Conference News


2016 conference highlights for churches to share with members

2016 conference highlights for churches to share with members

6/24/2016

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


Thurs. highlights: RRR reaches $3.7M goal, Love Offering tops $90K, celebrations, legislation

Thurs. highlights: RRR reaches $3.7M goal, Love Offering tops $90K, celebrations, legislation

6/23/2016

Among the legislation approved was a resolution in response to the recent Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida.


Conference approves budget above ceiling to preserve congregational grants

Conference approves budget above ceiling to preserve congregational grants

6/23/2016

Members of the 2016 Annual Conference Session voted Thursday to approve a 2017 apportioned budget totaling $6,106,460.


Individuals, churches recognized with awards

Individuals, churches recognized with awards

6/23/2016

Three individuals and two churches were recognized for the ways they have made a difference in their communities.


Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

6/22/2016

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


Planting seeds, going all in: 2015-2016 Missional Report

Planting seeds, going all in: 2015-2016 Missional Report

6/22/2016

A brief look at some of the key initiatives that the conference has been engaged in over the past year and the fruits of those efforts.


Sara Miles: 6 thoughts on evangelism, service, unleashing God’s generosity

Sara Miles: 6 thoughts on evangelism, service, unleashing God’s generosity

6/22/2016

Miles shared her perspective and experiences when it comes to evangelism, service, and unleashing God’s generosity.


Laity Session: Telling our stories, reaching new people

Laity Session: Telling our stories, reaching new people

6/22/2016

Evangelism and reaching new people are vital elements to the future growth of our churches, our conference, and our denomination.


The Manure Plan: 2016 Episcopal Address

The Manure Plan: 2016 Episcopal Address

6/21/2016

God has given us all great gifts to go forth and fertilize...to spread our manure around!


Tues. highlights: Open-space conversations, party in the park

Tues. highlights: Open-space conversations, party in the park

6/21/2016

Conference attendees spent much of day one discussing issues that are important to them and enjoying fellowship in a more laid-back atmosphere.


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.


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.


2015 Annual Conference preview: God’s Vision, Our Mission—Unleashed

2015 Annual Conference preview: God’s Vision, Our Mission—Unleashed

3/4/2015

The event promises to engage, inspire, educate, and unite all who attend.


Conference highlights for churches to share with members

Conference highlights for churches to share with members

5/31/2014

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


Conference members approve 2015 apportioned budget that’s lower than ’14

Conference members approve 2015 apportioned budget that’s lower than ’14

5/30/2014

2015 approved budget is $250,000 less than 2014 budget and $430,000 less than the maximum allowed.


Fri. highlights: Baptism, Jeanne Audrey Powers, election of delegates

Fri. highlights: Baptism, Jeanne Audrey Powers, election of delegates

5/30/2014

Attendees remembered their baptisms, honored a trailblazer, and elected delegates.


Members approve legislation related to homosexuality, reducing carbon footprint, and justice

5/30/2014

Members also approved sending an open letter about inclusiveness to Bishop Ough and other leaders.


Adam Hamilton: Leading beyond the walls

Adam Hamilton: Leading beyond the walls

5/29/2014

Hamilton led teaching sessions about effective leadership, worship, and evangelism.


Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

5/29/2014

We remembered deceased, honored retirees, and recognized licensed local pastors and those being ordained and commissioned.


Minnesota UMs pack more than 2 million meals

Minnesota UMs pack more than 2 million meals

5/29/2014

God has done a miraculous thing through you, Bishop Ough said.


Thurs. highlights: Reach Renew Rejoice, Rural Church Award, Spirit River charters

Thurs. highlights: Reach Renew Rejoice, Rural Church Award, Spirit River charters

5/29/2014

Congregational development initiative, award for Hope UMC, and legislation were discussed.


Bishop’s episcopal address: ‘God is calling us to re-evangelize Minnesota’

Bishop’s episcopal address: ‘God is calling us to re-evangelize Minnesota’

5/28/2014

“Am I too late to get to know Jesus?” Every community has individuals asking this question.


Minnesota UMs celebrate having raised $2.7M for Imagine No Malaria

Minnesota UMs celebrate having raised $2.7M for Imagine No Malaria

5/28/2014

The $2.7 million raised to date equates to 270,000 lives saved.


Wed. highlights: Adam Hamilton, Denman Award winners, laity session

Wed. highlights: Adam Hamilton, Denman Award winners, laity session

5/28/2014

Adam Hamilton did teaching session; Rev. Tsuchue Vang and Jarvis Anderson received evangelism awards.


Three ways to participate in annual conference session (even if you’re not a member)

Three ways to participate in annual conference session (even if you’re not a member)

3/19/2014

Hear Adam Hamilton, tune in via live streaming, and pack meals for the Million Meals Marathon


Sneak peek: 2014 annual conference session

Sneak peek: 2014 annual conference session

12/11/2013

Preparations are well underway to deliver an event that unifies, inspires, and empowers attendees.


2013 conference session summary

2013 conference session summary

6/6/2013

Find out what happened at annual conference session this year


2013 laity session: lay ministry, congregational care is important

2013 laity session: lay ministry, congregational care is important

5/30/2013

Lay session at annual conference featured congregational care ministries, and how lay members can reach out and say 'yes' to caring for others


Bishop Ough: Be transformed to lead in a changing world

Bishop Ough: Be transformed to lead in a changing world

5/30/2013

In his first episcopal address to the Minnesota Conference, Bishop Ough encouraged session members to be transformed to be bold spirit-leaders in their churches.


Nilson Kibbey: Breaking through to God-sized ministry (contains link to video clips)

Nilson Kibbey: Breaking through to God-sized ministry (contains link to video clips)

5/30/2013

Guest speaker, Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, has developed five breakthrough practices of the missional church


‘You can move mountains’ for Imagine No Malaria

‘You can move mountains’ for Imagine No Malaria

6/8/2012

The $2.5 million raised for Imagine No Malaria provoked rejoicing and commitment at 2012 Minnesota Conference session.


Healthy churches are led by healthy leaders, Slaughter says

Healthy churches are led by healthy leaders, Slaughter says

6/1/2012

Healthy churches are reliant on their leaders being healthy, conference speaker Mike Slaughter said Thursday


Minnesota United Methodist conference opposes state ‘marriage amendment’

6/1/2012

A majority vote at Minnesota Conference session expressed opposition to the proposed "marriage amendment" to the Minnesota state constitution.


Trustees authorized to consider independence for Star Lake

Trustees authorized to consider independence for Star Lake

6/1/2012

Star Lake Wilderness Camp (Pequot Lakes), vigorously advocated for by a number of its users, has a chance at existence independent of the Minnesota Annual Conference.


Two social-issue resolutions pass

Two social-issue resolutions pass

6/1/2012

Conference members passed two social-issue resolutions on Thursday. They approved "Drop the 'I' Word Campaign" and "Peace House" legislation


Bishop Dyck challenges churches to be victors, not victims

Bishop Dyck challenges churches to be victors, not victims

5/31/2012

Do you want to be made well? Bishop Sally Dyck asks Jesus' question in John 5 to Minnesota United Methodists.


Lay session offers Rx for healthy churches

Lay session offers Rx for healthy churches

5/31/2012

Laity session offered a "treatment plan" for ailing churches


Proposal to focus camping ministry draws Star Lake fans’ concerns

Proposal to focus camping ministry draws Star Lake fans’ concerns

5/31/2012

The Retreats and Camping Ministry Team gave its report Wednesday at conference session


Recommended 2013 budget continues trend of decrease

Recommended 2013 budget continues trend of decrease

5/30/2012

The 2013 annual conference recommended budget is just over $6.2 million, $130,000 lower than the 2012 budget


Theme continues the exploration of faith and health

Theme continues the exploration of faith and health

5/30/2012

Minnesota United Methodists will continue to explore the ways that faith and health intersect at conference session this year


Worship services explore ‘getting well’

Worship services explore ‘getting well’

5/30/2012

Conference session worship will focus around the question, "Do you want to get well?"



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