New options for making your voice heard

Resolutions, nominations now have online submission capability By Martha S. Taylor Special Contributor Having the ability to electronically submit resolutions and nominations for Annual Conference is now a reality. When the Annual Conference 2014 webpage launched last month, it included the option for the forms to be submitted as an online form as well as to be downloaded, completed by hand and emailed or faxed to the appropriate persons. The forms are located at www.arumc.org/ac2014, on the right-hand sidebar of the page. “The online forms are easy to complete and help streamline the work of the Nominations Committee and the group reviewing resolutions,” said Mark Epperson, director of the Center for Technology. “We have had requests for some time to make electronic forms available.” Changes to resolutions process There are some changes to the resolutions for this year.  Some additional questions have been added to the form to help the petitioners articulate how the resolution advances the trajectory of the Annual Conference: “Creating vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities, and the world.” In addition, those submitting resolutions are asked to provide supporting Scripture and references from the 2012 Book of Discipline or Book of Resolutions that may be helpful to the reviewers. Once a resolution is received, the resolutions committee will review it and offer suggestions as needed to the person(s) submitting the resolutions. Resolution forms submitted by mail, fax or direct email must be received no later than March 15 to be included in the 2014 Pre-Conference Journal. Hard copy forms may be sent to Arkansas Conference, Attn: Journal Editor, 800 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202. Resolutions emailed as PDF files may be sent to mtaylor@arumc.org. Broadening leadership base Nomination forms are also located on the Conference website at www.arumc.org/ac2014. Individuals may nominate themselves or another person they think meets the qualifications and has the gifts for leadership on a Conference board or committee. Young adults, students and people of color are strongly encouraged to complete a nomination form. The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 15, so it can be included in the Pre-Conference Journal. “Under the leadership of the nominations committee, we are seeking leaders who can advance the trajectory of the Annual Conference,” said the Rev. Mackey Yokem, executive director of mission and ministry for the Conference. “Our hope is that with this new process, we can solicit a broader base of lay and clergy leaders.”