The Methodist Conference meets annually in June or July. It first met in 1744 under John Wesley, who gathered together his assistants (both ordained ministers and itinerant lay preachers) to confer together about 'what to teach, how to teach, and what to do, i.e. how to regulate our doctrine, discipline and practice.'
The contemporary Conference is a gathering of representatives from each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by the Conference and some ex officio members and representatives of the Youth Conference. The South East District Synod elects a mixture of lay people and ordained presbyters and deacons at the September Synod to attend the Conference in the following year as its representatives.
Click here to access the conference website for information and about recent and past Conferences.