Thursday through Saturday, May 28-30

In 2015, Indiana United Methodists are gathering to share stories of faith around the Annual Conference theme of “Share Your Story.” At Annual Conference May 28-30, 2015, Bishop Mike Coyner will lead the opening and closing worship services; Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Conference will preach during the ordination service; and Dr. Everett Carver McGriff, a retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, will lead the memorial service. George Howard, Deputy General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, will lead as the conference’s featured teacher, as well as the speaker for the mission luncheon. Also, the annual prayer breakfast will feature Paula and Ed Kassig, parents of the late Abdul-Rahman “Peter” Kassig, a foreign-aid worker held captive since 2013 and murdered by ISIS in 2014. The Kassigs are members of Epworth UMC in Indianapolis. Click here for more information or here to register now.

Social Media – Annual Conference

The conference will actively share information leading up to and throughout Annual Conference via our social media channels. Take a moment to “like” us on Facebook ( or “follow” us on Twitter ( Also, make sure that you use our official hashtags:

  • #inumc
  • #inac15
  • #inumc15
  • #shareyourstory

Annual Conference online registration

  • Deadline is May 13.
  • Click here to register 
  • Paper registration must be postmarked by May 9.
  • There will be a $10 late fee for walk-ins.

Annual Conference reports are posted online

Housing reservation deadline is May 6

We encourage you to stay in our hotel block downtown Indianapolis. Click here. See information about reduced rate at Sheraton Downtown below.

MERGE Family Ministry Conference

During our time in Indianapolis (May 29-30), churches are also invited to participate in an event to help resource and equip youth, children and family ministries leaders to build a multigenerational culture in church leadership. This two-day event is packed with great worship, dynamic sessions and workshops by leaders from around the nation including: Dave Csinos, Leneita Fix, Michael Novelli, Yancy, Mark Cornelison, Steve Argue, Stephanie Caro, Aaron Helman, Brent Lacy, Chris Schaffner, Karen Grant, Travis Jeffords, Sarah Sparks-Franklin, Helene Foust, Terry Linhart, Allison Curts, Stephanie Riebe, Matthew Phipps, Jen Huff, Alex Lamb, Nancy Bellinger.

A complete listing of workshop topics can be found here. For more info and to register, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Registration deadline is Sunday, May 10. Social media for MERGE – #merge15

Reduced room rates at the Sheraton Downtown hotel

The Sheraton Hotel is now offering a limited number of hotel rooms at a reduced rate of $119 per night during our Annual Conference, in addition to $6 per night self-parking in their adjacent parking garage. Click here to take advantage of this reduced rate and make your reservation today!

Annual Conference ushers needed

If you are willing to be an usher for one plenary session or worship service, please contact Carolyn Danielson, Hospitality Chair, at 260-463-2858 or

Discount offered for Eat, Preach & Praise luncheon

Convention Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28 – $34.25 (before discount)

In an effort for the Annual Conference to support our Next Generation Leaders, the tickets for the Eat, Preach & Praise luncheon have been reduced; please purchase your tickets by using the discount code LD925.

Join the continued celebration and elevation of next generation leaders and those who support them. Want to be inspired? Hear great preaching? See present and future church leaders sharing word and music? Sign up for the Eat, Preach & Praise Luncheon. The program will feature music and messages from a variety of next generation voices from around the state. Come and enjoy a fantastic program and a great lunch.

Mission Day 2015

The Conference Board of Laity, in partnership with the Cabinet, is encouraging local churches to engage in Mission Indiana 2015: Share Your Story as missional experience to impact communities across the Hoosier state. Churches are asked to plan local mission activities during the week leading up to AC2015, Saturday May 23 through Saturday, May 30. To share the mission opportunities, churches are asked to provide information to district lay leaders and assistants for others to participate. A special showing of the statewide movement will be planned during the conference. To register your church, please visit

Indiana Confessing Movement offers $10 dinner tickets to students and ministry candidates

The Indiana Confessing Movement is concerned that the high cost of meals at Annual Conference makes it difficult for students and ministry candidates to participate. For this reason, they are using donations to make tickets available to their dinner for $10 (instead of $28.50) for seminary students and ministry candidates. To get a discounted ticket, email Karen Ottjes at instead of ordering your ticket though the normal conference registration process. This year's speaker is Walter Fenton. You can learn more about the event here.