A long time ago the founder of our church, John Wesley, felt that it was important for his preachers to get together regularly for prayer and Bible study. He called this "holy conferencing." Annual Conference Session is nothing like it was during Mr. Wesley's day. We gather to hear of the dynamic ministries that are happening throughout our Church, and we also have to do business stuff as well, such as setting our financial budget for the next year and electing people to serve on Conference agencies to do the work of the Conference. But the Annual Conference Session still places a high priority on worship and that thing called holy conferencing. And youth delegation places a high priority on doing this worship and conferencing with a ton of passion for Jesus Christ!
Young people are an important part of the Church of today. Without young people participating as delegates to Annual Conference Session no one can hear our concerns, our hopes, and our dreams for the future of The United Methodist Church.
One of the things you must have to be a young adult delegate is a desire to be in fun fellowship with a whole lot of people. It is our hope that the young adult delegation would have time to connect, talk, and discuss the business and vision of the Annual Conference. The other "bonus" about conference is that you meet people from other places and churches other your own. It confirms in us this unique connection we have as United Methodists.
One of the highlights for the Young Adult Delegation is our opportunity for evening time together. We usually share meals together at one of the area restaurants. While we are in Sacramento, we hope to have opportunities to be together outside of the official gatherings of the conference.
In order to attend Annual Conference Session you must be willing to make a commitment to your time at there. We, as young adult delegates, must attend all meetings, and they can get very long and controversial. When attending Annual Conference Session you are representing your local church and the young people of this Conference. It also helps to have a strong backside for all the sitting you will do, although there will be opportunities for breaks during ACS and we hope to have an area for you to gather and connect during those breaks.