2017 Annual Conference Session

The 2017 Great Plains Annual Conference Session will take place June 7-10, located at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, Nebraska (700 E Stolley Park Rd.).

The annual conference session planning team has announced that this year’s session will be shortened slightly, with the event still running June 7-10 in Grand Island, Nebraska, but with the event not starting until approximately 7 p.m., Wednesday, instead of the usual morning sessions for clergy and laity.

The opening worship service will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, with adjournment anticipated by noon, Saturday, June 10.

The main speaker for the event is the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, senior minister at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, New York. His research focus is on youth and young adult faith formation, particularly in the area of worship. Dr. Cady will share findings from a research project which spent a year listening to young people, parents, and pastors about what is missing within the corporate worship of local congregations.

It is encouraged that lodging arrangements are made as soon as you know you are able to attend. While we do have many hotel rooms set aside for this event there are other events going on in Grand Island at the same time.


Key Subjects for Discussion

Clergy health insurance: The annual conference will consider whether to continue with an annual stipend with which clergy can purchase health insurance or return to a group health plan.

Conference office changes: The Connecting Council has recommended moving from three offices for the Great Plains Conference to a single location. The annual conference will vote first whether to consolidate to a single office and then whether to select Topeka as the location, which was chosen by a special location task force and endorsed by the Board of Trustees.