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Annual Conference 2016: A different kind of conversation

Annual Conference 2016: A different kind of conversation

2/11/2016

At this year's conference session, we'll engage in "open space" conversations to explore how Minnesota United Methodists can be a good gift to the world.


Dakotas, Minnesota camp and retreat ministries unite to expand offerings, maximize effectiveness

Dakotas, Minnesota camp and retreat ministries unite to expand offerings, maximize effectiveness

2/10/2016

The Dakotas and Minnesota conferences’ camp and retreat ministries are combining their strengths and leadership and forming a joint governance team.


Church-school partnership grants help congregations bless, reach new people

Church-school partnership grants help congregations bless, reach new people

2/3/2016

Applications for 2016 grants are being accepted and are due April 1.


Embrace named fastest-growing United Methodist Church

Embrace named fastest-growing United Methodist Church

1/27/2016

Embrace Church’s average weekly worship attendance increased 1,437 percent between 2009 and 2014. Embrace launched a Minnesota campus in November.


Led by prayer, men's group blesses community member

Led by prayer, men's group blesses community member

1/26/2016

By becoming more sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit through prayer, the men of First UMC in Worthington blessed a woman in their community.


2016 Annual Conference Preview: Living Generously—Unleashing God’s Gifts

2016 Annual Conference Preview: Living Generously—Unleashing God’s Gifts

1/20/2016

Opportunities for young people, open-space conversations, blessing the community, guest speaker Sara Miles, and a Reach • Renew • Rejoice ministry fair.


Join other Minnesota United Methodists March 23 for General Conference prayer vigil

Join other Minnesota United Methodists March 23 for General Conference prayer vigil

1/19/2016

Churches, groups, and/or individuals are invited to sign up for a 15-minute period on that date when they commit to prayer. Promotional resources are available.


God’s Closet helps those in need, two bags at a time

God’s Closet helps those in need, two bags at a time

1/13/2016

God’s Closet, a ministry started by Epworth UMC in St. Paul, was visited 6,934 times in 2015—more than any other year in its history.


Messiah UMC takes to the mall, engages shoppers in health kit assembly

Messiah UMC takes to the mall, engages shoppers in health kit assembly

1/12/2016

The church organized the “packing party” in an effort to reach new people and invite them to participate in hands-on service.


General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation wants your ideas

General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation wants your ideas

1/6/2016

The delegation will host a "listening post" in March to hear people's ideas about some of the significant issues facing our denomination.


River Valley District to welcome new superintendent in 2016

River Valley District to welcome new superintendent in 2016

12/21/2015

Rev. Cynthia Williams, who's passionate about coaching and teaching, will become River Valley District superintendent on July 1, 2016.


Director of new church development has extensive church-planting experience

Director of new church development has extensive church-planting experience

12/17/2015

Ingebretson will be responsible for assessing the conferences’ current church-planting system, staffing it, and improving it.


North Star District churches provide nearly 1,000 shoeboxes to children in need

North Star District churches provide nearly 1,000 shoeboxes to children in need

12/17/2015

The toy- and snack-filled shoeboxes will be distributed to children on Christmas Eve.


Respect for Religious Freedom and Love of Neighbor: A Call to Offer These Christmas Gifts

Respect for Religious Freedom and Love of Neighbor: A Call to Offer These Christmas Gifts

12/17/2015

A Minnesota Council of Churches statement addresses member constituents, those campaigning for public office, the media, Muslim neighbors, and refugees.


Rev. Susan Mullin reflects on Global Creation Care Team meeting in Paris

Rev. Susan Mullin reflects on Global Creation Care Team meeting in Paris

12/17/2015

The team of six United Methodists from around the world is committed to energizing local churches to take action on climate change and other crises.


Laity invited to learn, discern at Jan., Feb. Ministry Discernment Retreats

Laity invited to learn, discern at Jan., Feb. Ministry Discernment Retreats

12/8/2015

There are three types of certification that laity can pursue; training sessions are offered all year.


MN United Methodists help denomination reach 90 percent of Imagine No Malaria goal

MN United Methodists help denomination reach 90 percent of Imagine No Malaria goal

12/8/2015

The United Methodist Church has raised just over $68 million in cash and pledges for Imagine No Malaria, a denomination-wide effort to eliminate malaria deaths.


New Koronis director brings extensive experience with Christian camps, education

New Koronis director brings extensive experience with Christian camps, education

12/2/2015

“Camp is in my blood,” said Dan Ziegler, who looks forward to helping Koronis Ministries craft and realize a compelling vision for its future.


5 things you should know about Reach • Renew • Rejoice

5 things you should know about Reach • Renew • Rejoice

12/1/2015

We're only in year two, but we've made lots of progress on both our fundraising and implementation goals.


10 ways to use the conference’s new website

10 ways to use the conference’s new website

11/18/2015

The Minnesota Conference just launched a redesigned website that's more functional and that has new features for clergy and churches.


ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2016

ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2016

11/18/2015

College students and host churches are encouraged to apply for the Minnesota Conference's ELI Project internship.


Council of Bishops president: Statement on the Paris attacks

Council of Bishops president: Statement on the Paris attacks

11/16/2015

"Even as we weep, we know that God is with us, that he sustains us with hope..." said Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops.


Aldersgate UMC knocks down walls, creates holy space

Aldersgate UMC knocks down walls, creates holy space

11/15/2015

The Healthy Church Initiative inspired Aldersgate UMC to re-do its entry way; it became a holy space where souls connect in grief and in laughter.


‘The Event’ inspires youth to live as God’s masterpiece

‘The Event’ inspires youth to live as God’s masterpiece

11/12/2015

More than 275 Minnesota youth in fifth- through ninth-grade gathered last weekend for fun, fellowship, and learning around the theme “We are God’s Masterpiece.”


Embrace launches Twin Cities campus with two worship services, hundreds in attendance

Embrace launches Twin Cities campus with two worship services, hundreds in attendance

11/11/2015

“We’re so excited to be a small part of what God is doing and will do in the Minnesota Conference,” said Embrace Lead Pastor Adam Weber.


‘Giving Tuesday’: Support missions, double impact

‘Giving Tuesday’: Support missions, double impact

11/5/2015

Up to $1 million in gifts to Advance projects will be matched dollar for dollar on Dec. 1.


German pastor talks about refugee crisis

German pastor talks about refugee crisis

11/5/2015

Pastor Anne Detjen shares her insight and firsthand experience with refugees entering Germany.


Rosemount UMC reaches new people through inclusion ministries

Rosemount UMC reaches new people through inclusion ministries

11/5/2015

The church has a Friday night respite program for children and celebrates Disability Awareness Sunday.


Minnesota endorses Rev. Dr. Bard as episcopal nominee

Minnesota endorses Rev. Dr. Bard as episcopal nominee

10/29/2015

“Leadership matters,” said Bard when asked what type of episcopal leader he wants to be.


North Central Jurisdiction to retain nine bishops

North Central Jurisdiction to retain nine bishops

10/29/2015

After further review of the numbers, GCFA said the jurisdiction has enough members to retain nine bishops.


5 congregations share how they’re caring for the environment

5 congregations share how they’re caring for the environment

10/21/2015

How can your church join the creation care movement? Check out these great ideas.


Resource Center for Churches equips congregations, expands imaginations

Resource Center for Churches equips congregations, expands imaginations

10/14/2015

United Methodist clergy, staff, and lay leaders can use this excellent resource at no cost.


Bishop Ough urges churches to receive Thanksgiving offering for European refugees

Bishop Ough urges churches to receive Thanksgiving offering for European refugees

10/12/2015

There are a variety of resources to promote this giving opportunity to your congregation.


Delano UMC renews faith of community through big tent revival

Delano UMC renews faith of community through big tent revival

10/8/2015

The event welcomed about 500 people, roughly half of whom were from outside of the church.


Leader gathering: Going ‘all in'

Leader gathering: Going ‘all in'

10/8/2015

About 50 conference elected leaders discussed how to create a vibrant future for the church.


Rev. John Edgar to conference leaders: Focus on assets to create positive change

Rev. John Edgar to conference leaders: Focus on assets to create positive change

10/8/2015

“One of the chronic ailments of United Methodist folks is this sort of paralysis of analysis.”


Longtime Director of Finance Barb Carroll to retire at end of October

Longtime Director of Finance Barb Carroll to retire at end of October

10/2/2015

Carroll plans to become more active within her own church, spend time with grandchildren, and travel.


Living Spirit UMC members help heal racial divide over proposed dog park

Living Spirit UMC members help heal racial divide over proposed dog park

10/1/2015

A new $650,000 playground teaches children about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights.


Bishop count could be reduced in two U.S. jurisdictions

Bishop count could be reduced in two U.S. jurisdictions

9/23/2015

The North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictions have declined in membership.


Children-focused partnership with Vietnam moves forward

Children-focused partnership with Vietnam moves forward

9/23/2015

The Minnesota Conference is helping to expand a children's center in Ho Chi Minh City.


New Northern Pines director has experience with camps, youth, Disney

New Northern Pines director has experience with camps, youth, Disney

9/23/2015

Todd Foster will assume his new role on Oct. 19.


50 gather for “Friendraiser” to help shape future of New City Church

50 gather for “Friendraiser” to help shape future of New City Church

9/16/2015

Those gathered brainstormed challenges and opportunities that New City Church can address.


Delano UMC to renew faith of community through big tent revival

Delano UMC to renew faith of community through big tent revival

9/9/2015

“We hope that they leave there fired up for God,” said Rev. Matt Sipe.


Plans underway for new tabernacle at Koronis Ministries

Plans underway for new tabernacle at Koronis Ministries

9/1/2015

The new tabernacle is scheduled to open its doors in 2017.


Young adults exploring ministry invited to Exploration 2015

Young adults exploring ministry invited to Exploration 2015

8/31/2015

This three-day conference is for those who have sensed God might be calling them to ordained ministry.


Koronis Ministries seeks new director to oversee camp

Koronis Ministries seeks new director to oversee camp

8/27/2015

The goal is to have a new leader in place by November.


Grants from $100 to $20,000 available to help churches reach new people

Grants from $100 to $20,000 available to help churches reach new people

8/26/2015

Applications for 2016 are being accepted through Oct. 15.


Fast-growing Embrace Church to launch MN campus this fall

Fast-growing Embrace Church to launch MN campus this fall

8/24/2015

The new campus, led by Rev. Austin Walker, will open its doors by December 1.


St. Croix Valley UMC’s heroic act paves way for Twin Cities campus of Embrace

St. Croix Valley UMC’s heroic act paves way for Twin Cities campus of Embrace

8/24/2015

The Lakeland church voted to discontinue so Embrace Church can launch a new campus in its building.


New director of finance and administration brings three decades of experience

New director of finance and administration brings three decades of experience

8/19/2015

Barb Brower will succeed longtime Director of Finance and Administration Barb Carroll.


20 churches receive grants for school partnerships

20 churches receive grants for school partnerships

8/18/2015

The grants together totaled about $23,000. The funding came from the 2015 Love Offering.


Two MN clergy selected for Collegeville Institute Fellows Program

Two MN clergy selected for Collegeville Institute Fellows Program

8/18/2015

They were selected among 165 individuals nominated by Minnesota church leaders for the opportunity.


Osseo UMC young adults lead VBS for churches across Minnesota

Osseo UMC young adults lead VBS for churches across Minnesota

8/13/2015

Five college students from Osseo UMC spent their summer sharing Christ with the next generation.


New Ulm church instrumental in creating county’s first homeless shelter

New Ulm church instrumental in creating county’s first homeless shelter

8/6/2015

The NUMAS House will shelter three families at a time and provide counseling and classes.


Henn. Ave. UMC Dignity Center provides bikes to people in transition

Henn. Ave. UMC Dignity Center provides bikes to people in transition

8/3/2015

The church collects used bicycles a couple of times each year, and Project Life-Cycle restores them.


Area Cabinets spend week in hands-on service

Area Cabinets spend week in hands-on service

7/28/2015

They traveled to the Native American community at Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, ND.


Camping Director Keith Shew to lead Dakotas camps on interim basis

Camping Director Keith Shew to lead Dakotas camps on interim basis

7/28/2015

Shew fills a vacancy created when Dakotas Camping Director Becky Holten left to serve local churches.


Standing with Mother Emanuel AME, churches burned down: An invitation, liturgy

Standing with Mother Emanuel AME, churches burned down: An invitation, liturgy

7/23/2015

There are several ways to stand with Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) and the predominantly black churches in the South that were burned down.


ELI intern reflects on what she’s learned about ministry, ‘being church’

ELI intern reflects on what she’s learned about ministry, ‘being church’

7/20/2015

Kari Louwagie is spending her summer at Park Avenue UMC in Minneapolis.


Taking Marshall by STORM

Taking Marshall by STORM

7/20/2015

Sixty youth recently served the Marshall community through STORM Camp, which stands for “Service to Others in Relational Ministry.”


Ministry Discernment Retreats offer laity opportunity to learn, discern

Ministry Discernment Retreats offer laity opportunity to learn, discern

7/16/2015

There are three types of certification that laity can pursue; training sessions are offered all year.


New Pastor Tyler Sit plants church in Minneapolis

New Pastor Tyler Sit plants church in Minneapolis

7/16/2015

The church Sit is planting is focused on the Phillips-Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis.


Big Waters church planters share insight, wisdom

Big Waters church planters share insight, wisdom

7/15/2015

New Day UMC, Northern Light, and Spirit River Community church planters share experiences via a podcast.


$36K donation to Project AgGrad supports mission for future

$36K donation to Project AgGrad supports mission for future

7/7/2015

The gift will generate more than $3,000 in yearly income to support fellowships for students.


Hurricane Sandy mission trip participants finish a home, hand over keys

Hurricane Sandy mission trip participants finish a home, hand over keys

7/7/2015

Twenty-one people, ranging in age from 14 to 65, made the week-long trip to the East Coast in June.


What it takes to revitalize the mainline

What it takes to revitalize the mainline

7/7/2015

Bishop Ough and Rev. Susan Nienaber share their findings for revitalization.


Bishop Ough sees Supreme Court decision as influential to denominational debate

Bishop Ough sees Supreme Court decision as influential to denominational debate

7/1/2015

Many petitions dealing with human sexuality will go before the 2016 General Conference.


Multi-church VBS for the whole family enriches Eyota community

Multi-church VBS for the whole family enriches Eyota community

6/24/2015

About 170 people (out of a community of about 2,000) gathered in the evenings at a county park.


Pastoral Letter From Bishop Ough on Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting

Pastoral Letter From Bishop Ough on Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting

6/19/2015

Bishop Ough calls on Minnesota United Methodists to pray for the victims and the healing of the church.


United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

6/18/2015

The bishops also called upon United Methodists to support victims of violence and to work to end racism and hatred.


Grants available to help churches partner with schools

Grants available to help churches partner with schools

6/17/2015

There are children in all Minnesota communities who lack food, school supplies, winter clothes, books, and/or positive role models.


‘Flat Jesus’ connects members of Delano UMC to faith, church during summer

‘Flat Jesus’ connects members of Delano UMC to faith, church during summer

6/16/2015

Jesus is with you wherever you go—and, for members of Delano United Methodist Church, so is “Flat Jesus,” a laminated paper doll.


Cedar UMC hosts memorial service for stranger others turned away

Cedar UMC hosts memorial service for stranger others turned away

6/11/2015

Church led service, greeted guests, sang, and did luncheon for woman who died with no resources.


2015 conference highlights for churches to share with members

2015 conference highlights for churches to share with members

5/30/2015

Wondering how to summarize three packed-full days as you report back to your church?


Conference approves bigger 2016 budget to boost leadership development

Conference approves bigger 2016 budget to boost leadership development

5/29/2015

The approved 2016 apportioned budget totals $6,120,770.


Friday highlights: Rev. Phillips, Love Offering update, future AC dates

Friday highlights: Rev. Phillips, Love Offering update, future AC dates

5/29/2015

As of Friday morning, the Love Offering for missions totaled $74,735.


Friday legislation roundup: Six petitions go to General Conference

Friday legislation roundup: Six petitions go to General Conference

5/29/2015

The global church body will consider the petitions when it meets next year in Portland, Oregon.


Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

5/28/2015

Roll call of the victorious, retirements, Licensed Local Pastors, and Commissioning and Ordination.


Legislation roundup: Rev. David Bard for bishop and more

Legislation roundup: Rev. David Bard for bishop and more

5/28/2015

Hamline UMC as 15th conference historic site and radon testing for parsonages.


Love Offering tops $70K, Rev. Phillips on reaching out to strangers

Love Offering tops $70K, Rev. Phillips on reaching out to strangers

5/28/2015

Members prayed for the Love Offering recipients as they folded paper airplanes.


Rev. Jorge Acevedo: Faithfulness and fruitfulness

Rev. Jorge Acevedo: Faithfulness and fruitfulness

5/28/2015

Acevedo is lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Florida.


Awards given to churches, individuals

Awards given to churches, individuals

5/27/2015

Three churches, four individuals, and a nonprofit were recognized.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘It is time to do something’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘It is time to do something’

5/27/2015

Are we ready to take and pass the final exam? Bishop Ough asked.


Changing the world: 2014-2015 missional report

Changing the world: 2014-2015 missional report

5/27/2015

Rev. Phil Strom: “It is time to be ‘all in’ on this journey of vitality."


Conference preacher: Listening when the stones cry out

Conference preacher: Listening when the stones cry out

5/27/2015

Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud said we are called to repentance and must listen to the cries of others.


Laity session: No excuses; it’s time to answer God’s call

Laity session: No excuses; it’s time to answer God’s call

5/27/2015

The message was reinforced with energetic music, skits by an improv group, and testimonies.


Bishop Ough contributed to new ecumenical/interfaith book

Bishop Ough contributed to new ecumenical/interfaith book

5/21/2015

In the study book, Ough emphasized that Christians must work to enhance inter-religious relationships.


For the love of Camp Minnesota: 3 churches share how they’ve made camp a priority

For the love of Camp Minnesota: 3 churches share how they’ve made camp a priority

5/21/2015

Cross Winds UMC, UMC of Thief River Falls, and Coon Rapids UMC share their stories.


Vineyard UMC cares for neighbors through ‘Laundry Love’ ministry

Vineyard UMC cares for neighbors through ‘Laundry Love’ ministry

5/13/2015

One day each month, the church provides detergent, dryer sheets, and quarters at a local laundromat.


Council of Bishops affirms missional direction for next quadrennium

Council of Bishops affirms missional direction for next quadrennium

5/7/2015

The new strategic direction would build on and extend the Four Areas of Focus adopted in 2008.


Twin Cities District to welcome Rev. Dan Johnson as new superintendent

Twin Cities District to welcome Rev. Dan Johnson as new superintendent

5/7/2015

Rev. Judy Zabel will serve as lead pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.


Bishop Ough elected to lead bishops starting in 2016

Bishop Ough elected to lead bishops starting in 2016

5/6/2015

Ough will receive the gavel on the third day of the 2016 General Conference.


Eight students, host churches selected for ELI Project summer internship program

Eight students, host churches selected for ELI Project summer internship program

4/29/2015

The students will explore and discern their call to ministry during a hands-on learning experience.


Wheelock UMC receives statewide award for partnership with Hamline

Wheelock UMC receives statewide award for partnership with Hamline

4/29/2015

The St. Paul church has been a key partner in a Hamline after-school program serving urban youth.


Grace UMC shares faith stories, connects with community

Grace UMC shares faith stories, connects with community

4/22/2015

Sharing Christ encounters with each other has prepared members to share God's love in community.


New building, new start lead to growth for Hope UMC

New building, new start lead to growth for Hope UMC

4/22/2015

The merger didn’t happen overnight. It took many years and a lot of work from a lot of people.


‘Church on Wheels’ helps new church starts get rolling

‘Church on Wheels’ helps new church starts get rolling

4/16/2015

The 18.5-foot trailer contains all of the equipment and tools a new church start would need.


40 churches receive micro grants for innovative ministries

40 churches receive micro grants for innovative ministries

4/16/2015

Fifty-five churches applied for $130,000 worth of grant money.


Crossroads—Elko New Market launches weekly worship on Easter Sunday

Crossroads—Elko New Market launches weekly worship on Easter Sunday

4/9/2015

More than 100 people were in attendance, including some young families.


Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

4/8/2015

In 2014, 25 of 57 U.S. annual conferences paid full apportionments to support ministries.


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