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Easter message: Who is it you are looking for?


After encountering the risen Jesus at the tomb on Easter morning, Mary Magdalene was never the same again, and neither are we.

Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month events kick off new Affinity Space


The newly formed Latino/Hispanic Affinity Space began its work by advocating for support for events celebrating Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month. Three Minnesota churches held events that celebrated Hispanic/Latine culture and welcomed people to the Wesleyan tradition.

Lighting God’s Path to Create a More Loving World: The Art of Neighboring


Path of Grace UMC in Maplewood, under the leadership of Rev. Katie Matson-Daley, set an intention for missional outreach to be more relationship based. One goal in particular was that 100 people would participate in outward mission between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. A partnership with a local elementary school is proving a meaningful way to support the community. We celebrate Path ...

Build resilience. Reduce burnout.


What do we even mean when we talk about burnout and resilience? What kinds of burnout are there, and what can we do in our lives to prevent burnout or stop it from getting worse? Diane Owen, the director of clergy well-being, summarizes where to start.

The power to uplift the homeless is the love of Jesus Christ


Connections Ministry, led by Rev. Erica Koser, started as a small-scale seasonal shelter in Mankato, rotating from church to church. It has evolved into a seasonal shelter with 40 beds, a daytime drop-in center and a free clinic, and has even started a worshiping community called Shelter Church.

Newly digitized Annual Conference Journals make history accessible


The Minnesota Annual Conference Journals, dating back to 1850, contain important church history. Until recently the journals were only accessible by visiting the Minnesota Conference office, but now the journals have been digitized to ensure their permanent preservation.

New Life for Willmar UMC


With the help of an intentional interim pastor, this congregation rediscovered how much fun it can be to do mission and ministry together.

Can I do one thing?


Rev. Cindy Gregorson shares her story of uncomfortable change as she considers what she can do to impact climate change and leave a better world for future generations.

New Prairieland Parish shows strength of cooperation in rural ministry


This parish of seven churches is dedicated to keeping the light of Christ shining across their communities. Rev. Michelle Hargrave shares the story of how they are navigating the process of becoming one parish, sharing two and a half pastors.

Resourcing Congregations in the Minnesota Conference


Rev. Susan Nienaber is ready to help your church live into its fullest call and potential. Discover all the useful congregational vitality resources and opportunities that are available to congregations and church leaders—from workshops that help church work run more smoothly, to grant funds for churches to hire consultants, to custom coaching processes for clergy and lay leaders.

Clergy Leadership Academy: 'Yes' space for designing the future


This year, Clergy Leadership Academy participants explored the essential leadership task of leading and equipping others.

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