April 15, 2020 - All voting materials online.
May 27, 2020 - Registration opens online for all voting members.
June 14, 2020 - Last day for voting members to register. There is no late registration.
July 1, 2020 - Legislative Guide and ballot mailed to registered voting members
July 26, 2020, 7 :00 PM EDT - 8:30 PM EDT Opening worship, time of memorial
July 27, 2020, 9:30 AM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT Virtual Annual Conference Plenary
July 28, 2020, 9:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT Clergy Session
July 28 - August 1, 2020 - Mail ballot and offering with postmarks between these dates.
August 31, 2020 - Ballots and offerings will be counted.
September 7, 2020 - Bishop to announce vote results prior to Labor Day.
Have Questions? Read the Virtual Annual Conference FAQ!
Get ready for Virtual Annual Conference. ZOOM Training for members
Learn how to vote, address the plenary, and make parliamentary requests during this brief 39 minute training. Highly advised, even for those familiar with ZOOM.
2020 Virtual Annual Conference Morning Session
2020 Virtual Annual Conference Afternoon Session
2020 Virtual Annual Conference Opening Worship
2020 Virtual Annual Conference Devotionals
Sowing Seeds: Rooting, Tending, Reaping is the theme of the 2020 Annual Conference. Vibrant Congregations is the third in the series based on the vision statement of the Michigan Conference.
The focus of the conference is on equipping the local church for vibrant worship, strong lay leadership, and new ministries that engage the community. COVID-19 concerns keep us from gathering together to share in this work. Webinars for equipping the local congregation, either in-person, or virtual worship, will be presented throughout the rest of the year.
Annual Conference Opening Worship
Click link to watch a recording of the Opening Worship of the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church
Essential business of the Annual Conference will be conducted via Zoom webinar, and streamed on Facebook for non-voting members.
We'll begin our time together on Sunday, July 26, 7:00 PM EDT with Opening Worship, and a time of memorial. Bishop David A. Bard will be preaching. Although separate, our hearts and spirits will be joined together in this common time of worship and remembrance. A time of offering will be included to benefit our covenant partners in Haiti and Liberia who rely heavily on our support, as well as Michigan Disaster Relief and Recovery. Checks can be including in the voting member's ballot envelop, mailed separately to the conference office, or given via PayPal through the link provided. Offerings received via PayPal cannot be credited toward church giving at this time.
Essential business of the Annual Conference
Essential business of the Annual Conference will be conducted on Monday, July 27 from 9:30 AM EDT to 4:30 PM EDT. Voting members of the Annual Conference will register for the Virtual Annual Conference, receive a legislative guide by mail, and participate in the plenary session via Zoom webinar. Marking and mailing of ballots should be done following plenary, and postmarked between July 28 - August 1, 2020 to be valid.
Clergy Session will occur on Tuesday, July 28 from 9:30 AM EDT to 12:30 PM EDT via Zoom. The Business of the Annual Conference Report, and a secure Zoom link will be emailed to registered Clergy in advance of the session.
Update! In consultation with the candidates for ordination and commissioning, and the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Bishop has postponed the Service of Recognition, Commissioning and Ordination until Annual Conference 2021. Concerns for the health and safety of the traditionally large gathering were paramount in making this decision. Those affirmed at clergy session will be received into full member in 2020 and commissioned or ordained the following year.
Registration is closed. There is no late registration due to the printer deadline and mailing of paper ballots.
Registration is closed, and there's no late registration due to the printer deadline and mailing of paper ballots.
The bar set for Monday's Plenary session includes only voting members accessing Zoom via webinar or conference call. You'll be able to watch the event fully on Facebook, or on this page.
When will my Legislative Guide arrive in the mail?
Legislative Guides were mailed first-class on Monday, July 13. You should receive your packet within the week.
Registration is a 2-step process!
Step 1: Register for Annual Conference. √
Step 2: Register for ZOOM webinars. Your Legislative Guide contains instructions for registering for worship/plenary and Clergy session. Follow instructions on page 4 of the Legislative Guide. Please register once you receive your guide - don't wait until the day of the event! Your voting status must be verified before you're approved and sent connection details.
NOTE: Clergy and Lay Members appointed to the BOM will need to register separately for Clergy Session. A secure link to The Business of the Annual Conference report will be emailed to you on Friday, July 24, pending your registration. You can download and follow along on your computer, or print a copy to follow. All voting will be done through the ZOOM Webinar.
Two ZOOM Webinar orientation sessions are scheduled. Connection details are on page 4 of the Legislative Guide. Please attend one of the following:
- Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 PM EDT
- Sunday, July 26, 4:00 PM EDT
DO YOU HAVE REGISTRATION QUESTIONS? Please email your annual conference registrar Sarah Vollmer