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

9/25/2017: Soul Leaders Retreat Series

Are you yearning for a community where you can be seen and known? Where you can have the freedom to dream new dreams? Where you will be encouraged, inspired, ...

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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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Christ UMC in Rochester hosts climate conversation

More than 60 people from churches in Rochester, Plainview, Chatfield, and elsewhere met at Christ United Methodist Church to strategize faith-based action on ...

Christmas Eve brunch—and branching out to the community

Mounds Park UMC hosted a brunch on Christmas Eve and invited the outside community.

Churches’ ‘Souper Bowl’ yields 1,000+ cans of soup for hungry

The Seahawks and the Broncos weren’t the only ones competing on Feb. 2. Two churches in the Minnesota Conference were having a “Souper Bowl” of their own.

Community Coffee Saturdays offer simple, effective outreach

There is a place to stop for a cup of coffee and friendly conversation in the little village of East Chain in southern Minnesota. The United Methodist Women ...

Congregation-wide book study paves way for featured speaker, ecclesiologist Tony Jones

United Methodist Church of Anoka and its satellite campus, Northern Light, took part in an all-congregation book study, named “One Congregation, One Book.” They...
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