Letter: Staying the course

In light of Gov. Walz relaxing restrictions for churches’ gatherings, Bishop Ough urges congregations to stay the course, worship online, and remain cautious.

Letter: Keeping on, looking ahead

Bishop Ough urges congregations to go slow in resuming in-person gatherings and to adhere to a Minnesota Conference Phased Re-Gathering Plan.

Reach: Learning how to lead a scattered church

Here are four practical strategies you can use to reach new people in a time when the church is scattered.

Virtual small group offers support, spiritual growth, deep friendship

Every night at 9 p.m. for nearly 60 consecutive days, somewhere between five and 15 people have gathered online for a devotion, sharing, support, and dialogue.

Osterholm and Walz talk COVID-19 and churches

Dr. Michael Osterholm encourages churches to embrace virtual gatherings, and Gov. Tim Walz said he is committed to partnering on guidance for faith communities.
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State of the Church Address: You Have Never Traveled This Way Before

Bishop Bruce R. Ough

Bishop Ough celebrates the ways congregations are creatively adapting amid the pandemic he offers encouragement and considerations for the road ahead.

Some good news: 6 ELI interns named, 6 NEXT grants awarded

Jody Thone

Six college students will participate in The ELI Project, and six churches have received a NEXT grant to create a high school internship.

From gratitude to generosity

Bishop Bruce R. Ough

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reflects on the relationship between gratitude and generosity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Can we win at COVID ministry without the queen?

Ben Ingebretson

Consider starting an online micro-community that targets an acute, felt need. Now is the best time to engage new people in areas of great need!

EarthKeepers discipleship group sparks missional ideas, urban-rural connections

Caring for Creation

Joe Meinholz shares his experience with his Minnesota EarthKeepers Covenant Discipleship Group.

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“Change for a change” offering raises funds for Imagine No Malaria

Evangelical UMC (Waseca) decided to raise money for Imagine No Malaria by having a special monthly offering called “Change for a Change” during which we would ...

“The Gathering Place” Opens in Chatfield

Chatfield United Methodist Church’s newly-formed health ministry for senior citizens, The Gathering Place, held its inaugural open house Jan. 10. Led by parish ...

“Ton of Tuna” campaign feeds a community

During Minnesota FoodShare month, River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville saw a need to fight hunger in its community. The church came up with a “Ton ...

20+ UMC congregations work to reach thousands at Twin Cities Pride event

Members of Reconciling United Methodist congregations in Minnesota created a float for the Pride parade and hosted a booth where they handed out rainbow peace ...

A Brush With Kindness team ‘serves Jesus while serving others’

Two years ago, members of Lindstrom and Main Street UMCs returned from a mission trip inspired to make change in their own communities.
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