Just one more day until we met again! That’s right the 2015 Annual Conference kicks off Thursday, May 28 and we are excited to see you for a wonderful time of fellowship, praise, worship and Christian conferencing.

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Updated Information: Traffic

Please note that the ramp from I-65 N to I-70 W on the south side of the downtown (south split) is closed as of Tuesday, May 26.  Plan ahead to find an alternate route.

Social media & News updates

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  • #inumc
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  • #shareyourstory

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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 missions luncheon. Also, the annual prayer breakfast will feature Paula and Ed Kassig, parents of the late Abdul-Rahman “Peter” Kassig. The Kassigs are members of Epworth UMC in Indianapolis.

Festival of Next Generation Preachers

All are invited to ‘Encourage the Call’ of 13 Next Generation Preachers Thursday May 28 from 9 – 11 a.m. in Rooms 133 & 134. The Festival of Next Generation Preachers at Annual Conference showcases and encourages young people (14-28 years old) who are and aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. The festival is free and open to all.

Laity Lounge

The Board of Laity invites all members and friends of #inac15 to take part in the Laity Lounge during the 2015 Annual Conference. The hope is to learn how to better serve laity in Indiana, as well as share with you. This interactive lounge experience will include several activities to engage members:

  • “Random Acts of Love” – Stop by and write down an encouraging note about someone – your pastor, a committee members, your spouse, your children, etc. Notes will be posted in the Laity Lounge for everyone to read. Feel free to stop by and see if anyone has written you a note.
  • Check out outreach projects from around the Conference that have happened throughout the year or happening right now through Mission Indiana. Stop by to see photos of what everyone has been up to!  We will have stickers for you to wear or post in the Laity Lounge that offer you the opportunity to talk about what you’d like to commit to doing in your community.  If you have pictures or video, please email megan.fetter@inumc.org
  • Stop by and have a chat with members of the Board of Laity and the Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries to let us know your thoughts, comments, and/or concerns that you’d like to talk about. Megan Fetter, our Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity, will also be available during the day to hear your thoughts about leadership and our congregations.  Please make sure to stop by and say hello!


The 2015 Annual Conference members will elect 16 delegates (eight clergy and eight laity) to General Conference and 16 additional delegates (eight clergy and eight laity), who will go to Jurisdictional Conference with the General Conference delegates. Information about those who are willing to serve as delegates is available for viewing on the conference website at inumc.org/willingtoserve2015.

A booklet of those willing to serve will be included in your Annual Conference packet.

Clergy Voting rights at Annual Conference

Which clergypersons vote at Annual Conference? Hopefully, this chart will answer your questions. Please note that all registered lay members of the 2015 Annual Conference are eligible to vote on Annual Conference business and elections.

Note to Candidates for General and Jurisdictional Conference who are Willing to Serve

If you are running for the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations, please pick up a badge that indicates your willingness to serve at registration. Please note that your name must already be on the Willing to Serve list. All candidates are encouraged to attend the official ‘Meet and Greet’ opportunity Thursday, May 28 at 10 a.m. – clergy in Hall K and lay members in the 500 Ballroom.

Live streaming will be available during Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2015 will stream all sessions hosted in Hall K. The schedule of sessions/worship services for Hall K are listed below:

Thursday afternoon– May 28

  • 1 p.m. – Opening Worship and Plenary
  • 3 p.m. – Laity Session

Thursday evening – May 28

  • 7:30-9 p.m. – A Celebration of Ministry: Commissioning and Ordination

Friday morning – May 29

  • 8:30 a.m. – Clergy Learning Events (Keynote and workshops – click here)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lay Learning Events (Keynote and workshops – click here)

Friday evening – May 29

  • 7 p.m. – Service of Remembrance & Holy Communion
  • 10 a.m. – Plenary Session

Saturday afternoon – May 30

  • 1:30 p.m. – Plenary Session and Closing Worship

Please bookmark www.inumc.org/ac15livestreaming to view the 2015 Annual Conference.


Inexpensive parking is available behind Lucas Oil Stadium for a $5 flat fee daily on a first-come, first-served basis. When cars pay for the day, they must be out by midnight and will not have in and out privileges, meaning if you drive out of the lot for any reason you will have to pay to re-enter. If you are staying in a downtown hotel but want to leave your vehicle parked on the lot for the duration of the Annual Conference and walk to the Convention Center, tell the attendant the number of days you wish to pay for and leave your car. The lot will be staffed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but there is an automated machine when the lot is not staffed. The machine accepts credit cards and cash, but it does not make change. Enter the lot from Capitol Avenue at Gate 6 or Missouri Street at Gate 1.

In addition, there are approximately 12,000 other parking spaces in surface lots and parking garages immediately surrounding the Indiana Convention Center. Parking charges can range from $5 to $25. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight parking is available in the Pan Am Plaza parking garage for $22 per day, with no in-and-out privileges. Parking is also available in hotel lots for hotel guests at various rates. See map on back of booklet for locations.

Prayer Room

During the #inac15, all participants are encouraged to stop by the Prayer Room (Room 130) to pray for your church, pastor(s), leaders and community. There will be a map of Indiana for you to mark your church location with a sticky dot and a sheet to sign once you have prayed. The Prayer Team hopes that all laity will participate even if your pastor has already done it. Clergy aren’t always very likely to pray for themselves, so the hope is for our laity to offer words of prayer for their pastor(s). The team hopes every church will have a dot on the map by the end of Annual Conference 2015.