According to the Standing Rules of the Florida Conference, Par. 206 2(d), “All submitted resolutions must be received by the Conference Secretary by Jan. 31 to be considered at the regular Annual Conference Event later that year.” The Florida Conference Secretary is the Rev. Dr. Ken Minton, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Zephyrhills. His e-mail address is email@example.com, phone 813-782-5645 or fax 813-782-2315.
If you are considering a resolution for the 2014 Annual Conference, the Jan. 31 deadline is firm, according to Minton.
Each resolution must address only one issue if the resolution does not address the Discipline. If a resolution does affect the Discipline it must address only one paragraph of the Discipline, except that, if two or more paragraphs in the Discipline are so closely related that a change in one affects the others, the resolution may call for the amendment of those paragraphs also to make them consistent with one another.
Every resolution requiring implementation will include: a. financial impact to the Conference; b. name of the implementing organization or persons; c. if communication or referral is required, will designate the person or persons responsible for the communication or referral, Minton advised.
For more information on the Resolution process, see the Standing Rules of the Florida Conference, found in the printed version of the 2013 Florida Conference Journal, pages 191-224, or visit http://www.flumc.org/journal2013/04-journal_13_part_IV_StandingRules.pdf to access the Journal online.
Once again we look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues to our annual time of conferencing for The United Methodist Church in Florida. The 2014 event will be held at the Lakeland Center, Lakeland, Florida, Wednesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 14. As mentioned by Bishop Carter at the close of the AC 2013, our meeting this year begins one day earlier.
This year’s Ministry Expo will offer your visitors an open, hospitable, inviting experience. We hope your presence will provide a fresh vision for ministry in our local churches and look forward to our commercial vendors highlighting innovative ministry aids available to Florida Conference churches.
This year each booth will be slightly larger at 10 X 10 feet and include a skirted six-foot table and two chairs. The cost of the booth remains the same at $500 per booth for commercial vendors and $250 per booth for non-profit organizations. Electricity is available for an additional $75 per booth.
The remaining area of the exhibit hall will be set as a gathering space for attendees to meet and interact with the many ministry departments of the conference, as well as the connectional agencies. Each ministry will be provided with a high top table and chairs. If you are a ministry or connectional agency of the Florida Conference, please see the specific information (attached) about how to participate.
Refreshment sponsorships are available for those seeking additional opportunities to spotlight their ministry with conference participants. Limited refreshments will be available in both the exhibit area and The Gathering Area. There will be coffee in the Arena and water dispensers throughout the Arena. Please contact Janet Earls if you are interested in sponsoring a refreshment break.
As in the past, booth assignments will be on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure a reservation, please include your 50% payment with the completed booth application online. The balance of all fees is due May 1 to be paid online through PayPal. Applications and accompanying fees will be accepted through May 1.
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