The primary responsibilities of the charge/church conference in the annual meeting is to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church. The charge/church conference forms are provided to assist in preparing for your annual meeting.
While it is the pastor’s responsibility to make sure that these forms are completed each year, lay leaders and staff are often involved in the completion of the charge/church conference forms. Please be certain that this information is shared with those in leadership roles.
Please remember that your charge or church conference must be authorized by the district superintendent and an authorized elder must preside. The conference also must be announced in advance—how far in advance is dependent on the church’s incorporation (15 days for 315 unless sale of property is involved when it then is 30 days, two weeks for 317A, or in accordance with other applicable state laws). The conference also must be announced in at least two of the following methods: from the pulpit of the church, in its weekly bulletin, in a local church publication, or by mail.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church