Michigan Annual Conference
June 7, 2021
Senior Content Editor
Saturday’s agenda at the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference included significant time for important legislation. The 2020 virtual conference used a paper ballot. This year members were able to vote electronically. More familiar with use of Zoom technology, after a year’s worth of practice, clergy and lay members entered into debate with enthusiasm.
Here is a summary listing of actions taken on resolutions. Full reporting of the legislative action will be available in the June 9 edition of MIconnect.
Details of the legislation can be found in the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference Program Guide. The 2021 Legislative Committee Report is found here
Resolutions related to Pensions & Benefits:
All were approved when brought to a vote by Don Emmert, Conference Director of Benefits and Human Resources and Interim Chief Financial Officer for The Michigan Conference, on Friday morning: R#2021-1, R#2021-2, R#2021-3, R#2021-4.
Resolutions approved on the Consent Calendar on Friday:
R#2021-5 Conference policy on use of proceeds from sale and assets of local church properties
R#2021-7 Creation of district working group to reduce number of districts by one
R#2021-10 Affirm Bishop’s Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Working Group
R#2021-11 Training and support for cross racial/cross cultural appointments
R#2021-13 Amend Michigan Conference Protection Policy-Online Ministry
R#2021-16 Addition to the Michigan Conference Parsonage Guidelines
R#2021-18 Covenant Ministry Partnership with the Liberia Annual Conference
R#2021-19 Guidelines for Equitable Compensation support for 2022
R#2021-20 2022 Minimum Salary Schedule
Resolutions approved by vote of the plenary session:
R#2021-12 Anti Bias Anti Racism education and training for active clergy, conference, and district staff
R#2021-14 Inclusiveness of the Michigan Conference
R#2021-15 Transfer camping funds into MAUMC Foundation account
R#2021-17 Let’s overcome Christian Nationalism
Resolutions that were not approved:
R#2021-6 Vote on which post-separation church to join. Was not approved by Legislative Committee action and was ruled out of order by the Bishop for further action in plenary.
R#2021-8 Retiree group health care plan, DAC health care plan amendment. Was not approved by Legislative Committee and was not approved when returned to the floor in plenary.
R#2021-9 Recognize the unborn baby. Was not approved by Legislative Committee and was not approved when returned to the floor in plenary.
The 2022 Conference Budget:
Members passed the 2022 Budget of $12,009,984 (found in detail here). The Rev. Brad Bartelmay, chair of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, noted: 1) this is a decrease of 4% from 2021; 2) Benefits Budget of $3,720,000 is the same as 2021; 3) no increases in salary of superintendents or wages of conference staff; 4) General Church apportionments were based on the last quadrennium since General Conference has not met.
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