Nehemiah Group offers ideas for better experience.
To celebrate time-honored conference purposes and traditions in meaningful ways, honor legislative procedures with efficiency and offer content that will advance our mission by inspiring and educating all conference attendees, enabling them to enhance leadership and ministry in our local churches.
The Nehemiah Group, a task force of clergy and laity, was formed immediately after Annual Conference 2011 to evaluate, assess and revise the experience of Annual Conference for the North Texas Annual Conference.
The Rev. Paul Rasmussen, convener, presented the group’s recommendations to the Core Leadership Team on May 7. The CLT accepted the report unanimously, and it will be presented at the 2012 Annual Conference for affirmation.
Nehemiah Group presents report on Annual Conference
Here are some highlights from the Nehemiah Group report, which seeks to make the Annual Conference more effective.
Convener: Paul Rasmussen
Members: Alfred White, Brenda McDonald, Dan Perkins, the Rev. Edgar Bazan, the Rev. Gene Wisdom, the Rev. Jim Ozier, Jill Pledger, Joell Stanislaus, Dr. Larry George, Linda Parks, the Rev. Arthur Jones, the Rev. Chris Dowd,
the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft, the Rev. Dana Coker, the Rev. Dean Libby, the Rev. Jodi Smith, the Rev. Keith Boone, the Rev. Kory Knott, the Rev. Liz Talbert, the Rev. Lucretia Facen, the Rev. Marti Soper, the Rev. Rachel Baughman, the Rev. Sheron Patterson, the Rev. Valarie Englert and the Rev. Tim Morrison
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As stewards of the resources it takes to fund the event and the time sacrificed by its participants,
we believe that the production value of Annual Conference
should be world-class. The best and brightest laity within our churches can and do expect quality production.
Pace and flow:
A well-organized and executed conference should demand attention to detail of the pace and flow
of the event. Agenda items and events should be paired together in a deliberate, intentional fashion to ensure logical flow and inspirational moments throughout.
Great public communication is essential for a meaningful event. We believe that the NTC ought to give platform priority to world-class, inspiring communicators.
We believe that great music, of multiple genres, strategically placed throughout the programs, is essential to the establishment of a compelling conference environment.
We believe that the participants of Annual Conference
will learn more, contribute more and be more inspired in an environment that acknowledges a spirit of fun.
We believe that we can be more intentional about the content included in the myriad presentations and take-home material of Annual Conference
. We believe that our content should not be limited to routine and required presentations, but should also include best practices for the local churches and ministries, compelling presentations of
the gospel, and information about institutional and mission promotion.
We believe that planning for Annual Conference
should demand a comprehensive consideration of creativity in its organization, production and execution.
We believe that strategic moments of profound and inspiring worship are non-negotiable components of a meaningful Annual Conference
We believe that Annual Conference
should be an environment that invites and facilitates active participation from its attendees.
The conference office should move the planning, production, and execution of Annual Conference to a third-party task force, including a professional event planner, with the sole objective of planning a meaningful experience anchored by the values.
Additionally, the task force:
Integrates the stated priorities as it celebrates the NTC’s time- honored traditions in meaningful and inspiring ways.
Pursues nationally and globally recognized keynote speakers.
Pursues a single location that can accommodate the entire
Integrates worship into the fabric of our legislative and presentation sessions rather than as stand-alone, off-site experiences.
Explores greater participation of vendors and vendor fees and participant registration fees to increase revenue and ensure quality production.
Collaborates with NTC officials to reduce the volume of midconference presentations by off-loading applicable reports
to district conferences and electronic distribution and increase the volume of teaching and inspirational sessions throughout.
Creates a specific evaluation process and team to thoroughly evaluate every session.
Thoughtfully brands, markets and promotes the event in advance, with particular attention to keynote speakers and music guests.
Crafts and uses language that suggests the leadership and learning benefits of Annual Conference over and above its reporting and business protocol.