The Free Methodist World Conference is the international over-arching body of the Free Methodist denomination.

Our Goals

The Free Methodist World Conference has the following goals and responsibilities:

  1. To provide for worldwide fellowship among Free Methodist bodies and regularly convene a global assembly of representatives of the Free Methodist bodies for coordination and planning of worldwide ministries;
  2. To encourage the expansion of the kingdom of God by the Free Methodist Church in existing conferences and in new fields through evangelism that is in harmony with Wesleyan doctrine and practices;
  3. To assume legislative and judicial authority in matters relating to the Free Methodist Constitution as defined below;
  4. To monitor the integrity of every Free Methodist institution under the provisions of the Common Constitution of Free Methodism (see ¶210) and of the Book of Discipline7 of the institution’s general conference;
  5. To maintain and administer an international scholarship fund for the development of Free Methodist leaders grounded in biblical theology and Wesleyan doctrine.

In 1999, the World Fellowship voted to become World Conference. Since 2003, the Free Methodist World Conference has met in Harare, Zimbabwe (2003); Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007); Bujumbura, Burundi (2011); Port Shepstone, South Africa (2015); Sao Paulo, Brazil (2019); and Kigali, Rwanda (2023).

2024 Council of Bishops

October 24-28 | Santiago, Dominican Republic

2024 is the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the World Conference. The Council of Bishops will be meeting in the Dominican Republic this October to celebrate. We will be staying at the Hodelpa Gran Almirante in Santiago. 

Who makes the reservation for my flight and hotel room?

Bishops, delegates, and guests to World Conference should complete the online registration and make their own flight reservations. World Conference will arrange for hotel rooms from the registration submitted. It is important to provide your flight information as we will be providing transportation from the airport to the hotel upon arrival in Kigali and back to the airport at the conclusion of World Conference.

What is the cost of attending World Conference?

The cost of travel, lodging and meals is paid for by the World Conference for one bishop and delegate to the World Conference meeting. Guests pay their own expenses. Hotel rooms are negotiated down to $115 per night. Meal menus have not yet been finalized.

Do I need a VISA to enter Rwanda? Can I obtain a VISA in advance of my travels?

In most cases yes you need a passport and Visa. You may get a VISA at the airport or in advance. Click the link (IremboGov) for information on obtaining a VISA online to enter Rwanda.

My plans include coming early or staying later. Can I do that?

World Conference will pay the hotel expenses for a bishop and a delegate Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Meals are for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you arrive earlier or stay later, you are responsible to pay the expenses. Airport transportation will become your responsibility outside of the normal arrival & departure window.

Hotel rooms will cost $115 per night. Meals will be on your own.

I am a Bishop and plan to participate in a local Kigali church service following the World Conference. How do I register for an additional hotel night for that?

Some bishops may stay and preach in a local church on Sunday, October 29. When you register, note this and your room will be extended until Monday, October 30.