2023 Charge Conferences


Churches have two different options for Charge Conference this fall. You may choose to either:

A) participate in your regional group charge conference


B) host your own charge conference* as we’ve done in previous years.

*If you are not an Elder you may not preside at your own Charge Conference and should select the Regional Group option.


Please CLICK HERE to register for your Charge Conference. (You will be prompted to select your church and then will have the option to choose your own date or register for the regional event.)

Cabinet Policies and Processes — Local Church Authorization to Preside at Charge/Church Conferences: OE – OF (7/2021): OE (elder (or full connection) from another UMC conference) can preside (they will transfer in as elders in most all cases); OE (other Methodist denomination cannot preside (because they may transfer in as another status PE or FL); OF (other non-Methodist denomination) –may not preside until received in the UMC as elder.


Regional Group Charge Conference Dates


You must let us know your Charge Conference date OR RSVP for your region’s Group Charge Conference no later than September 8, 2023.

REGION 1 (Northern)

When: Wednesday, October 4, 7-9 p.m.
Where: The Church of the Good Shepherd (2351 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna, VA 22181)
Paperwork deadline: Sunday, September 24

REGION 2 (Eastern)

When: Tuesday, October 10 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: First Vietnamese-American (4701 Arlington Blvd. Arlington 22203)
Paperwork deadline: Sunday, October 1

REGION 3 (Western)

When: Tuesday, October 17 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s UMC. (9203 Braddock Rd., Burke, VA 22015)
Paperwork deadline: Saturday, October 7

REGION 4 (Southern)

When: Tuesday, October 24 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Franconia UMC (6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310)
Paperwork deadline: Saturday, October 14.

Charge Conference Information

Who should come to the Charge Conference?

Your Administrative or Leadership Team, depending on your church structure. Also, all candidates for ministry and Lay Servants of all kinds need to be seen by the leadership should attend and be voted on or their reports received. Any other leaders are welcome to attend, but they will not have vote.

How do we prepare?

You will need to give notice to the church of the agenda, time, date and place at least 10 days prior and via at least two communications methods, whether you are at one of the four in person geographic sites or at an individual charge conference. The forms you need to fill out, including Clergy Compensation, will be in Unity this year, under your church’s page in Unity – in a section called “Charge Conference”.

A Message from your DS

Welcome to Charge Conference

District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert offers a greeting and message for your Charge Conference.