About Us

Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

The Florida Annual Conference stretches more than 700 miles from just west of Tallahassee to the Florida Keys. Between are 700 churches with more than 280,000 members from African-American, Anglo, Filipino, Haitian, Hispanic, Korean, Native American, Russian and Vietnamese backgrounds making up one dynamic church.

The Florida Annual Conference is in partnership with the Eastern Angola Conference and the Methodist Churches of Cuba and Haiti in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The conference is focused on fulfilling the vision of God's Kingdom through many transformation ministries, especially those with children and people in impoverished situations.

Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church: Core Ideology

Purpose

Together we are disciples of Jesus Christ in the Wesleyan tradition called to participate in God’s saving work in the world.

Core Values

  • We love God and search the Scriptures to hear and obey God's Word.
  • We welcome and serve all people, particularly the poor and marginalized, as an expression of God’s love for us.
  • We desire everyone to experience a life of worship and joy in God's presence by faith in Jesus Christ.
  • We are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit as we learn to follow Jesus.
  • We believe that changed people are called to change their communities by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe all disciples are called to discover their gifts and to live out their unique mission.
  • We share our faith in the context of authentic relationships.
  • Because we follow Jesus together, we have a responsibility to hold one another accountable for our discipleship.
Vision

Being changed in Christ, making a change in the world.

Mission

The mission of the Florida Conference is to connect and equip congregations in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Therefore, we:  

  • Start and nurture missional communities of faith
  • Develop effective servant leaders for the church and the world
  • Provide services that support congregations and extension ministries
  • Connect congregations and resources for ministries that we do better together

The Florida Annual Conference Staff

Bishop's Corner - Resident Bishop Ken Carter

Florida United Methodist Conference Center
450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815
800-282-8011 (toll free) or 863-688-5563