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!
2020 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference
July 26 - 28, 2020
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.
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 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 for Voting Members opens Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Registration fee is $45. Voting members of the Annual Conference need to register in order to participate and vote. Voting members include clergy in full connection and those with voice, local church voting members, and conference equalization voting members. The registration fee is covered for retired clergy and conference equalization members.
Clergy from another conference or another denomination with no voice nor vote can register for no cost. This will give you access to the Clergy session only. The Business of the Annual Conference Report and Zoom webinar link will be sent to you via email to participate in Clergy Session. 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.
Registration is a 2-step process!
Step 1 is registering for Annual Conference. Step 2 is to register for ZOOM webinars. After registration closes on June 14, all plenary participants will receive an email with the link to register for the ZOOM webinar. Clergy session participants will receive a link to register for this Zoom webinar.
Last day to register: Sunday, June 14, 2020. There is no late registration. A legislative guide will be mailed to those who have registered by the deadline.
Paying by Check? Make your check payable to "Michigan Conference". Be sure the name(s) of attendee is on the check, indicate "Annual Conference" and send to: Michigan Conference Center North 1161 E. Clark Rd., Suite 212, DeWitt, MI 48820
DO YOU HAVE REGISTRATION QUESTIONS? Please email your annual conference registrar Sarah Vollmer