Where would Annual Conference be held for the new conference?
A: In the best location that will accommodate the larger number of attendees with consideration also being given to parking, lodging and cost.
How would the formation of a new conference impact conference office location and staff?
A: Decisions regarding office location and staff will be made based on the strategic needs of the new conference with financial efficiencies also being considered. Our goal is to move resources to the local church, while still having a structure that will meet the emerging needs of the new conference.
Are there benefits of a new larger conference over two smaller conferences to give a stronger presence at General Conference?
That is difficult to predict. The number of delegates per conference uses a statistical formula which includes the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. This changes with each General Conference session.
Would the churches located in Kentucky remain in the newly formed conference or move to the KY Conference?
Our desire is for all churches to remain united in the new conference.
Would the geographic boundaries of the districts change?
The intent is for the nine districts we currently have across both conferences to remain the same.
Who makes up the New Conference Advisory Group?
Lay people and clergy from both conferences. This includes leaders identified by position and also those who have shown dedication in service.