California-Nevada Annual Conference Session 2018
When
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 to Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Where
DoubleTree Hotel
1150 9th Street
Modesto, CA 95354

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rechicou@gmail.com

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Bob Chicou

The annual conference is the basic body in The United Methodist Church and sessions of the annual conference have historically been a time for the people called Methodists to gather, give account to God of the work they have done and their stewardship of the resources God has given them since they last met.  It has also been a holy time to discern God’s will for their future, a time when persons called to ordained ministry are commissioned and ordained, and both clergy and lay personnel and financial resources are deployed for ministry.  Above all, annual conference sessions have been connectional gatherings where the gathered have experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit and have been revived for God’s holy work.  
 
The Annual Conference session will consider legislation, recognize retiring clergy, celebrate a Memorial service to honor clergy and clergy spouses that have passed during the previous year, and fix the appointments of pastors to the various charges.
 
Annual conferences are geographically defined and each year, across the denomination, the clergy members of the conference meet with at least an equal number of lay members in their annual conference session for worship, fellowship, and to conduct the business of the conference, which may last three to five days. The area bishop presides over these meetings. This will be the 170th session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference and the first year the annual conference will meet in Modesto.

News & Info
Apr 18
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Grace and peace to you in this season of Eastertide! What a blessing it is to serve as the spiritual and temporal leader ...
Apr 19
Pre-Annual Conference Briefings to take place on Saturdays June 2 and 9 have been announced. For more information, and to register, click here.
Apr 11
The 2018 Annual Conference Session will meet this year from June 20 through June 23 for the first time in the Modesto DoubleTree Hilton and Convention...
Apr 02
Due to this year being our first in Modesto, a restaurant map and the DoubleTree banquet catering menu has been attached to help you determine where ...
Mar 28
Hotel reservations for Annual Conference Session 2018 in Modesto is available now. Click here to make your hotel reservations today!
Mar 27
This year (June, 2018), the California-Nevada Annual Conference will elect delegates to represent us at the special General Conference February 23-26,...
Mar 14
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   The California-Nevada Conference Commission on the Annual Conference Session has chosen “Testify to Love: Do All the Good...
Feb 08
It is that time of year to begin to think about legislation for our Annual Conference Session in June 2018.  Please note the following guidelines: ...

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Agenda

ACS 2018 Block Schedule

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

9:00 AM
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
12:00 PM
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2:00 PM
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
5:30 PM
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:30 AM
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Marlon Hall
12:00 PM
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2:00 PM
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
5:30 PM
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30 AM
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Marlon Hall
12:00 PM
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2:00 PM
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
5:30 PM
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Saturday, June 23, 2018

8:30 AM
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Speaker: Marlon Hall

FAQs
No, clergy members from other annual conferences may not vote in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. ¶346.1 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 states that “upon recommendation of the Board of Ordained Ministry, clergy in such appointments may be granted voice but not vote in the annual conference to which they are appointed.”
Local pastors are not ordained. They are licensed. In the United Methodist Church, all persons not ordained as elders who are appointed to preach and conduct divine worship and perform the duties of a pastor have a license for pastoral ministry. Local pastors fall in this broad category along with provisional elders, associate members, deacons in full connection who are seeking ordination as an elder, and licensed or ordained clergy from other denominations who have training equivalent to the studies for license but do not meet the educational requirements for provisional membership in the annual conference. (¶ 315 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016)
 
Alternates have voice only if they are seated for the lay member.
The formula is found in the standing rules. Each church shall be allotted one lay member.
The meetings for 2018 and 2019 have been approved to be held in Modesto.
Report to the registration desk. You will be helped to get appropriate credentials.
It may. Each session of annual conference votes on the minimum salary. One annual conference session cannot bind another.
605.7 states, “The annual conference shall make inquiry into the moral and official conduct of its ordained ministers and local pastors. In response to the inquiry whether all such persons are blameless in their life and official administration, the district superintendent may answer for all the preachers in the district in one answer, or the Board of Ordained Ministry may make inquiry of each district superintendent about each ordained minister in the district and make one report to the bishop and the conference in open session.”  As you can see, we do still use the word blameless and in this instance it applies to administration as well as character.  (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016)
Clergy should write to the Bishop and copy the DS and the Conference Secretary.
The standing rules are printed in the journal and adopted by the annual conference to cover those administrative and business procedures that are not covered in The Book of Discipline, the articles of incorporation, or the bylaws. They must not conflict with The Book of Discipline, the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. Every annual conference adopts standing rules to meet its own particular situation so no two annual conferences need to have identical standing rules. View Standing Rules (as extracted from 2017 Journal)
Associate clergy members are clergy who have been local pastors, reached age forty, served four years as a full-time local pastor, have completed certain additional educational requirements, been recommended by a three-fourths majority vote of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, elected by the clergy session, but is not ordained. Associate members of an annual conference are in the itinerant ministry of the Church and are available on a continuing basis for appointment by the bishop. They offer themselves without reserve to be appointed (and to serve as their superiors in office shall direct). They are amenable to the annual conference in the performance of their ministry and shall be granted the same security of appointment as provisional members and members in full connection. (¶ 321 & 322 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016)
 
Elders are persons ordained to a lifetime ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service. By the authority given in their ordination, they are authorized to preach and teach the Word of God, to provide pastoral care and counsel, to administer the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion, and to order the life of the Church for service in mission and ministry. The phrase “in full connection” refers to election to membership in the annual conference and the Order of Elders. (¶ 332 and 333, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016)
 
When it is believed that a lay or clergy member of The United Methodist Church has committed any of the chargeable offenses listed in The Book of Discipline (see ¶2702 of The Book of Discipline 2016) that person may be “charged.” The process begins with a written complaint and can move to a committee on investigation and to a church trial.
Registration will be open on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
You may go to https://www.cokesbury.com and use the drop down list under UMC, click on Official Resources, then click on the image of The Book of Discipline. There is also a link to a free online, but not downloadable version.
Checks should be made out to California-Nevada Conference and the offering for which they are designated should be written in the memo field (Africa University, Necessities Grants, Ministerial Education Fund).
Clergy are to be of “unquestionable moral character.” Annual conferences began as gatherings of clergy, and membership into the annual conference was determined by the clergy. The clergy then, as now, inquired into the moral character of those seeking to join and of those who were already members. Thus the clergy voted on the ordination, character and conference relationship of clergy. The practice continues to this day.
No. We do not have sufficient staff to provide this service. A summary of legislative actions is planned for release a week after annual conference.