Why do we meet in Springfield?

We are very blessed to have found such a wonderful venue that offers us the services, space and affordability we need to have a rewarding Annual Conference. There are several things that we take into consideration when we look at sites for Annual Conference. We look for enough space; we must have space for about 1,500 people all in one room with tables. We also need other smaller spaces for meetings, workshops, displays, and registration; and of course, hotel rooms in a close proximity. Part of that equation is also cost for sleeping rooms, along with the availability of good quality food in the vicinity at reasonable prices. Another consideration is the availability of parking that is convenient and inexpensive.

The next consideration is one of radical hospitality which includes a wonderful working relationship with the hotel staff that works in collaboration with us. As we have worked with the staff of the University Plaza, the Springfield Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) and the Expo Center, a collegial relationship has been formed which exceeds our expectations. Let us not also forget the wonderful accessibility of restrooms, elevators and other amenities that greatly impact our stay. We continue to look toward the future; always considering the best options to meet our needs. Our goal is to always have the best Annual Conference for everyone and want you to head home to your congregations glad that you came and excited to come back again!

Why is it best to stay at the conference-selected hotels?

The conference benefits as a whole when you book with one of our hotels selected through the Springfield CVB. We strive to keep registration fees low and part of the reason we are able to do so is because of the rebate we receive from the CVB for booking the hotels through them. This rebate is figured from the amount of room nights we book in the conference-selected hotels.

What if I have a special needs that require me to stay close to the conference and University Plaza is already full?

Please contact Heather Birge at hbirge@moumethodist.org and she will work to accommodate your needs.

Is there a recycling program that we utilize in Springfield?

Yes, there is! We have bins brought in for our conference for recycling from the city of Springfield. You can find these at various locations within the Expo Center.

Where can I find online information about the 2018 Annual Conference?

We update our information at www.moumethodist.org/acinfo

This is also where you can find the online registration, hotel reservation info, materials and agenda. 

Is childcare provided?

Yes, it is. Childcare will be provided at a local church in Springfield. The fee this year is $20 per child, per day. The $20 fee is incurred no matter how long a child stays on the days they attend. We will not accept childcare registrations after May 3rd to ensure we meet our Safe Sanctuaries standards and to properly plan a fun but also safe stay for your children. You can register your child(ren) for childcare at www.moumethodist.org/acinfo once registration opens in March.  If you are without internet then please contact Heather Birge at the Conference Office (573) 441-1770.

I did not attend conference, can I still order a journal.

Yes. You can order a journal by contacting Heather Birge at hbirge@moumethodist.org