2020 Pre-Conference Manual

2020 Pre-Conference Manual - pdf

There is a correction to the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual on page 54, lines 44-46. It should read, “This is the combined salaries and benefits, and support for six district superintendents (then five district superintendents effective July 1, 2021), the Cabinet Executive Secretary, and the four district administrative assistances as described in the above ministry plan.”

2020 Pre-Conference Manual Addendum

Healthy Conference Initiative: Bishop’s Operational Team’s Report to the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference - pdf

Closed Churches - pdf

Correction Action Item #404 - pdf (added 7/18/2020)

Submit Motions and Amendments - here

To: The lay and clergy members of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Re: The holding of a virtual 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Clergy Session and Legislative Session and the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Legislative Session Agenda.

To my sisters and brothers in the Iowa Annual Conference,   

Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. From the time I announced that the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference would be postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been my intention to communicate with you about the decision to hold our annual conference session electronically (virtually) through the Zoom platform and using the VVoter system by Option Technologies. 

The decision to postpone the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference was made by me with unanimous concurrence of the district superintendents in accordance with paragraph 603.3 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 (The Discipline). Before making this decision, I sought the counsel of the Appointive Cabinet, the Iowa Annual Conference Sessions Planning Committee, the Council of Bishops, and our Conference Chancellor, John Moorlach. Once the decision to postpone was made, the next question became when and how we would hold the postponed Conference sessions. 

On Friday, May 15, it was announced through the Iowa Communications 360 that the Clergy Session would be held electronically on June 5 beginning at 9:30 am and that the postponed IAC Legislative Session would be held electronically on July 18 from 9 am to 5 pm. The IAC Legislative Session will be held using Zoom Webinar and will use the VVoter system from Option Technologies as was used for the Clergy Session. Town Hall Meetings and the Legislative Session invitations with registration information will be sent the week following the Clergy Session. 

I am providing this letter as an additional means of notification to the 2020 lay and clergy members of the Iowa Annual Conference about the postponement of the 2020 IAC and the calendaring of these two essential sessions. 

Our Conference Chancellor has advised that, subject to the consent of the members and delegates  to the proposed session rules set out in the enabling motions regarding electronic voting and attendance, that the meeting of the Annual Conference remotely by electronic means on July 18, 2020, complies with the requirements of the Discipline and the laws of state of Iowa.   

I also want you to be informed about the agenda for the IAC Legislative Session on July 18. In accordance with paragraph 605.2 of The Discipline, the agenda for the 2020 IAC Legislative Session that is being prepared will be limited to only the essential business for the 2020-2021 appointment year and the 2021 fiscal/calendar year. Approving the agenda will be one of the first items for adoption when we meet on July 18. 

The draft agenda for the 2020 IAC Legislative Session may be found on the Iowa Annual Conference website (coming soon). The agenda will include: adoption of enabling motions; agenda and temporary rules; legislation for the mission and ministry areas of the Conference; a motion to reduce the number of districts of the Conference from 8 to 5, effective July 1, 2021; the Treasurer’s Report and the presentation of the proposed 2021 Conference Budget; closed churches motions; reports from the Board of Pensions and the Iowa United Methodist Foundation; and nominations and elections. 

Please note that certain elections of boards, agencies, or committees as well as certain officers can only be held at the first annual conference following the regular session of the General Conference. Those elected in this manner include: the Board of Ordained Ministry (635.1), the Committee on the Episcopacy (637.1), the Council on Finance and Administration (612.2), the conference secretary (603.7), the conference treasurer (619), and the designation of a conference chancellor which shall be done quadrennially (603.8). 

Therefore, members of these boards, agencies, and committees as well as certain officers will continue through the conclusion of the postponed 2020 General Conference in 2021 until their successors are elected at the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference.  

Not included in this year’s agenda will be potential revisions of the 2019 Book of Resolutions as recommended by the IAC Resolutions Committee, any new resolutions, proposed resolutions for the postponed 2020 General Conference, and other reports that are not essential business. 

In addition, please note that I have ruled that the election of 2020 General Conference lay and clergy delegates at the 2019 Session of the Iowa Annual Conference are valid for the postponed 2020 General Conference that will take place in 2021. 

Please know how grateful I am for your understanding and patience as we “do a new thing” at the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference. I have no doubt that we will be able to complete our necessary business on July 18, and I look forward to being with you virtually. May God’s grace surround us all with wisdom, hope, and joy as we anticipate worshiping together, prayerfully considering the work before us, and making wise and faithful decisions. 


Bishop Laurie Haller