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An Annual Conference in the United Methodist Church is a regional body that governs much of the life of the "Connectional Church." Annual conferences are composed primarily of the clergy members and a lay member or members from each charge (a charge is one or more churches served by a minister under appointment by the bishop). Each conference is a geographical division. In general, the smaller states in the United States hold one conference each, while larger states often include two or more conferences. Several annual conferences are held in other nations as well.

Role and composition

The Annual Conference is the primary unit of denominational government. Regional groups of conferences within the United States make up the Jurisdictional Conferences, and outside the United States they make up the Central Conferences. The entire group of all annual conferences makes up the General Conference which meets every four years. Only the General Conference can speak officially for the church.

The Annual Conference is composed of an equal number of clergy and laity. Each charge conference elects as many lay members to the Annual Conference as they have ministers appointed to that charge. In most cases that is one. The Lay Member must, at the time of election, be a Professing Member of the United Methodist Church for at least two years and four years an active participant in the church. This requirement may be waived for those under 30 years old in the Central Conferences, and is waived for newly organized churches. The Annual Conference also consists of a number of "at-large" members, also known as "additional lay members," the number of at-large members being the number necessary (after the members elected by charge conferences are seated) so that the laity and the clergy are equal in number. First seated among at-large members are lay persons holding certain lay positions or offices designated by the Book of Discipline or by the Annual Conference itself. Among those officers are the lay leaders of the conference and each of the districts within the conference, as well as the Conference presidents of the United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, the young adult organization, the college student organization and the youth fellowship. Also all the diaconal ministers, home missioners and the deaconesses under Episcopal appointment are lay members. When there are multiple congregations in a charge conference, members from each congregation in that charge are encouraged to become at-large members. After all lay members who hold their seat by virtue of office or position are seated and if additional lay members are needed the Annual Conference will elect any active United Methodist lay person who is interested in holding that position.

List of Annual Conferences

The following is a list of the Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church (including the current Resident Bishops in each Episcopal Areas).

Annual Conferences in the Jurisdictional Conferences (Inside the U.S.)

The conferences are also be grouped into jurisdictions that appoint bishops for conferences within that jurisdiction. These jurisdictions are listed [1] as follows: ([2])

  • North Central Jurisdiction
  • Northeastern Jurisdiction
  • South Central Jurisdiction
  • Southeastern Jurisdiction
  • Western Jurisdiction

North Central Jurisdiction

According to the UMC website [3], the North Central Jurisdiction consists of the following Annual conferences:

  • Dakotas Conference—Bishop Bruce R. Ough [4]
  • Minnesota Conference - Bishop Bruce R. Ough [5]
  • Detroit Conference—Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey (Michigan) [7]
  • East Ohio Conference—Bishop John L. Hopkins [8]
  • Indiana Conference—Bishop Michael J. Coyner [9]
  • [12]
  • Illinois Great Rivers Conference [14]
  • Iowa Conference—Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble (Iowa) [15]
  • West Michigan Annual Conference—Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey [17]
  • West Ohio Conference—Bishop Gregory V. Palmer Gregory V. Palmer
  • Wisconsin Conference—Bishop Hee-Soo Jung [20]

Northeastern Jurisdiction

According to its website [21], the Northeastern Jurisdiction consists of the following Annual conferences:

  • Baltimore-Washington Conference—Bishop John R. Schol (Washington) [22]
  • Susquehanna Conference—Bishop Jane Allen Middleton (Harrisburg) [23]
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Conference—Bishop Peggy Johnson (Philadelphia) [24]
  • Greater New Jersey Conference—Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar [25]
  • [26]
  • New York Annual Conference—Bishop Martin McLee (New York)[27]
  • Upper New York Annual Conference—Bishop Mark Webb [28]
  • Peninsula-Delaware Conference— Bishop Peggy Johnson [29]
  • West Virginia Annual Conference—Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball [30]
  • Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference—[31]

Southeastern Jurisdiction

According to its website, [32] The Southeastern Jurisdiction consists of the following Annual Conferences:

  • Alabama - West Florida Annual Conference—Bishop Paul L. Leeland (Alabama West-Florida) [33]
  • Florida Annual Conference—Bishop Kenneth Carter (Florida) [34]
  • Holston Conference—Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor (TN) [35]
  • Kentucky Conference—Bishop Lindsey Davis (Louisville) [36]
  • Memphis—Bishop Bill McAlilly [37] also Bishop of the Tennessee Conference.
  • Mississippi Annual Conference—Bishop James E. Swanson (Mississippi)[38]
  • North Alabama Conference—Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett(Birmingham) [39]
  • [40]
  • [41]
  • Red Bird Missionary
  • [42]
  • South Georgia Conference—Bishop James R. King, Jr. (South Georgia) [43]
  • Tennessee Conference—Bishop Bill McAlilly (Nashville) [44]
  • Virginia Conference—Bishop [45]
  • [46]

South Central Jurisdiction

According to its website [47], the South Central Jurisdiction consists of the following Annual conferences:

  • Central Texas Conference—Bishop J. Mike Lowry [48]
  • Kansas East Conference—Bishop Scott J. Jones (Kansas) [49]
  • Kansas West Conference—Bishop Scott J. Jones (Kansas) [50]
  • Louisiana Conference—Bishop William Wayne Hutchinson (Louisiana Area) [51]
  • Missouri Conference—Bishop Robert C. Schnase (Missouri) [52]
  • Arkansas Conference—Bishop Charles Crutchfield (Little Rock) [53]
  • Nebraska Conference—Bishop Ann Brookshire Sherer (Nebraska) [54]
  • New Mexico Conference—Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe (Northwest Texas/New Mexico) [55]
  • [56]
  • Northwest Texas Conference—Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe (Northwest Texas/New Mexico) [57]
  • Oklahoma-Indian Missionary Conference—Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr. [58]
  • Oklahoma Conference—Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. [59]
  • Rio Grande Conference—Bishop Jim Dorff (San Antonio) [60]
  • Southwest Texas Conference—Bishop Jim Dorff (San Antonio) [61]
  • [62]

Western Jurisdiction

According to its website [63], the "Western Jurisdiction" of the UMC consists of the following conferences:

  • Alaska Conference—Bishop Grant J. Hagiya (Seattle) [64]
  • California-Nevada Conference—Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. (Sacramento) [65]
  • California Pacific Conference—Bishop[66]
  • Desert Southwest Conference—Bishop [67]
  • Oregon-Idaho Conference—Bishop Grant J. Hagiya (Portland) [68]
  • Pacific Northwest Conference—Bishop Grant J. Hagiya (Seattle) [69]
  • Rocky Mountain Conference—Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (Denver) [70]
  • Yellowstone Conference—Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (Denver) [71]

Annual Conferences in the Central Conferences (Outside the U.S.)

Outside the United States the church is divided into seven Central Conferences in three continents:

  • Africa Central Conference
  • Congo Central Conference
  • West Africa Central Conference
  • Central and Southern Europe Central Conference
  • Germany Central Conference
  • Northern Europe Central Conference
  • Philippines Central Conference

Africa Central Conference

  • Eastern Angola Episcopal Area : Bishop Jose Quipungo
    • Eastern Angola Annual Conference
  • East Africa Episcopal Area : Bishop Daniel A. Wandabula
    • East Africa Annual Conference (includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda)
  • Mozambique Episcopal Area : Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala
    • Mozambique North Annual Conference
    • Mozambique South Annual Conference
    • South Africa Annual conference
  • Western Angola Episcopal Area : Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos
    • Western Angola Annual Conference
  • Zimbabwe Episcopal Area : Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa
    • East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
    • West Zimbabwe Annual Conference

Congo Central Conference

  • Central Congo Episcopal Area :Bishop David Kekumba Yemba
    • Central Congo Annual Conference
    • East Congo Annual Conference (Previously Northeast Congo)
    • Kasai Provisional Annual Conference
    • Kivu Provisional Annual Conference
    • Oriental and Equator Annual Conference (Previously Upper Congo & Equator)
    • West Congo Annual Conference
  • North Katanga Episcopal Area : Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo
    • North Katanga Annual Conference
    • Tanganyika/Tanzania Annual Conference
  • South Congo Episcopal Area : Bishop Kainda Katembo
    • Lukoshi Annual Conference
    • North-West Katanga Annual Conference
    • South Congo Annual Conference
    • South-West Katanga Annual Conference

West Africa Central Conference

  • Liberia Episcopal Area: Bishop John Innis
    • Liberia Annual Conference
  • Nigeria Episcopal Area
    • Nigeria Annual Conference
  • Sierra Leone Episcopal Area: Bishop John Yambasu
    • Sierra Leone Annual Conference
  • Cote d'Ivoire Episcopal Area: Bishop Benjamin Boni
    • Côte d'Ivoire Annual Conference

Central and Southern Europe Central Conference

  • Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area: Bishop [72]
    • Austria Provisional Annual Conference
    • Bulgaria Provisional Annual Conference
    • Czech and Slovak Republics Annual Conference
    • Hungary Provisional Annual Conference
    • Poland Annual Conference
    • Serbia-Montenegro/Republic of Macedonia Provisional Annual Conference
    • Switzerland-France Annual Conference (includes Algeria District)

Germany Central Conference

  • Germany Episcopal Area: Bishop [73]
    • Germany East Annual Conference
    • Germany North Annual Conference
    • Germany South Annual Conference

Northern Europe Central Conference

  • Eurasia Episcopal Area: Bishop Hans Växby ([74])
    • Central Russia Annual Conference
    • Eastern Russia and Central Asia Annual Conference
    • Northwest Russia Provisional Annual Conference
    • Southern Russia Annual Conference
    • Ukraine and Moldova Annual Conference
  • Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area : Bishop Christian Alsted [75]
    • Denmark Annual Conference
    • Estonia Annual Conference
    • Finland-Finnish Provisional Annual Conference
    • Finland-Swedish Provisional Annual Conference
    • Norway Annual Conference
    • Sweden Annual Conference

Philippines Central Conference

  • Baguio Episcopal Area: Bishop Rudoflo Juan
    • Central Luzon Philippines Annual Conference
    • North Central Philippines Annual Conference
    • Northeast Philippines Annual Conference
    • Northern Philippines Annual Conference
    • Northwest Philippines Annual Conference
    • Pangasinan Philippines Annual Conference
    • Tarlac Philippines Annual Conference
    • Northeast Luzon Philippines Annual Conference
  • Davao Episcopal Area: Bishop Leo A. Soriano
    • East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
    • Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
    • Northwest Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
    • Southwest Philippines Annual Conference
    • Palawan Philippines Annual Conference
    • Visayas Philippines Annual Conference
  • Manila Episcopal Area : Bishop Lito Tangonan
    • Bicol Philippines Provisional Annual Conference
    • Bulacan Philippines Annual Conference
    • Middle Philippines Annual Conference
    • Philippines Annual Conference
    • Quezon City Philippines Annual Conference - East
    • Rizal Philippines Annual Conference - East
    • Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines Annual Conference - East
    • Pampango Philippines Annual Conference
    • West Middle Philippines Annual Conference

See also

References

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