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Leadership Summit


Saturday, April 20, 2024


9:30am-   Registration*

10:00am- Welcome & Devotional

by Rev. Terry Beasley, MMI Executive Director followed by

Worship and Communion

10:30am- Message by Bishop Cowart

11:30am- Break

11:45am- Organize Conference/Nominating Committee results (e-mail ballot before Leadership Summit)

Noon-       Lunch

1:30pm-   Gateway Vision - Supt. Tolly

2:15pm-   Break

2:30pm-   Special Speaker-Larry Walkemeyer, co-strategic catalyst for multiplication on the Free Methodist Church USA Executive Leadership Team 

3:30pm-   Board of Administration report/Ministerial Education and Guidance Report

4:30pm-    Adjourn for Dinner

5:00pm-    Dinner 

7:00pm-    Worship/Message by Bishop Cowart/Ordination Service

*Breakfast will not be served (snacks, coffee and soda will be available all day). Our afternoon break will feature Cheese and Sausage from Marcoot Jersey Creamery:  https://marcootjerseycreamery.com/.

*Registration is required by April 8 for meals. We cannot guarantee availability after that date. Click here for registration form. Please email [email protected] and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions for meals.

Additional information is available on our website:  http://gatewayfmcusa.org/leadership-summit-at-a-glance


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Nominating Committee

Ballot and Voting



The Nominating Committee Ballot will be sent through Constant Contact to those who are eligible to vote. This ballot will also include a link to view the Nominating Committee report and Biographies for those on the ballot.


This ballot will be sent out on Monday, April 8 via newsletter. Those eligible to vote will have until Monday, April 15 to vote. After that date, the voting will be closed and the results will be announced during the April 20 Leadership Summit.


Those with the highest number of votes will be elected (a majority will not be needed).  In the event of a tie, the Gateway Conference Board of Administration will determine who will serve. Biographies for candidates and a copy of the Nominating Committee Report will be available at: 

Gateway Conference | 2024 Reports (gatewayfmcusa.org)

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Delegate(s) Information

Delegates Credentials are due by Monday, April 15

Delegate's emails are needed by Monday, April 1 to use for the Nominating Committee Ballot

Click here for Delegate Credentials and Information Sheets

Click here for FAQ's on Election of Delegates

Click here for role of Conference Delegates


Childcare Reimbursement for Pastors

Childcare will not be provided during Leadership Summit. Pastors with young children who have childcare provided at home during Leadership Summit can ask to be reimbursed for this expense.


Requests for reimbursement can be sent to: [email protected]. Please remember to specify the amount that you paid for reimbursement.

Looking Ahead:

Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 20, Greenville FMC

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Superintendent's Schedule:

March 10-Cowden FMC

March 14-BOA Meeting

March 16-Church Zoom Meeting

March 18-Supt.'s Zoom Meeting with Bishop Cowart

March 20-Missouri District Zoom Meeting

March 19-MEGA Meeting

March 31-The Solid Rock FMC

April 9-11-Supt.'s Meeting at FMCUSA

April 20-Leadership Summit

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