What are the dates of the 2017 Annual Conference?
Thursday, June 1, 2017 through Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Am I required to be there for all 4 days?
It’s vital that members of Annual Conference attend all sessions.
Why attend the 2017 Michigan Area Annual Conference?
The 2017 Michigan Area Annual Conference will provide you a unique opportunity to:
- Get to know our new Bishop and his family;
- Celebrate and share your love for specific ministries with new people;
- Meet others who share a passion for missions and ministry;
- Make new friends;
- Better understand and grow your gifts by trying something new;
- The opportunity to explore a fun, new place;
- Vote on the new structure of the Michigan Conference;
- Add new life and zest to the routine of Annual Conference.
Where will this conference be held?
The Conference will be held at the Grand Traverse conference center located just outside of Traverse City in Acme, MI. All official conference activities will take place on conference center property.
How do I get to the Grand Traverse conference center?
The address is 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610. There is an opportunity to take a coach bus from the southern parts of Michigan. You’ll receive information prior to registration.
Where will I stay?
You can stay onsite in a traditional Hotel room, a modern Tower room or a condo. Camping and other options are nearby as well. Click on Accommodations on this site for more detailed information.
At MSU last year, we did a lot of walking. Will lots of walking be necessary this year too?
There will be less walking than at MSU, but some walking will be necessary. Most conference activities will take place in onsite meeting rooms, not too far from hotel and tower rooms. A shuttle will be provided for those staying in the condos and for some conference activities. If you have mobility issues or specific needs, please indicate appropriately when registering.
What does it cost to attend?
Members can expect to pay for registration, three or four nights lodging and meals. An average cost will be just under $500.
Where do other Conferences in our Jurisdiction hold their Annual Conferences? What are their costs?
Venues include Conference/Convention Centers, Events Centers, Hotels and Resorts. West Ohio and East Ohio hold their Annual Conferences at a Chautauqua Community.
Here is a sampling of information found on websites and through contacting other Annual Conferences within the North Central Jurisdiction as of March 7.
What services will be provided for those with physical disabilities?
The Grand Traverse conference center is an ADA-compliant facility. Barrier-free rooms are available.
I have dietary restrictions/food allergies. What dining options will be available?
Please indicate on your registration any dietary restrictions so that catering staff can provide the appropriate meals. The catering staff partners with local artisans and organic farmers. The collaboration between the chefs and trusted partners is designed to provide culinary experiences that celebrate wellness and sustainability.
Will there be decision-making or business at the 2017 Annual Conference?
Yes. The majority of business will be related to Design Team documents determining the structure and other items of the new Michigan Conference. Business for each annual conference will be addressed with separate votes. Stay tuned for more information on legislation.
Will the Detroit and West Michigan conferences be doing all of their work together?
Discussion regarding legislation for the Detroit and West Michigan conferences will be held simultaneously, with voting separately. Items such as Worship, Ordination, Retiree Celebration and the Welcome BBQ for Bishop Bard, will be held together.
What is the agenda for this year's conference?
The tentative schedule here. The program is still being finalized, so check back often.
Who are some of this year's speakers?
The program is still being finalized, but we are proud to be able to welcome Susan Beaumont as this year’s featured speaker. Check the website often for more updates about the program and speakers.
Can I bring my family? Is child care provided?
Yes! We encourage you to bring your family. The Grand Traverse conference center offers on-site child care, but you must register your child before you arrive at Annual Conference. More information is available on the registration page or check-out The Cub House for a sneak peek.
How can I get invited to attend?
By Discipline, all ordained elders are required to attend annual conference. Each local church is also asked to send a voting Lay Member to Annual Conference. Some local churches choose to send an alternate as well. Speak to your pastor and your local church nomination committee to express interest in attending. Contact your district office and express interest in attending as a District –At-Large member. Even if you are not nominated as a voting member, everyone is invited to attend as a guest. Guests are not able to vote during plenary sessions.
We hope you will plan to attend!