The 2019 Annual Conference...by the numbers




Children's activities
Photo by Laura Brown

Children's activities

2,155: Total registration number for the 2019 Annual Conference including 677 delegates and 1,478 nondelegates.

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$50,928.49: Worship offerings. Each evening worship service and the Sunday morning service received an offering dedicated to a particular purpose. This total includes:

     -- $13,212.01 for Brethren Disaster Ministries work in Puerto Rico

     -- $11,383.41 for the Church of the Brethren core ministries

     -- $11,152.16 for church rebuilding in Nigeria in a collaboration between the Church of the Brethren's Global Mission and Service and Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)

     -- $8,171.35 for child care and age activities expenses at Annual Conference

     -- $7,009.56 for Calling the Called workshops in the Church of the Brethren districts, sponsored by the Office of Ministry

$2,360: The online donations and offerings received via www.brethren.org related to the 2019 Annual Conference. The 30 online gifts included $900 in general donations for Annual Conference, $940 to support webcasts of the Conference, $150 for the Nigeria Crisis Response, $150 for Brethren Disaster Ministries work in Puerto Rico, $200 for Church of the Brethren core ministries, $100 for the work of Global Mission and Service, and $70 for the work of the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy in Washington, D.C.

Conference choir singing Saturday evening, with violinist Jan Fischer Bachman
Photo by Donna Parcell

Conference choir singing Saturday evening, with violinist Jan Fischer Bachman






$7, 595: Amount raised for hunger relief by the Association for the Arts Quilt Auction.

$1,312: Amount received in an offering for ministers’ assistance during the pre-Conference Minister’s Association event. At least 132 people participated in the event led by Dr. David Olson on the theme, “Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence.”

$2,500: Donation from the conference center in Grand Rapids to purchase free ice cream bars for this year’s Conference goers, as a gesture of thanks to the Annual Conference for returning to their city again in 2020.

165: Pints collected by the Annual Conference Blood Drive in onsite donations.

35: Years of service by Joyce Person as teller coordinator and lead teller for Annual Conference, recognized during the first morning’s business session.

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