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Annual Conference 2018?

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What are the dates of the 2018 Annual Conference?

Thursday, May 31, 2018 through Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Am I required to be there for all 4 days?

It’s vital that members of Annual Conference attend all sessions.

Why attend the 2018 Michigan Area Annual Conference?

The 2018 Michigan Area Annual Conference will provide you a unique opportunity to:

  • Be the main connection of information for your local church on the future of the Michigan Conference.
  • Be a part of the launch of the new Michigan Conference.
  • Learn new ways of being in Ministry With* people.
  • 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.
  • 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 Resort & Spa located just outside of Traverse City in Acme, MI.  All official conference activities will take place on the venue property.

How do I get to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa?

By car the arrival address is 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610.   You can also let us do the driving.  There is an opportunity to take a coach bus from the northern and southern parts of Michigan. Our 56 Passenger coaches are equipped with 110 outlets, WiFi, restrooms, comfortable reclining seats, foot rests, air conditioning, public address system, individual reading lights, CD player, and DVD system complete with monitors throughout the coach.  Sign up in the registration system.

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.

Will lots of walking be necessary?

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 less than $500 per person.

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 Resort and Spa 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.

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?

There will be 10 TOM Talk presentations that address Ministry With*.  Please see our complete list of speakers   Click here

Can I bring my family? Is child care provided?

Yes! We encourage you to bring your family. The Grand Traverse Resort 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 voting 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!

Check back often for more questions and answers!


Ask your Annual Conference coordinators

2018 Annual Conference Coordinators  Nancy Arnold  Laura Witkowski