2017 conference highlights for churches to share with members

Wondering how to summarize three packed-full days as you report back to your church? Here are some highlights.

Approved 2018 budget represents 1.2% increase

Members voted Thursday to approve a 2018 apportioned budget totaling $6,177,090, representing a 1.2 percent increase over 2017.

Thursday highlights: Acts 2 Talks, award, legislation

Four people shared TED-style talks, a difference-maker was honored, and members approved several pieces of legislation.

Milestones in ministry recognized, celebrated

Remembering those who have died, honored retiring clergy, and celebrating licensed local pastors and those being commissioned and ordained.

Dotson to Minnesota Conference: Focus on the ‘why’

Discipleship begins when churches reconnect with the “why” of their processes and develop mature disciples that can repeat the processes with others.
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7/22/2017: D.C./Ohio Mission Trip

Actively live out justice and compassion with other Minnesota United Methodists for a statewide, multi-generational mission trip to Washington, D.C. for a time ...

9/14/2017: Breakthrough Renewal Institute

Refresh, renew and revitalize your church

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#livesummeroutside

Cindy Gregorson

What if we ask our church folk: What would be life-giving to you this summer—help you grow in mind, body and spirit—and how can we support you in that?

Not entirely in…not entirely out

Ben Ingebretson

Pastoral leaders need to be designers of liminal space and experiences—thresholds for people to take one step toward Christ.

Getting Comfortable with the E-word

Susan Nienaber

Questions to ground our notions of evangelism: Why do I believe what I believe? How do I understand God’s character and purpose? What story do I have to tell?

The bold, exclusively inclusive truth

Fred Vanderwerf

There is salvation in no one else—this might sound exclusive, but putting it in biblical context shows us that it can also be viewed as an inclusive statement.

Mission-minded church-school partnerships

Lyndy Zabel

At least 52 churches have partnerships with local schools—and there are several opportunities to help your church think about how you might form one.

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“Change for a change” offering raises funds for Imagine No Malaria

Evangelical UMC (Waseca) decided to raise money for Imagine No Malaria by having a special monthly offering called “Change for a Change” during which we would ...

“The Gathering Place” Opens in Chatfield

Chatfield United Methodist Church’s newly-formed health ministry for senior citizens, The Gathering Place, held its inaugural open house Jan. 10. Led by parish ...

“Ton of Tuna” campaign feeds a community

During Minnesota FoodShare month, River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville saw a need to fight hunger in its community. The church came up with a “Ton ...

20+ UMC congregations work to reach thousands at Twin Cities Pride event

Members of Reconciling United Methodist congregations in Minnesota created a float for the Pride parade and hosted a booth where they handed out rainbow peace ...

A Brush With Kindness team ‘serves Jesus while serving others’

Two years ago, members of Lindstrom and Main Street UMCs returned from a mission trip inspired to make change in their own communities.
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