Annual Conference 2020

Annual Conference 2020

Saturday, August 8, 1:00 p.m.

Annual Conference 2020 will be held virtually.
 

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PROCEDURES FOR THE 2020 WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

These special standing rules are established according to Rule 32 of the Western North Carolina Conference Organization and Rules for the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and shall apply to the 2020 Annual Conference meeting on Aug. 8, 2020.

Meeting Information and Credentialing

  1. The 2020 WNC Annual Conference session will be streamed on various streaming platforms, including the WNC Facebook and YouTube livestreams. Voting will occur through the Election Buddy (https://electionbuddy.com) voting system.
  2. Members will receive information through email to access the annual conference meeting stream and the voting system unless they specifically request to receive communication through the postal mail.  A link to watch to the Annual Conference meeting will be posted at www.AC2020.org. Members who expect to vote electronically and who don’t receive an email from the Conference Secretary on July 14 should contact their district office. Clergy communication will be through the conference email addresses unless there is a different email on file for retired clergy.
  3. Attendance of the members of the annual conference will be recorded through the balloting system.  Clergy members do not have to request an excused absence if they cannot be present.
  4. The bar of the annual conference shall be those members of the annual conference (as defined by the Book of Discipline) who are present and voting by electronic means or submitting a ballot by mail.
  5. Robert's Rules of Order will not be governing any part of the Annual Conference session while these special rules are in effect.
  6. The business of the Annual Conference shall include what is required by the Book of Discipline for the ongoing function of the Annual Conference and such business as may be deemed essential by the chair.
  7. Required reports requested by the conference secretary coming from boards, agencies and committees are posted online at www.AC2020.org in the Program and Reports book.
  8. All materials needed to conduct the business of the Annual Conference meeting will be published in the Supplement to the Program and Reports book which will be posted online July 20.
  9. Questions concerning the meeting or business of the annual conference will be received through an online portal at www.AC2020.org.  Answers will be given directly to the questioner and, when applicable to all members, posted online.

Balloting and Voting

  1. All votes shall be cast electronically or through a paper ballot. The electronic balloting system generates the paper ballots which ensures that no one can vote more than once.
  2. All votes in an electronic meeting of the annual conference will be up-or-down votes with no amendments or debate.
  3. Electronic voting will be held over the internet and shall begin by the order of the chair during the electronic meeting session and shall close at 11:59 Eastern Time, August 8, 2020.
  4. Electronic voting shall be considered "written ballots" for the purposes of the Annual Conference sessions held under these rules.
  5. Requests for a paper ballot and a printed copy of the Supplement should be made through the return ballot that was mailed to members of the annual conference.
  6. The return-by-mail ballot must be returned by mail to the conference secretary postmarked no later than three (3) business days after the conclusion of the annual conference session.
  7. The results of all voting will be certified and announced by the chair (posted online at www.AC2020.org) after the votes by mail have been received and counted.

Approved by the WNC Cabinet 7/15/2020


Latest News

Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

7/1/2020
Given the current challenges of meeting in-person and keeping our constituencies safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize it is no longer feasible to gather 3,000 people in the same location. Therefore, Bishop Leeland, the Cabinet, and Conference Secretary, Rev. Kim Ingram, propose a virtual meeting on August 8, 2020. Lay and clergy delegates to the 2020 Annual Conference will receive a paper ballot in the mail to approve moving Annual Conference to a virtual platform this year. Please return this ballot by July 15.
AC2020 P&R Book now online!

AC2020 P&R Book now online!

6/22/2020
Clergy and Lay Members of the 2020 annual conference are invited to review the 2020 Program & Reports Book @ https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2020-publications
Emory Club presents a Virtual 5K and Journey to the Cross Challange

Emory Club presents a Virtual 5K and Journey to the Cross Challange

6/18/2020
Keeping an Annual Conference Tradition Alive! You can still run a 5K with the Emory Club this annual conference season, or you can take on a whole new challenge and virtually move from the Conference center in Huntersville to the the Cross at Lake J.
Bishop Leeland Shares Details for 2020 Virtual Clergy Session

Bishop Leeland Shares Details for 2020 Virtual Clergy Session

6/9/2020
Bishop Leeland shares details for the 2020 Virtual Clergy Session which will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. as a Zoom webinar.
Date Announced for the 2020 Clergy Session of the Western North Carolina Conference

Date Announced for the 2020 Clergy Session of the Western North Carolina Conference

5/14/2020
The clergy session of the Western North Carolina Conference will be held virtually this year using the Zoom platform on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Update on Annual Conference 2020

Update on Annual Conference 2020

4/30/2020
UPDATE: For the most current information and news on Annual Conference, please visit www.wnccumc.org/ac2020 for information about the August 8 virtual session. April 30, 2020 Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet have made the decision to postpone the Western North Carolina Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of our traditional three-day event, the decision has been made to hold a one-day Annual Conference session on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8 at Lake Junaluska. The Ordering of Ministry Service where persons will be ordained, commissioned, and licensed for ministry will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Peer Learning - Appointment Changes while Distancing

Peer Learning - Appointment Changes while Distancing

4/29/2020
Peer learning sessions for clergy and church leaders who are experiencing an appointment change during this season of physical distancing and disrupted church activities.
Registration Is Now Open for 2020 Annual Conference Displays

Registration Is Now Open for 2020 Annual Conference Displays

3/6/2020
Would you like to see you group or organization represented at Annual Conference this year? To register for display space at this year's Annual Conference, please visit wnccumc.org/ac2020-displays.
Recognition of Anniversary Churches

Recognition of Anniversary Churches

3/5/2020
As has been the practice for some years, the WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History will recognize all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversaries in 2020 with their display at Annual Conference this year.  If your congregation is celebrating one of these anniversaries this year, please contact Jim Pyatt, Archivist, at jpyatt@wnccumc.org by April 1, so that your church will be included in this year’s recognitions.
Schedule Your AC2020 Special Event!

Schedule Your AC2020 Special Event!

3/3/2020
Are you planning to hold a Special Event at Annual Conference this year? Do you want it included in the Special Events Calendar in the 2020 Program & Reports Book and P&R Supplement Book? Will you hold an event at a Lake Junaluska facility? Visit https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2020-special-events to make all of this happen!
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