Delegates Prepare to Learn and Share at 2017 Annual Conference

Date Posted: 4/2/2017

“Unified” is the theme for this year’s conference at The Woodlands UMC from May 28-31.
After several years in Downtown Houston, delegates will go to a new location, use a new app that greatly reduces the need for paper, and enjoy “TAC Talks,” similar to the popular corporate “TED talks” by some of our own ministry experts. No worries, however, Wi-Fi is readily available in this year’s location, so if you are not physically attending the 2017 Annual Conference at The Woodlands UMC May 28-31, you can tune in for live streaming of all the main events. This provides a basic introduction to the 2017 conference.
To save over $35,000 on printing costs for the pre-conference journal and worship guides, worship leaders Craig Gilbert and Michael Vaughn have recommended delegates access information before and during the conference via the Guidebook app. It will include maps of the venue, restaurant lists, hotel information, social media links, and even a community photo album. More information on how to access and use this new tool will be given at the pre-conference meetings. 
This year’s conference host church is 30 miles north of Downtown Houston, provides ample parking and convenience to hotels and a number of restaurants within walking distance. Registration is done through district offices; registrations are also needed for childcare and hotels.
“This is our first year to go paperless,” notes TAC Communications Director Paula Arnold, “and our first year to host a session featuring three TAC Talks targeting a specific topic with a 20-minute presentation.” These speakers and topics include Rev. David Dorn on the topic of social media, Pam Fulbright-Scheyer, of Crossroads at Park Place on answering God’s call as a lay person, and Cassandra Nunez of Galena Park UMC, speaking on outreach to the changing mission field.
This year’s ordination speaker is Bishop Scott J. Jones for the worship service Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 pm. Delegates will be voting on five resolutions from General Conference. The rationale and specific wording can be viewed here.
Youth-Focused Activities
Sunday, May 28 - Youth groups will gather for Food, Fellowship and Worship at "The Loft/Student Ministry" area from 4-6 for meals and merriment and then transition over to the main campus for worship.  
Monday, May 29 - Young Adult (25-35) Dinner at Christ Church UMC from 5-7pm and Younger Adult (12-25) event from 8:15-9:30 at The Woodlands UMC.
Tuesday, May 30 - Youth Worker Lunch at Escalante's (1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. # 100 The Woodlands Texas, 77380) at 11:30. This is a great (self-pay) opportunity to fellowship with other youth workers. RSVP to TAC Director of Youth/Young Adult Ministries Eddie Erwin by 5/28.
“Since some school districts are out by the time of Annual Conference this year, we're inviting some youth to apply to be delegates this year,” adds Eddie. Check out more info and applications.  Activities are also available for the children of delegates.