Voting for Lay Congregational Members
Congregation voting members are asked to be equally divided among genders and from different households. Also, each congregation may register one additional voting member who is a youth (confirmed and under 18) or young adult (under 30).

Baptized membership totals are reported to the ELCA through each congregation's year-end congregational report as of 12/31/2022. This is the basis for determining the number of lay voting members selected to attend the assembly. The "baptized membership" formula consists of the top 10% of our 137 congregations receiving four lay voting members, the next top 10% of our congregations receiving three lay voting members, and the remainder of our congregations receiving two lay voting members. See the charts below for which congregations are allowed three or four voting members.

Voting for Rostered Leaders
Pastors (ministers of Word and Sacrament) under call, deacons (ministers of Word and Service) under call, and interim pastors are expected to attend all synod assemblies as voting members. Retired pastors and deacons, as well as those on leave from call and those with disability status, have voice and vote if they register for the assembly. 

Synod Authorized Ministers are expected to attend as a lay voting member from the congregation they are serving. This is in addition to the two allowed lay voting members, plus a youth or young adult.

 Congregations allowed FOUR voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult:

Congregation Name

City, State
Conference Baptized
Membership
Shepherd Of The Hills  McHenry, IL Northeast 1,804
St John  Joliet, IL East 1,697
Shepherd of the Prairie  Huntley, IL Northeast 1,689
Grace  Woodstock, IL Northeast 1,355
Light Of Christ  Algonquin Northeast 1,205
Salem  Sycamore, IL Northeast 1,201
Peace  New Lenox, IL East 1,148
St Paul  Orion, IL West 1,097
Bethany  Crystal Lake, IL Northeast 963
Zion  Rockford, IL North  905
Our Saviour  Sandwich, IL East 892
Alleluia  Naperville, IL East 882
Trinity  Rockford, IL North 769
Trinity Evangelical  Moline, IL West 728

 

 Congregations allowed THREE voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult:

Congregation Name

City, State
Conference Baptized
Membership
Grace  Loves Park, IL North 727
First  Dekalb, IL Northeast 719
St Mark  Rockford, IL North 696
Grace  Knoxville, IL Southwest 664
Our Savior's  Rockford, IL North 659
Trinity  Harvard, IL Northeast 641
First  Geneseo, IL West 631
Grace  Richmond, IL Northeast 594
Salem  Sandwich, IL East 585
St Matthew  Princeton, IL South  550
St John  Sterling, IL Central 532
Calvary  New Windsor, IL Southwest 524
First  Plano, IL East 489
Salem  Rockford, IL North  483

All other congregations are allowed TWO voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult.