Timeline Details

Two weeks prior to the Saturday meetings, you will be sent the resolutions that will be discussed and voted on; on Friday, September 11, there will a “Townhall” zoom meeting to facilitate any discussion about the resolutions; the following Saturday (voting day) will also be available, if necessary, for discussion and debate, and voting will be opened immediately following that time.

For now though, please clear your schedules for SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 11:00 AM EST, 10:00 AM CST, 9:00 AM MST, 8:00 AM PST.

Two weeks prior to the Saturday meetings, you will be sent the resolutions that will be discussed and voted on; on Friday, October 16 there will a “Townhall” zoom meeting to facilitate any discussion about the resolutions; the following Saturday (voting day) will also be available, if necessary, for discussion and debate, and voting will be opened immediately following that time.

For now though, please clear your schedules for SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 11:00 AM EST, 10:00 AM CST, 9:00 AM MST, 8:00 AM PST.

At the beginning of November, members of conference (delegates and ordained ministers) will gather via Zoom for a presentation that introduces the item to be voted on. There will also be an opportunity for discussion prior to the online vote which will take place later in November.

All voting members of conference are expected to attend this event.

At the beginning of January, members of conference (delegates and ordained ministers) will gather via Zoom for a presentation that introduces the item to be voted on. There will also be an opportunity for discussion prior to the online vote which will take place later in January.

All voting members of conference are expected to attend this event.

Regional Gatherings will happen either virtually or in person depending on how we decide to gather for General Conference in June 2021.

If General Conference is an in person event, Regional Gatherings will be combined into one virtual national event to connect and prepare for General Conference.

If General Conference is a virtual event, Regional Gatherings will be in person gatherings (12 in total) with NLT and BOA members to connect and prepare for General Conference.

Option A: In Person General Conference

Our first choice, if possible, is to get together face to face, so we are proposing a scaled back version of General Conference.

We are considering different options including having GC at a Christian university or one of our local churches instead of at a hotel. This option would include billeting to help with costs.

We will be setting a go/no-go date (likely the beginning of September 2020) to determine if we will go forward with an in person General Conference. This decision will be based on recommendations from the government and public health, as well as the FMCIC’s financial state at that time

If we do not meet in person then we go with Option B.

Option B: Virtual General Conference

Our second choice is to meet virtually for General Conference. Again, this would be a scaled back version of GC but online. The events and voting leading up to GC will have prepared us to meet, discuss, befriend, pray, and worship virtually.

We recognize that Option B is not ideal and it would be a one time event for General Conference.

All voting members of conference are expected to attend this event.