2024 Annual Conference

Register for Annual Conference

Clergy and lay members will gather in holy conferencing at the 240th session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference on Wednesday, May 29, through Friday, May 31, at the Hilton Hotel, 401 West Pratt St. in Baltimore.   

Registration is closed and there are currently no more rooms at the Conference rate available at the Hilton. However, the BWC has negotiated overflow hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn across from the Hilton. Register for those rooms at  BW Conference of United Methodist Church (hilton.com).

 All those who are staying at the Hilton are encouraged to download the Hilton app so that you can check-in on the app and avoid the front desk check-in lines.  Learn how.

Those attending should register for parking, which is $15 a day. Visit Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor - Self Parking (lazparking.com) Please note, while completing the steps, there is a clickable section called “Have a discount code?” Guests will need to enter the word United to have the Annual Conference discount applied.

As part of the fellowship activities, 1,000 United Methodists will gather at Camden Yards at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, to watch the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling will throw out the first pitch.  There are approximately 350 additional tickets in our block for purchase on a first-come first-served basis. Here is a link for people to purchase Orioles tickets: https://www.shelbygiving.com/App/Form/64f99851-375b-43f6-860b-2affe18baa17 The tickets will be sent via email.

Dr. Carla Works, Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. will be the preacher at the service of ordination, which will be held on Friday afternoon, May 31; she will also lead this year's Bible study sessions. A Memorial Service, to honor the saints of the church who have died this year, will be held on May 30. The Rev. C. Anthony Hunt of Epworth Chapel UMC in Baltimore will preach. 

Workshops on a variety of topics will be held on Wednesday morning. Learn more. The wide variety of workshops, which focus on deepening discipleship and vitality, will explore such topics as:

  • Gardens in the Desert: How the Adaptive Church (and Fresh Expressions) Can Lead to a Whole New Life
  • The Art of Neighboring: Reimagining Church in our Literal Neighborhoods
  • Becoming Yourself: An Introduction to Positive Intelligence
  • BLESS: 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World
  • Connecting for Change: Introduction to Missional Action Planning (MAP)
  • How ‘Truth or Dare’ Can Lead to Birthing a Fresh Expression
  • Leaders Aren't Born, They're Grown
  • Living Well: A Holistic Approach to a Balanced Life
  • The Power of Prayer in Congregational Transformation and Outreach
  • The State of Humanitarian Immigration
  • Funding Ministry through Planned Giving, Endowments, and Major Gifts

Or, take a small excursion into history and discipleship with “Rooted in Faith: A Mini-Pilgrimage Experience,” a walking excursion to Old Otterbein UMC, the Mother Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

Bus transportation to and from the Conference will be provided from various locations around the conference. See the bus schedule

Several groups will host special meals. They include:

  • Wednesday, May 29, Retirement Lunch (by invitation only)
  • Thursday, May 30, Wesley/Nexus Buffet Breakfast
  • Thursday, May 30, Hispanic-Latino Ministry Breakfast
  • Thursday, May 30, BWARM/MFSA Lunch
  • Thursday, May 30, Memorial Lunch (by invitation only)
  • Thursday, May 30, Local Pastors & Associates Lunch
  • Thursday, May 30, Order of Deacons lunch
  • Thursday, May 30, Duke Divinity Alumni lunch
  • Thursday, May 30, BMCR Dinner
  • Thursday, May 30,Appointments Beyond the Local Church Dinner
  • Friday, May 30, CRC Breakfast with Retiring Clergy
  • Friday, May 31, Wesley Seminary Alumni lunch
  • Friday, May 31, UMM/UWF Lunch
  • Friday, May 31, Living Well Alumni Lunch

The theme of the conference, presided over by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, is “Like Fire Shut Up in Our Bones,” inspired by Jeremiah 20:9. The guiding Scripture passage for the Annual Conference session is Romans 12:1, 9-12: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, on the basis of God’s mercy, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. … Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;  love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.