New Mexico Annual Conference 2020 Rescheduled
Because of uncertainty related to on-going COVID-19 social distancing regulations, Bishop Bledsoe and the Cabinet of the New Mexico Annual Conference have rescheduled the Annual Conference Session for Friday & Saturday, August 28-29, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Roswell, New Mexico.
While the June 3-5 session scheduled for Lubbock was intended to be a joint/concurrent session with the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, the August meeting in Roswell will be a stand-alone meeting just for the New Mexico Annual Conference.
Paragraph 603 of the 2016 Book of Discipline authorizes Bishop Bledsoe to establish the dates of the Annual Conference meeting and permits the Cabinet, if necessary, to change the location of the conference.
Given the unusual circumstances in which the people called Methodist find themselves, the agenda for our gathering in Roswell will be pared down significantly in order to accomplish only those items necessary and/or required for the business of the Annual Conference. Prioritized agenda items for our gathering include:
- Roll Call
- Executive/Clergy Session for approving retirement requests, ordination, and other clergy status items
- Adopting a budget and spending plan for 2021
- A resolution pertaining to retired clergy housing exclusion
- The Laity Address
- Report on Nominations
- Any resolutions pertaining to closure/discontinuance of local churches
- A resolution establishing the location of the 2022 Annual Conference session
All other items such as reports from boards, committees, or institutions should be included in a Consent Calendar and will be approved or adopted as a whole. It is hoped that we will be able to complete the work of the Annual Conference by 4pm on Saturday, August 29th so that folks can travel home in time for worship on Sunday morning (see draft agenda below).
A proposed timeline for preparations leading up to this special Annual Conference session is as follows:
June 15: Revised deadline for submission of reports for publication in the PreConference Journal (note: if you have already submitted a report and would like to submit a revised report, please let Roselie Johnston know in the Conference Office at RJohnston@nmconfum.com)
July 15: Online registration opens for business session and lodging
July 30: PreConference Journal available online
August 15: Online PreConference Briefing videos available for viewing
Friday, August 28th
7:00pm Executive/Clergy Session and Laity Session
Saturday, August 29th
7:00am On-site Registration/Check-In
8:00am Opening Worship (including Memorial recognition)
9:00am Business Session
2:00pm Closing Worship (Commissioning/Ordination and Sending Forth)
Please note: in the event that large-group gatherings are restricted into August, contingency plans are already being explored about dates later in the year.
Annual Conference Registration & Overnight Accommodation Information will be available once plans have been confirmed.