Popular conferences hosted by the African Methodist Episcopal Church include the quadrennial general conference, the quadrennial Connectional AME Women in Ministry Conference and the annual conferences hosted by each of the church's 20 districts. The general conference includes bishop election and retirement ceremonies, as well as speeches by prominent members of the church and African-American community. For example, first lady Michelle Obama appeared as the keynote speaker for the 2012 general conference.
In addition to conference events and ceremonies, the general conference includes church legislative activity by the church's bishops, committees and administrative staff.
The Women in Ministry Conference includes worship services and other events such as workshops and a closing breakfast. It normally occurs two years before and after each general conference, with some events specific to the women's ministry occurring at each general conference.
The annual conferences include pre-conference activities such as Evangelist Day and Women in Ministry Day, as well as a mix of worship services, classes, speeches and other events. Each district designs the schedule of its own conference. The 20 districts spread across the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Some large districts, such as the first district that includes Bermuda and the Northeast United States, hold multiple annual conferences at different locations.