Each year, the Free Methodist Church in Southern California provides opportunities for connection, training, and ministry development in both large group settings and smaller classroom experiences. If you’re interested in finding out what it means to belong, these events are a great place to start.
Annual Conference is our yearly business meeting. It is attended by all of our pastors and ministerial candidates, as well as lay delegates and representatives from our local churches. Annual Conference closes with an inspirational ordination service where those who have completed the ministerial credentialing process are brought into full membership as Elders in the conference.
Annual Conference 2022
Mark your calendars for May 13-14, 2022 as we come back together for Annual Conference 2022. If you are a pastor, board member, or conference delegate, make sure to check your email for additional information as we get closer to 2022.
Annual Conference 2021
This past year, we focused on connecting and rebuilding. Through this unique, entirely online experience, we walked through the book of Nehemiah to see how God can move in and through a people to not only rebuild a wall thousands of years ago, but also rebuild our churches into thriving communities that experience God’s grace and live in God’s presence.
Each Annual Conference is a snapshot of how God has moved within the Free Methodist Church that year. As a reminder of God’s goodness, we make our past content available online.
Seminars for Church Leaders
Throughout the year, we provide seminars and retreats for church leaders, both online and in-person. Our pastors spend their time together, ministering to one another, hearing from our Superintendents and receiving training from national leaders in the ministerial and business communities, equipping them to better lead and serve their local churches.
Join us on Thursday, October 21 at 12pm for a discussion with Robert Chao Romero to explore the history and theology of what he terms the “Brown Church.”
How do we invite congregants to more fully engage in the local church? Join Courtney Davis as she shares how to build sustainable volunteer teams in your church.
Join us for a thoughtful conversation with Trisha Welstad as she gives ministry leaders encouragement and practical resources to help you move from simply surviving to joyfully thriving in your ministries this year.
Do you sometimes feel like the conversation in the church about sexuality isn’t really much of a conversation? It’s time for the church to have an honest dialog about sexuality – one that’s less focused on fear and talking points and is instead focused on seeing people the way God sees them.
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Rah as he provides us with both a Biblical framework for lament and practical tools for allowing lament in our worship.
Join us Thursday, April 15 from 12-1:30 pm to find out how a Methodist model of ministry can impact your church during these times.
Join us March 18, 2021 from 12-1:30pm as we hear from Matthew Soerens, US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, about ways we can bring hope to refugees around the world and on our own doorstep.
“What if there were no Free Methodists?” Join us Thursday, February 18 from 12 to 1:30pm as the Board of Bishops share The Free Methodist Way.
Join us January 21 as Dr. Tali Hairston helps us consider how diversity in the Free Methodist Church impacts our ability to live out our values and mission.
Join us December 3 as we look to Jesus for simple and profound solutions to the challenges to ministry that come from a pandemic that has left us with a lingering sense of uncertainty and anxiety.