First, you need to get a copy of the Pre-Conference Handbook. Once the pre-conference handbook is available online, an e-mail link will be sent to you. If you want to request a printed version, contact Anna Conklin by phone at 206.870.6803 or by Email, and one may be mailed to you for a fee.
The handbook will contain most reports, petitions, data and information that will be studied, considered and acted upon by the Annual Conference Session. For questions relating to the contents of the handbook, contact Rev. David Valera by phone at 206.870.6806 or by Email.
Remember that you have a valuable partner in your pastor(s) and you will first want to turn to them. If they are not available, you may always go to your District Superintendent or your district lay leader with questions. Superintendents usually seat on the aisle near the District signpost and the district lay leader should be in your section as well.
As laity, you have access to the Conference Lay Leader. Feel free to ask them for assistance as well.
If you need to get an urgent message or question to someone in the conference during plenary, you may raise the card marked “PAGE" and one of the youth Pages will come to you and deliver your message or question. The card may be found in the Plenary Card packet provided to each table at Annual Conference.
Schedule a meeting with your pastor within 90 days after Annual Conference to plan a creative and effective way to share information and learnings with the congregation.
Together, work to find a strategic time to report to congregation. Sometimes that means after summer, when more congregants are present.
The Office of Connectional Ministries (OCM) regularly communicates about the ministries, events, and trainings designed to deepen our faith, strengthen our connection, and outreach to the communities we serve.
Sign up and stay connected through the following:
Nancy Davis | Conference Lay Leader | Email
David Reinholz | Associate Conference Lay Leader | Email
Rev. David Valera | Executive Director, OCM | Email
Brant Henshaw | Conference Treasurer | Email
Patrick Scriven | Director of Communications | Email
Anna Conklin | Office of Connectional Ministries | Email
Gretchen Engle | AC Session Coordinator | Email
The Lay Members of Annual Conference will elect an Associate Conference Lay Leader when they gather in Puyallup this June. The Associate Lay Leader serves on the Board of Laity and is required to attend 3-4 meetings per year (meetings are held on Saturdays) and must be available to attend Annual Conference. The Associate will work closely with the Lay Leader in leading the Board of Laity and filling other responsibilities. More information can be found in the PNW Conference Rules (Rule VI, Sec. 3. e.)
If you feel called to serve the church in this way, please contact your District Superintendent for further information.
The election will be held on Friday, June 22nd during the Laity Session. Nominees may submit a flyer to be included in the pre-Conference Handbook prior to May 1st. Flyers received between May 1st and June 1st will be included in the packet received at Annual Conference. Flyers should be submitted to Anna Conklin at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations may also be made from the floor during that session but note that all nominees must be present to be included on the ballot.