. . . and God added among them ones who were being made safe. – Acts 2:47 (WYC)
2019 Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference United Church of Christ
April 4–6, 2019 | First Church UCC, 1407 N 2nd Street, Phoenix AZ
We realize that, although we are doing our best to hold a “green” event, some attendees prefer to print out a paper copy of the Annual Meeting Book. If you encounter problems printing the document found at the link on the button, and IF you have Publisher on your device, CLICK HERE for a more printer-friendly book.
Online registration for the 2019 Southwest Conference UCC Annual Meeting has closed. If you still wish to attend, registration will be available at the door for $115 on Thursday and Friday morning during event check-in; see schedule for exact times.
If you have any questions regarding your registration or getting registered at the Annual Meeting, please contact Eli Johnson at the Southwest Conference office at 602-468-3830 ext. 1 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY EVENING’S BANQUET HAS SOLD OUT! If you're being recognized at the Annual Meeting banquet and haven't registered, please contact Barb Doerrer-Peacock ASAP.
DELEGATES: Churches with 500 members or less may have FIVE delegates. Ministers with standing in the SWC, members of the SWC Executive Board, and General Synod Delegates are Delegates in their own right.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hilton Garden Inn, 15 E Monroe St. Phoenix, Arizona, 85004
Our block rate is $134/night + taxes (includes full breakfast buffet).
SOLD OUT - Block rate cut-off was March 3rd. To review information and make reservations, click HERE. Or call (602) 343-0006.
HOME HOSPITALITY: If you require home hospitality, please select the appropriate option when registering for the Annual Meeting. Event Staff will follow up to confirm details upon request. For additional information, contact the SWC office.
TRAVEL COST REIMBURSEMENT: Conference Delegates and eligible* Clergy with Standing may apply for travel reimbursement of up to $225.00.
(*Pastors who have travel reimbursement in their Call Agreement are not eligible to apply for Conference travel reimbursement.) See the Expense Voucher form in the Annual Meeting packet or download and print a copy here.
RESOLUTIONS: In accordance with Annual Meeting Standing Rule; resolutions may be submitted to the Conference at Annual Meeting. Resolutions must be received in writing to the SWC office no later than 3/13/19 to be submitted before the Executive Board.
PARKING: Limited parking is available at the host church. We encourage you to use the light rail. Parking alternatives include the public lots at Burton Barr Central Library, and at the Phoenix Center for the Arts located at 3rd St. and Moreland Ave.
Spoiler alert: This year’s check-in SWAG is special! See why.
Guest Speakers for the Thursday, April 4th Local Church Growth Intensive* and April 5th workshop breakouts include:
Marjorie Wilkes Matthews, Plymouth UCC
Growing Churches Unconventionally
Rhina Ramos, Plymouth UCC
Growing Progressive churches in Latino Communities
Timothy Hogan-Palazzo, St. Paul’s UCC in West Milton, PA
Growing Churches by Enlarging the Table
Matt Mardis-Lecroy, Plymouth Church
Growing Churches through Relationships
Jerold Garber & Christine Ng, First UCCSL
Growing Churches in Online Community
Courtney Stange-Tregear, Pacific Northwest Conference
Growing Vital Churches
Learn more about the pre-session workshops and presenters:
*This year’s church growth intensive fulfills containing education requirement in the UCC Manual on Ministry
MEALS: After such a wonderful experience last year, we’ll continue the partnership of local businesses and food trucks to offer lunches for the 2019 Annual Meeting. You’re invited to choose and purchase items based on your dietary and budget preferences. Food trucks will be at the church with lunch for purchase on Thursday and Friday during the scheduled breaks for lunch. Menus can be found HERE.
The banquet dinner will be held at Beatitudes Campus on Friday evening. Costs associated with the banquet are included in your registration fees. FRIDAY EVENING’S BANQUET HAS SOLD OUT! If you're being recognized at the Annual Meeting banquet and haven't registered, please contact Barb Doerrer-Peacock ASAP.
Closing worship on Saturday will be such a celebration! See why and preview the bulletin here.
This is an interactive map. Click the box with the arrow on the upper left for directions from one venue to the next, and other info.