Several learning opportunities are available the day prior to conference. These workshops are open to all, not just those attending conference. Register for them through the annual conference session registration process. While there is no "cover" charge for Monday, there are nominal fees for the sessions.
Recommended for newcomers to conference session, this is an opportunity to hear what to expect, find out how legislation is handled, and learn about the budget and other proposed legislation. This gathering takes place on Tuesday, June 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the River's Edge Convention Center. There is no fee, but pre-registration is appreciated.
Is there a bubbling inside of you that might just be a calling to vocational ministry? Explore which options are available over lunch on Wednesday. This is an informal discussion, and no commitments are required.
On Wednesday, there will be an array of groups gathering over the lunch break for a time of connection. Participation is optional and registration is not required. (Although, it is helpful for planning if you indicate where you might connect during registration.) Here are some of the groups:
Clergy spouses will gather with Char Ough as they consider the very special ministry of supporting our ministers.
Exploring a call to ministry offers a chance to consider if that feeling deep inside is a call and the variety of opportunities to respond.
Lay Servants, Certified Lay Ministers and Lay Speakers are people who have explored, trained and committed to serving in their congregations and beyond. All involved or interested in the program are invited to attend.
Reconciling Ministries offers a time to discuss the issues facing LGBTQ individuals and the congregations that support them.
Retiring clergy remembrances is an opportunity for the clergy members moving into retirement to share their thoughts about their ministries.
United Methodist Women is a vital organization for social change and spiritual growth. Join them for lunch and talk about the work being done.
Walk To Emmaus offers an immersion into God's grace and love. Learn more about the program as alumni gather for a time of renewal.
Youth Leaders will gather to discuss their very special ministries.
Several seminaries offer a time for alumni and friends to gather.
Get your blood drawn for a health screening between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday in the Alexander Room. This is a free benefit for MAC Plan participants. Non-MAC Plan participants can receive a screening for a $125 fee. No appointment is necessary. Please fast for eight hours prior to your blood draw.
Missions, programs, seminaries, and vendors are invited to display information around the conference area. Conference attendees are encouraged to visit the tables and explore resources.
With questions or to learn more, contact Gail Johnson (612-230-6125)
The Cokesbury book store will look different this year as they move to a model of providing display copies and free shipping of orders. Visit them Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 1 p.m. to see the latest offerings.
UMCOR kits or supplies for the Midwest Distribution Center can be brought to the collection site at the convention center.
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