Registration for voting members will open on March 10th and close on May 13, 2024. Registrations will not be accepted after the May 13 deadline. Each voting member is requested to register with their own email address that will be used for communications and voting. Each voting member will need to have their own mobile device throughout the whole assembly, such as a cell phone or tablet with internet capability and access to email. The synod's registration computers on-site may be available in a limited capacity for some voting.

Some congregations are allowed extra voting member(s), and every congregation is allowed a youth or young adult voting member. Please see the Voting Member Allocations on this page for more information.

2024 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly Fee  
The non-refundable registration fee is $110.00. This includes lunch and dinner on Friday as well as regular registration costs.

  • Lay Voting Members: Congregations are responsible for all expenses.  
  • Youth or Young Adult Voting Members: Congregations are responsible for all expenses.  
  • Rostered Ministers, Interim Pastors, and Synod Authorized Ministers serving Congregations: Congregations are responsible for all expenses.  
  • Rostered Ministers NOT Under Call: are responsible for their own expenses.
  • Agency and Institution Representatives: Unless otherwise provided for, they are responsible for their own expenses.
  • Retired Rostered Ministers: Registration fee is reduced by half. A coupon code will be emailed to all retired rostered ministers. 
  • Lay Synod Council Members: Registration is covered by the synod. A coupon code for free registration will be emailed out to Synod Council.
  • Visitors: Visitors are welcome to attend the assembly. Visitors are responsible for their own registration fees, meals, and housing. Visitors not attending in person may access the free video recordings which will be available on our website.

All registrations are required to be paid via credit card at time of registration. This registration process has greatly reduced the staff time needed for synod events. If your congregation is not able to pay via credit card, please call or email Laura Bergren at the synod office, 309-794-4004 and 

All meals provided by Augustana College can accommodate all dietary needs. If someone from your congregation is not comfortable eating Augustana's food, you can contact Laura Bergren for registration options.

2024 Synod Assembly Voting Member Allocations

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. 

Rostered Ministers who would like to request an excused absence from the 2024 Synod Assembly, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Julie Monnard at

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
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
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.