WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting 2018 - FAQs

We hope you will join us in Dallas, Texas, June 10–11, 2018! You’ll be inspired, challenged, and equipped in your missional journey during this two-day event.

Below are answers to questions you may have:

Is preregistration required? Is there a registration fee?
Preregistration is required to attend on Sunday. Your registration fee of $34* includes:

  • Sunday—Texas-style BBQ dinner with all the trimmings
  • Monday—Ticket to NAMB’s Send Luncheon, compliments of the North American Mission Board
  • Charter bus transportation on Monday to area ministry sites (optional)

*10% will go to the WMU Foundation for the Vision Fund.


I’m available to participate on Monday only. Do I still need to preregister? Is there a registration fee?
If you plan to participate on Monday only, preregistration is only required to participate in tours of local ministry sites. Your registration fee of $7.50 includes roundtrip bus transportation. All other options on Monday are free of charge and do not require advance registration.

(Please note if you register for both Sunday and Monday, roundtrip bus transportation in area ministry sites on Monday is included in your $34 registration fee.)


Where should I stay in Dallas?
If you need lodging, we encourage you to reserve rooms through the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting website.


When should I get there?
The opening session of the WMU Missions Celebration begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at Eddie Deen’s Ranch. Please plan to arrive by 2:30 p.m. to allow time to check in at the front desk to pick up a nametag and event information.


Where is Eddie Deen’s Ranch?
Eddie Deen’s Ranch is located at 944 S Lamar Street in Dallas, across the street from the Bruton Theatre in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (where we will meet on Monday night). Eddie Deen’s is a fun and unique venue you are sure to enjoy!


What are local transportation options? Is parking available?
There are a number of transportation options in Dallas, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail and bus options, Uber and Lyft, and number of free options. If you are driving, there is a convenient parking lot right outside of Eddie Deen’s where you can park your vehicle for $10. This is a city parking lot; cash and all major credit cards are accepted.


Can you tell me more about this year’s program?
We have tailored this year’s schedule based off your feedback. Our program is designed to offer unique experiences in Dallas while keeping in mind the timeframes of other opportunities hosted by our SBC partners in which you may want to participate.

WMU general sessions will be on Sunday, June 10, at Eddie Deen’s Ranch beginning at 3:00 p.m.; and Monday, June 11, at the Bruton Theatre in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center at 7:00 p.m.

In additional to general sessions, options abound on Monday! There are three different types of opportunities you’ll want to participate in:

  1. Conferences—Dynamic small-group breakout sessions on a variety of topics will be offered at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. These will take place in the Convention Center on the first level/ground in Lobby C.
  2. Refugee Simulation—Gain an understanding about the plight of refugees and ways you can minister as you explore the refugee simulation in the SBC Exhibit Hall, presented in partnership with the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and Baptist Global Response.
  3. Tour Area Ministry Sites—Learn more about missions efforts in Dallas and make an impact through serving and prayerwalking area ministry sites; roundtrip transportation from the Convention Center is provided. Preregistration is required. 


What should I pack to wear? What type of weather can I expect?
Casual dress is fine and comfortable shoes are encouraged. Feel free to dress a little more “Texas style” with a western flair on Sunday evening at Eddie Deen’s Ranch. Daytime temperatures in June should be in the low 90s and nighttime lows in the mid-70s. Check here for the latest forecast before you pack for Dallas.


Will there be giving opportunities to support missions?
Yes, you will have an opportunity to support WMU by giving through the WMU Foundation during the Monday evening general session. An offering will be taken for the Vision Fund, which supports the ministries of WMU. Cash and checks are accepted.


Will there be a store on-site to purchase resources and items from WMU?
While we will not have a WMU Bookstore onsite at the Missions Celebration, WMU and WorldCrafts items will be available for purchase in the LifeWay store conveniently located in the SBC Exhibit Hall.


What is there to do in Dallas?
Dallas is the ninth largest city in the US and the third largest in Texas, with a population of 1,281,047. Learn more about Dallas and begin planning your trip now!


What if I still have questions?
Please feel free send an email with “WMU Missions Celebration” in the subject line to email@wmu.org and we will respond as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas! 

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