2020 Memphis Annual Conference, One-Day Virtual Conference

181st SESSION
MEMPHIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
(West Tennessee and Western Kentucky)
The United Methodist Church

  • Click Here for April 2 announcement about why 2020 Memphis Annual Conference was moved from June to September. 
  • Click HERE for July 16 explanation about plans for a virtual Memphis Annual Conference in 2020. 
Check this page often for possible unforeseen changes due to pandemic.  

ONE-DAY VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2020

8:30 a.m. Opening Worship | 4:30 p.m. Closing Worship

There is no onsite meeting location for the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference. This will be a fully virtual conference. It will be live-streamed via the Memphis Conference Facebook page

All voting members will participate online. Voting codes will be emailed by GNTV (virtual conference provider) to all clergy and lay voting members. Any delegate who does not have an email on record OR if it has recently changed should contact his/her district office. Clergy delegates will receive different voting codes for Clergy Session and Annual Conference Session. 

VIRTUAL CLERGY SESSION

It will be held via Zoom Webinar (before Annual Conference) on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. All clergy may join webinar, but not all clergy may vote. 

Voting c
lergy must join one training session on use of Zoom Webinar and voting procedures prior to the Clergy Session:

  • 10 a.m., Wed., Sept. 2
  • 5 p.m. , Wed., Sept. 2
  • 1 p.m., Thur., Sept. 3 - for last-minute trouble-shooting before Clergy Session begins at 2 p.m. It is important for clergy (voting and non-voting) to join one of two trainings on Sept. 2.

Leader training for Clergy Session will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3.
 
Clergy who do not have Internet access at office or home should make arrangements with a friend or family member to use their connection to participate in the training and the session. Attendance may be by smartphone, tablet or computer. Clergy who speak during session can be heard by all attendees, but will not appear on camera. All clergy eligible to vote will receive a personal, private voting code from GNTV (virtual conference provider) via email (US Mail if no email.)
 
Questions? Contact your DISTRICT OFFICE.

SERVICE OF LICENSING, COMMISSIONING & ORDINATION

  • By-invitation event (not open to the public due to COVID-19 & social distancing requirements) 
  • Saturday, Sept. 12, 3 p.m.
  • Will be live-streamed via Memphis Conference Facebook page
  • Will be recorded and posted to Memphis Conference website for later viewing
  • Order of Worship | 13-Page PDF 

DEADLINESKeep checking back for new and revised deadlines.

  • XMarch 15: Deadline to request display space Due to revised virtual format, display space will not be offered this year.
  • XMarch 20: Deadline to enter hymn writing contest 
  • XApril 1: Deadline to submit resolutions 
  • XApril 20: Deadline to register historical artifacts for display | Due to revised virtual format, historical artifacts will not be displayed this year.
  • Aug. 28: Deadline for delegate registration | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER | Because the annual conference is virtual, this is the only place to register.
  • Sept. 4: Deadline for nominations for Denman Evangelism Award | DETAILS

DELEGATE REGISTRATION

DELEGATE BUSINESS MATERIALS - More to come. Check back.

SEPT. 26 AGENDA

8:30 a.m. Opening Worship | 4:30 p.m. Closing Worship | Detailed agenda to come

OFFERINGS

>Tornado Survivors: Recovery efforts continue in hard-hit Nashville and surrounding area of the Future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference from March 3 tornado activity.  | DETAILS
>The Jerusalem Fund: This is a confidential ministry of the Memphis Conference that provides assistance to Memphis Conference clergy facing short-term financial hardships. Begun in 1994, the fund is administered out of the Bishop’s Office. District Superintendents receive requests or may make recommendations for grants. Make checks payable to "Memphis Conference UMC, designate "Jerusalem Fund" and mail to Treasurer's Office, 24 Corporate Blvd., Jackson, TN 38305 OR DONATE ONLINE.

RETIREE RECOGNITION & PASSING THE MANTLE

Will be part of Clergy Wellness and Pensions report on Sept. 26.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Will be part of Sept. 26 agenda

HYMN CONTEST

Winning hymn & author will be revealed on Sept. 26 | DETAILS

CHRISTIAN/HOLY CONFERENCING GUIDELINES

All delegates should read, understand & follow | DETAILS


CANCELED

  • Laity session
  • Exhibits & displays
  • Childcare
  • Meal events
  • Parking/shuttle service
  • Hotel offerings - If you booked a hotel room in Germantown, TN, before the decision was made to have a virtual conference, you must cancel your own hotel reservation. 

PLANNING TEAM