In Bishop Bruce R. Ough's 2017 Ash Wednesday message, he describes how we, like Nicodemus, harbor our own forms of unwillingness to change, to be born anew, to embrace the resurrection of the Son of God. He says, "Our Lenten journey, the very journey we are entering into, is one of moving out of the darkness of sin and the shadows of doubt into new life in Christ – 'birth from above' – as Jesus said." (Run time: 5:00)
We reached our $10,000 camperships goal, and Bishop Ough is officially taking the plunge on Feb. 18! Watch him prepare.
The Breakthrough Workshop on Rediscovering Evangelism, featuring District Superintendent Rev. Fred Vanderwerf, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2017.
The Minnesota Conference's ELI Project internship gives college students exploring vocational ministry an opportunity to participate in a paid, hands-on learning experience within a host congregation. Learn more at eliprojectmn.com.
God fully intends to disrupt our lives, Bishop Bruce R. Ough says in his 2016 Christmas message. 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.
The Minnesota Council of Churches is partnering with successful tutoring and mentoring programs to encourage members of congregations to mentor children not thriving at school.
Hamline Church's bread oven has enabled it to bring its altar from inside the church to the front lawn.
United Methodist bishops share their thoughts about race issues and recent violence across the country.
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.
“The time is short; you have one last chance to put things right before the judgment—one last chance to bear kingdom fruit…You had better get your manure together before it is too late. Be fruitful or perish!”
Sights and sounds of the 2016 annual conference.
Each summer, youth come together for a week to live out the gospel and serve the community. During the day, they fix homes, do yard work, and engage in many other service projects to help neighbors in need. At night, they worship together. The youth STORM the community with the love of God.
The Minnesota Conference's ELI Project internship gives college students exploring vocational ministry an opportunity to participate in a paid, hands-on learning experience within a host congregation. The ELI Project provides a stipend, support, mentorship and lots of prayer to lift up the next generation of leaders in the United Methodist Church in Minnesota.
Minnesota and Dakotas UMC camping and retreat programs have been offering life-changing experiences for years. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the two camping programs have joined forces and their collaboration has created even more opportunities across the borders of the two conferences.
Young lives are changed every year at Camp Minnesota. Youth share what they love about camp.
A group of college students from Osseo UMC spend their summer traveling the state to provide Vacation Bible School for churches that couldn't otherwise offer it to their children. While teaching kids about God's love in a fun and relevant way, they also grow in their own faith.
St. Croix UMC saw a greying population in the church, and membership was declining, so the church made a bold decision to give over its building, its identity, and its way of being church so that fast-growing Embrace Church could start a new campus there.
About one-third of the children in La Crescent are on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. La Crescent UMC started a "Lunch Wagon" program to provide nourishment to them during the summer months. Twice a week, church members serve lunch to kids at three community locations.
Highlights from General Conference, including scenes from all 10 days and comments from two Minnesota delegates.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough answers questions at a press conference after General Conference delegates voted to accept a Council of Bishops recommendation to delay a debate on human sexuality until a new commission can examine the issue.
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 answered questions about the denomination's future and the Council of Bishops' role amid division and talks of a split.
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.
As you prepare to celebrate the joyous victory of Easter, allow God’s grace to flood you with new possibilities, new love, new hope, new life.
Five Minnesota United Methodist churches collectively raised more than $16,000 to send kids to Camp Minnesota this summer—and on Feb. 20, leaders of those churches plunged into frigid Lake Koronis.
Christmas is the coming together of heaven and earth, said Bishop Ough in a special Christmas message. God’s love came down from heaven and became fully incarnate in human, earthly form. God’s steadfast love and righteousness became fully known in Jesus’ faithfulness and peace.
After its Sunday School program was seeing just a handful of kids each week, Balaton UMC partnered with a nearby Lutheran church to create new Wednesday evening programming for members of both churches and the community. More than 100 now attend “Jesus and Me” (JAM) each Wednesday during the school year.
Hastings UMC's Ministry as Career (or "MAC Track") program gives young people an opportunity to discern how God is calling them to build the kingdom by exposing them to different facets of ministry. Every Sunday night, MAC Track participants lead all aspects a worship service called “Overflow,” at which 50 to 100 students show up.
Embrace church in Sioux Falls, SD has just launched another campus, this time right next to the two largest college campuses in this growing city. Lead Pastor Adam Weber and Summit Campus Pastor Chris Haugan tell us more about the new people they're reaching with the good news of Christ.
Dickinson United Methodist Church in Dickinson, North Dakota is undergoing significant changes as a result of the Bakken oil fields at its doorstep. Dickinson is seeing unprecedented growth. With that growth, "a new people" have descended on Dickinson and the church there is taking them in with welcoming arms. The future is still unknown, but the dreams are growing with it.
Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm adopted an elementary school in order to share God’s love with the neediest children in the community.
Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato provides hot breakfast and hope six mornings a week to its neighbors in need.
The Minnesota Conference is partnering with United Methodist missionaries in Vietnam to help foster an abundant life for children in the Southeast Asian country. Director of Missional Impact, Rev. Lyndy Zabel, and two members of a team that visited Vietnam in January talk about the needs there and the partnership.
Sixty-one Minnesota United Methodist churches have formed relationships with 16 missionaries being the hands and feet of Jesus around the world. Two members of Fridley UMC share about their longstanding relationship with Gordon and Ardell Graner, who serve in the Dominican Republic.
After finding that finances were a major concern for many members of Camphor Memorial UMC and its surrounding community, the church started a ministry focused on money management, budgeting, and savings. Results for participants have been significant. Through a partnership with the City of St. Paul, many of the city’s small and low-income business owners have taken the class.
An after-school program fills this small community's church basement with laughter, learning, healthy snacks... and love for all generations of God's children.
More than a dozen North Star District churches assembled toy- and snack-filled shoeboxes that were handed out on Christmas Eve 2014 to children on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, where needs are great. The Minnesota Conference’s Native American Ministries Action Team (NAMAT) coordinated the shoebox ministry.
Through Reach Renew Rejoice, each year for the next seven years, the Minnesota Conference will start one new church, assist 20 existing churches in revitalizing their ministries, and partner with a vital parent church to multiply its ministry beyond its current site.
Hear stories of lives changed in our Minnesota mission field while learning about the Minnesota Conference's congregational development initiative to start new churches and grow existing churches.
Hear stories of lives transformed through Minnesota United Methodist churches and learn about progress made within the Minnesota Conference in 2013 in each of four areas: missional leaders, missional congregations, missional impact, and missional resources.
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