2017 Diocesan Convention
October 28th
Cross Center, Bangor
 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 

Registration  

WHO NEEDS TO REGISTER

Who needs to complete online registration for Convention?
Everyone attending convention. All clergy, lay delegates and alternates, youth representatives, volunteers and visitors who will attend any part of Convention are required to register before October 2nd. (Late registrations at an increased price accepted through October 11th.)
 
What does the fee include?
The registration fee helps offset the total cost of convention and includes meals (breakfast, lunch, beverage service.) Generous subsidies help keep this fee low.
 
My priest or senior warden sent the diocese a form listing me as a delegate or alternate. Do I still need to register?
Yes, everyone, both clergy and lay, who is attending Convention is required to complete the registration form. The deadline is October 2nd. (Late registrations at an increased price accepted through October 11th.)
 
Should alternate delegates who only plan to attend convention if a delegate is unavailable complete the online registration at this time? 
No. Only those attending should register. Alternates who are not planning to attend at this time should not register. Unavoidable changes that happen after registration is closed will be attended to at convention.
 
If I register, then find out I cannot attend, can I be issued a refund?
Refunds can be issued up to October 11th by contacting Teresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A refund may take up to 10 business days to process. If there is someone replacing you from your congregation who has not yet paid the registration fee, we may be able to transfer their registration to you. Again, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and changes can't be made after October 11th.
 
HOW TO MAKE PAYMENT
 
Can I pay by check?
No. Please have a debit or credit card or PayPal account info ready before you begin. When you click "submit" you will be redirected to the PayPal site to make payment. 
 
If each delegate completes his/her own registration, then can a parish make one payment by check to cover the total for all members of the delegation?
No. There is not a process for group registration or payment by check. Payment will be collected from individuals at the time of registration by credit card. Then parishes who plan to reimburse delegates or clergy, should do so directly.
 
Can a Parish Administrator complete the registration/order form for all members of the delegation and make one credit card payment to cover the total?
No. Online registration is set up for individual or individual plus spouse and/or child only. 
 
Do I need to set up a PayPal account to pay?
No. When you click "submit" you will be redirected to the PayPal site. Navigate to the section (on the right hand side) that reads "Pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal Credit" to begin. Here's what it should look like: PayPal Pages Help Guide. These forms do not work best with Internet Explorer. If you have another browser option, please use it. 
 
I made an error on my order form. (Example: I accidentally registered my wife, and she had already registered.) What should I do?
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Your order will be edited and you will be given a new total. Refundswill only be issued through October 11th. Refunds and revisions may take up to 10 business days.
 
Is scholarship assistance available?
Priests or Rectors may request financial assistance for lay delegates for whom the registration fee is a hardship. Please call Barb Martin at (207) 772-1953 x125. 
 
MENUS
What will be served?
Breakfast
Assorted muffins and breads
Fresh fruit salad
Fresh, whole (hand cracked) scrambled eggs
Maine potato homefries
Applewood smoked bacon
Local (W.A. Bean brand) breakfast sausage
Lunch
Loaded potato bar with chili (regular and vegetarian)
Loaded salad bar including grilled chicken breast strips
Assorted fixings, toppings, sauces and condiments
Afternoon Break
Assorted treats 
 

Contact Information

Please note that we will not be able to make any revisions to delegations past October 20th. Beyond that date, any changes will be handled at Convention. This is usually fairly simple, but it does require the priest or senior warden (if you are in a congregation without a priest) to be present to sign the official change certificate. Make sure you allow sufficient time in the morning to make changes. If you have an emergency after Thursday, October 26th, please contact Barbara Martin at 650-6070.  No one will be available in the office.

Offertory at Convention

Will there be an offertory at Convention?
Yes, the United Thank Offering (UTO) collection at Convention will take place during closing worship. For more information about UTO, please be in touch with Sherri Dietrich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Wi-Fi at Cross

 
Is there wi-fi available at the Cross Insurance Center?
While there is wi-fi at Cross, please do not rely on it to view convention materials online. We ask that you download. The password is "crossguest30".
 

 

Workshops and Exhibits 

I’d like to host a workshop or have a display table at Convention. Who can help me?  

The condensed one-day meeting will be for the business component of convention. There will not be exhibit/display tables or workshops this year as we experiment separating out the business portion. The 2018 Spring Training will provide an opportunity to display information about your network or ministry. Save the date: April 28, 2018. Everyone is welcome! Details TBA.
 
 
Convention information can be found here:  www.tinyurl.com/diome2017
For help with registration or delegation changes before October 20th, please be in touch with Teresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For other questions about Convention before October 26th, please be in touch with Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Seven Criteria for Mission (as adopted by Diocesan Convention on October 23, 2011)

1) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.

2) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that collaborate with other churches, communities and affinity groups and demonstrate a willingness to share personnel and resources.

3) Diocesan resources will support those program/ministry efforts led by those who can demonstrate their experience as well as passion for their particular ministry

4) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts with evaluation processes in place and those that can articulate a plan to achieve sustainability.

5) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts whose leaders are willing to share their successes and best practices as well as failures with other congregations or collaborative groups that wish to replicate their work in other parts of the Diocese.

6) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate a willingness to move from a centralized approach to ones that will involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.

7) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate the values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration.

Responsibilities of Convention Delegates

delegates1. In advance of Convention, review materials and be prepared to discuss and vote on business to come before Convention

 
3. Attend Convention
     • Debate and vote on resolutions 
     • Elect Diocesan Officers
     • Adopt a 2018 diocesan budget

4. Abide by the Rules of Order adopted by Convention

5. Report back to your congregation the election results, actions taken by Convention on resolutions, and share the Bishop’s Address

6. Expenses for congregations or delegates to pay:
     • Mileage to and from Convention
     • Cost of some meals and hotel room (if necessary)

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