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2019 Annual Conference


180th Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Dates: June 2-4, 2019

New Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, IL 60173

Online Registration will open April 2.

Hotel Reservations:  The Renaissance room rate is $149 per night + state & local tax. Book your room(s) today!

Theme: Our theme for the 2019 session of the Annual Conference is “Back to the Future.” No, we won’t be time warping in a DeLorean like Marty McFly in the 1980s classic sci-fi flick who needs to make sure the past doesn’t change so he will exist, but we will be recalling, reimagining, and reclaiming our history for a hopeful future.

Celebrations: We will celebrate our 180th year as a conference together along with Global Ministries, which is celebrating its bicentennial in 2019 and United Methodist Women, which is observing its 150th anniversary.

Agenda/Worship Services: (detailed agenda released closer to date)

Sunday, June 2 
Conference Opens
New Member Orientation - TBD
Ordination Service - 4 pm

Monday, June 3
Retirement Service - 1:30 pm 

Tuesday, June 4
Memorial Service - 10:30 am
Please remember to submit names and photos of Lay Members to AC who have passed away since June 2018 to

Worship Leader:  Gary Rand will once again be our worship leader for a second year working with our worship team to develop our three main services. The Many Band will again bring us the music.

Bible Study Leader: This year’s Bible Study Leader is UMW General Secretary Harriett Olson who has served as chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policymaking arm since 2007.

Delegate Elections: This year we will be voting on Clergy and Lay Delegates for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. We will elect three lay and three clergy General Conference delegates and three lay and three clergy Jurisdictional Conference delegates, as well as two clergy and lay alternates. Starting this year, the lay delegate nomination form will only be available online. Also this year, potential delegates will be asked to include a picture to make it easier to recognize candidates at Annual Conference. All active clergy are eligible candidates and do not need to fill out a form. To find the lay delegate election information form click here. 

Laity Reception: There will be no Laity Session at Annual Conference, but you're invited to a Laity Reception following the Ordination Service to meet all the Lay Delegate nominees for General and Jurisdictional Delegations. Read the call letter from the Conference Co-Lay Leaders.


  • ALL historical documents and proposed legislation for the conference must be submitted by April 1, 2019, to Rev. Katie Voigt, Please note  - no exceptions to this deadline.  *All legislative documents must be in the Action/ Rationale format with a maximum of 500 words for the rationale, be submitted as a WORD document and editable. At-conference documents must be submitted to her BEFORE the start of the annual conference. The author must submit both a printed version and on a flash drive or similar USB storage device (the device may or may not be returned), and the author must bring 1000 copies to the annual conference session for distribution.
  • Volunteers needed: If you are interested in being an usher, plenary page, greeter, secretarial pool, or volunteer in other areas, please send your name and which job you are interested to Alka Lyall at
  • On-site Childcare will be available for children 12 years old and under for parents/guardians attending AC. Sign-ups will be available through the AC registration (cost is underwritten by registration fees). 
  • We will be offering the “New Member Orientation” on Sunday, June 2 at the Convention Center.
  • Display Table registration will open soon. Check back here for more information. Questions please contact Alka Lyall at
  • An onsite Accessibility Coordinator will be present to help with any needs (vision, movement, hearing, etc.), within our ability. Please be sure to indicate in your registration form, how we can extend welcome and hospitality to you during Annual Conference. 

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