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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Willmar UMC rises to donor’s challenge, donates two arks of animals, five pigs to families in need

In conjunction with vacation Bible school, which had a “Down on the Farm” theme, Willmar United Methodist Church Education Director Jackie Svejkovsky hoped that...

Youth group helps neighbors, raises funds for back-to-school haircuts

Back-to-school haircuts can be costly for parents. The youth group at Peace United Methodist Church in Virginia thought of a great way to reach neighbors and ...

Youth share God’s grace, serve neighbors through Urban CROSS

Last month, 36 Urban CROSS campers spent a week in St. Paul, helping neighbors with painting, yard work, landscaping, cleanup, construction, and repair projects...
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