Announcing 2024 Annual Conference Dates:

Thursday, May 30 - Saturday, June 1, 2024 Grand Traverse Resort Acme MI Clergy Session Wednesday, May 29, 2024


2023 Annual Conference Summary



January: Preachers, teachers, and speakers announced.

February 1: Submission deadline for all legislation with possible financial impacts on the conference budget.

February 15: Submission deadline for all legislation without a financial impact on the conference budget.

February 28: Mission and Ministry content due to conference communications.

March 1:  Annual Conference registration opens at 9:00 AM

April 1: Board and Agency Reports due to conference communications.

April 15:  Pre-conference reports posted to this website for review.

May 1: Early registration closes!

May 2 - May 19: Late registration open with $50 fee, not covered for retirees or conference equalization members.

May 4: Lay Orientation, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

May 6: Lay Orientation, 9 - 10 AM

May 23, 24: Dates for online Legislative Committees.  Both nights at 7 PM.

May 26: Late Registration opens with a $50 Late Fee, not covered for retirees and conference equalization members. Late Registrants will not be able to participate in legislative committees.  Meal tickets are not guaranteed.

June 1: Clergy Session 2 PM

June 2 : Opening Worship and Memorial Service 1 PM.  Laity Event 4:15 PM

June 3: Plenary Sessions, Corporate Session, Service of Recognition Commissioning and Ordination.

June 4: Annual Conference concludes at 4 PM

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. - Lamentations 3:22-23 NRSV

New Every Morning 2023 Summary Video

To view all annual conference videos, visit the Michigan Conference Vimeo Page.

Video highlights of Annual Conference

Friday Opening Sermon

Bishop David Alan Bard "Hard Travelin"
Download a PDF of the script.

Saturday Bible Study

Rev. Grace Imathiu, Assurance in Difficult Times

Sunday Worship

Rev. Grace Imathiu. Preaching on Matthew 15:21
Download a PDF of the script.

Advocacy Day

"The Methodist Miracle," March 22, 2023, in Lansing MI, a rally to end gun violence. 

Readers to Leaders: Liberia

The Readers to Leaders campaign is raising funds to send 100 Liberian children to K-12 school. Learn why this life-changing effort matters and transforms whole communities.

R2L: CDC Freedom Schools

The Readers to Leaders Campaign supports Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools across Michigan.

Laity Moment

Christ Centered Mission and Ministry with Wendy Brookhouse, Wyoming Park UMC discusses selling a  beloved church building.


Lewis Moore of Grace Community Church talks about Second Grace and St. Timothy UM merger.

Laity Moment

Mary Jo Lott and Anthony Patrick of Grace UMC in Lansing talk about the joys of a rapidly growing congregation.

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Golf at Grand Traverse Resort

New Every Morning

This year’s theme invites us to reflect, remember, and give thanks for all that ways that God’s love and mercies have been at work in our churches, district, conference, and denomination throughout these anxious and uncertain times.  No matter where we have been traveling this season as Michigan United Methodists, God has been with us, God’s love has sustained us, and God’s mercies have been flowing through our members and ministries.  As always, God’s grace is at work in and through us.

Clergy attended the Clergy Session on Thursday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m. Annual Conference began with Opening Worship and Memorial Service on Friday, June 2 at 1:00 pm and concluded at 5 pm on Sunday, June 4. Bishop David Bard preached for Friday afternoon’s Opening Worship and Memorial Service as well as for the Service of Recognition, Commissioning and Ordination on Saturday night.  A block schedule is posted at  Registration is closed. 


Members of the Annual Conference are encouraged to confirm with their local church administrator to ensure their names are listed in the Brick River database to ensure they receive important and timely registration information, pre-conference reports, and invitations to ZOOM gatherings. 


2023 Michigan Annual Conference