Our Vision, Task and Structure
The Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church is called to be a community, diverse and united in God’s saving love, sent out in vital life-giving ministry for and with Jesus Christ.
The strategy of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference is to fulfill the purpose and move toward our vision, the Annual Conference will provide lay and clergy transformational leadership for vital ministry.
The primary task of the Conference is calling, credentialing, equipping, sending forth, and nurturing lay and clergy transformational leaders.
Additional important functions of the Pacific Northwest Conference are; strategizing for new ministry development and congregational redevelopment, connecting for ministry beyond the local church, and providing support services.
Congregational Structure – how we do it
The General Conference is comprised of all United Methodist churches and has full legislative power over all matters distinctively connectional. Voting membership of the General Conference consists of elected delegates from each annual conference.
The Jurisdictional Conference consists of Annual Conferences situated in a geographical region. There are 5 jurisdictions in the United States. The Pacific Northwest Conference belongs to the Western Jurisdiction which includes the Annual Conferences of Cal Pacific, California Nevada, Desert Southwest, Oregon Idaho, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Alaska Missionary.
Each Annual Conference is in a regional area. There are 63 Annual Conferences in the United States, with several more around the world. The Pacific Northwest Annual Conference includes 260+ churches in the state of Washington and Northern Idaho.
The Pacific Northwest Annual Conference is divided into six geographic areas, called Districts. Each local church belongs to a geographic district. These districts are; Puget Sound, Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Seven Rivers, and Inland Districts. A superintendent is assigned to each district.