Registration and Info


The Minnesota Conference will have a three-day session, with two virtual days and one in-person day in small groups at various locations around the state. 

Tuesday, June 22-Thursday, June 24, 2021
June 22 and 24: Online only
June 23: Small group gatherings


Annual Conference Registration

The registration deadline was June 15. No late registrations will be accepted. Contact Gail Johnson with questions.

Who should register?

  • Clergy—active, retired, or otherwise affiliated with the Minnesota Conference. The cost is $75.
  • Lay members (elected by their local churches), equalization members (designated by their district office), and other lay representatives. The cost is $75.
  • Non-voting guests who wish to participate in the small group conversations Wednesday (either in-person or virtually). The cost is $10. All other parts of the conference, including worship and presentations on Wednesday, are being live streamed and can be watched on the Minnesota Conference Facebook page without registration or fee.  

Guests (those who are not voting members) should not register for Tuesday or Thursday. The Annual Conference Session will be streamed to the Minnesota Conference Facebook page, and visitors will be able to watch at no cost. A Facebook account is not necessary to access the livestream.

The $75 fee is to help defer the cost of production. The annual conference is meant to be self-supporting, and no apportioned dollars are budgeted to cover the expense of the event. Contact Gail Johnson if you have questions or concerns.


Technology

The session will be conducted on a Zoom business webinar platform (this is different from the Zoom meeting platform most people are familiar with). Interaction will be limited but possible; through the platform, people will be able to indicate they want to comment, make a motion, or propose an amendment. When recognized by the Bishop to speak, they will be able to unmute their microphone to address the body. Check out this cheat sheet to learn about how interaction will work.

Voting members will need to use a device with a stable Internet connection. This can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Only one vote can be cast from each device. Each voter will need their own device. At this time, it is not possible to vote via a voice only phone line.

Voting members are advised to make sure they have downloaded the latest version of Zoom prior to Annual Conference in order to be able to access all of the features needed to participate fully.

For each session, participants are encouraged to sign in 10 to 15 minutes in advance.

There will be several people dedicated to helping individuals with any connection problems.


Preparation

A conference materials packet is be available for download. Printed copies can be ordered during registration and will be sent to you.

Each member of the 2021 Annual Conference Session is asked to participate in a pre-conference webinar. This will be an opportunity to discuss the legislation that will be acted upon during the conference. There will be little time during the actual session for discussion about these issues. It is key that participants take this time to get their questions answered. Some important information about the sessions:

  • Sessions will be hosted by district superintendents; you are encouraged to attend the one for your district but may attend whichever session best fits your schedule. 
  • Connection information will be sent via email to each registered participant in advance of your session.
  • One of these sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
  • The pre-conference webinars will take place via Zoom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT on the following dates (you'll be asked to sign up for one when you register for Annual Conference):

           Twin Cities – Wednesday, June 2
           North Star – Thursday, June 3
           Big Waters – Monday, June 7
           River Valley – Tuesday, June 8
           Southern Prairie – Thursday, June 10

Procedural orientations to check connections and learn the specifics of interacting within the system will take place Tuesday, June 15 at noon CT and Monday, June 21 at 6 pm CT.  You can sign up for this as you register for Annual Conference. The session is expected to last about 35 minutes and is recommended for anyone who could use guidance and practice with voting and the advanced features of Zoom. This session is highly recommended for first time conference participants.


FAQs

Are visitors allowed?

  • Visitors will be able to watch the proceedings live on the Minnesota Conference Facebook page (a Facebook account is not required to watch). 
  • A recording of a pre-conference workshop will be made available for visitors to watch in preparation for conference.
  • A recording of the key components of the conference sessions will be made available after the event.

What if I do not have a computer or Internet?

  • Voting members will need a device with a reliable Internet connection. For some, this might require participation from a church or another location where Internet is available.
  • It is possible to listen to the proceedings via a landline phone; however, voting is not possible in this manner.

When is ordination and commissioning of clergy?

  • The service of ordination and commissioning is Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. CT. Only those being honored and a small number of their guests will be present in-person; everyone else is invited to watch remotely via live stream.

 


Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058