Join us for MCC’s Global General Conference!
Thank you to the hundreds of people who took time to fill out the General Conference survey a couple of weeks ago to tell us about your plans to engage with our next conference coming up in July 2022. The entire Conference team and Governing Board thank you for your amazing support throughout this planning process. As we all know, in the middle of a pandemic it is not easy to plan worship, events, programming etc. or just being a human in the world. We thank you for your grace, patience, and communication.
We are excited to announce that our Global General Conference 2022 will take place in a whole new way. For some, we know this news will come with relief and joy and for others sadness and disappointment. We hold space for you in all of your emotions and invite you to be in touch with us on how you are feeling with this news. That said, it is with excitement, some nervousness, and a great deal of faith that we announce the shape of our next conference!
As we have planned, General Conference this year will still take place in two parts. We know that the Spirit will move over us as we gather for the most inclusive, affordable Global General Conference we have ever had. Read more and plan to attend the orientation Webinar 8 March to understand what has remained the same and what has changed:
Online Only Global General Conference Transformational Weekend
1-3 July 2022
Because of the uncertainty of the pandemic and a very high percentage of conference respondents anticipating not feeling comfortable to travel for a large gathering, we will move all of the content to online.
Gather online together for inspiration and community through worship, devotionals, amazing, interactive plenaries with renowned guest speakers, and globally-minded workshops in our transformational weekend 1-3 July. Our global online conference will include many live connectional opportunities with people all around the world and the ability to network across all kinds of similarities and differences.
This doesn’t mean you have to stay home! We encourage you to gather with people in your city, region, or country by hosting a streaming party. Soon, we will launch more information about hosting a streaming party and ideas to make your streaming party be more than an extended film screening. We will offer tips for engagement and invitations to have your streaming party interact with people online and people in the room. Start thinking about if you, your church, your network, your friends want to invite people to gather in person over our Global General Conference Transformational Weekend.
Online Global Business Meeting
15-16 July 2022 | Ballot voting period beginning July 19, 2022
Renewed from our online weekend, come together to do the business of the church 15-16 July for the online Global Business Meeting. To prepare for our online business meeting, there will be many formal and informal business forums to discuss the content of the business meeting prior to 15 July. The Governing Board’s Governance Team is hard at work deciding the details of this new, more inclusive way of doing the business of our church.
Registration Now Open!
Registration is now open for our Global General Conference. The fee varies by region depending on the median income of your country of residence. By far, this is the most affordable conference rate we have ever been able to offer. Typically, the fees, travel, and accommodation can cost a lot of money for many of our attendees, requiring churches and individuals to save for years to attend.
We are working hard so that the cost barrier to conference is low enough for many more people to be able to attend. This is a perfect time to invite your musicians, leaders of various ministries, developing leaders, and youth in your church to attend the Global General Conference. With an online format, there will be a huge variety of speakers and workshops. Everyone is sure to find things that interest them and enhance their experience. There will also be all kinds of opportunities for people to connect, collaborate, and network with others who share passion around the same area of ministry or identity.
Go Global Fund
We know that any fee can be too great a barrier for some. In response, we have created the Go Global Fund to help alleviate costs for those needing assistance to attend the Global General Conference. Beginning in April, you will be able to apply for funds to help you access the internet, gather with people who are hosting a streaming party if you are regionally isolated from other MCCers, or even get a free or reduced registration fee.
If you have extra funds to help others attend, we encourage you to give a little more by selecting the “Go Global” registration fee which will help another person be able to attend who otherwise would not be able to.
What’s Covered in the Registration Fee?
Your conference registration covers everything you need to access MCC’s first ever online General Conference! This includes access to five keynote addresses, various worship services and devotional times, over 20 globally-minded workshops, and a conference library that will be available to you for 6 months after General Conference. Use these resources for your own continued study or as content for classes, workshops, and meetings in your local church or organization.
The Global General Conference will be accessed through an online conference portal where you will be able to chat with attendees from around the world, attend live sessions, view recordings, enter kinship chat rooms, virtual happy hours, a virtual exhibit hall, and so much more.
This conference will be the most accessible, inclusive conference we have ever held. Register today to be a part of this great online Global General Conference!
Consider Hosting a Streaming Party
Though the conference programming will be entirely online, we do encourage you to host an in-person streaming party in your local church, network, or region. Soon, we will offer more tips about hosting a streaming party.
We look forward to this very different kind of conference and your participation to make it the best it can be. If you have any questions during registration, reach out to us: [email protected]
Global General Conference 2022 Orientation Webinar
8 March 3pm EST/ 8pm GMT/ 9am NZDT (Next Day) OR
8 March 7pm EST/ 12pm (midnight) GMT/ 1pm NZDT (Next Day)
Breathe deeply. We know this is a lot of information to read and absorb. We are hosting a Global General Conference orientation webinar March 8 at 3-4pm Eastern and 8-9pm Eastern. Both webinars will have the same content. This is a time for us to present a little more about the shape of the conference, dream together, and answer any questions.
Registration is not required for the webinar. But, if you do register, we can make sure we accommodate any translation or access needs and give you space to send us questions in advance.
THANK YOU for your support as we navigate this new way of holding General Conference!
Global General Conference Core Team:
Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos
Dr. Lillian Dunlap
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston
Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez
Rev. Jennifer J.C. Hall
Rev. Lori McPherson
Rev. Lauren Bennett, co-chair
Mike Haase, co-chair
If you have any questions or ideas you want to share with our core team, please contact us: [email protected]
We look forward to co-creating this new way of doing General Conference with you.