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Below you'll find all the information you need to get ready for Annual Conference 2018.

Here's a quick checklist of all you'll want to have done in the upcoming weeks.

--Book your lodging by June 1st--
--Register your church by June 4th--
--Register for childcare by June 4th--

 
 
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PRE-CONFERNCE CLASSES

Thursday, June 14 \\::// 9:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $20.00 per person (includes lunch)

Choose one class for the entire morning from the following options:

MISSION INSITE
This training, facilitated by Dustin Weber, is designed to help established churches better understand their community as well as their current church demographics. The first step in reaching your community is knowing your community.  

START A DINNER CHURCH
Dinner churches are an easy first step for an established church to begin an apostolic initiative. Mark and Mary Cryderman will walk leaders through practical steps in launching your own dinner church in your own neighborhood or a community near your church. 

ONLINE LEARNING PORTAL
The new Online Learning Portal is a powerful tool for expanding your knowledge and training new leaders. Michael Forney will lead a training on how to utilize this new tool.

 
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REGISTRATION

One person should register for all participants coming from your church. You will need to know the Pre-Conference Training class choice of each participant if they are attending. It is expected that churches will pay the full conference price for their appointed pastors and lay delegates. There will be no discounts for shortened attendance time. You must register before Monday, June 4th. Click the button below to get started!

$145.00 - SMC Appointed Pastors – Full Conference
$145.00 – SMC Lay Delegates – Full Conference
$80.00 – Spouse or Guest* – Full Conference
$30.00 – Spouse or Guest – Thursday Dinner only
$20.00 – Pre-Conference Training Class only

*Includes pastors who are “Local Hires” at an SMC Church, or Elders/CMCs not currently appointed to an SMC Church.

 
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LODGING

A group rate of $148.35 ($129.00 plus taxes) can be had at the DoubleTree by reserving your room before June 1st by clicking the button below. If you have tax exempt status you can get a small discount ($7.74/night) on the day you check in by paying with a “church” credit card or check and presenting a “Michigan Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Exemption” from your church or organization.  The original reservation, however, may be made with any credit card. If you have questions call the Conference office at 517-750-9211 and leave a message. Your call will be returned by cell phone.

Just to be clear, lodging is separate from the Annual Conference registration price. Your registration for Annual Conference will not also provide you a room at DoubleTree.

 
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CHILDCARE

We are pleased to offer childcare again this year.  A small charge of $5.00 per child per meal is requested (see prices below.)  Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 4th. Please register by clicking the button below and entering your information. Payment is made day of event at the “Multiply 2.0” registration table.

Prices:
Thursday Lunch* - $5.00/child (Lunch with parent)
Thursday Dinner - $5.00/child (“Kid-friendly” meal in childcare)
Friday Lunch - $5.00/child (Buffet Lunch with parent)
Friday Breakfast (no charge)

*If parent is attending a Pre-Conference Training Class

 
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REPORT BOOK

There will not be an Annual Conference Report Book in the same format as previous years. The Conference office will be providing, in advance, pertinent materials required by our Standing Rules for your consideration. The policies are being reviewed and any updates will be made available on the Conference website. Minutes of last year’s Annual Conference are currently available on the Conference website.

 
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SCHEDULE

While registration opens at 11:00am we invite you to come early to register and view the Expo. Lunch is provided only to those who have registered for one of the Pre-Conference Training Classes. If you are arriving at this time, do note that there is an on-site restaurant at the DoubleTree.

Thursday, June 14

9:00am - Pre-Conference Training Classes
11:00am - Registration begins
11:30am - Ordinands meet
1:00pm - Conference begins, Conference Reports
3:15pm - Break
3:45pm - Conference Reports
4:45pm - Banquet (Register accordingly)
6:30pm - Celebration of Ministry Service (Guests may attend at no charge)
Reception following

Friday, June 15

8:00am - Continental Breakfast (Provided with full conference registration)
9:00am - State of the Work Report
10:00am - Break
11:00am - Business Session #1
12:30pm - Lunch (Provided with full conference registration)
1:30pm - Business Session #2
3:00pm - Break
3:30pm - Business Session #3
4:45pm - Reading of the Ministerial Appointments – Bishop Kendall
5:00pm - Conference concludes
Dinner on your own