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2020 Annual Conference Focus Meal Request

There has been great interest in hosting focus meals at previous annual conferences at Grand Traverse Resort, reducing general seating  space. The 2020 schedule will include more general seating space, limiting the number of focus meal requests that can be honored.

Focus meals are intended to enhance the conference theme and equip local congregations.  Requests which include a general interest topic, which equips the local church, and aligns with the theme, Vibrant Congregations, are most apt to receive a meal space. 

Plan to have topic specific meetings, i.e. board meetings, separate from meal times.

Meeting spaces will not be assigned a room for groups under 30. The group convener will receive a list of those who have signed up for this meal, and will be up to the convener to hold table space in general seating sections. If you traditionally have fewer than 30 in attendance, please plan your own gathering in general seating space.

Please submit your completed request ONLY ONCE. Include flyer, speaker, topic, and equipment needs with your initial application. Your information is posted in the registration form, website, eblasts, and social media, making changes difficult. Space is not granted on first-come, first-served basis, so please be thorough with your initial application.

The deadline to request is focus meal is Monday, January 6, 2020. You will be notified by the end of January if your request can be granted.

Contact Nancy Arnold with questions at narnold@michiganumc.org

Use this form to request a focus meal time slot at annual conference:

2020 Annual Conference Focus Meal Request

Request a focus meal at annual conference.
  • What is the name of the board, agency or group hosting the meal?
  • List the name of the contact for this meal
  • List the email address for the group contact
  • Select your preferred time for your focus meal
  • Select your second preference for your focus meal
  • Select each of the support needs for your focus meal
  • Provide a brief statement about how your ministry supports and develops vibrant congregations in the Michigan Conference
  • Provide one - two sentences for publication of the topic and guest speaker of your focus meal
  • Attach a flyer, speaker picture, speaker bio, or other supporting visuals for publication
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, docx.

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