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Training church members to help care for people with dementia

Training church members to help care for people with dementia

8/18/2022

Through her nonprofit, Tracy Keibler offers a free training program that helps church members learn to serve as companion visitors for people with dementia.


Transitional Table begins work, identifies 5 key areas

Transitional Table begins work, identifies 5 key areas

8/18/2022

Here's a glimpse at the Transitional Table's first meeting, and a survey through which you can give feedback to guide their work.


Adaptive VBS gives autistic children inclusive faith-building experience

Adaptive VBS gives autistic children inclusive faith-building experience

8/9/2022

After hearing about autistic kids being unwelcome at church activities, Rachel Casper decided to create a specialized VBS for kids on the spectrum.


NCJ recommendation: Return to 9 bishops, 1 shared by DK-MN

NCJ recommendation: Return to 9 bishops, 1 shared by DK-MN

8/8/2022

The NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy recommends having nine active bishops in 2023, with the Dakotas and Minnesota sharing one.


7 area clergy complete Practical Church Leadership Program, gain new tools for ministry

7 area clergy complete Practical Church Leadership Program, gain new tools for ministry

7/28/2022

“It was well worth the time, effort, and money needed,” said Rev. Katherine Cornell, who serves Asbury UMC in Duluth.


Central Appalachia, Minnesota, GCFA partner in flood bucket ministry

Central Appalachia, Minnesota, GCFA partner in flood bucket ministry

7/28/2022

The Central Appalachian Missionary Conference, the Minnesota Conference, and GCFA have partnered to address Kentucky flooding.


Meet the clergy new to the Minnesota Conference in 2022

Meet the clergy new to the Minnesota Conference in 2022

7/21/2022

Here’s a look at this year's 13 incoming clergy—what drew them here, what they’re excited about, their spiritual gifts, what they appreciate about The UMC, and some fun facts.


Racial justice grants help churches learn, listen, grow

Racial justice grants help churches learn, listen, grow

6/9/2022

Nearly 20 churches received a grant for a book study, and the impact on each congregation has been significant. You can still apply for a grant


Churches remember the 21 who died in Uvalde school shooting

Churches remember the 21 who died in Uvalde school shooting

6/2/2022

Some churches created a display of empty chairs to remember and honor those who died at the hands of a gunman at Robb Elementary.


2022 conference highlights to share with your church

2022 conference highlights to share with your church

5/26/2022

Highlights from two full days of worship, discerning, and celebrating that you can bring back to members of your congregation.


Bishop's pastoral Letter on Texas school shooting

Bishop's pastoral Letter on Texas school shooting

5/25/2022

In his letter, Bishop David Bard urges us to pray, and to take action to address our society's problem with violence.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Cured’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Cured’

5/25/2022

Bishop David Bard: “Journeying together toward beloved community: May this be the Minnesota Conference.”


Day 2 highlights: Looking ahead, legislation, and honoring retirees

Day 2 highlights: Looking ahead, legislation, and honoring retirees

5/25/2022

Attendees looked ahead, shared their hopes and dreams, approved key legislation, acknowledged churches that are closing or leaving, and thanked retirees.


19 clergy ordained, commissioned, recognized

19 clergy ordained, commissioned, recognized

5/24/2022

“The world needs the ministry of Jesus Christ through the church,” Bishop David Bard told honorees. “This matters. Tonight matters.”


Day 1 highlights: Celebrating ministry, diversity-related legislation, and worship

Day 1 highlights: Celebrating ministry, diversity-related legislation, and worship

5/24/2022

Rev. Cynthia Williams: “In the midst of a pandemic, a denomination separating...God has been faithful and you, the people of God, have stepped out in faith.”


A look at racial diversity within the Minnesota Conference

A look at racial diversity within the Minnesota Conference

5/19/2022

Data reveal we’re nowhere close to reflecting the diversity of our state at any of the three levels examined: local churches, clergy, and conference staff.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Buffalo and The Beatitudes

Bishop's pastoral letter: Buffalo and The Beatitudes

5/19/2022

After last weekend's mass shooting, Bishop David Bard urges us to pray for those who mourn and to have difficult conversations about race and hatred in the U.S.


Lake Harriet UMC attempts to build world’s largest pillow fort

Lake Harriet UMC attempts to build world’s largest pillow fort

5/4/2022

The more than 700 pillows that members donated will go to several organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness.


2 ELI interns to explore ministry up close this summer

2 ELI interns to explore ministry up close this summer

4/28/2022

The interns, who are both in seminary, will spend two months "trying on" ministry and working with clergy mentors.


New resource-sharing platform to equip leaders and fuel ministry

New resource-sharing platform to equip leaders and fuel ministry

4/21/2022

MNsource will be a place for United Methodist church leaders throughout the state to both share and access excellent resources.


Cabinet and Transition Table nominations

Cabinet and Transition Table nominations

4/8/2022

Bishop Bard is seeking nominations for Cabinet-level positions and a Transition Table to consider conference staffing, structure, and resourcing.


A life of faith: Betty Fuller reflects on 100 years as a Methodist in Minnesota

A life of faith: Betty Fuller reflects on 100 years as a Methodist in Minnesota

3/31/2022

Betty Fuller, 100, has been a Minnesota Methodist since birth; she looks back on her life of faith and shares her prayer for the world and dream for the church.


Bishop Haller granted medical leave; Kiesey to assume leadership

Bishop Haller granted medical leave; Kiesey to assume leadership

3/31/2022

Bishop Laurie Haller was granted a six-month medical leave, during which time Bishop Deborah Kiesey will assume episcopal leadership in Iowa and the Dakotas.


Lydia Project scarves to be distributed at GC2024

Lydia Project scarves to be distributed at GC2024

3/24/2022

Scarves will be given to all delegates and guests at General Conference 2024, where Dakotas-Minnesota United Methodists will be recognized.


Embracing a call to ministry: Dean Roush

Embracing a call to ministry: Dean Roush

3/16/2022

Through leading a praise music worship service at his church, Dean Roush heard God’s call to something bigger and is becoming a licensed local pastor.


Annual Conference 2022: Jesus: Healer

Annual Conference 2022: Jesus: Healer

3/10/2022

The May 24-25 gathering will include inspiring worship, a banquet, conversations about who and where we are, and celebrating clergy milestones.


Winding path leads Kathy Huber to fulfill longtime call to ministry

Winding path leads Kathy Huber to fulfill longtime call to ministry

3/10/2022

Kathy Huber started seminary about 18 years ago and is now fulfilling a longtime call to pastoral ministry.


GC2020 postponement: What it means for us

GC2020 postponement: What it means for us

3/3/2022

We will continue to engage in creating a post-pandemic church, living into our vision, embodying our values, and making a place at the table for everyone.


General Conference further postponed to 2024

General Conference further postponed to 2024

3/3/2022

The 2020 General Conference will be further postponed to 2024 due to COVID-related and governmental policies/constraints.


Videos: Ukraine pastor and Eurasia bishop reflect on invasion of Ukraine

Videos: Ukraine pastor and Eurasia bishop reflect on invasion of Ukraine

3/2/2022

Reflections from Pastor Volodymyr Prokip, who leads a student ministry in Ukraine, and Bishop Eduard Khegay, who leads the Eurasia Episcopal Area.


Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Bishop Bard Issues Call for Prayer

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Bishop Bard Issues Call for Prayer

2/25/2022

Bishop David Bard calls upon all Minnesota United Methodists to pray for peace in Ukraine—at their worship services this weekend and into Lent.


Embracing a call to ministry: Miron Carney

Embracing a call to ministry: Miron Carney

2/24/2022

Miron Carney is a mayor and a lobbyist with a most interesting resume, but he recently embraced a longtime call upon his life: pastoring a local church.


Bishop's pastoral letter: New COVID guidance

Bishop's pastoral letter: New COVID guidance

2/23/2022

Bishop David Bard introduces a new set of COVID-19 guidelines and encourages us to continue to act out of love for neighbor and care for our community.


Embracing a call to ministry: Pam Cook

Embracing a call to ministry: Pam Cook

2/15/2022

Filling in for her pastor led to Pam Cook becoming a certified lay minister and then serving Peace United Church in Long Prairie as its lay pastor.


Amid pandemic, 2021 apportioned giving increases

Amid pandemic, 2021 apportioned giving increases

2/10/2022

The total amount remitted to the conference totaled $5.3 million—approximately 83 percent of the $6.4 million apportioned budget and up 2.1 percent from 2020.


Bishop's pastoral letter on killing of Amir Locke

Bishop's pastoral letter on killing of Amir Locke

2/6/2022

Following the incident, Bishop David Bard calls for prayer and for reform in policing, policies, procedures, and training.


175 youth explore epiphanies at The Event online

175 youth explore epiphanies at The Event online

2/3/2022

Virtual participants heard about a call to ministry, reflected on "aha" moments, watched a music video, and played an interactive game of Clue.


Annual conferences to raise funds for Survivor Trust Fund

Annual conferences to raise funds for Survivor Trust Fund

1/27/2022

United Methodists will contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Boy Scouts of America Survivor Trust Fund, and the Minnesota Conference will raise $286,132.


Matthew 25 food ministry turns Coon Rapids UMC inside-out

Matthew 25 food ministry turns Coon Rapids UMC inside-out

1/27/2022

Every month, roughly 60 volunteers serve 440 families in need through a food distribution—which has completely transformed the congregation.


Position focuses on clergy well-being

Position focuses on clergy well-being

1/20/2022

Diane Owen will support and resource clergy around the five areas of well-being—emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, and social.


Atwater UMC connects with kids amid pandemic

Atwater UMC connects with kids amid pandemic

1/13/2022

Offering Sunday School via Zoom has enabled Atwater’s kids to stay connected to God and the church and allowed those from other geographic areas to join in.


Bishop Bard: Our path to real hope

Bishop Bard: Our path to real hope

1/6/2022

Bishop David Bard urges vaccination and masking, and advises church leaders to consider moving worship and other in-person gatherings online.


Foundations begin 2022 with new name, strengthened partnership

Foundations begin 2022 with new name, strengthened partnership

1/6/2022

The Minnesota Methodist Foundation and Dakotas Methodist Foundation have formalized their partnership and are poised to continue to grow and expand.


Glendale UMC creatively connects with Pokémon Go players

Glendale UMC creatively connects with Pokémon Go players

12/16/2021

Pokémon Go players frequent church locations, and by installing a welcoming sign, this church in Savage is connecting with new people!


Tabernacle construction underway at Koronis Ministries

Tabernacle construction underway at Koronis Ministries

12/9/2021

The 18,000-square-foot, two-story building will house a new $4 million dining and meeting center. It should be ready in summer 2022.


Area receives another $500K Lilly grant for clergy well-being

Area receives another $500K Lilly grant for clergy well-being

12/2/2021

The funding, which requires a $250,000 match, will be used to help clergy be healthy and whole in light of pandemic-related challenges and stressors.


NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

11/11/2021

The covenant, using United Methodist baptismal vows as a framework, calls on the jurisdiction to fight racism and create a culture that affirms LGBTQIA+ people.


NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by 1

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by 1

11/11/2021

Delegates spent the majority of their time on three big topics—dismantling racism, the future of episcopal leadership, and the future of the UMC.


Youth pack and donate nearly 300 Christmas shoeboxes

Youth pack and donate nearly 300 Christmas shoeboxes

11/10/2021

More than 30 Minnesota United Methodist youth packed shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children in need.


Bishop Bard to continue to serve MN in 2022

Bishop Bard to continue to serve MN in 2022

11/5/2021

The College of Bishops decided to extend the current coverage of episcopal areas in the jurisdiction until at least November 2022.


Marathon Way Stations provide encouragement for next leg of race

Marathon Way Stations provide encouragement for next leg of race

11/4/2021

Clergy gathered around the state to swap pandemic stories and provide encouragement to one another during this difficult season of ministry.


Wesley UMC in Winona experiments with new models of being church

Wesley UMC in Winona experiments with new models of being church

10/28/2021

The church is making videos for nonprofits, has hired a community-based justice director, and is giving artists a platform to express themselves.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Vaccinations, masking, and caring for others

Bishop's pastoral letter: Vaccinations, masking, and caring for others

10/21/2021

Bishop Bard encourages vaccinations and masking, and says the United Methodist tradition does not support religious exemptions for vaccinations.


Serve MSP brings Shoebox Christmas to children in need

Serve MSP brings Shoebox Christmas to children in need

10/21/2021

Minnesota youth groups are invited to pack 500 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts for children in need. You can join in the effort.


Tree stump reminds aging church: God is not done with us

Tree stump reminds aging church: God is not done with us

10/14/2021

A tree stump and speeches given from atop it reminded members of Hill City UMC that the congregation is alive and still has work to do.


Reach with missional communities

Reach with missional communities

10/7/2021

Rev. Rachel Gilmore offers some examples and tips for creating missional communities, which reach non-church-goers outside of church buildings.


25 churches respond to urgent call to assist storm-ravaged areas

25 churches respond to urgent call to assist storm-ravaged areas

9/30/2021

Twenty-five congregations throughout the state donated 6,000 pounds worth of supplies in response to an urgent call from UMCOR.


Kayaking ministry builds and transforms community

Kayaking ministry builds and transforms community

9/30/2021

Rev. Amy Strom's simple invitation to her congregations to go kayaking strengthened relationships and created new connections within the community.


‘Cinema and the Street’ aims to attract, engage young adults

‘Cinema and the Street’ aims to attract, engage young adults

9/23/2021

Young adults are invited to participate in a virtual showing of "Push" about the lack of affordable housing, and then volunteer at Simpson Housing Services.


Tech and ministry specialist ready to help churches enhance digital ministry

Tech and ministry specialist ready to help churches enhance digital ministry

9/23/2021

Tanner will help churches improve their digital ministry while also developing systems and teams that move us forward with technology as an annual conference.


Camp MN offers meaningful summer experience amid pandemic

Camp MN offers meaningful summer experience amid pandemic

9/16/2021

A total of 923 campers had a safe and enjoyable summer experience thanks to extra precautions that the camps took amid COVID-19.


Churches share God’s love with students returning to school

Churches share God’s love with students returning to school

9/9/2021

Three churches share how they are supporting teachers and students as they return to school. Church-school partnerships are a key way to love our neighbors.


3 grant opportunities to apply for now

3 grant opportunities to apply for now

9/2/2021

Apply now for Investing in Congregations, Dare to Reach, and Digital Campus grants!


Faith spurs differing views on Line 3 pipeline

Faith spurs differing views on Line 3 pipeline

9/2/2021

Eight Minnesota United Methodists who feel strongly about Line 3 share how their faith informs their perspectives.


Bishop Bard named United Seminary’s Distinguished Alum

Bishop Bard named United Seminary’s Distinguished Alum

8/26/2021

The local seminary praised the bishop for committing to a lifetime of anti-racism work, and leading with theological grounding, wisdom, and skill.


New team focuses on clergy total well-being

New team focuses on clergy total well-being

8/26/2021

Common concerns that clergy have voiced are exhaustion, difficulty in accessing resources, and inability to easily access mental health care.


Silver Lake UMC closes doors, leaves beautiful legacy

Silver Lake UMC closes doors, leaves beautiful legacy

8/18/2021

After making the difficult decision to close, the church used funds from the sale of its building to support local organizations and a new house church network.


Bishop’s pastoral letter: COVID precautions amid surge in cases

Bishop’s pastoral letter: COVID precautions amid surge in cases

8/11/2021

Bishop David Bard has turned the dial on the Phased Re-Gathering Plan from blue to yellow because the state positivity rate has reached 5 percent.


Youth tackle social, environmental injustice at Serve MSP

Youth tackle social, environmental injustice at Serve MSP

8/11/2021

Participants learned about local efforts to fight food insecurity, support those experiencing homelessness, and raise awareness about water pollution.


Meet the 2021 clergy new to the Minnesota Conference

Meet the 2021 clergy new to the Minnesota Conference

7/29/2021

Here’s a look at the incoming clergy—what drew them here, what they’re excited about, their spiritual gifts, their hopes for the UMC, and some fun facts.


10 evangelism strategies your church can use

10 evangelism strategies your church can use

7/28/2021

These strategies for reaching people include prayer boxes, intentional neighboring, community surveying, and interest groups.


11 area clergy complete Nonprofit Church Leadership Program, 7 begin

11 area clergy complete Nonprofit Church Leadership Program, 7 begin

7/22/2021

Two recent graduates share how the program has impacted them, and two incoming students talk about what they are hoping to learn.


Project AgGrad student completes graduate studies

Project AgGrad student completes graduate studies

7/22/2021

Emmanuel Adeyemo completed his Ph.D. and will soon return to Nigeria to help increase food production there.


44 MN churches donate UMCOR kits for disaster-torn areas

44 MN churches donate UMCOR kits for disaster-torn areas

7/15/2021

The tornado, health, and cleaning kits will be distributed to disaster-ravaged areas around the world where they are needed most.


Gaming camp offers creative faith-building, transforms lives

Gaming camp offers creative faith-building, transforms lives

7/15/2021

Eight youth participated in a new, six-day “Games Galore and More” camp at Northern Pines Camp in Park Rapids in June; its positive impact has stayed with them.


Reflective supervision offers new way to support clergy

Reflective supervision offers new way to support clergy

7/8/2021

This pilot program will provide support and accountability for all Minnesota clergy’s development and well-being.


2021 conference highlights to share with your church

2021 conference highlights to share with your church

6/25/2021

Three days of annual conference turned into a summary of key points to share with members of your congregation!


Conference approves racial justice resolution

Conference approves racial justice resolution

6/24/2021

The resolution calls on dismantling racism, opposing white supremacy, and advocating for racial justice.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Winter and Road Construction’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Winter and Road Construction’

6/23/2021

Bishop Bard talked about roadmaps and, drawing on Mark 7: 24-30, he shared four lessons for the work of the church and our work as the Minnesota Conference.


Rev. Rachel Billups: The way through hard conversations and a new season of discipleship

Rev. Rachel Billups: The way through hard conversations and a new season of discipleship

6/23/2021

Billups shared practices for being peacemakers as we seek to bridge the significant divides around us and talked about why and how to tell our Jesus stories as we seek to disciple others.


5 clergy recognized, celebrated for milestones in ministry

5 clergy recognized, celebrated for milestones in ministry

6/22/2021

In a moving ordination and commissioning service that hundreds of people attended online, five clergy were recognized for taking a new step in ministry.


Laity Session: Breaking through gridlock

Laity Session: Breaking through gridlock

6/22/2021

Minnesota lay people learned three ways to move difficult conversations forward and deepen relationships in the 2021 Laity Session.


ELI Project welcomes three summer interns

ELI Project welcomes three summer interns

6/17/2021

Each intern is spending two months at a host church and with a clergy mentor while gaining experience in a wide variety of ministerial contexts.


How do you hear God speaking?

How do you hear God speaking?

6/10/2021

Rev. Laquaan Malachi, who serves North UMC in Minneapolis, reflects on how we might take steps in faith and discern God speaking to us.


‘I wasn’t breathing’: Tragedy leads to trauma ministry, book

‘I wasn’t breathing’: Tragedy leads to trauma ministry, book

6/3/2021

Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, lead pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC in St. Paul, reflects on the trauma and transformation that he experienced after George Floyd was killed.


2021 Clergy Session includes celebration, remembrances, learning, conversation

2021 Clergy Session includes celebration, remembrances, learning, conversation

6/3/2021

Clergy attendees celebrated milestones, approved candidates for membership, heard from guest speaker Tod Bolsinger, and had conversations by district.


Bishop’s pastoral letter: Transitioning to blue phase

Bishop’s pastoral letter: Transitioning to blue phase

5/25/2021

Amid declining COVID-19 case rates and increased vaccinations, we are transitioning to the blue phase of our Re-Gathering Plan.


3 ways laity can participate in Annual Conference

3 ways laity can participate in Annual Conference

5/13/2021

Watching the live stream, attending Laity Session, and gathering at host sites will provide meaningful ways to learn and connect.


Racial justice organizer joins conference staff

Racial justice organizer joins conference staff

5/13/2021

Rev. Dana Neuhauser's role will include teaching on anti-racism, resourcing cross-racial and cross-cultural clergy appointments, and supporting clergy of color.


Chauvin verdict met with relief, resolve among Twin Cities clergy

Chauvin verdict met with relief, resolve among Twin Cities clergy

4/22/2021

Seven Minneapolis-St. Paul area clergy share their reactions to the verdict and reflect on where we go from here.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Breathe, work, pray

Bishop's pastoral letter: Breathe, work, pray

4/20/2021

Bishop David Bard responds to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and encourages us to continue the work of dismantling racial inequity.


Healing the hurt in Brooklyn Center: How you can help

Healing the hurt in Brooklyn Center: How you can help

4/15/2021

Rev. Rich Zeck talks about what it's like to minister in this time and place and shares ways that United Methodists can assist.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Repairing the breach, restoring the streets

Bishop's pastoral letter: Repairing the breach, restoring the streets

4/13/2021

As the Derek Chauvin trial takes place and the Twin Cities reacts to Daunte Wright's death, Bishop David Bard urges us to continue the work of racial reckoning.


Bishop’s pastoral letter: Staying in orange phase amid surge in cases

Bishop’s pastoral letter: Staying in orange phase amid surge in cases

4/8/2021

Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we will remain in the orange phase of our Re-Gathering Plan.


Submit your video stories and bloopers!

Submit your video stories and bloopers!

4/8/2021

Share your creative ministry and blooper videos for the 2021 Annual Conference. Choose one of two thank you gifts if your creative ministry video is selected.


Rev. Lauren Rheingans receives Francis Asbury Award

Rev. Lauren Rheingans receives Francis Asbury Award

3/30/2021

Rheingans has taken ministry out of the building and onto campus, formed a partnership with Centennial UMC, and empowered students to lead.


Pandemic prompts Willmar UMC to look outward

Pandemic prompts Willmar UMC to look outward

3/24/2021

COVID-19 and several key practices the church implemented shifted its focus outward and helped it serve and connect with its community in new ways.


Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference

Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference

3/22/2021

The bishops decided it was not in the best interest of The United Methodist Church to hold the one-day special virtual conference at this time.


Bishop's pastoral letter on violence against Asian-Americans

Bishop's pastoral letter on violence against Asian-Americans

3/19/2021

Bishop Bard decries the recent violence, reminds us that all persons are created in the image of God, and encourages us to offer prayers for Asian-Americans.


Nonprofit Church Leadership Program helps leaders grow and pivot

Nonprofit Church Leadership Program helps leaders grow and pivot

3/18/2021

Four area participants reflect on how the program equipped them for effective ministry and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.


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