19th Annual Conference Session

May 20 – May 22, 2018

Annual Conference is a yearly session for clergy and lay members to worship, learn about programs and conduct the business of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. During the Annual Conference session, members of the conference will hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders and vote on Constitutional amendments. All are welcome to the May 20-22 event at the convention center in Wildwood.

Sunday, May 20

1:00 p.m. Registration Opens
Exhibits and Cokesbury Bookstore 
 Meeting Room 1
4:00 p.m. Clergy Executive Session Ballrooms
  Laity Session West Hall
5:00 p.m Clergy Dinner Ballrooms
  Laity Dinner East Hall
7:00 p.m. Commissioning and Ordination Worship West Hall

Monday, May 21

7:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own. Group prearranged breakfasts. Sign up by April 15.  
7:45 a.m.  Communion on the Beach Convention Center Deck Ocean Side
8:25 a.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
8:40 a.m.  Organizing the Conference West Hall
8:50 a.m.  Episcopal Address West Hall
9:30 a.m.   Legislation –
2019-2023 Strategic Plan, Nominations, Trustees Enabling
West Hall 
10:00 a.m.   Making, Shaping and Engaging Passionate Disciples of Jesus Christ – Junius Dotson, General Secretary, Discipleship Ministries West Hall 
10:45 a.m.  Celebration of A Future With Hope Recovery Ministry and What’s Next West Hall
11:00 a.m.   Vital Mission Partner Updates –
A Future With A Future With Hope, Nehemiah Properties (Nehemiah Properties Relationship Statement),
The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey,
The Centenary Fund, United Methodist Communities
West Hall
11:30 a.m.   Service of Passage West Hall
12:00 p.m.   Lunch East Hall and East Deck
  Exhibits and Cokesbury Bookstore Meeting Room 1
 1:30 p.m. Praise and Worship  West Hall
1:45 p.m. Leadership Address West Hall
2:20 p.m.   Legislation – Budget, Shared Ministries Formula, Pension, Equitable Compensation, Discontinuance of Churches, Historic Sites, Changes to Rules West Hall
3:15 p.m. Our Global Partners – Bishops Hector Ortiz, Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and Mande Muyombo, North Katanga Episcopal Area West Hall
3:45 p.m.   Legislation – Missional Partnerships with Puerto Rico and Tanzania, Miracles Everywhere Mission Fund Campaign West Hall
4:15 p.m.     Workshops Assigned Locations
  Mission Project – Rise Against Hunger East Hall
6:15 Adjourn for the Day
6:30 p.m.  Extension Ministry Dinner  
6:30 p.m.    Dinner  
  Pre-arranged groups and individuals at the convention center  

Tuesday, May 22


7:00 a.m.

Breakfast on your own. Group prearranged breakfasts. Sign up by April 15.  
7:45 a.m.  Communion on the Beach Convention Center Deck Ocean Side
8:30 a.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
8:45 a.m.  Eliminating Poverty – Susan Henry Crowe, General Secretary, Church and Society West Hall
9:30 a.m. 

9:45 a.m.

Witness to Eliminating Poverty

Reading of the Appointments

West Hall
10:05 a.m.   Recognition of Conference Organizers West Hall 
10:20 a.m.   Service of Remembrance and Communion  West Hall 
11:20 a.m.  Legislation – End Harm to Youth, Facilitate A Way Forward, Stay United, Gracious Accommodation West Hall
  Cabinet’s Brunch with Service of Remembrance Families  Meeting Room 3
 1:00 p.m. Adjournment