2020 Annual Conference Updates and Information
posted on May 28
Bishop Farr has made the decision to shift our plan for the August 22 Annual Conference to a virtual-only event. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state, Bishop feels the decision to move to a virtual-only event is the best to help reduce the risk of further spreading the virus.
If you haven't registered yet, please do so. The session begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22 and is expected to last two hours.During our time together, we will focus on key decisions about our shared work together. You can view the draft agenda www.moacinfo.com.
To prepare for this session, please watch the digital video reports that have been prepared in lieu of our three-day session. You can find all digital reports at our Vimeo Channel.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSION REGISTRATION
Click Here to register for Annual Conference on Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:00 a.m. CDT.
Please register by August 1 so our staff can make sure voting members will have the proper access to the webinar in order to cast your vote. Guests should plan to watch the livestream posted on the Conference's Facebook page. The session will be recorded for later playback.
Members in full connection, provisional members and local pastors who are unable to participate virtually, please submit your request to the Annual Conference Secretary (Para. 602.8). It's a good idea to notify your DS, too
ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSION VOTING AND VOICE GUIDELINESThose eligible to vote in an annual conference session are outlined in our voting guide found on pg. 5 of the Annual Conference workbook. Only voting clergy and lay members should register for this annual conference. Guests, including family members, should plan to watch the session from home via the livestream.
Each charge served by more than one clergy member under appointment (including deacons in full connection for whom this is their primary appointment) shall be entitled to as many lay members as there are clergy members under appointment (as of June 5, 2020). Qualifications for lay membership to annual conference can be found in the Book of Discipline paragraph 251.2. Alternate lay members should only plan to attend in the event the lay member to annual conference is unavailable.
Click Here to download the guidelines for the New Plan for Annual Conference.
PRE-CONFERENCE BRIEFING – RECORDED May 28, 2020
Missed the Pre-Conference Briefing with Bishop Farr from May 28? Want to share it with your lay member to annual conference? Visit our Vimeo channel to watch, download or share a copy.
CONFERENCE AND AFFILIATED VIDEO REPORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON VIMEOPrepare for the session by accessing digital reports before the August 22 session. We will continue to populate video reports as they come in with the commitment that all reports will be on the Vimeo Channel before July 15.
The entire conference session and Services of Ordination and Commissioning will be recorded and posted following August 22.
SERVICE OF ORDINATION AND SERVICE OF COMMISSIONING
We currently plan to move forward with in-person Ordination (2 p.m.) and Commissioning (4 p.m.) Services at Missouri UMC with limited, invite-only guest attendance and safety precautions including masking and social distancing.
LIVE Q&A ON BUSINESS ITEMSTwo opportunities for live Q&A sessions led by Conference leaders will help answer your questions about specific reports and agenda items prior to August 22. These will cover the same material; you need only attend one:
Q&A Session 1 – Monday, August 17 @ 10 a.m.
Q&A Session 2 – Tuesday, August 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
Click Here to Register
WORKBOOK DOWNLOAD NOW AVAILABLEThe 2020 Annual Conference workbook is now available for download. This year's workbook is 150+ pages, so exercise caution before hitting print at home!
Click Here to download the workbook.
FREE MOAC20 GIVEAWAYS CURBSIDE PICKUP
As part of our annual conference, we have FREE resources for your and your church including a seven-week Kindon-theme sermon or small group series. You’ll also receive FREE copies of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Come Back: Returning to the Life You Were Made For by Roger Ross.
These resources, along with printed workbooks if you ordered one at registration, will be available for pick-up at your district office the week of August 17. You'll receive more details about this directly from your district office in early August.
WORKSHOPS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
Learning is a key function of Missouri Annual Conference. We have workshops featuring Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, Nikki Lerner on The 4 Pillars of Multicultural Worship and David Burton of MU Extension on The Art of Neighboring. Visit: moacinfo.com to learn more about the virtual workshops being offered on Wednesdays in August.