The Annual Conference meets once a year to represent United Methodists in a particular geographical area. All clergy are members and each local church or charge elects at least one lay member as delegate to the Annual Conference so that lay members equal clergy members.
The Annual Conference is responsible for accepting goals and approving the budget for the work of the United Methodist Church in its area. It is also responsible for approving persons for ordinations as clergy and consecration as diaconal ministers.
Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, delivered leadership training sessions at the 2015 Annual Conference. The three presentations were aimed at equipping, inspiring and encouraging pastors and local church leaders as they seek to develop healthy and growing United Methodist Churches. The conference captured Rev. Hamilton’s sessions on video. See links below.