Annual Conference

The Twenty-Fourth Session of the Dakotas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

June 8-10, 2017, Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, North Dakota

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Pre-Conference Video: Welcome to Bismarck from Dakotas UMC on Vimeo.


Theme: The theme of this year's annual conference is “Encounter the Spirit—LIVE Expectantly!” We will celebrate the ways in which we are inviting others to become disciples of God and how we are living our lives in ways that are far beyond our imagination to grow in love of God and neighbor, reach new people, and heal a broken world.

Speaker/teacher announced

Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary of UMC Discipleship, will be our teaching speaker at Annual Conference 2017. Dotson, who was elected to the position in April 2016, is an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference and formerly served as senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church, a 3,500-member, multi-campus church in Wichita.

“Discipleship has always been my passion,” said Dotson. “I think we are always facing issues. … but that doesn’t change the core of who we are,” Dotson said, adding that he plans to present a leadership that is “hopeful about the future.” (from   Read more here.


The following Bismarck hotels have agreed to special conference rates.

Radisson Hotel Bismarck – 0.4 miles to Event Center (Headquarter hotel)
Best Western Plus Ramkota – 0.4 miles to Event Center
Expressway Suites – 0.9 miles to Event Center
Expressway Inn – 0.8 miles to Event Center

Click here for a printable list of all the hotel contact information, booking links, codes and walking maps.

Schedule released

As of January 16, 2017, this is the schedule of events for Annual Conference 2017.

Click here to download a pdf version of the 2017 Annual Conference schedule.