The Session of Annual Conference
Each year an equal number of clergy members and lay members attend their conference's annual conference session for worship, fellowship and to conduct the business of the conference, which may last three to five days. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work, adopt future goals, programs and budgets, ordain clergy members as deacons and elders and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every four years). The bishop presides over these meetings.
Who is invited?
Lay members of annual conference, along with clergy, interpret the work done by the annual conference session to the congregation. This is an opportunity to listen and learn from each other and to experience a greater variety of God’s human creation than you may experience in your local congregation. Take advantage of this opportunity by getting acquainted with people sitting near you. Celebrate the diversity of The United Methodist Church!
Guests are invited to participate in workshops and worship.
Where is the 2017 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference held?
Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS 39201
The Mississippi Conference is sensitive to the needs of those attending the 2017 Mississippi Annual Conference Session. Our desire is for your time at the conference to be as enjoyable and easy to access as possible. Please see the Hospitality Team, available at the Help Desk, with any questions.
The Jackson Convention Complex offers many features that make the facility friendly to guests with disabilities. These features include accessible parking, automatic entrance doors, wheelchair/motorized scooter accessible elevators, accessible restrooms and phone and fire alarms for the hearing impaired.
American Sign Language
American Sign Language will be offered at the front right of the exhibit space.
The Jackson Convention Complex welcomes guests with disabilities and their assistance animals.
Assisted listening devices are available for worship and plenary sessions at the front right of the worship space.
Persons who have Mississippi Disabled Parking tags or place cards will have access to a designated parking area (Lot C) at the corner of Court Street and Roach Street. Please be sure when you enter the designated parking lot that your tag or place card is visible for the parking attendant.
Christian conferencing in the Wesleyan tradition involves:
1. Worship and study
2. Spiritual growth and renewal
Items to bring to conference:
1. A spirit of Holy Conferencing
2. Pre-conference journal, either printed or on your electronic device
3. Church’s mission offering for Imagine No Malaria or INM card celebrating your church’s participation in saving lives to be given during the Mission Service
4. Church’s offering for Ministerial Education Fund to be given during Ordination Service
5. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes; if you are cold natured, we recommend you bring a light jacket
6. Spending money for meals, snacks, Cokesbury Store and other incidentals
May 1 Special Awards Nominations
May 1 Hotels Begin to Release Special Rate Room Blocks
May 1 Exhibit Booth Applications
May 1 Special Meals Tickets
May 1 Childcare Registration Forms
May 5 Design-Needed Ad for Special Edition Circuit Rider
May 17 Camera-Ready Ad for Special Edition Circuit Rider
May 18 Audio Visual Materials
We offer the opportunity for you to evaluate the Session of Annual Conference. The online survey will open at noon on Saturday, June 10 and close at noon on Wednesday, June 14. Please use this link or pick up a paper survey at the hospitality desk any time on Saturday.