Minnesota Conference Response
Please note that all Minnesota Conference staff who are able to work from home are doing so until further notice. They are still ready and able to assist you, and during business hours, someone is always answering the main office number (612-870-0058), but we strongly recommend emailing to begin a conversation with a staff member when possible since all staff are regularly checking email at home. See the staff directory for each person’s full contact information. For questions about:
Please consider sending email, rather than postal mail to the conference office, when possible. Click here to learn how to send (apportionment or other) payments to the conference electronically and/or to request payments from the conference office if your church or ministry receives funding.
A more things to know about how the Minnesota Conference is responding to COVID-19:
- In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, all Minnesota Conference-sponsored events through May 11 will move to virtual gatherings. Events for which that is not possible will be cancelled or postponed.
- Operations at Dakotas-Minnesota United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers will be suspended through May 14. Camp staff will continue to work closely with local, state, and federal health officials as well as annual conference leadership to determine when it is safe to return to full operation. All area camps are still planning for a great summer camp season. Camp staff remain working and are available to answer registration questions.
- We have a COVID-19 response team that meets frequently each week to share and process new information so that we can pass along helpful information and recommendations to you.
- We will follow health agencies’ guidelines as we evaluate whether to hold or cancel scheduled conference events, including the All-Clergy Gathering and our 2020 Annual Conference. If we need to cancel these gatherings, we will give as much notice as possible and let you know at least a month ahead of time for your own planning purposes. Given the uncertainty we face, we are suspending registration for Annual Conference Session until May 1. If you have already registered, you do not need to do anything, and if we cancel Annual Conference, we will provide a full refund after May 1. You can still book hotel rooms, and they can be canceled without fees up until 24 hours before your arrival. If it becomes clear in the coming weeks that we are able to proceed with our June 10-12 dates as planned, we will re-open registration and extend the registration deadline to May 31 with no late fees.