General Conference 2020 | The Brethren Church

General Conference 2020



July 25, 2020 || 2 PM ET


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and related restrictions, The Brethren Church will cancel its in-person gathering for the 2020 General Conference in Ashland, OH.
The conference was initially scheduled for July 20-24, 2020, at Ashland University.
Also, the Brethren Youth Conference (Engage Conference) and Brethren Academy 2020 will cancel gatherings set for Ashland.
The Brethren Church has made a plan "B", however.  A digital conference will be held on Saturday, July 25. The digital gathering will include business, live speakers, and updates. 

How to Participate in General Conference
Registered Voter Vs. Viewer

Anyone is welcome to view the digital conference. It will be broadcast in the player above, as well as across Brethren Church Social Media Channels such as Facebook. 

To participate in the discussion and be able to vote, you must be a registered delegate. Registration was closed on June 1, 2020, and all delegates are registered through their local Brethren Church. The Brethren Church did extend a grace period to local churches for delegate registration until July 15, 2020. Please contact your local Brethren Church or The Brethren Church National Office (419-289-1708) with any questions. 

IF you are a registered delegate, you will be emailed an invite to the Zoom meeting, which allows you to participate in the discussions. You will also be emailed a ballot from our online voting system. Voting will not open until the appropriate time on the day of the conference. All correspondence will be sent to each individual delegate, using the email address from their delegate registration form. Delegates in 2020 must be able to access their email during the conference and have an individual internet-connected device, such as a phone, tablet, or computer. 

How Do I Download and Install Zoom?

To participate as a voting delegate, you must have Zoom downloaded and installed on your computer, phone or tablet. Ideally, a set of headphones with a microphone are preferred as well. Most of the time, when clicking on the provided link to the Zoom meeting, your computer will prompt you to download and install Zoom if not done already. But, it's a good idea to do it ahead of time. The video below shows how: 

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

How Zoom Waiting Rooms Work

If you arrive early to conference, you may find yourself in a waiting room. Or, if you get disconnected from conference, you may be placed in a waiting room until an administrator re-admits you. This is to ensure participants in the Zoom call are registered delegates. Here's how that works:

How to Use Zoom Chat, Raise Your Hand, or Ask a Question

Because we expect around 200+ participants, things can get a little unruly in an online video chat. So, we'll ask participants to keep their video camera and mic turned off unless they're actively asking a question and to use the chat function as much as possible. Here's how those controls work: 

How to VOTE During General Conference 2020
How to Vote

To ensure secure and accurate voting counts, The Brethren Church will be using an online voting system from eBallot this year. Here's how to vote:


In addition, feel free to read eBallot's instructions on how to vote:


Review and Confirm Your Vote

Have you changed your mind, mid-ballot?

You can review your choices and make changes anytime before submitting your vote. Keep in mind, however, that once your vote is confirmed, there's no going back. So make sure you double-check your selections before confirming!

As soon as your vote is cast, you’ll get a confirmation number for future reference.

You can view and print a vote receipt on this page, too.

I'm Trying to Vote and Forgot My Password

How to Reset Your Password

  • At your login screen (the URL will be something like YOUR-ORGANIZATION), click Reset Access Code and follow the prompts that come up
  • Check your email and follow those instructions on how to reset your Password.