The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, a regional body of The United Methodist Church, serves as the missional ministry and administrative structure for the churches in Indiana. Our clergy and laity are a part of what United Methodists know as the Connection, as we believe we are stronger in our witness to the world by being connected to each member, church, agency, and other bodies doing the ministry of the Church in Indiana and throughout the world.
As United Methodists we accept a Wesleyan Theological view which calls us to service, evangelism, discipleship, and promoting grace to all God’s children. We believe that all are called by God and seek to be a place where they can learn more about faith.
The Indiana Conference is part of the North Central Jurisdiction, which encompasses Annual Conferences in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Bishop Julius C. Trimble is our current episcopal leader of the Indiana Area.
Our United Methodist Definition of Annual Conference
The annual (sometimes referred to as ‘regional’) conference is described by the church’s Constitution and (other parts of the) Book of Discipline as the “basic unit” of the church.
In the United States, an annual conference may cover an entire state, only part of the state, or even parts of two or more states. There are also three missionary conferences in the United States, which rely upon the denomination as a whole for funding.
The United States has 56 annual conferences, supervised by bishops in 46 episcopal areas. There are 75 annual conferences in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines, which are supervised by 20 bishops.
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