All Southern Prairie District leaders are invited (expected) to attend.
The business of this church conference will be to handle in the context of worship presided by the DS. Therefore to make it work well your advanced preparation is imperative.
To prepare please consider the following
- Care for the forms found in the church conference packet found at this link. You won’t want to delay.
- Host a town hall meeting in your local charge/church to hear, discuss, and approve the reports.
- Complete and submit your reports as directed online and bring them to the All District Charge/Church Conference for ratification.
- Identify at least five persons from your charge/church to attend the All District Charge/Church Conference via Zoom.
- Consider attending one of the two pre-conference workshops and invite others to attend as well.
- Be sure all your participants register by November 4th.
Please note the five reports in particular that we must vote on and ratify annually at this conference are:
- Election of Local Church Leadership (Form 1).
- Approval or Renewal of Certified Lay Speaker, Lay Servant, or Lay Minister if any (Form 2).
- Recommendation or Renewal of Candidates for Ministry if any (Form 3).
- Removal of Inactive/Unresponsive Members (Form 4).
- Approval of Pastor’s 2020 Compensation Package (Forms 5, 7, and 8 as needed).
The District Strategy team is grateful that we have been able to shift the focus of church conference from more than simply “business” towards an opportunity for connection, inspiration, and equipping. This year is no different! We are excited to offer two pre-conference workshops for Pastors and Laity via Zoom. Both workshops run from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
– divide your team and conquer!
Workshop 1: Impact of Otherness
How do you experience sameness? How do you experience otherness? How do your experiences influence your life in community? This session, co-facilitated by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Williams and Rev. Dr. Donna Dempewolf explores the concepts of sameness and otherness and the ways they impact our interactions with one another. Dr. Williams (Glenwood United Parish) and Dr. Dempewolf (Austin First UMC) both serve congregations in greater Minnesota; Dr. Williams is also a Sr. Lecturer at the University of Minnesota, African/American Studies Department.
Workshop 2: Are You a Starter?
Groups, congregations, ministries all have a lifecycle. Launching that new cycle requires start-up thinking and best practices. In this session we will talk about the rationale for start-up efforts, the essential practices and personnel qualities to be successful. Whether you are starting a new group, a new service or a new church, ARE YOU A STARTER is intended to help you advance the kingdom in your ministry.
Register, Register, Register! Please consider registering even today (but definitely before Nov 4) and inviting five others in your local charge to join you. This helps our team to begin to pray for you by name, plan ahead on technology to ensure a glitch-free conference, and keeps our admin office from needing to hound you.