In June of 2015,  it was announced that the Detroit and West Michigan Annual Conferences voted overwhelmingly to create one single conference for the Michigan Area by 2019. This decision followed more than 2 years of listening sessions and area conversations on how the Michigan Area felt called by God to create disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.   The vote also included a request that the bishop create a Design Team to continue the work of listening and creating this “new thing” in Michigan.  This team meets regularly to move the process of creating a new annual conference in Michigan.  Your ideas, questions, comments and concerns are needed to help move this important work forward.  Please email

Listening Sessions

The Design Team wants to hear from you!  They have held at least four sessions each year.  Please join us this spring for a series of listening sessions to be held across the state related to the District Structure.  Bishop David Alan Bard will be present for many of the sessions along with other members of the Design Team.  We want to hear your hopes, dreams, visions, ideas, and concerns.  For information you can download please click on the resources button below.  For complete information on each listening session, please click the + symbol.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:00pm Michigan Area Ministry Center ZOOM-Webinar. Click + to learn more

Michigan Area Ministry Center

1011 Northcrest Road, Lansing, MI 48906.

This event will be presented live using online ZOOM conferencing.  Click on the link and you will be asked to download the free ZOOM software.  Once downloaded you will be connected to our online webinar meeting.  Please use the comment box to ask questions.

Topic: Design Team Lansing Listening Session
Time: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7:00 PM EDT

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The path to the future

The Michigan Conference will officially start on January 1, 2019.  The expected path of creating this new entity you can read here.


“Converations on a Journey” was a two year effort led by the bishop to listen to the hopes, dreams, ideas and concerns of Michigan Area clergy and Laity.  Read about this journey and how we came together to overwhelmingly agree to create a new annual conference in Michigan by 2019.


The Design Team meets monthly.  Materials shared during those meetings are available for you to read and download.  Please consider reading some of the material before attending public listening sessions.

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