Have more questions about this year’s Annual Conference?

Learn more below.  If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, check back often as this information will be updated regularly.

What are the dates of the 2016 Annual Conference?

Wednesday, June 8 through Monday, June 13

Am I required to be there for all 6 days?


The Detroit Annual Conference will meet independently beginning on the evening of Wednesday, June 8 and all day on June 9.

Both conferences will participate in shared meetings on Friday, June 10 through the afternoon of Sunday, June 12.

The West Michigan Annual Conference will meet independently beginning in the evening of Sunday, June 12 and concluding on Monday, June 13.

Why attend the 2016 Michigan Area Joint Annual Conference?

The 2016 Michigan Area Joint Annual Conference will provide you a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn and expand your knowledge of mission from other United Methodists outside of your sphere;
  • Celebrate and share your love for specific ministries with new people;
  • Meet others who share a passion for missions and ministry;
  • Make new friends;
  • Better understand and grow your gifts by trying something new;
  • The opportunity to explore a fun, new place;
  • Add new life and zest to the routine of Annual Conference.

Where will this conference be held?

The Conference will be held at Michigan State University.  On-campus housing, all meals and many activities will take place in the Brody Neighborhood. This is an area tucked in the north west corner of MSU’s campus.

Meetings and worship will convene at the Jack Breslin Student Event Center.

How do I get to MSU? How will I know where to go once I'm on campus?

Detailed information about parking, including maps and bus schedules is available on this site.  You’ll also receive information regarding these important questions once you’ve completed your registration.

Where will I stay?

You can choose to stay at one of MSU’s newly remodeled residence halls in the Brody Neighborhood or off-campus at one of several nearby hotels (less than 10 minutes’ drive from campus). Click on Accommodations on this site for more detailed information.

MSU is a big campus. Will I have to walk everywhere?

There may be slightly more walking than at previous venues, but we have a robust shuttle system in place that will take you where you need to go. MSU is an ADA-compliant campus, but unfortunately golf carts are not permitted. If you have mobility issues or specific needs, please contact us.

What does it cost to attend?

Members can expect to pay for registration, plus four nights lodging in a shared dorm room, plus all meals at Brody Commons approximately $380.  Members from the Detroit Annual Conference can expect to pay slightly less due to apportionment offset.

What services will be provided for those with physical disabilities?

MSU is an ADA-compliant campus, and a shuttle system will run all day.  If you have mobility issues, you will be able to park right where you will be staying. To request a parking pass, or if you have specific needs, please contact us.

I have dietary restrictions/food allergies. What dining options will be available?

MSU’s Brody Square is a modern, nationally recognized food court-style dining hall with 9 different venues that offer a wide variety of menu options, including vegetarian and gluten-free. In addition MSU’s Culinary Services team identifies the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, soy, nuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and wheat) on all campus menu items, as well as the dietary restrictions of alcohol, beef, and pork. Click here for more information, or to contact MSU’s registered dietician.

Will there be decision-making or business at the 2016 Annual Conference?

Yes.  Each conference will still act on legislative items during their separate conference times.

Will the Detroit and West Michigan conferences be doing all of their work together?

No, but we will have more than 2 days of shared meetings around teaching and preaching.

What is the agenda for this year's conference?

See the schedule here.  The program is still being finalized, so check back often.

Who are some of this year's speakers?

The program is still being finalized, but we are proud to be able to welcome Bishop Gregory Palmer from Ohio, retired Bishop Donald Ott and Reverend Chebon Kernell.  Check the website often for more updates about the program and speakers.

Can I bring my family? Is child care provided? Are there activities for children?

Yes! We encourage you to bring your family. As in previous years, 2016 Annual Conference will offer a kids camp.  But you must pre-register, so be sure to include that in your on-line registration.

How can I get invited to attend?

By Discipline, all ordained elders are required to attend annual conference. Each local church is also asked to send a voting Lay Member to Annual Conference.  Some local churches choose to send an alternate as well.  Speak to your pastor and your local church nomination committee to express interest in attending. Contact your district office and express interest in attending as a District –At-Large member.  Even if you are not nominated as a voting member, everyone is invited to attend as a guest.  Guests are not able to vote during plenary sessions.

We hope you will plan to attend!

Can I bring a bike to get around campus?

Yes! You may bring your bike and park them around Breslin or the Brody complex during the conference. Be sure to LOCK your bikes, as MSU will impound bikes that are not locked.


Ask your Annual Conference coordinators

Detroit Annual Conference Nancy Arnold

West Michigan Annual Conference Laura Witkowski