AC COSROW Monitoring

Thank you for participating in the ministry of monitoring for your annual conference. These guidelines and definitions provide reference for terminology and understanding of how to complete the observer sheets.

The goal of monitoring is to help the denomination, its members, and leaders to hold the most inclusive sessions possible, where every voice is respected and given an opportunity to be heard. Monitoring is meant to be a process where an outside observer notes dynamics of the conference and reports back to the Church. In that reporting, we celebrate where we model beloved community, take note of where and how improvements may be made, and become more aware of our conduct toward one another.

GCSRW has developed a standardized form for monitoring conferences and trains all monitors to note participation and leadership using these standard parameters. This form is available as a resource for annual conferences to use during their sessions.

We encourage you to review the following documents prior to attending your Annual Conference session. Please familiarize yourself with the format of our observer sheets, the sample scripts to address the laity and clergy of your Annual Conference, and the reports you will submit to your AC COSROW chair. 

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