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The heart of the Magi: Bishop's Christmas message


Bishop Ough encourages us to approach this Christmas with the hearts of the Magi: constantly being formed and shaped into the way of the Lord.

Centenary UMC experiencing ‘breakthroughs of the Spirit’ through MCCI


Centenary UMC needed a breakthrough of the Spirit. I asked Bishop Ough about the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) program, and our church began this transformational process.

MN Annual Conference Volunteer in Mission Opportunities


After recent natural disasters, many United Methodists want to help. Early Response Teams are there now. But clean-up efforts will continue for many months. That’s when Volunteer in Mission (VIM) team members will be needed. Can your church plan a trip to help in Texas, Florida, California, and five more states that need VIM teams?

Tolerating Bad Behavior in the Church


With the intense divisiveness in our country, congregations are well-positioned to role-model a different way of being together, meeting real needs and building connections across the divides.

Creating Community


Can we reimagine our churches as true gathering spaces for the community, where people feel a powerful sense of belonging?

Praying for Sutherland Springs


Bishop Ough encourages Minnesota United Methodists to trust in God's faithfulness, even in times of terrible violence.

18 laity find purpose and connection through ConneXion retreat


Participants learned about their strengths and passions, examined what brings purpose to their lives, and participated in contemplative practices.

When your heart is heavy


We shine when we don’t give up or give in, when we do what we can do however big or small. And in so doing, our heart gets a little bit lighter.

Praying for Las Vegas


Bishop Ough encourages Minnesota United Methodists to continue offering the ministries of prayer, comfort, healing, advocacy, and love following this tragedy.

Rushing in after a disaster (and 2 ways YOU can help)


You can help by becoming trained to be an effective early responder and/or Volunteer in Mission; training opportunities are coming up on Sept. 30.

The top 10 “it’s time already” things


Automatic giving, a strong website, technological updates, and providing ample stewardship opportunities are among the things all churches should be doing.

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