2020 Clergy and Laity Events


The special session of Great Plains Annual Conference scheduled for October 1-4, 2020 in Grand Island, Nebraska was cancelled due to coronavirus-related gathering restrictions.

While we are not meeting in person for holy conferencing as scheduled, we are moving forward with a process to adopt our 2021 conference budget, with holding online clergy and laity sessions, providing a recorded Memorial Worship Service to remember and give thanks for the lives and witness of our clergy conference members and clergy spouses who have entered into God’s eternal life and blessed rest, and livestream Commissioning and Ordination Worship Services for our new provisional and full member deacons and elders. See below, and watch for future updates.


Adoption of 2021 Conference Budget Process

  • August 15 – September 11, 2020 - Regional online budget sessions for clergy and laity members of the annual conference held to present 2021 Great Plains Conference budget. Dates for regional budget sessions to be announced by August 15, 2020.
  • October 5, 2020 - Final 2021 Great Plains Conference budget with ballots sent to clergy and lay members to the annual conference.
  • October 30, 2020 - Final 2021 budget ballots received from annual conference voting members.
  • November 6, 2020 - Final 2021 budget vote results to be reported to the conference.


Clergy and Laity Sessions


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • 10 a.m. Online Clergy Session by zoom webinar. Click here to register; pre-registration is mandatory. The Clergy Session Business of the Annual Conference (BAC) report will be posted on the Great Plains website and emailed to all Great Plains clergy approximately 10-14 days prior to the Clergy Session. 


Worship Services

Rev. Morita Truman

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • 7 p.m. Memorial Worship Service will be streamed on the conference website and Facebook page. Rev. Morita Truman, pastor at First UMC in Great Bend, KS, will be the guest preacher.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska (Physical attendance is limited to those with specific invitation.) Both services will be livestreamed on the conference website and Facebook page.

  • 10 a.m. Commissioning Worship Service
  • 2 p.m. Ordination Worship Service


2020 Annual Conference Session

The 2020 session of Annual Conference was held via teleconference on May 30. Find more information and videos here.


Laity Events

Register for all laity events here.

  • Friday, October 2, 5:30-6:45 p.m. – Online Family Reunion Potluck
  • Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Breakfast at the Festival of Booths