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Hubbard UMC event renews, inspires 200 across conference

Hubbard UMC event renews, inspires 200 across conference

9/21/2017

Hubbard UMC hosted a “Breakthrough Renewal Institute” that welcomed 200 from 70 churches across Minnesota. It included worship and workshops.


Grants available to help churches achieve God-sized dreams

Grants available to help churches achieve God-sized dreams

9/19/2017

Ten churches just received grants to bring their innovative ideas to life. How could a grant help your church dream new dreams? Applications due Oct. 15.


Area camp ministry hires marketing, outreach coordinator to extend impact

Area camp ministry hires marketing, outreach coordinator to extend impact

9/13/2017

Laura Eiesland will promote the camping ministry and tell stories of churches committed to the camping program and lives changed through it.


Missionary Paul Webster: ‘Every day, I see God at work’ in Zambia

Missionary Paul Webster: ‘Every day, I see God at work’ in Zambia

9/7/2017

Webster, who runs Mujila Falls Agricultural Center, has played a key role in creating a robust local economy that feeds people and provides them income.


Bishop Ough issues statement on flooding and mudslides

Bishop Ough issues statement on flooding and mudslides

9/2/2017

Bishop Ough encourages United Methodists to offer funds, spiritual and emotional support, and practical help to the people of the Gulf Coast and Sierra Leone.


5 ways you can respond to hurricanes

5 ways you can respond to hurricanes

8/28/2017

You can assist through prayer, by making relief kits, and by making a financial donation to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts.


Experiencing the kingdom of God through The ELI Project

Experiencing the kingdom of God through The ELI Project

8/23/2017

"This summer, I was reminded of God’s vibrant presence on earth," said 2017 ELI intern Grace Corbin. "God’s kingdom is here and now."


Faith UMC in Sleepy Eye connects with community through week of service

Faith UMC in Sleepy Eye connects with community through week of service

8/23/2017

A multi-generational week of service brought families together, taught kids the value of service, and reached the community in new ways.


Conference sells Decision Hills Camp to Open Door Church for $2.5M

Conference sells Decision Hills Camp to Open Door Church for $2.5M

8/17/2017

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Conference closed on a $2.5 million sale of Decision Hills Camp in Spicer, which has been on the market for nearly three years. The buyer, Open Door Christian Church, will move to this larger facility.


Bishop Ough issues statement on Charlottesville

Bishop Ough issues statement on Charlottesville

8/15/2017

Bishop Ough urges United Methodists to examine their own hearts for prejudice and be bold in their witness against racism and white supremacy.


Minnesota, Dakotas Cabinets participate in joint mission trip

Minnesota, Dakotas Cabinets participate in joint mission trip

8/10/2017

The Cabinets distributed food to families in need, enjoyed worship, and did yard work and gardening at Spirit River Community in Isanti.


Returning the Red Rock: An act of healing and reconciliation

Returning the Red Rock: An act of healing and reconciliation

8/10/2017

Conference representatives are in conversation with Dakota tribal elders and have begun identifying a process for returning the Red Rock to the Dakota.


Evangel UMC turns dwindling VBS into booming Mega Kids Camp

Evangel UMC turns dwindling VBS into booming Mega Kids Camp

8/2/2017

Five years ago, 42 attended Evangel UMC’s VBS. The next year, the church tried something different. Its annual Mega Kids Camp attracted 270 kids this year.


Providing love, hope, and care for neighbors through The ELI Project

Providing love, hope, and care for neighbors through The ELI Project

7/26/2017

"This internship allowed me to use my passion for writing and prayer to better the lives of my neighbors, to spread my love for God...throughout my community."


Soul Leaders gives clergy opportunity to reconnect with passion, embrace new dreams

Soul Leaders gives clergy opportunity to reconnect with passion, embrace new dreams

7/26/2017

Active clergy are invited to be part of Soul Leaders—a five-retreat series that includes time for journaling, listening, building community, and silence.


Learning, growing, and preaching through The ELI Project

Learning, growing, and preaching through The ELI Project

7/19/2017

ELI intern Hannah Lundberg reflects on what she's experienced and how she's grown through her time at Woodbury Peaceful Grove UMC.


Walking through the valley with community

Walking through the valley with community

7/13/2017

Two of the four Fourth Precinct police chaplains talk violence, grief, and why despite it all, they love life on the Northside.


Changing the world through focused giving

Changing the world through focused giving

7/11/2017

Embrace Church does one thing each month to show the love of Christ, and Messiah UMC supports an international mission with funds and time.


2017 conference highlights for churches to share with members

2017 conference highlights for churches to share with members

6/23/2017

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

Approved 2018 budget represents 1.2% increase

6/22/2017

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

Thursday highlights: Acts 2 Talks, award, legislation

6/22/2017

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


Milestones in ministry recognized, celebrated

Milestones in ministry recognized, celebrated

6/21/2017

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’

Dotson to Minnesota Conference: Focus on the ‘why’

6/21/2017

Discipleship begins when churches reconnect with the “why” of their processes and develop mature disciples that can repeat the processes with others.


Episcopal Address: Acts 2 Congregations—Live Expectantly

Episcopal Address: Acts 2 Congregations—Live Expectantly

6/21/2017

Bishop Ough explores the signs that our congregations are growing in vitality and talks about what it means to be an Acts 2 Congregation.


Dotson tells Minnesota to turn world upside-down

Dotson tells Minnesota to turn world upside-down

6/20/2017

Like Paul and Silas, modern church leaders who hope to turn the world upside-down must be confident risk-takers, secure in their identity as children of God.


2 individuals recognized for efforts to reach new people

2 individuals recognized for efforts to reach new people

6/20/2017

Rev. Jeanine Alexander and Denise Hoek were each recognized with a Denman Award for Reaching New People.


2 individuals, 1 church recognized with awards

2 individuals, 1 church recognized with awards

6/20/2017

Rev. Jeanine Alexander, Denise Hoek, and Aitkin UMC were recognized for the ways they have impacted their communities and reached new people for Christ.


God is on the move: 2016-2017 Missional Report

God is on the move: 2016-2017 Missional Report

6/20/2017

Annual Conference attendees learned about and celebrated a variety of Holy Spirit breakthroughs in our midst.


Bishop Ough issues pastoral letter on Yanez, Cosby trials

Bishop Ough issues pastoral letter on Yanez, Cosby trials

6/18/2017

"Let us continue to strive for the day when truth and justice are neither delayed nor denied for any of God’s children."


First UMC in Redwood Falls starts small groups with help from Hilltop UMC

First UMC in Redwood Falls starts small groups with help from Hilltop UMC

6/1/2017

After attending a workshop led by Hilltop UMC, First UMC launched 11 small groups last fall; 85 people between the ages of 12 and 90 participated.


Minnesota Conference archive online catalog makes history accessible

Minnesota Conference archive online catalog makes history accessible

5/25/2017

An archive online catalog contains documents, photographs, and other material that brings the conference's rich history to life and makes it accessible.


Member of Delano UMC puts faith into action at work

Member of Delano UMC puts faith into action at work

5/18/2017

Bob Lucas, vice president of operations at Smith Engineering and member of Delano UMC, is living out the call to “heal a broken world” in a unique way.


The Well’s Apple Valley campus reaches young families

The Well’s Apple Valley campus reaches young families

5/11/2017

The Apple Valley campus, located inside a movie theater, has consistently been averaging about 100 in worship since its Feb. 12 launch.


Fridley UMC launches new service, welcomes Liberian neighbors

Fridley UMC launches new service, welcomes Liberian neighbors

5/4/2017

By listening to the needs and desires of a Liberian couple in the congregation, Fridley UMC launched a new service to reach out to its Liberian neighbors.


Judicial Council rules on gay bishop; Bishop Ough responds

Judicial Council rules on gay bishop; Bishop Ough responds

4/28/2017

The Judicial Council said the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, and Bishop Ough responded by urging United Methodists to pray and trust God.


Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

4/27/2017

The meeting, set for Feb. 23-26, will be limited to acting on a report by the Council of Bishops, based on proposals from the Commission on a Way Forward.


Community UMC embraces breakthrough prayer, sees fruits

Community UMC embraces breakthrough prayer, sees fruits

4/27/2017

Dozens of members of the Monticello church stop what they're doing at the same time each day to pray, and amazing things have started happening.


Seven interns, host churches selected for 2017 ELI Project internship

Seven interns, host churches selected for 2017 ELI Project internship

4/6/2017

Meet the 2017 class of ELI Project interns. The ELI Project identifies, encourages, and supports young adults who are exploring a call to ordained ministry.


Minnesota Conference communications team receives 10 awards

Minnesota Conference communications team receives 10 awards

3/29/2017

The awards were given by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. Members of the secular media served as judges.


Diane Owen to oversee Lilly grant programming

Diane Owen to oversee Lilly grant programming

3/23/2017

Owen will oversee the implementation of a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. that was awarded to the area late last year.


Local camp staff to serve Dakotas-Minnesota Area

Local camp staff to serve Dakotas-Minnesota Area

3/9/2017

On March 8, two Minnesota staff members transitioned to an area-wide function. People can still contact either conference about camping.


Apportioned giving remains strong, dips slightly in 2016

Apportioned giving remains strong, dips slightly in 2016

3/2/2017

In 2016, Minnesota churches remitted 87.7 percent of the requested apportionments, enabling life-changing mission and ministry locally and worldwide.


Bishop Ough takes plunge, Camp Chill raises $23K

Bishop Ough takes plunge, Camp Chill raises $23K

2/23/2017

Bishop Ough and several other Minnesota United Methodist leaders braved the cold and jumped into frigid Lake Koronis to show their support for Camp Minnesota.


2017 Annual Conference Preview—Encounter the Spirit: Live Expectantly

2017 Annual Conference Preview—Encounter the Spirit: Live Expectantly

2/16/2017

At the 2017 Annual Conference, we will focus on what it means to be an Acts 2 church and to fully claim our identity as people of Pentecost.


7 MN Earthkeepers working to transform the world

7 MN Earthkeepers working to transform the world

2/8/2017

Seven Minnesota United Methodists were recently commissioned as Earthkeepers and have begun working on projects to transform their communities and the world.


North Summit: A new church that’s ‘daring to be different’

North Summit: A new church that’s ‘daring to be different’

2/6/2017

Church planter Josh Meyers describes North Summit as “a community of weird people” and a place for them to “work out their faith and become stronger in Christ.”


Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order

Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order

1/30/2017

“Today, I stand with colleagues...to strongly denounce President Trump’s widespread attack on immigrants and refugees.”


11-year-old chooses giving to camperships in lieu of birthday gifts

11-year-old chooses giving to camperships in lieu of birthday gifts

1/23/2017

Sydney Colton invited 15 friends to a camp-themed birthday on Jan. 7. They were instructed not to bring gifts and instead invited to donate to Camp Minnesota.


Love Offering changes lives in Dominican Republic

Love Offering changes lives in Dominican Republic

1/19/2017

The 2016 Love Offering is helping adolescents in the Dominican Republic grow and become vital members of the community.


Wells, Grace merge to create first rural multi-site

Wells, Grace merge to create first rural multi-site

1/18/2017

After spending a year exploring the possibility of joining forces and becoming a multi-site church, the two churches voted unanimously to combine.


St. Charles and Dover claim new identity,  re-focus after HCI

St. Charles and Dover claim new identity, re-focus after HCI

1/5/2017

“HCI encourages a climate of possibility,” said Rev. Heather Klason. “HCI helps you be really creative to reach people for Jesus Christ.”


‘A hope for children is coming to be’ at Crane Lake Chapel

‘A hope for children is coming to be’ at Crane Lake Chapel

12/19/2016

Rev. Barb McKewin spends Wednesday afternoons leading kids using a Sunday School curriculum, and seven youth participated in a Christmas program.


ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2017

ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2017

12/15/2016

Applications are being sought for 2017 interns and host churches—and will be accepted through Feb 15.


'An Interrupted Life': Bishop's Christmas message

'An Interrupted Life': Bishop's Christmas message

12/7/2016

God is constantly seeking to interrupt our lives; commanding our attention; disorienting us; calling us to make room for God in our hearts and our lives.


Dakotas-Minnesota Area receives $1M grant to address economic challenges facing pastors

Dakotas-Minnesota Area receives $1M grant to address economic challenges facing pastors

12/1/2016

The funding will be used for financial literacy training and debt-reduction grants, and to equip clergy to foster a theology of generosity.


Bishop Ough addresses 'division and discord'

Bishop Ough addresses 'division and discord'

11/22/2016

"We must stand against the meanness and hatred that is upon us. We must stand for what is best in us as people of God."


Dave Nuckols becomes new conference co-lay leader

Dave Nuckols becomes new conference co-lay leader

11/17/2016

Nuckols will take part in re-forming the Common Table and helping the conference live into the recommendations from the FACT report.


Bishop Ough offers post-election congratulations, prayers on behalf of bishops

Bishop Ough offers post-election congratulations, prayers on behalf of bishops

11/9/2016

On behalf of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Ough wrote a congratulatory letter with a prayer and a plea for the nation to unite to President-elect Donald Trump.


MN clergy share experiences at Standing Rock

MN clergy share experiences at Standing Rock

11/8/2016

Clergy from Minnesota said they went to bear witness and to stand with their Native American brothers and sisters who are seeking to protect their sacred land.


Youth reflect on blessings at ‘The Event’

Youth reflect on blessings at ‘The Event’

11/8/2016

The youth, who came from 36 churches, were reminded that they are gifted by God and that they are blessed to go out into the world and serve others.


Karen families add energy, excitement to Arlington Hills UMC

Karen families add energy, excitement to Arlington Hills UMC

11/3/2016

More than 20 families are now participating in the life of the Maplewood church—and as a result, the congregation’s Sunday School has doubled in size.


MN clergy among hundreds at Standing Rock

MN clergy among hundreds at Standing Rock

11/3/2016

Hundreds of clergy from a range of faith traditions are gathered for a “Stand with Standing Rock” event featuring singing, prayers, and readings.


Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

11/2/2016

The Council of Bishops set forth actions to involve the whole church in prayer and conversation.


Bishops select 32 for Commission on a Way Forward, 1 from MN

Bishops select 32 for Commission on a Way Forward, 1 from MN

10/26/2016

“I believe it is critical that this Commission begin with relationship-building, trust-building, and deep listening,” said Dave Nuckols.


New leadership development director brings wealth of church, consulting experience

New leadership development director brings wealth of church, consulting experience

10/25/2016

Jody Thone will be responsible for creating and delivering a comprehensive system of leadership development from recruitment to deployment.


Ministry Discernment Retreats offer laity opportunity to learn, discern

Ministry Discernment Retreats offer laity opportunity to learn, discern

10/18/2016

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


Hurricane Matthew: UMCOR responds, 4 ways you can help

Hurricane Matthew: UMCOR responds, 4 ways you can help

10/12/2016

Prayers, financial donations, meals, and health kits are all needed in the areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew, which has taken the lives of more than 1,000.


Strengthen a generation harmed by systemic racism as a Life Learner volunteer

Strengthen a generation harmed by systemic racism as a Life Learner volunteer

10/12/2016

The Minnesota Council of Churches is partnering with tutoring and mentoring programs to encourage congregations to mentor children not thriving at school.


Bishop Emerson Colaw remembered as strong preacher, caring leader

Bishop Emerson Colaw remembered as strong preacher, caring leader

10/11/2016

Bishop Emerson S. Colaw, who served in Minnesota from 1980 to 1988, died Tuesday at age 94 in Ohio.


Embrace Church turns 10, launches new campus

Embrace Church turns 10, launches new campus

9/27/2016

Fast-growing Embrace Church, which has a campus in Minnesota, celebrated its 10th birthday and launched its sixth campus earlier this month.


FACT process helps shape priorities for conference

FACT process helps shape priorities for conference

9/27/2016

Among the recommendations provided by denominational group that studied the health of the conference is to embrace our evangelistic task.


New Hmong ministry baptizes 18 in single day

New Hmong ministry baptizes 18 in single day

9/22/2016

Months after launching, one of the conference's new church starts baptized 18 in Long Lake; each adult vowed to bring one more person to Christ before winter.


United Methodists stand with Standing Rock

United Methodists stand with Standing Rock

9/15/2016

United Methodists, including Bishop Ough, have visited the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and offered support to the Standing Rock nation.


Grants, both small and large, help churches reach new people

Grants, both small and large, help churches reach new people

9/15/2016

Twenty-nine churches received an Investing in Congregations grant in 2016, applications are now being accepted for 2017.


Leslie Hobson becomes permanent Northern Pines director, reflects on summer

Leslie Hobson becomes permanent Northern Pines director, reflects on summer

9/8/2016

After spending the summer serving as interim director of Northern Pines Camp in Park Rapids, Leslie Hobson recently became its permanent director.


Readiness for revitalization

Readiness for revitalization

9/8/2016

Are you seeking a fresh vision, eager to become more vital, and looking for new ways to reach people? Maybe it's time to prepare for a revitalization process.


New models for ministry poise rural churches for growth and vitality

New models for ministry poise rural churches for growth and vitality

8/31/2016

Mergers and new ministry models are helping several rural churches in the conference to re-imagine their futures and “be” church in a new way.


Small groups help congregations grow ‘deep and wide’

Small groups help congregations grow ‘deep and wide’

8/31/2016

Two congregations that have strong small groups share what they're doing, and how participants growing in faith while becoming more connected to each other.


Six churches achieve big carbon footprint reductions

Six churches achieve big carbon footprint reductions

8/24/2016

Six churches share what they did to minimize their impact on the environment and achieve double-digit reductions in their carbon footprint.


Faith United Church donates health kits in memory of longtime member

Faith United Church donates health kits in memory of longtime member

8/18/2016

The church used part of a legacy gift from a longtime, mission-minded member to purchase supplies for 100 health kits, which they then assembled for refugees.


Love Offering to help local refugees secure housing

Love Offering to help local refugees secure housing

8/18/2016

Refugee Services will put its $31,000 Love Offering gift toward starting a housing fund to help refugees coming to Minnesota find a place to live.


Centennial UMC expands to second site, launches St. Anthony Park campus

Centennial UMC expands to second site, launches St. Anthony Park campus

8/10/2016

Centennial and St. Anthony Park are combining, with St. Anthony Park becoming a second campus of Centennial; worship there will launch later this year.


A heart for mission

A heart for mission

8/3/2016

Rev. Judith Banya returned to her hometown in Sierra Leone two years ago. With the support of OC Ministries she is making a substantial impact.


Connect to a Clergy Compass Group

Connect to a Clergy Compass Group

7/26/2016

Are you hungry for a community of peer support and learning? Then it may be time for a Clergy Compass Covenant Group.


Northern Light’s ‘love letter’ to Orlando reaches United Methodist pastor

Northern Light’s ‘love letter’ to Orlando reaches United Methodist pastor

7/22/2016

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Northern Light Church sent 200 "love letters" to Orlando—one of which arrived in the mailbox of a United Methodist pastor.


Conference sells historic Wesley building to nonprofit for $1M

Conference sells historic Wesley building to nonprofit for $1M

7/20/2016

“The building will continue to be a place of prayer, peace, and justice work in the inner city,” said Rev. Paul Marzahn, the nonprofit's president.


8 Minnesotans to serve jurisdiction, general church

8 Minnesotans to serve jurisdiction, general church

7/19/2016

Eight clergy and laity from Minnesota were elected to serve on various committees through 2020.


NCJ communicators work across conferences to provide coverage

NCJ communicators work across conferences to provide coverage

7/19/2016

The extensive coverage of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference was thanks to a first-of-its-kind collaboration among the jurisdiction’s communicators.


Retired Dakotas pastor crafts crosiers for bishops

Retired Dakotas pastor crafts crosiers for bishops

7/19/2016

Rev. Art Scanson has handcrafted more than 15 crosiers for bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction; the process; each crosier takes 100 hours.


Video: Bishop Ough on reassignment to Dakotas-Minnesota Area

Video: Bishop Ough on reassignment to Dakotas-Minnesota Area

7/19/2016

In a brief video message, Bishop Ough expressed joy after learning about his reassignment and talked about what's ahead for the next four years.


Bishop Ough stays put, Bishop Bard assigned to Michigan Area

Bishop Ough stays put, Bishop Bard assigned to Michigan Area

7/16/2016

Bishop Ough has been reassigned to the Dakotas-Minnesota Area through 2020, and newly minted Bishop David Alan Bard will go to the Michigan Area.


Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

7/16/2016

Bishop Michael J. Coyner delivered a powerful message to the new bishops and gave them words of wisdom to take with them to their new assignments.


Becoming a bishop: Bard reflects on changes, what’s next

Becoming a bishop: Bard reflects on changes, what’s next

7/15/2016

David Bard reflects on what's changed since he was elected bishop, what's ahead, and what he'll take with him as he prepares to leave Minnesota.


Delegates listen, pray, approve budget and resolution

Delegates listen, pray, approve budget and resolution

7/15/2016

Delegates spent Friday praying and listening, and they approved a resolution related to human sexuality as well as a budget and a new budget process.


Fri. worship: Living together for ministry

Fri. worship: Living together for ministry

7/15/2016

At a time when actions are dividing our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world, “our gifts [from God] are to serve the whole and not the parts.”


NCJ elects fourth bishop and says goodbye to four others

NCJ elects fourth bishop and says goodbye to four others

7/14/2016

Delegates elected a fourth bishop and bid a fond farewell to faithful episcopal servants who are retiring.


Bishop Jung calls for unity amid diversity during worship

Bishop Jung calls for unity amid diversity during worship

7/14/2016

“Some of our blessings are seemingly in conflict with those of other sisters and brothers. Get over it! We’re part of the same faith community.”


Electronic voting reforms Jurisdictional Conference

Electronic voting reforms Jurisdictional Conference

7/14/2016

Handheld electronic voting devices have made plenary voting a much faster, simpler, and more efficient process.


Minnesota delegates celebrate Bard's election

Minnesota delegates celebrate Bard's election

7/13/2016

The delegation rallied behind Bard, working to spread the word about his gifts and qualifications, and his election was as much their victory as it was his.


Delegates elect 3 bishops, make other key decisions

Delegates elect 3 bishops, make other key decisions

7/13/2016

“I pledge with God’s grace and the help of God’s spirit and all of your help to work to make The United Methodist Church the best it can be...” said Bard.


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