Opening worship: This year’s Love Offering for Missions will be gathered during opening worship, which will also include communion and a meal. The recipients of this year’s offering are: United Methodist University of Sierra Leone, for the creation of a School of Applied Health Sciences (60 percent), Emma Norton Services (30 percent), and Volunteers in Mission scholarships (10 percent). Learn more about recipients
Clergy Session: All clergy will gather for worship, to celebrate those entering into ordained/licensed ministry and retirement, and to handle administration required by the Discipline.
Laity Session: This session celebrates and explores opportunities for non-clergy leadership in our congregations. Worship, music, presentation, and discussion are all parts of this gathering.
Revival Celebration: This year’s party in the park will take the form of a revival worship experience on the first night of annual conference. Pentecost will come alive through a Spirit-filled worship service with great music in different languages and dynamic preaching. Multiple food trucks and games will be available, and attendees will be invited to participate in a hands-on mission project: assembling birthing kits that will be distributed around the world through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Guest speaker, Rev. Junius B. Dotson: Dotson—former pastor of a 3,500-member multi-campus church in Wichita, Kansas—became general secretary of Discipleship Ministries in April 2016. “We must shift the conversation from fixing churches to reaching people for Christ, not to save or preserve the institution, but because we are committed to living out of the biblical mandate that Jesus gave us, called the Great Commission,” Dotson said when being installed as general secretary. In Minnesota, he’ll deliver talks about the “why” and “how” of evangelism and provide both inspiration and practical ideas for sharing our God stories.
‘Get engaged’ workshops: Last year, attendees participated in open-space conversations on what matters most to them. This year, you’re invited to take the next step and explore how you can get engaged and make a difference. On Wednesday, the second day of conference, mini workshops on a variety of ministries and topics will enable you to learn more about how The United Methodist Church is seeking to heal a broken world. This is a great opportunity to connect with others who share your passions and interests and discover ways you can work together to make a real impact in the world.
Celebration of Life in Ministry: Often cited as the most impactful part of the conference, this worship service celebrates those who have died over the past year, those who are moving into retirement, and those who are taking major steps in their ministries through ordination and commissioning, and invites those feeling a calling to be blessed. Free drop-in child care is available during this service.
Worship with conference preacher Greg Strunk: Prayer, music, and a message will frame our day.
Acts 2 Talks: You spoke, and we listened! Many clergy have expressed the desire to learn from their peers—and there will be three opportunities to do that. We are soliciting TED-style talks that paint a bold, provocative vision of how and where God might be creating Pentecost afresh and how the vital, vibrant Acts 2 church is being birthed in our world today. Three individuals will be selected to present their Acts 2 Talk (one on Wednesday and two on Thursday). Learn more and apply to give an Acts 2 Talk
Legislation and action items: There are items, issues, and actions to be discussed and voted on as an organization. This is the time we engage in discourse and debate.
Closing worship: We wrap up our gathering and go forth in joy as we set about doing all the exciting work of unleashing God's gifts.
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