2014 Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference
The Illinois Great Rivers 2014 Conference met June 4-7, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center. The Rev. John Wesley, founder of Methodism instituted the means of grace and Holy or Christian conferencing was one of the means of grace set forth. <!–split–>
The purpose of the annual conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church. The annual conference consists of clergy and lay members. Clergy membership consists of deacons and elders in full connection, provisional members, associates members, affiliate members and local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment to a pastoral charge.
According to the UM Book of Discipline, the lay membership of the annual conference consists of professing members elected by the charge, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, home missioners, the conference president of United Methodist Women, the conference president of United Methodist Men, the conference lay leader, district lay leaders, the conference scouting coordinator, the president of the conference young adult organization, the conference youth organization, the chair of the annual conference college student organization, one young person between the ages of 18 and 30 from each district and one young person between the ages of 12 and 17 from each district.
The annual conference is the basic unit of the connectional system and refers both to a yearly meeting of its members as well as the organizational structure that equips local congregations to do its ministries and provide a connection beyond the local church.
On Tuesday Rev. Flo and Rev. Julie taught a Sexual Ethics class to a group of new incoming pastors.
Grace, Peace (and Joy)