaign First UMC IRD
Jerseyville UMC LRD
Mount Vernon First UMC KRD
Shelbyville First UMC ERD
Sugar Creek UMC SRD
Tremont UMC ILD
Chillicothe First UMC ILD
Quincy Vermont Street UMC LRD
Mackinaw UMC ILD
Dunlap Prospect UMC ILD
Peoria University UMC ILD
Granite City Nameoki UMC MRD
Decatur First UMC SRD
Manteno UMC VRD
Petersburg UMC SRD
Lexington First UMC VRD
Paxton First UMC IRD
Fairbury First UMC VRD
Metropolis First UMC CRD
Chatham UMC SRD
Centralia First UMC KRD
Carlinville UMC LRD
Monmouth First UMC SPD
Urbana Wesley UMC IRD
Galesburg First UMC SPD
Beardstown First UMC LRD
Vandalia First UMC KRD
Paris First UMC ERD
Highland Hope UMC MRD
Saint Joseph UMC IRD
Gillespie First UMC MRD
Camp Point UMC LRD
West Frankfort Trinity UMC CRD
Jacksonville Wesley Chapel UMC LRD
Sherman UMC SRD
Kankakee Saint Mark UMC VRD
Mattoon First UMC ERD
Havana First UMC LRD
Arthur UMC IRD
Harrisburg First UMC CRD
Tuscola UMC IRD
Trenton First UMC MRD
Carthage First UMC LRD
Moline Riverside UMC SPD
Kankakee Asbury UMC VRD
Olney First UMC KRD
Springfield Douglas Avenue UMC SRD
Clinton UMC SRD
Delavan UMC ILD
Momence First UMC VRD
Cambridge UMC SPD
Colona UMC SPD
Sullivan First UMC IRD
Salem Grace UMC KRD
Galva First UMC SPD
Arcola UMC IRD
Quincy Melrose Chapel UMC LRD
Bradley Wesley UMC VRD
Tolono UMC IRD
Cerro Gordo UMC SRD
RiversEdge UMC ILD
Watson UMC ERD
Champaign New Horizon UMC IRD
Marshall First UMC ERD
Maryville Saint Luke's UMC MRD
United Church of Heyworth VRD
Moweaqua UMC SRD
Manito UMC ILD
Sparta First UMC MRD
Pinckneyville UMC CRD
Streator First UMC VRD
Living Faith UMC LRD
Mount Sterling First UMC LRD
Neoga Grace UMC ERD
Elmwood UMC SPD
Greenville First UMC MRD
Jacksonville Centenary UMC LRD
Winchester UMC LRD
Mansfield UMC IRD
Columbia Bethany UMC MRD
Rantoul First UMC IRD
Fairview Center UMC SPD
Lewistown UMC ILD
Newton Grace UMC ERD
Flora First UMC KRD
Virginia UMC LRD
Reynolds UMC SPD
East Peoria First UMC ILD
Roseville UMC SPD
Nashville Grace UMC MRD
Tonica UMC VRD
Peoria Bethel UMC ILD
Preemption UMC SPD
Peoria Bradley Epworth UMC ILD
Beulah UMC KRD
Springfield Cotton Hill UMC SRD
Washington Evangelical UMC ILD
Port Byron First UMC SPD
Marshall Armstrong UMC ERD
Arenzville UMC LRD
Shields' Chapel UMC ILD
Glasford UMC ILD
Villa Grove UMC IRD
Waverly UMC LRD
Robinson First UMC ERD
Carmi Emmanuel UMC CRD
Farmer City UMC IRD
Stronghurst UMC SPD
Warsaw UMC LRD
Hoopeston UMC IRD
Toulon UMC ILD
Brighton Saint Paul UMC MRD
Bement UMC IRD
Caseyville UMC MRD