Dear Friends in Christ,
Across North and South Dakota and in Minnesota, we are on a shared journey toward God’s vision of each congregation growing in its capacity to love God and neighbor, reach new people, and heal a broken world—all to the glory of God and the fulfillment of our mission “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Let me tell you a bit about ministry in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area:
We are investing in the future. Systems are in place to bring new leaders on board, including internships, coaching, financial education, and debt relief. New clergy are immediately eligible for financial benefits.
We are growing. Across the area, we have started more than 10 new worshipping communities in the past two years and are working to substantially increase that number. The area is the home of Embrace Church, one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States.
We have churches that practice and measure signs of vitality. More than 125 churches are engaged in revitalization processes, resulting in increased numbers of baptisms, professions of faith, and people doing mission work outside the church walls.
I ask that you prayerfully consider joining us to reach the next person for Jesus. As you discern, I and all United Methodists in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota will be lifting you up in prayer.
In Christ’s love and service,
Bruce R. Ough, Resident Bishop
Dakotas-Minnesota Area, The United Methodist Church
Do you have a heart for people and a passion for reaching new people with God’s message of grace?
Are you gifted with leadership skills and can you speak truth with compassion?
Are you open to the mystery of the Holy Spirit and are you growing in your relationship with God?
Does your heart break for the broken world and do you respond with actions, prayers, and finances?
Then you may be called to professional ministry! This is rewarding and challenging work that can provide meaning and purpose to your life and the lives you impact. The role of clergy is multi-dimensional, creative, and innovative and often brings abundant opportunities for deep personal fulfillment and growth. Studies have found that clergy have one of the highest levels of job satisfaction.
The Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church is looking for passionate leaders who are fruitful, on fire for Christ, and faithful in their work and witness. If you feel called to professional ministry, take a deeper look at your options and the first steps you’ll take in the journey to becoming clergy in the Minnesota Conference!
We are a movement that’s about changing the world. We come alongside our leaders, invest in them, and develop their skills so that they are equipped to make a difference in their communities and reach new people for Christ.
We care about our leaders and are deeply committed to helping them fulfill our shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Here are a few ways in which we’re investing in our ordained and licensed leaders:
Read the call to ministry stories of several of our ordained and licensed leaders, and why they like serving in the Minnesota Conference.
Leah Rosso: Elder
The Minnesota Conference has a collective mission of growing in love of God and neighbor, reaching new people, and healing a broken world. I appreciate this three-fold focus because it means that I get to be a healthy, whole person, even as I am leading a healthy and whole church. Read more
Terri Horn: Elder
God called me when I was in college, and I finished my master of divinity soon after, but family challenges sent me into nursing, where I spent the next 20-plus years believing that God would let me “off the hook.” But God was quite persistent, despite all of my dodging... One week after I left nursing, I stepped into my role as pastor. I am now where I have always belonged! Read more
Tyler Sit: Elder
My friends and I started New City Church. As a church plant, we built everything from scratch, which was perfect because we knew we wanted to do church differently... In seminary, I realized that I could not not church plant—I knew that for the sake of my community and the gospel, we needed New City Church. The Minnesota Conference not only embraced me with open arms but also funded extended learning experiences so I was well prepared to start a church. My clergy colleagues and I have received enormous receptivity to trying new things and starting new communities. Read more
Whitney Sheridan: Elder
I was not raised attending church. It wasn’t until I was 16 that my parents felt compelled by the Spirit to join a church... Very quickly, church became part of our life as a family. During a mission trip that summer, it was affirmed to me by a classmate that I had gifts for pastoral ministry, and my discernment process began. Read more
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