2021 Charge Conferences

All Fall conferences will be Charge Conferences, unless specific arrangements have been made.

Who are the members of a charge conference?
2016 Book of Discipline ¶246.2 The membership of the charge conference shall be all members of the church council or other appropriate body, together with retired ordained ministers and retired diaconal ministers who elect to hold their membership in said charge conference and any others as may be designated in the Discipline. If more than one church is on the pastoral charge, all members of each church council shall be members of the charge conference.

How will the conference be convened?
Conferences will be on ZOOM, an online video conferencing software. If connecting from a smartphone or tablet, it’s helpful to have the free ZOOM app installed on your device in advance. A phone number will also be sent if someone needs to call in to the conference. For security reasons, please do not share ZOOM info on social media. 

Who will send the Zoom meeting info?
Once the forms are received in the District Office, Mandana will send the ZOOM meeting info to the pastor who should then share it with members of the SPRC and charge conference.

Will the SPRC meet with the District Superintendent?
Yes. The SPRC will use the charge conference Zoom link to meet with the DS 45 minutes prior to the charge conference.

How should our paperwork be submitted?
At least one week in advance, send your COMPLETED and SIGNED paperwork:
EMAIL: as scanned PDFs to Mandana at mnordbrock@michiganumc.org
MAIL: Greater Southwest District Office, 2350 Ring Rd N, Suite B, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 

2021 Charge Conference Forms Checklist

Forms are found on the Conference website: https://michiganumc.org/resources/forms/
2021 Good Beginnings-Pastor
2021 Good Beginnings-SPRC

2021 Charge Conference Letter
2021 Charge Conference Schedule UPDATED 9/7/2021

2021 Charge Conference Agenda – coming soon
If you have items you wish to add to the agenda, please inform us at least two days before your Charge Conference date.
Please have someone prepared to take minutes and submit them to the District Office one week after your Charge Conference.