As the Greater Southwest District Lay Leader, I have the opportunity to invite 23 laity, as well as a youth and a young adult, to Annual Conference held May 28-31, 2020 at the Grand Traverse Resort. They would be voting members to equal the number of clergy members. Lay members shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years (not applicable for youth under 18).
We would like to see laity that have never experienced Annual Conference to prayerfully consider going. Their basic expenses would be paid for by the Conference. These people must commit by the end of this year to attending the entire Conference.
We are asking for the 2020 Annual Conference Lay Equalization Application to be filled and either emailed or mailed to me by December 25. You will be notified by January 12 if your application has been approved. Please remember to have your pastor sign and include the name of your charge’s Lay Member to Annual Conference or your form will not be processed.
I ask you to prayerfully consider attending to represent our District this next year. Emphasis in selection includes new faces, ethnic and geographic representation, and young adults. It is a big commitment and should not be looked at lightly. Please pray and consider carefully before completing the application and potentially committing to attending the entire Conference.
I look forward hearing from you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!