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Pastoral message following Judicial Council rulings


Bishop Ough urges Minnesota United Methodists to stay together and strong in this in-between time, and to be the leaders and the church God is calling us to be.

A Recipe for Vitality


Graham UMC in rural central Minnesota is doing something right. This small, vital, multi-generational church has found a recipe for a healthy congregation. Rev. Susan Nienaber breaks it down into 8 factors.

Are You Ready to Surprise the World?


Here is everything you need to know to prepare for the all-conference Lenten book study video series starting soon! Find out where you can view or download weekly videos and small group study guides.

Let’s Go Fishing!


As a conference, our journey to vitality includes our vision of reaching new people. Many of us struggle with how best to do so. Meanwhile millions of people experience loneliness or have a hard time seeing the beauty of the gospel. Here's five steps we can take to reach these people.

Speak Kindly


Do you remember the old adage: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me? I don't think that is true at all. Words can harm and hurt. Words can heal. There is power in the words we speak.

Hope is Rising in Sierra Leone


It’s no secret why the little United Methodist Church that Pastor Judith Banya started two blocks away from her house keeps growing. She’s “doing all the good she can” in myriad ways. Learn about the nutrition program feeding children, new schools being constructed, and communities whose future she is helping to build in the village of Baiwalla, Sierra Leone.

Better Than Breakfast with Mom


Two years ago, Gilbert UMC faced a tough future. Average worship attendance had declined to 11 people. They could only afford 1/10th of a pastor’s time. Instead of giving up or cutting back on expenses, they made a commitment to seek a half-time pastor and to learn how to reach their community together. They were going to grow or die trying. Read about some encouraging signs of new life ...

Bold North—Warm Hearts


Super Bowl LII is coming to the Twin Cities on February 4. From a spiritual perspective, winners and losers of a football game are of little consequence. However, our work and witness as a people of faith holds significant stake in the impact from the big game, especially in the areas of human trafficking, homelessness, and hospitality.

Following the Money: Connecting the United Methodist Church in Mission through the Advance


171 of our Minnesota United Methodist Churches donated over $502,000 to the Advance in the past year. Find out where that money goes.

2018 New Year’s Greetings


Bishop Ough shares his prayer for all United Methodists in 2018, and asks for continued prayers for the denomination, the Council of Bishops, and the Commission on a Way Forward. He also encourages us to be unflagging in our commission to reach new people with the gospel of Jesus Christ in the new year.

This is all it takes…


Christmas is not a passive activity. It isn't a time to simply remember something that happened long ago. Christmas is an invitation to incarnation: to trust that God is made flesh, that God is present in the hurts and hope of our daily existence, and that we can, like Mary, give birth to love today in this moment.

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