Registration and Info


The Minnesota Conference will gather at the River's Edge Conference Center in St. Cloud. Live streaming will allow non-voting members to watch the sessions remotely. 

Tuesday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Celebration of Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing - May 24, 7 p.m.


Annual Conference Registration 

Advance registration has ended. Contact Gail Johnson with questions.

Things to know in 2022:

  • Everyone on-site at the convention center will be asked to sign a Covenant of Participation outlining how we will strive to avoid the spread of of Covid-19 and be the church. Implication - each participant must complete their own registration.
  • Payment is required at the time of registration, via credit or debit card. This is being implemented to save resources and fees. Contact Gail Johnson for assistance if this presents a problem.
  • Conference begins mid-morning Tuesday and ends Wednesday before dinner. You may only need to stay over one night. Plan accordingly. NOTE: We highly recommend making hotel reservations that can be changed, just in case there was a huge COVID surge that prevented this gathering from happening.
  • You must be present to vote. While virtual voting was enabled during the 2020 an 2021 conferences when everyone was remote, now that we are in-person, all voting will take place in the meeting room.

 Who should register?

  • Everyone else who will be at the River's Edge Convention Center needs to register. This includes clergy, laity, workers, and guests. The exception to this is: guests at the Celebration of Ordination, Commissioning, and Licensing (Tuesday at 7 p.m.).
  • Registration fees begin at $75 for guests and those not being sent by a specific church and $250 for voting members sent by a local congregation. Ordering printed materials or Wednesday breakfast adds to these fees. 

What if I cannot attend in-person? 

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.

What about COVID-19?

All members are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted. That will allow us to do our best to show up healthy and limit the risk of exposing other persons to an infection. All in-person participants must commit to the following mitigations as outlined in the Covenant of Participation:

  • Staying home if having any symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Taking a rapid antigen test at home before leaving for Annual Conference.
  • Bringing and wearing an N95/KN95/KF94 mask over the mouth and nose when in the plenary sessions and public indoor spaces, except when actively eating or drinking. 
  • Offering greetings to one another without handshakes. 
  • Frequently hand washing and/or using hand sanitizer.
  • Following the instructions of the session co-chairs for the partaking of food.
  • Respecting each other’s comfort level with proximity.

Should there be a surge in cases, conference leaders will make decisions based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Minnesota.


Preparation

Conference materials—agenda, legislations, budget and reports—will be available for download April 22. Additional materials are added the week prior to conference. Printed copies can be ordered during registration and will be sent to you or available for pick-up on site.

Each member of the 2022 Annual Conference Session is asked to participate in a virtual pre-conference webinar. This is an opportunity to discuss the legislation that will be acted upon during the conference. 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 these sessions.
  • A recording of one session will be available on the conference website for those who cannot participate live.
  • 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)
  • Tuesday, May 3 - Big Waters
  • Thursday, May 5 - Southern Prairie
  • Monday, May 9 - Twin Cities
  • Tuesday, May 10 - River Valley
  • Thursday, May 12 - North Star

FAQs

Are visitors allowed?

  • Guests are able to register and attend the conference in-person. They are not able to vote and will not be recognized to speak during session.
  • Anyone is 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 to watch prior to the conference.
  • Video recordings of the key sessions will be made available after the event.

When are clergy being honored?

  • Saints will be remembered at opening worship, Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. CT
  • The service of ordination, commissioning, and licensing, is Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. CT. Registration is not required. Clergy retiring in 2022 will be recognized at closing worship, Wednesday, May 25, at 3 p.m. CT.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058