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Annual Conference 2018

  June 13 – 15, 2018

Brentwood UMC  |  309 Franklin Road  |  Brentwood, TN 37027

The Annual Conference Design Team believes that when you attend the annual conference this year you will experience…

  • a true connection with others
  • powerful collective worship
  • inspiration and tools you need to make disciples in YOUR community.

At the conference, we are joining a movement called “See All The People,” moving toward organic, authentic and consistent relationships that intentionally make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Informal videos our team put together to provide you with more detail about opportunities that will be available this year: 

True Connection Powerful Collective Worship  |  Inspiration and Tools


Video from our Livestream of annual conference worship services and business sessions is now available. Video & Brief Daily Recaps

We’ve had many inquiries about the video made by retiring clergy. Here is the link to that Retirement Video


This Printed Schedule will be available at check-in.

(updated 6/08/18)

Click here to read Details about Meals

TUESDAY, Jun 12, 2018

Facilitator’s Training |1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | A292
Volunteer Orientation | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | A291
First-timers to Annual Conference | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | A292

WEDNESDAY, Jun 13, 2018

First-timers to Annual Conference
7:30 am – 8:30 am | A292

Check-in (Pick up Name Badge) | 7:30 am – 8:45 am | Narthex

Memorial Chapel open for prayer
7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Memorial Chapel

Memorial Chapel – Holy Communion
8:00 am – 9:00 am | Memorial Chapel

* “See All the People” Opening Worship with Memorial Observance
9:00 am – 10:30 am | Sanctuary (Congo Women Arise offering)

Check-in (Pick up Name Badge) | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Narthex

* Clergy Executive Session
11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Sanctuary
* Laity Learning Time with Rev. Junius Dotson
11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Family Life Center

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | (various groups/locations)

Check-in (Pick up Name Badge) | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Narthex

* Clergy Learning Time with Rev. Junius Dotson
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  | Chapel
* Laity Session led by Bishop McAlilly
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Sanctuary

* Welcome and Conference Organization
3:50 pm – 4:05 pm | Sanctuary

4:05 pm – 5:30 pm | Sanctuary

  • Board of Ordained Ministry
  • Retirement Recognition Video
  • Council on Finance & Administration 1
  • Treasurer’s Report  (Board of Pensions, Commission on Equitable Compensation, Conference Personnel Committee)
  • United Methodist General Conference Constitutional Amendment (1st reading)  
  • Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Ambassador

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm |  (various groups/locations)

Extended Cabinet Picture (robed) | 6:20 pm – 6:30 pm | Narthex Stairs
6:20 pm – 6:50 pm | (Locations as assigned)

* Service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary (Episcopal Emergency Fund offering)

Reception (all welcome)
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Family Life Center

THURSDAY, Jun 14, 2018

Clergywomen Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:30 am | A192 – Tabernacle

Check-in (Pick up Name Badge) | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm | Narthex Help Desk

Memorial Chapel open for Prayer
8:15 am – 4:30 pm | Memorial Chapel

* Day of Discernment Prayer Service with Holy Communion
8:30 am – 9:30 am | Sanctuary

Commission on the Way Forward Report
9:30 am – 10:10 am | Sanctuary
General Conference Delegation Report
9:30 am – 10:10 am | Sanctuary

10:30 am – 11:30 am | Sanctuary

  • Conference Resolutions 1
  • Standing Rules 1
  • Cabinet Resolutions 1
  • Commission on Archives and History

Lay Members to AC & Clergy – Learning Session & Lunch
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm | Map w/ Meal Locations

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Sanctuary

  • * Recognition of Missionaries, Home Missioners, and Deaconesses
  • Scholarship & Awards Recognition Video
  • Cal Turner “My Father’s Business” conversation
  • Connectional Ministries Restructuring Team & Nominations
  • Next Gen Discipleship Operational Team
  • Martin Methodist College
  • Project Transformation
  • Camp & Retreat Ministries
  • Miriam’s Promise
  • Stratford Ministry (Dalewood)
  • Older Adult Ministries & Golden Cross Foundation
  • FreshSTART
  • Recognition of Lay Servant Ministries

* Recognition of Missionaries, Home Missioners, and Deaconesses
2:30 pm – 5:00pm | Sanctuary

* Day of Discernment District Gathering and Prayer Service with Dinner
5:15 pm – 7:30 pm | Brentwood UMC
Pre-registration REQUIRED, limited seating)                                
Caney Fork River District | Gathering Space
Cumberland River District  | A281 (Haney Hall)
Harpeth River District | Family Life Center
Red River District | Family Life Center
Stones River District | A192 (Tabernacle)

FRIDAY, Jun 15, 2018

Extension Ministers’ Breakfast (invitation only)
7:30 am – 8:45 am | A192 – Tabernacle

Holy Communion
8:00 am – 9:00 am | Memorial Chapel

Check-in (Pick up Name Badge) | 8:00 am – 11:00 am | Narthex Help Desk

Memorial Chapel open for prayer
8:15 am – 3:00 pm | Memorial Chapel

* Day of Discernment Prayer Service
9:00 am – 9:30 am | Sanctuary

Business & Voting
9:50 am – 11:30 am | Sanctuary

  • Resolution on Intent to Form a New Conference
  • Standing Rules  2
  • Council on Finance & Administration 2
  • Conference Resolutions  2
  • UM General Conference Constitutional Amendment  (2nd Reading)
  • Episcopacy Committee Report

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | (various groups/locations)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Sanctuary
Sending Forth/Setting of Appointments
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Sanctuary

* Order of the Day

Guide Available for Newcomers

Guide for First-Time Members to the Tennessee Annual Conference
Background information and a glossary of terms to help newcomers know what to expect when they serve as an Annual Conference Member or Alternate at the Tennessee Annual Conference.


2018 Speakers/Preachers
Information about annual conference worship and prayer services is available on the page: Powerful Collective Worship. There you also will find the order of worship bulletins for each service.





View the full exhibitor list and flyers here!


Business of the conference

Ministry reports, resolutions, and other information for conducting the business of the conference are available below and in the new conference App.* You are encouraged to review these documents prior to arriving at annual conference, so you are prepared.

Please download the conference App (download Guidebook from your phone’s app store, use passphrase: TNAC2018) BEFORE coming to Annual Conference. All documents are embedded in the app so that your device doesn’t need the WIFI at BUMC to view them.

Members of annual conference will vote on several resolutions. Included in the voting is a resolution on the intent to create a new conference for our Episcopal Area, our financial budget, a plan to restructure Connectional Ministries, and a re-vote on a United Methodist Constitutional Amendment. Only those on the floor of the sanctuary with proper credentials may vote.

Our Thursday morning session will include a presentation by Julie Hager Love from the Commission on a Way Forward and from TNUMC delegates elected to attend and vote at General Conference.

Appointments will be set with a sending forth on Friday afternoon.


Current Standing Rules, as well as proposed changes, are available at:


Reports and resolutions are now available to view online at:


For clergy session: Tennessee Business of the Annual Conference 2018 (BAC)


Potential New Conference Information and Resolution

Information & Resources

Resolution on Intent to Form a New Conference

General Conference Corrected Ballot


2016 Corrected Ballot for Constitutional Amendment SAMPLE

Late Submissions

If your ministry group missed the deadline to submit a written report for the 2018 Annual Conference Journal, one can be submitted by June 30 as outlined on the Submissions Guidelines page.

Resolutions included with preconference materials were due April 10 and were reviewed by the Resolutions Committee and posted online at tnumc.org/resolutions (resolutions also are available in the conference app).

NOTE: A financial information handout will be printed and distributed on the floor of the Annual Conference before the vote. An extensive financial report is available on the website for your review at:  https://www.tnumc.org/conference-financials/




 Annual Conference 2018 Offering

This year’s Annual Conference offering goes to the Mama Lynn Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Based in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Center (named after Lynn McAlilly) will help women physically, psychologically, spiritually and provide opportunities for economic empowerment.

California-Pacific, Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences are supporting the East Congo Episcopal Area in this effort that shines Christ’s light in a war-torn part of the world. Gifts to complete the building and begin programming are greatly needed.

Bring your gifts to Annual Conference or give online through PayPal.

Churches can submit donations by signing in to their electronic payments account.


Message from the Annual Conference Design Team

We hope this video message from Rev. Melinda Britt, Director of Connectional Ministries, will provide some helpful information as you begin to make plans to attend.



The team will be communicating with clergy and lay members of annual conference on a regular basis as we get closer to the conference, so please make sure your district office has your email address!




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