Iowa Ministry Network Council 2020

Des Moines First 2725 Merle Hay Rd. Des Moines, IA 50310


Credentialing Ceremony will be held Sunday at 6:30 pm

(limited space available, you must register to attend)


Network Council Business Meeting will be held Monday at 9am



We are so excited to gather together for Network Council 2020. With the challenges this year has brought, we are offering an in-person event and also an ability to vote and interact virtually for the business meeting. To accommodate all voting ministers or delegates, you must register online by October 30th. Registration for Credentialing Service and the Business Meeting will be done separately, so make sure you are registered under the correct event. Please note that by registering for either in-person or virtual, you are to respect the requirements of those options.

Please read the below information thoroughly as many normal aspects of Network Council will be different this year.

COVID-19 MITIGATION

In order to serve our ministers well and keep each congregation that they represent safe we are putting strict requirements into practice for our in-person meeting. We are also making provisions for those who feel that meeting together would threaten their health. We honor and respect both decisions.

Here are a few of our mitigation techniques:

  • All in-person participants will be required to wear a mask.
  • All in-person and virtual participants for the Monday business meeting will be required to register. 
  • All those attending in-person for the Credentialing Service will be required to register.
  • We will have ushers seat family groups 6 feet apart.
  • We will keep hallways cleared of exhibit tables to allow for more space.
  • We will only allow entrance through the south door, and exit will only be allowed through the east door. 

Network CouNcil Business Meeting

IN PERSON - wHAT TO eXPECT

  • We will only allow entrance through the South Entrance of Des Moines First's Building (where the portico is)
  • You must register for in-person by October 30th
  • All credential holders must register according to their level of credential.
  • We will allow one person to register with each attendant at a time at the entrance of the building.
  • Once registered you may enter and pick up your council documents. 
  • Masks are REQUIRED. We will turn those away who wish not to wear a mask. If you would prefer not to wear a mask, then please register for the virtual business meeting.

  • Child Care: Child Care will only be available for those that register before October 16th. Please carfully review child care info below.
  • Once you are ready to be seated, Ushers will seat you appropriately to allow for proper social distancing and maximizing seating. If you seat yourself you may be asked to move.
  • We will vote via VOX Vote. Please download the app on your mobile device before you arrive.








In-Person SCHEDULE

November 9

8:00 AM    Registration Opens

9:00 AM    Communion & Worship

9:30 AM     Business Meeting Begins

12:00 PM    Lunch

1:30 PM      Resume Business Meeting

5:00 PM     Dinner Break (if needed)



Network Council Business Meeting

Virtual - What to Expect

  • You must be registered for the Monday Business Session - Virtual by October 30th in order to participate virtually.
  • All credential holders must register according to their level of credential.
  • We will send you the same package of documents that those in-person typically receive to the address provided at registration.
  • We will send the zoom link for our meeting the week prior to the network council business meeting as well as the day of the business meeting.
  • We will only send the link to the email that is used during registration. 
  • There will be three hosts available in the Zoom Meeting to assist you with questions and to closely monitor our voting roster.
  • You will be able to see a live feed of the business meeting as well as audio.
  • If you have a question to "bring to the floor" we ask that you alert one of the hosts on the Zoom call. They will then place your name in line if we have others addressing the floor. Once it is your turn you will be projected on the big screen to the entire in person and virtual meeting to make your statement. There will be a time limit on statements.
  • We ask that your Zoom name be your first name, last name and your credential level (CM,L, or O)
  • We will vote via VOX Vote. Please download the app on your mobile device before you arrive.

Virtual SCHEDULE

November 9

8:00 AM    Zoom Log In Opens

9:00 AM    Communion & Worship

9:30 AM     Business Meeting Begins

12:00 PM    Lunch ( you may stay logged in or re-log in with same link by 1:30)

1:30 PM      Resume Business Meeting

5:00 PM     Dinner Break (if needed)

Child care

  • Child care registration is now closed.
  • Child care must be registered for by October 16th for both Sunday's Credentialing Service and Monday's business meeting. 
  • You must register for Sunday & Monday child care separately.
  • Credentialing Canidates must register their chidren under Credentialing Canidates Child Care under Sunday's registration.
  • Children that are NOT registered will be turned away from child care. 
  • All children must have temperatures taken before entry. If a child has a temperature, they will not be able to enter childcare. 
  • Children elementary age and up will be required to wear masks.
  • Children will be kept in a limited number to a room to help with social distancing.
  • If you register for childcare and decide not to use it please give us 24 hours notice.


Child Care SCHEDULE

Sunday

4:15 PM     Open (credential candidates only!)

6:00 PM    Open to pre registered public.

8:30 PM    Closed


Monday

8:30 AM   Open to pre registered credential holders

12:00 PM  Closed

1:30 PM    Open to pre registered credential holders

Child Care closes within 30 minutes of the conclusion of business. 

Credentialing Service Changes

In-Person: 

  • We will have limited space available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Families will be spaced about six feet from other families. 
  • All credentialing candidates are encouraged to only invite 4 guests. These limited guest numbers include spouse, family and anyone sitting in the service (children in childcare do not count toward this number).  
  • All people who wish to attend in-person MUST register. Those who do not register will be asked to leave and encouraged them to join us virtually
  • Masks are REQUIRED. We will turn those away who do not wish to wear a mask and encouraged to join us virtually.
  • If you are a credential holder and are not one of the 4 guests picked by someone being recognized in the credentialing service, we encourage you to join us virtually. We ask this so that those being recognized can have their close relations involved in the ceremony. 
  • Child Care: Child Care will only be available to those registered by October 16th. Please look at the requirements for child care above.


Virtual: We will have a Facebook Live Video of the full service shared from the Iowa Ministry Network Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/iowaministrynetwork



Virtual Sectional Caucus

Northwest Section - Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 11AM

North Central Section - Monday, November 16,2020 @ 1PM

Northeast Section - Tuesday, November 17,2020 @ 11AM

Southwest Section - Tuesday, November 17,2020 @1PM

Capital Section - Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 11AM

South Central Section - Wednesday, November 18,2020 @ 1PM

Southeast Section - Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 11AM


This years Sectional Caucus will be held virtually via Zoom. You will also need to download Vox Vote in order to vote. 

If you did not receive the meeting ID and password for your section's virtual caucus please contact us here.

Important Business session Information

During the business sessions, we will be using the electronic voting app: VoxVote.


Prior to Council, please download VoxVote to your mobile device. If you have any questions regarding the app please call our office.


To Download VOX Vote: 

Zoom information

We will only send the Zoom Meeting link to those who are registered for the virtual business meeting. That information will be sent out, via the email you provide on registration, the week prior to Network Council as well as the day of Network Council.


To download Zoom:

To open a Zoom Link: 

To connect video and audio: