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14 highlights from General Conference

14 highlights from General Conference

5/26/2016

Ten days of worship, celebration, discussion, and business consolidated into one report.


Byron UMC youth shares God’s love through bike ministry

Byron UMC youth shares God’s love through bike ministry

5/26/2016

Isaiah Crossfield, 14, has collected more than 2,000 bikes and thousands of dollars to help others in need.


Bishops' letter to the church: Committed to staying united

Bishops' letter to the church: Committed to staying united

5/23/2016

Reviving a 200+-year-old tradition, the Council of Bishops sent a letter to the people of The United Methodist Church after the 2016 General Conference.


Friday wrap-up: Budget approved; no fossil fuels, illegal settlements divestment

Friday wrap-up: Budget approved; no fossil fuels, illegal settlements divestment

5/20/2016

Delegates approved a budget of $604 million for 2017-2020 and chose not to add a fossil fuels investment screen or divest from illegal settlements.


Bishop Ough: ‘Go where the wounds are’

Bishop Ough: ‘Go where the wounds are’

5/20/2016

“My charge to you is ‘Go, therefore…!’ Go to where the wounds are because that is where Jesus went and that is what Jesus did.”


Minnesota, Dakotas observe, prepare to host 2020 GC

Minnesota, Dakotas observe, prepare to host 2020 GC

5/20/2016

Members of the Minneapolis Host Committee were in Portland observing and volunteering so they're prepared to host General Conference in four years.


2016 is 10th General Conference for Naomi Bartle

2016 is 10th General Conference for Naomi Bartle

5/20/2016

Bartle serves on the Committee on Correlation and Editorial Revision, which edits and publishes The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions.


Thurs. wrap-up: Votes on reproductive choice, mission statement, respect for Native Americans

Thurs. wrap-up: Votes on reproductive choice, mission statement, respect for Native Americans

5/19/2016

Delegates voted to cut ties from reproductive choice coalition, add extension ministries to mission statement, raise awareness about disrespectful mascots.


Rev. Daniel Yang commissioned as missionary, headed to Laos

Rev. Daniel Yang commissioned as missionary, headed to Laos

5/19/2016

Yang, just commissioned as a global ministries missionary, will go to Laos to start new churches and to train and equip leaders to share the gospel.


Delegates accept bishops’ recommendation to delay human sexuality debate, create commission

Delegates accept bishops’ recommendation to delay human sexuality debate, create commission

5/18/2016

The bishops will create a commission that will examine human sexuality issues and may call a special two- to three-day gathering in 2018 or 2019.


Wednesday highlights: Sexuality dominates, INM celebration, lamenting Sand Creek

Wednesday highlights: Sexuality dominates, INM celebration, lamenting Sand Creek

5/18/2016

Lots of discussion about human sexuality, a celebration of what we've accomplished through Imagine No Malaria, and a lament of the Sand Creek massacre.


Bishop Ough: 4 thoughts on unity, trust, connection, and context

Bishop Ough: 4 thoughts on unity, trust, connection, and context

5/18/2016

During a Wednesday press conference after the Council of Bishops recommended a way forward, Bishop Ough talked about unity, trust, connection, and context.


Council of Bishops gives recommendation on way forward

Council of Bishops gives recommendation on way forward

5/18/2016

The Council of Bishops recommends deferring votes on human sexuality and referring the subject to a commission to examine and possibly revise the Discipline.


Tuesday votes and highlights

Tuesday votes and highlights

5/17/2016

Delegates considered whether to give $20 million to church growth consultants, eliminate lifetime tenures for U.S. bishops, and create a new hymnal.


Bishop Ough: 'Call us back to be your flock together'

Bishop Ough: 'Call us back to be your flock together'

5/17/2016

On Tuesday morning, Bishop Ough gave a powerful witness about his heartbreak amid talks of split and the Council of Bishops' commitment to maintaining unity.


Bishop Ough: 5 thoughts on unity amid division and talk of split

Bishop Ough: 5 thoughts on unity amid division and talk of split

5/17/2016

Bishop Ough answered questions about the denomination's future and the Council of Bishops' role amid division and talks of a split.


Monday votes, highlights, celebrations

Monday votes, highlights, celebrations

5/17/2016

Minnesota delegates weigh in on the decision to add five bishops after General Conference 2020 and the Black Lives Matter protest that interrupted plenary.


Bishop Ough on new role as Council of Bishops president

Bishop Ough on new role as Council of Bishops president

5/16/2016

Bishop Ough talks about the Council of Bishops--what it does, what his new role as president will involve, and his hope for the coming years.


Kathi Austin Mahle reflects on Judicial Council term

Kathi Austin Mahle reflects on Judicial Council term

5/16/2016

“I think my voice is an important voice,” said Mahle. “I carry a progressive leaning but I also have the gift of being able to change my mind.”


Minnesotan Kim Harris consecrated as deaconess

Minnesotan Kim Harris consecrated as deaconess

5/16/2016

Harris, a member of United Methodist Church of Anoka, is among 26 women who were consecrated to a lifetime service of love, justice, and service.


Delegates reflect on first week of General Conference

Delegates reflect on first week of General Conference

5/13/2016

Delegates Rev. Judy Zabel, Rev. David Bard, Sara Ann Swenson, and Faye Christensen share initial impressions.


Bishop Ough receives gavel, becomes Council of Bishops president

Bishop Ough receives gavel, becomes Council of Bishops president

5/12/2016

“God in Christ loves us beyond measure, made evident in Christ’s saving grace, and we have been called to help make that truth everybody’s everyday reality.”


3 MN pastors come to General Conference to advocate, serve

3 MN pastors come to General Conference to advocate, serve

5/12/2016

Revs. Rod Stemme, Elizabeth Macaulay, and Walter Lockhart talk about why they're at General Conference, what they're doing, and their hopes for the coming days.


Marj Evans-de-Carpio combines two passions as GC interpreter

Marj Evans-de-Carpio combines two passions as GC interpreter

5/11/2016

Evans-de-Carpio, a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Burnsville, is spending a week interpreting for delegates who are native Spanish speakers.


Assembling health kits helps congregations see Christ in refugees

Assembling health kits helps congregations see Christ in refugees

5/5/2016

Churches around the conference are assembling health kits for refugees as part of this year's Love Offering for Missions.


Arlington Hills UMC welcomes third refugee family in seven years

Arlington Hills UMC welcomes third refugee family in seven years

4/28/2016

Sponsoring a family involves making a commitment to the refugees for a four-month period that starts even before the family arrives.


Park Avenue UMC was part of Prince's life, faith journey

Park Avenue UMC was part of Prince's life, faith journey

4/28/2016

Prince has multiple ties to Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. He married his first wife there and spent time there in his youth.


Northern Pines welcomes Deaconess Leslie Hobson as new interim director

Northern Pines welcomes Deaconess Leslie Hobson as new interim director

4/26/2016

Hobson, who has served the camping ministry in numerous ways over the past two decades, has spent the past 19 years at Park UMC in Brainerd.


New Earthkeepers program aims to commission 500 for creation care work

New Earthkeepers program aims to commission 500 for creation care work

4/21/2016

Earthkeepers are trained in creation care theology and community organizing, and commit to providing leadership for a community project or advocacy campaign.


Eight interns, host churches selected for 2016 ELI Project internship

Eight interns, host churches selected for 2016 ELI Project internship

4/14/2016

2016 intern Walker Brault and clergy mentor, Rev. Brenda North, talk about the upcoming internship and what they're looking forward to.


Through MCCI, Christ UMC discerns missional focus, prepares for vibrant future

Through MCCI, Christ UMC discerns missional focus, prepares for vibrant future

4/13/2016

Participating in a transformational process has given this Rochester church a new missional focus, increased participation, and created a fizz of possibility.


Bishop Ough issues statement following Jamar Clark decision

Bishop Ough issues statement following Jamar Clark decision

3/31/2016

"It is my urging and earnest prayer that all Minnesota United Methodists will embrace this tragic moment as an opportunity to work for justice."


New Hmong ministry reaches people in northwest metro

New Hmong ministry reaches people in northwest metro

3/30/2016

Northwest Minneapolis United Methodist Ministry, which launched worship on Jan. 10, has more than 30 in average worship attendance and is growing.


Prayers for General Conference

Prayers for General Conference

3/23/2016

Clergy and laity from throughout the Minnesota Conference share their prayers for the 2016 General Conference.


Preparing for Minnesota's 24-hour prayer vigil

Preparing for Minnesota's 24-hour prayer vigil

3/21/2016

On Wednesday, March 23, Minnesota United Methodists will come together to pray. There's still time to sign up.


How one pastor's God-sized dream helped kids be ready for school

How one pastor's God-sized dream helped kids be ready for school

3/15/2016

Soul Leaders and the Center for Courage & Renewal gave Rev. Carol Zaagsma courage to claim her dream of giving kids a safe place to learn and play during summer.


Trustees to pursue conservation easement on Star Lake property, will not seek sale in 2016

Trustees to pursue conservation easement on Star Lake property, will not seek sale in 2016

3/15/2016

The easements will preserve the land, generate resources for the camping ministry, and allow the conference to explore future uses for the property.


2 creative ways to invite young people to annual conference

2 creative ways to invite young people to annual conference

3/10/2016

Which youth or young adults will you invite to attend the 2016 conference, either as members or visitors, and how will you give them a place at the table?


Confirmation Gathering teaches youth about global UM connection

Confirmation Gathering teaches youth about global UM connection

3/10/2016

162 youth and 42 adults took part in the two-day event that drew people from about 30 churches. The theme was “Why United Methodist?”


Covenant group plays by the rules

Covenant group plays by the rules

3/2/2016

Rev. Matt Sipe's clergy covenant group began in seminary in 2005--and its members, now scattered across the country, still meet regularly.


Churches take the (polar) plunge, raise $16,000 for camp

Churches take the (polar) plunge, raise $16,000 for camp

2/24/2016

Five churches raised more than $16,000 to send their kids to Camp Minnesota this summer—and leaders of those churches did a polar plunge.


Minnesota churches’ apportioned giving up in 2015

Minnesota churches’ apportioned giving up in 2015

2/17/2016

Last year, congregations within the state collectively remitted 89.1 percent of the requested apportionments—up from 87.1 percent in 2014.


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.


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