GTR dining


Wednesday Lunch

Wednesday Dinner

  • UMCOM Workshop: Launching an Engaging Web Ministry
    • Many people research a church online before they decide if they will visit in person. This session lays a foundation for planning, building and launching an online strategy to help members and seekers connect with a church’s story through an engaging website.
      Includes burger bar!
  • General
    • Burger Bar onsite option for early arrivals to AC.  $18 option includes 20% gratuity, and features beef, turkey, chicken and sweet potato/black bean burger options, pasta salad and coleslaw sides, cookies & brownies.  Gluten free buns and desserts available.

Thursday Breakfast

  • General

Thursday Lunch

  • General
  • Local Church Representatives for Native American Ministries
    • Equipping Local Church Representative for ministry
  • Liberia Task Force
    • Report of Bishop Squire’s Strategic Plan for Liberia
  • New Church Development – Reach New People I: Idea Mart
    • Work hands-on with practitioners to brainstorm possibilities for reaching new people for Christ
  • Order of Deacons
    • New Children’s Literacy Campaign, and sharing of bridges being built around the world through Deacon ministries.
  • Retired Clergy
    • Fellowship and reunion of retired clergy from Michigan.
  • Wesleyan Covenant Association
    • Speaker TBD.   Connects Spirit-filled, orthodox churches, clergy, and laity who hold to Wesleyan theology.

Thursday Dinner

  • General
  • Board of Global Ministries
    • Mr. Gregory Timmons will give an update on the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Committee on Asian-American Ministries (COAAM)
    • “Building Relationships with our Asian American Neighbors” will include diverse speakers: Senator Hoon, Rev. Bill Chu, Rev. Anna Moon, Rev. Jinny Song, and Rev. Nathan Nguyen
  • Hispanic/Latino Ministries
    • A speaker from a Hispanic/Latino community center in Michigan will talk about ways that the church can partner with the Hispanic/Latino community.

Friday Breakfast 

  • General
  • New District Welcome Breakfasts – Districts 1 -5

Friday Lunch

  • General
  • Bishop’s Lunch with those appointed to Extension Ministries (Invite only)
    • Closed gathering for those appointed to extension ministries.
  • Black Clergy/Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)/Commission on African American Ministries (COAMM)
    • Speaker TBD.  Business meeting.
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) & Reconciling Ministries
    • Conversation around the “Truth and Reconciliation Discernment” process and documentary, as well as election of leadership.
  • Michigan Area Haiti Task Force
    • There will updates from representatives of Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Teams who have been to Haiti in the past year.
  • Mission Intern Program
    • The Michigan Conference’s Mission Intern Program has been building young leaders across the state through servant ministry since 1999. Find out why it might be a good fit for you, a young person in your life, and/or your church!
  • New Church Development – Reach New People II: Make a Plan (MAP)
    • Work hands-on with practitioners to help create a MAP for your church to get from here to there in reaching new people for Christ.
  • Racial/Ethnic Local Church
    • Business meeting.
  • Town and Country Ministry
    • Focus on small church sustainability.

 Friday Dinner

  • On Your Own – No Conference Dinner Offered
    • Friday evening is an unscheduled night. Conference will recess at 6:00 PM and resume again Saturday morning.

Saturday Breakfast

  • General
  • New District Welcome Breakfasts – Districts 6 – 9

Saturday Lunch

  • General
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
    • Speaker TBD. A time of sharing among the alumnus that are now serving in the Michigan conference.
  • Boston School of Theology
    • Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore will discuss new developments and initiatives at Boston University School of Theology.
  • Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members
    • Business meeting and and election of officers. Discussion on becoming one Fellowship.
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
    • President Lallene J. Rector will join the gathering for alums and friends of Garrett-Evangelical.
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio
    • Gathering for alumni and friends of MTSO.
  • Michigan Conference Lay Servant Directors
    • Annual business meeting for voting items and approval of Lay speakers and Certified Lay Ministers .
  • United Methodist Women
    • Speaker Deborah Moore will discuss Maternal/Child health care.
  • United Theological Seminary
    • A gathering for alumnus and friends of UTS.

Saturday Dinner

  • General Meal.
  • Bishop’s Dinner with Those to Be Commissioned and Ordained (Invite Only)
    • For all Michigan Area Candidates being commissioned and ordained in 2018, and their spouses.
  • Board of Justice
    • Topic: #metoo and the Church.
  • Michigan Pastor Spouse Association
    • Clergy spouses from all over the state gather to meet and mingle.
  • Retiree Speeches
    • New Clergy Retirees reflect on their ministry.
  • UM Camping Ministries
    • Updates on the vital camping ministries we support.

Sunday Breakfast

  • General Breakfast
  • Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) (Invite only)
    • Members-only board meeting.

Sunday Lunch

  • General (buffet or bag lunch to go options)
  • Explore Calling
    • Space for the Boards of Ordained Ministry to gather with seminary representatives and those hearing a call to ministry.

Sunday Ordination Reception

  • Strolling Reception – Registration is required at no cost to attendees.
    • This will be a chance to meet and greet those newly commissioned and ordained.  Includes appetizers and light refreshments.