Sessions at a Glance


Wednesday

Opening worship and Episcopal Address: Opening worship will include Communion and an inspiring Episcopal Address from Bishop Bruce R. Ough.

Guest speaker, Rev. Olu Brown: In January 2007, Brown peered through the windows of Brown Middle School Auditorium and saw the perfect beginning of his vision for a multicultural gathering of people who would be committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world. A short time later, he started Impact Church, and within months, Impact launched a second worship experience. By 2008, Impact welcomed 1,000 worshipers each week. In 2016, Impact Church was the 56th-fastest growing church in America. Brown will lead two teaching sessions—one on Wednesday in which he shares his own faith story and another on Thursday in which he talks about staying connected to God and bearing fruit.

Festival with Carrie Newcomer and exploring art as spiritual practice: Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will give a concert for conference attendees and the St. Cloud community. In her newest album, “The Beautiful Not Yet,” Newcomer invites listeners to “pause the perpetual motion” of their lives” and live more present and more engaged, even in the face of division, uncertainty, or heartbreak. In addition to sharing her music, she’ll also talk about her own spiritual practices. The festival will also feature a variety of opportunities for participants to explore art as spiritual practices—including photography, body movement, weaving, and/or other art forms.


Thursday

Worship with conference preacher and Love Offering: Rev. Tyler Sit is this year’s conference preacher. This year’s Love Offering for Missions will be gathered during this worship service, which will also include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of The United Methodist Church. The recipients of this year’s offering are: Puerto Rico hurricane recovery trips (65 percent), Park Avenue UMC Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program (20 percent), and NUMAS Haus (15 percent).  Learn more about recipients

Guest speaker, Rev. Olu Brown: In January 2007, Brown peered through the windows of Brown Middle School Auditorium and saw the perfect beginning of his vision for a multicultural gathering of people who would be committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world. A short time later, he started Impact Church, and within months, Impact launched a second worship experience. By 2008, Impact welcomed 1,000 worshipers each week. In 2016, Impact Church was the 56th-fastest growing church in America. Brown will lead two teaching sessions—one on Wednesday in which he shares his own faith story and another on Thursday in which he talks about staying connected to God and bearing fruit.

Conversation and talks on a way forward: We’ll talk about finding a way forward for The United Methodist Church. The Commission on a Way Forward is a 32-member group of United Methodists from around the world that’s been working to address the denomination’s differences regarding human sexuality. The commission’s recommendations are expected to be released a short time before annual conference, and so a portion of time will be devoted to learning about them and exploring how we can stay connected to each other and God in the midst of our various perspectives on this topic. TED-style talks delivered by Minnesota United Methodists will return to this year’s annual conference and will be related to unity and finding a way forward.

Legislation and action items: There are items, issues, and actions to be discussed and voted on as an organization. This is the time we engage in discourse and debate. 

Clergy Session: All clergy will gather for worship, to celebrate those entering into ordained/licensed ministry and retirement, and to handle administration required by the Discipline.

Laity Session: This session celebrates and explores opportunities for non-clergy leadership in our congregations. Worship, music, presentation, and discussion are all parts of this gathering.


Friday

Legislation and action items: There are items, issues, and actions to be discussed and voted on as an organization. This is the time we engage in discourse and debate. 

Celebration of Life in Ministry: Often cited as the most impactful part of the conference, this worship service celebrates those who have died over the past year, those who are moving into retirement, and those who are taking major steps in their ministries through ordination and commissioning, and invites those feeling a calling to be blessed. Free drop-in child care is available during this service.  

 


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