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4 stories of lives changed in our midst

4 stories of lives changed in our midst

10/23/2018

Embracing God's love, finding a church home, reaching youth through an after-school kids club, and 16 baptized one Sunday are among these uplifting stories.


Hundreds gather for ‘Way Forward’ conversations across Minnesota

Hundreds gather for ‘Way Forward’ conversations across Minnesota

10/18/2018

Bishop Ough told attendees that the way for us to be the church now and in the future is to stay in love with union.


Samantha Evans: 'Why Jesus?'

Samantha Evans: 'Why Jesus?'

10/18/2018

Evans describes three events from her youth that defined her life’s direction and recounts how she came to recognize and embrace her God-given gift of writing.


8 novel thoughts and ideas on reaching new people

8 novel thoughts and ideas on reaching new people

10/11/2018

Eight great ideas to help you reach new people through evangelism, discipleship, social media, new services and sites, and more.


Reach: Wrap-up and resources

Reach: Wrap-up and resources

10/11/2018

Access to all the news articles, videos, and speaker presentation materials from Reach 2018!


Small parish engages in big relationships

Small parish engages in big relationships

10/11/2018

For Rev. Kali Christensen, ministry success is measured by the answer to one key question: How much of the love of Christ has been shown?


Rev. Adam Weber: Be real, point people to Jesus

Rev. Adam Weber: Be real, point people to Jesus

10/6/2018

In the final Reach keynote address, Weber told attendees: Know your "why," be the real you, and connect Jesus to reality.


Rev. Jacob Armstrong on reaching adaptively

Rev. Jacob Armstrong on reaching adaptively

10/6/2018

Armstrong talked about the importance of listening to your community, opening the loop for new people, being intentional, and asking for help.


Rev. Roz Picardo on reaching personally, sharing our stories

Rev. Roz Picardo on reaching personally, sharing our stories

10/6/2018

“You know what’s amazing about your story? It points back to God,” said Picardo. “It’s not just your story, it’s God’s story.”


Debi Nixon: 4 thoughts on reaching relentlessly

Debi Nixon: 4 thoughts on reaching relentlessly

10/5/2018

Getting back to an outward focus means being clear about your purpose, embracing change, going out into deeper water, and trusting God, Nixon said.


Reach kicks off, Bishop Ough challenges us to take ‘soul stands’

Reach kicks off, Bishop Ough challenges us to take ‘soul stands’

10/5/2018

Bishop Ough urged courage that maintains integrity to one’s true self and to the gospel of Jesus while transcending personal preferences for the sake of others.


HCI is 'check-up,' opportunity to 'shine light on ourselves'

HCI is 'check-up,' opportunity to 'shine light on ourselves'

10/3/2018

Leaders of four churches that recently began the Healthy Church Initiative talk about what they're doing, learning, and discerning.


Expanding Hispanic-Latino ministries throughout Minnesota

Expanding Hispanic-Latino ministries throughout Minnesota

10/2/2018

The conference received a grant and plans to identify areas where there’s indigenous leadership, passion, and energy for new Hispanic-Latino ministries.


Iglesia Piedra Viva reaches new people in Hispanic community

Iglesia Piedra Viva reaches new people in Hispanic community

10/2/2018

Piedra Viva is focused on kids and families; its signature ministry is a guitar program that teaches youth a skill that might otherwise be cost-prohibitive.


Reach • Renew • Rejoice: 5-year progress

Reach • Renew • Rejoice: 5-year progress

10/1/2018

Take a look at what we've accomplished together in the first five years thanks to your support of this initiative to start new churches and revitalize existing churches.


Environmental justice organizer joins conference for year-long internship

Environmental justice organizer joins conference for year-long internship

9/27/2018

Isaiah Friesen, a full-time conference intern, looks forward to recruiting and rallying people to “the hard work of discipleship to God’s creation.”


NCJ delegates build relationships, prepare for GC2019

NCJ delegates build relationships, prepare for GC2019

9/25/2018

Delegates from the North Central Jurisdiction gathered in Chicago for learning, discussion, worship, and fellowship in preparation for General Conference 2019.


Breakthrough prayer for REACH!

Breakthrough prayer for REACH!

9/18/2018

Even if you can't attend REACH!, please pray for the gathering and its participants. Bishop Bruce R. Ough wrote a prayer that's available in bookmark form.


Grants help clergy reduce student debt, improve financial well-being

Grants help clergy reduce student debt, improve financial well-being

9/18/2018

Twenty-four clergy received a $5,000 debt-reduction grant, and another round of grants will be given out this fall.


New conference youth leaders to plan events, create network

New conference youth leaders to plan events, create network

9/13/2018

Catie Levenick and Sami Tierney will organize two high-impact youth events each year and hope to create a network for youth leaders to share ideas.


Leaving a legacy: Tabernacle groundbreaking at Koronis

Leaving a legacy: Tabernacle groundbreaking at Koronis

9/6/2018

"As we break ground, we are affirming we are still in the business of building on the sure foundation, which is Jesus Christ," Bishop Ough said at the groundbreaking celebration.


Aitkin UMC welcomes the stranger at the door

Aitkin UMC welcomes the stranger at the door

8/29/2018

Church members opened their hearts and building to a stranger, and in doing so, showed him Christ's love and inspired him to become a follower of Jesus.


REACH! speaker Roz Picardo: 5 tips to reach new people

REACH! speaker Roz Picardo: 5 tips to reach new people

8/29/2018

Picardo offers five key pieces of wisdom from his experience planting churches and reaching new people for Christ (hear more from him at REACH! Oct. 5-6).


Jackson UMC offers new kind of VBS…on a bus

Jackson UMC offers new kind of VBS…on a bus

8/23/2018

The new format helped double the number of kids attending. It all resulted from Rev. Robert Moorlach's experience as a part-time school bus driver.


Four college students affirm, narrow call through ELI Project

Four college students affirm, narrow call through ELI Project

8/14/2018

All four said they are more confident in their potential for ministry work in the future, with three intending to pursue vocational ministry.


Becky Boland: 'Why Jesus?'

Becky Boland: 'Why Jesus?'

8/8/2018

She talks about trusting God through a difficult pregnancy, deciding to raise her daughter in faith, and seeing God at work in her life and her daughter Elsa's.


Project AgGrad student completes master’s degree

Project AgGrad student completes master’s degree

8/7/2018

After completing his Ph.D., Emmanuel Adeyemo will return to Nigeria and use his education and training to help increase food production there.


National Creation Care Summit sparks learning, conversation, action

National Creation Care Summit sparks learning, conversation, action

8/2/2018

More than 100 people gathered in Minnesota to discuss environmental stewardship and explore specific ways in which they are called to care for the planet.


Join Bishop Ough for Conversations on a Way Forward

Join Bishop Ough for Conversations on a Way Forward

7/26/2018

Bishop Ough will host 15 gatherings to continue the Conversations on A Way Forward as the denomination prepares for the special General Conference session.


‘Worship on Water’ reaches summer lake dwellers

‘Worship on Water’ reaches summer lake dwellers

7/25/2018

Grace UMC in Paynesville began a worship service on boats that is reaching new people.


Conference teams bring help, hope to flooded areas

Conference teams bring help, hope to flooded areas

7/19/2018

Two emergency response teams collectively contributed 310 hours repairing flood-damaged homes in two areas of the state hit with heavy rainfall.


10 MN pastors enter new non-profit church leadership certificate program

10 MN pastors enter new non-profit church leadership certificate program

7/17/2018

The program will provide clergy with business acumen, along with training in fundraising, organizational leadership, and human resources.


Called to help older adults finish strong in faith and dignity

Called to help older adults finish strong in faith and dignity

7/10/2018

Tracy Kiebler started nonprofit ApparentPlan, which advocates for older adults. “Caring for aging adults is our opportunity as Christians,” she said.


29 participate in family mission trip to Henderson Settlement

29 participate in family mission trip to Henderson Settlement

7/5/2018

The team rebuilt and painted fences, repaired a community playground, hauled gravel, and built a porch.


A Way Forward: The three plans and resources for churches

A Way Forward: The three plans and resources for churches

6/13/2018

A detailed look at the three plans considered by the Commission on a Way Forward—and resources for churches to understand them and prepare for 2019.


Give s’more for camp: Koronis Tabernacle seeks support

Give s’more for camp: Koronis Tabernacle seeks support

6/13/2018

Plans call for a new year-round, multi-level, multi-use worship and meeting center but support is needed to bring it to fruition.


2018 conference highlights for churches to share with members

2018 conference highlights for churches to share with members

6/2/2018

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


Conference attendees recognize, celebrate milestones in ministry

Conference attendees recognize, celebrate milestones in ministry

6/1/2018

Hundreds gathered to remember those who have died, recognize those retiring, and celebrate those entering a new phase of ministry.


2019 budget represents 2.4% increase, includes new strategic initiatives

2019 budget represents 2.4% increase, includes new strategic initiatives

6/1/2018

Members voted to approve a 2019 apportioned budget totaling $6,327,706. It includes funds to help 10 churches double and to start a clergy residency program.


Several faith communities, church leaders receive awards

Several faith communities, church leaders receive awards

6/1/2018

Several outstanding faith communities and individuals received awards in recognition of their discipleship and evangelism work.


Legislation round-up: AC location, preventing gun violence, and more

Legislation round-up: AC location, preventing gun violence, and more

6/1/2018

Votes to move 2020 conference, increase minimum clergy salary, adopt resolutions to prevent gun violence and advocate for children under Israeli occupation.


‘Vine and Branches Talks’ focus on listening, sharing our stories

‘Vine and Branches Talks’ focus on listening, sharing our stories

5/31/2018

Here are some thought-provoking quotes from TED-style Talks shared by Rev. Carol Zaagsma and Rev. Rachel McIver Morey.


Olu Brown on staying connected to the vine, doing evangelism and discipleship differently

Olu Brown on staying connected to the vine, doing evangelism and discipleship differently

5/31/2018

In Brown's teaching sessions, he implored attendees to stay connected to the vine that is Jesus, to focus on evangelism, and to do discipleship differently.


Shaking things up, changing lives: 2017-2018 Missional Report

Shaking things up, changing lives: 2017-2018 Missional Report

5/30/2018

On Wednesday afternoon, Annual Conference attendees learned about and celebrated ways in which we are shaking things up and changing lives.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: Only One Thing

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: Only One Thing

5/30/2018

Love First congregations live the United Methodist way, tell their Jesus stories, and generate Love First fruit.


Four interns, host churches selected for 2018 ELI Project internship

Four interns, host churches selected for 2018 ELI Project internship

5/24/2018

Meet the 2018 class of ELI Project interns. The ELI Project identifies, encourages, and supports young adults who are exploring a call to vocational ministry.


Annual Conference preview: Arts as spiritual practice

Annual Conference preview: Arts as spiritual practice

5/17/2018

Try your hand at various creative arts stations hosted by talented artists, then stay for a concert with singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer!


Shmita year helps clergy reflect, recharge, plan for future

Shmita year helps clergy reflect, recharge, plan for future

5/10/2018

Every seven years, clergy have a "Shmita" year in which they attend a retreat, read and discuss books, journal, take a sabbatical, and plan for the future.


Church ratifies three constitutional amendments

Church ratifies three constitutional amendments

5/7/2018

Two of the five possible amendments, both addressing the equality of women in the church, fell short of the required support from annual conference voters.


Bishops recommend 'One Church Plan' as Way Forward

Bishops recommend 'One Church Plan' as Way Forward

5/4/2018

Having considered the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, bishops will recommend the "One Church Plan" to the 2019 General Conference.


Christ UMC in Rochester to meet needs through childcare center, hospitality house

Christ UMC in Rochester to meet needs through childcare center, hospitality house

5/3/2018

“Rochester is our parish,” said Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay. “What’s more powerful than touching the lives of children?”


Bishop Ough tells UMC bishops the church is watching, waiting

Bishop Ough tells UMC bishops the church is watching, waiting

5/1/2018

“If we fight and retreat to our various corners and turfs, the church will follow our example and fight,” Bishop Ough said in his presidential address.


4 powerful stories of transformed lives

4 powerful stories of transformed lives

4/26/2018

Youth caring for homeless, new people coming to know Christ, a student feeling called to become a pastor—just a few transformative stories shared by churches.


Rev. Olu Brown on 'doing church differently'

Rev. Olu Brown on 'doing church differently'

4/12/2018

Rev. Olu Brown, who started Impact Church and grew it to more than 2,000 in weekly worship, will lead two teaching sessions at annual conference.


MN United Methodists advocate for Liberian refugees

MN United Methodists advocate for Liberian refugees

3/28/2018

Several thousand Liberian refugees who have been legally living in the U.S. for many years face the looming possibility of being deported.


200 youth explore faith, call through retreats

200 youth explore faith, call through retreats

3/22/2018

Youth from across Minnesota grew in their faith and explored how they are called at a recent Confirmation gathering and a Southern Prairie District retreat.


2017 apportioned giving reaches 11-year high

2017 apportioned giving reaches 11-year high

3/14/2018

In 2017, congregations within the state collectively remitted 89.9 percent of the requested apportionments—the highest rate since 2006.


Reach event to equip, inspire

Reach event to equip, inspire

3/6/2018

An Oct. 5-6 conference will prepare Dakotas-Minnesota clergy and laity to authentically and practically share their faith stories and reach new people.


2018 Annual Conference Preview—Discover Joy: Live Deeply!

2018 Annual Conference Preview—Discover Joy: Live Deeply!

2/22/2018

Drawing on John 15:1-17, the 2018 Annual Conference will focus on the pathway to a deep, well-lived life that comes as we abide in Jesus.


Minnesota represented in Wespath’s new Young Leaders Advisory Board

Minnesota represented in Wespath’s new Young Leaders Advisory Board

2/7/2018

Rev. Tyler Sit, pastor at New City Church in Minneapolis, will be working in 2018 to help shape the way Wespath Benefits and Investments serves The United Methodist Church in the new Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB).


Are you ready for summer? Camp Minnesota is ready for you!

Are you ready for summer? Camp Minnesota is ready for you!

1/30/2018

Camp Minnesota is eager to share this summer’s camping opportunities with families and churches. Registration for 2018 Summer Camping programs is now open!


Grants and Financial Literacy Training Available to Clergy with Student Debt

Grants and Financial Literacy Training Available to Clergy with Student Debt

1/24/2018

Clergy, we want to help you experience the day when you feel free of the stress of student debt. The Dakotas and Minnesota Annual Conferences are the recipient of a Lilly Endowment’s grant to address the economic challenges our pastors are facing. This is a grant designed to educate and support our clergy’s ability to decrease their debt and the subsequent fears and financial uncertainty. Starting April 2018, clergy appointed for ten years or less can apply for Student Debt Reduction grants.


When we don’t limit God: Church’s 150th anniversary focuses on community

When we don’t limit God: Church’s 150th anniversary focuses on community

1/18/2018

Randy Koppen was just starting as the new pastor at First UMC in Redwood Falls as it was just about to celebrate its 150th anniversary. He felt that God was tapping him on the shoulder to invite the church to mark its anniversary by giving $150,000 to the community. Amazing things can happen when we don't limit God!


ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2018

ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2018

1/17/2018

Churches need passionate young leaders, and young leaders need opportunities to discover their gifts for ministry. Since 2014, The ELI Project has been pairing college-age leaders with clergy mentors giving each an opportunity to lead, grow, and learn.


Waffle Church: Time at God's Table

Waffle Church: Time at God's Table

1/10/2018

South Maple UMC in Rapid City, South Dakota is reaching new people and making new disciples with this unique ministry. Learn all about Waffle Church!


Five Coats and Two Hats

Five Coats and Two Hats

12/21/2017

North Highland UMC in Aberdeen, South Dakota, was faced with a dilemma. Their annual coats and snow pants drive for children was expected to have more demand than donations. Should the church focus only on coats, or should they ask Jesus to multiply their resources like he did with the five loaves and two fish?


New tax reform law and end-of-year church giving [Bulletin Insert]

New tax reform law and end-of-year church giving [Bulletin Insert]

12/21/2017

The new tax law may affect individual's plans for 2017 end-of-year giving. Please share this new information with your congregation before 2018 begins.


Minnesotans provide hope and helping hands in Hurricane Harvey recovery

Minnesotans provide hope and helping hands in Hurricane Harvey recovery

12/7/2017

Early Response Teams from Minnesota traveled to Texas to be the hands and feet of Christ for people who are recovering from the August hurricane.


100 Years of Service and Advocacy

100 Years of Service and Advocacy

12/6/2017

Emma Norton Services has walked alongside thousands of women in need and their families in Minnesota for the past 100 years.


Students at University of Minnesota benefit from Wesley Foundation’s Leadership

Students at University of Minnesota benefit from Wesley Foundation’s Leadership

12/6/2017

The Wesley Foundation, a campus ministry at the University of Minnesota, is thriving with two new leaders on the staff. Students are preaching sermons, serving the community, and exploring their faith.


Why Water Matters Summit Held in Minneapolis

Why Water Matters Summit Held in Minneapolis

11/30/2017

The Why Water Matters Summit, planned by Native American clergy and laity, was held in Minnesota because the state contains the headwaters of the Mississippi. Over 100 United Methodists and Native Americans from across the country met to discuss theological, social, and scientific foundations for environmental action and to learn of the relationship between racism and environmental degradation.


The Event 2017 brings 320 youth together

The Event 2017 brings 320 youth together

11/9/2017

Over 320 middle school youth attended the annual youth gathering. Youth grew in faith with friends from all over the Minnesota Annual Conference.


Area United Methodists engage in Conversations on A Way Forward

Area United Methodists engage in Conversations on A Way Forward

11/7/2017

More than 1,300 United Methodists in the Dakotas and Minnesota have been in conversation with Bishop Bruce R. Ough about the work of the Commission on A Way Forward.


Accelerating our rate of launching new congregations

Accelerating our rate of launching new congregations

11/1/2017

The Minnesota Conference has been reproducing at a rate of about half of 1 percent annually. The goal is to increase that to 3 percent.


Centennial’s ‘Flames’ ministry welcomes those with intellectual disabilities

Centennial’s ‘Flames’ ministry welcomes those with intellectual disabilities

10/26/2017

The Flames group started in 2010 with about four participants. Now, there are about nine—and two were recently confirmed.


Couple prepares to launch church in St. Michael, reach unchurched

Couple prepares to launch church in St. Michael, reach unchurched

10/18/2017

Laura and Brent Cottington are planting a church in St. Michael, which has one of the largest percentages of families with school-age children across Minnesota.


Fall leadership gathering focuses on changing culture, getting moving

Fall leadership gathering focuses on changing culture, getting moving

10/12/2017

About 50 leaders gathered to explore together how to change the culture in the Minnesota Conference and become equipped to share our Jesus stories.


Reggie McNeal: 8 characteristics of kingdom leaders

Reggie McNeal: 8 characteristics of kingdom leaders

10/12/2017

The church is established for the purpose of the kingdom—but too often, our narrative is church-centric. Kingdom leaders share these characteristics.


Quynh-Hoa Nguyen: Spreading God’s love in Vietnam

Quynh-Hoa Nguyen: Spreading God’s love in Vietnam

9/28/2017

She is a missionary who is training lay people throughout Vietnam, and she's started three programs to meet needs in areas with extreme poverty.


Hubbard UMC event renews, inspires 200 across conference

Hubbard UMC event renews, inspires 200 across conference

9/21/2017

Hubbard UMC hosted a “Breakthrough Renewal Institute” that welcomed 200 from 70 churches across Minnesota. It included worship and workshops.


Grants available to help churches achieve God-sized dreams

Grants available to help churches achieve God-sized dreams

9/19/2017

Ten churches just received grants to bring their innovative ideas to life. How could a grant help your church dream new dreams? Applications due Oct. 15.


Area camp ministry hires marketing, outreach coordinator to extend impact

Area camp ministry hires marketing, outreach coordinator to extend impact

9/13/2017

Laura Eiesland will promote the camping ministry and tell stories of churches committed to the camping program and lives changed through it.


Missionary Paul Webster: ‘Every day, I see God at work’ in Zambia

Missionary Paul Webster: ‘Every day, I see God at work’ in Zambia

9/7/2017

Webster, who runs Mujila Falls Agricultural Center, has played a key role in creating a robust local economy that feeds people and provides them income.


Bishop Ough issues statement on flooding and mudslides

Bishop Ough issues statement on flooding and mudslides

9/2/2017

Bishop Ough encourages United Methodists to offer funds, spiritual and emotional support, and practical help to the people of the Gulf Coast and Sierra Leone.


5 ways you can respond to hurricanes

5 ways you can respond to hurricanes

8/28/2017

You can assist through prayer, by making relief kits, and by making a financial donation to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts.


Experiencing the kingdom of God through The ELI Project

Experiencing the kingdom of God through The ELI Project

8/23/2017

"This summer, I was reminded of God’s vibrant presence on earth," said 2017 ELI intern Grace Corbin. "God’s kingdom is here and now."


Faith UMC in Sleepy Eye connects with community through week of service

Faith UMC in Sleepy Eye connects with community through week of service

8/23/2017

A multi-generational week of service brought families together, taught kids the value of service, and reached the community in new ways.


Conference sells Decision Hills Camp to Open Door Church for $2.5M

Conference sells Decision Hills Camp to Open Door Church for $2.5M

8/17/2017

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Conference closed on a $2.5 million sale of Decision Hills Camp in Spicer, which has been on the market for nearly three years. The buyer, Open Door Christian Church, will move to this larger facility.


Bishop Ough issues statement on Charlottesville

Bishop Ough issues statement on Charlottesville

8/15/2017

Bishop Ough urges United Methodists to examine their own hearts for prejudice and be bold in their witness against racism and white supremacy.


Minnesota, Dakotas Cabinets participate in joint mission trip

Minnesota, Dakotas Cabinets participate in joint mission trip

8/10/2017

The Cabinets distributed food to families in need, enjoyed worship, and did yard work and gardening at Spirit River Community in Isanti.


Returning the Red Rock: An act of healing and reconciliation

Returning the Red Rock: An act of healing and reconciliation

8/10/2017

Conference representatives are in conversation with Dakota tribal elders and have begun identifying a process for returning the Red Rock to the Dakota.


Evangel UMC turns dwindling VBS into booming Mega Kids Camp

Evangel UMC turns dwindling VBS into booming Mega Kids Camp

8/2/2017

Five years ago, 42 attended Evangel UMC’s VBS. The next year, the church tried something different. Its annual Mega Kids Camp attracted 270 kids this year.


Providing love, hope, and care for neighbors through The ELI Project

Providing love, hope, and care for neighbors through The ELI Project

7/26/2017

"This internship allowed me to use my passion for writing and prayer to better the lives of my neighbors, to spread my love for God...throughout my community."


Soul Leaders gives clergy opportunity to reconnect with passion, embrace new dreams

Soul Leaders gives clergy opportunity to reconnect with passion, embrace new dreams

7/26/2017

Active clergy are invited to be part of Soul Leaders—a five-retreat series that includes time for journaling, listening, building community, and silence.


Learning, growing, and preaching through The ELI Project

Learning, growing, and preaching through The ELI Project

7/19/2017

ELI intern Hannah Lundberg reflects on what she's experienced and how she's grown through her time at Woodbury Peaceful Grove UMC.


Walking through the valley with community

Walking through the valley with community

7/13/2017

Two of the four Fourth Precinct police chaplains talk violence, grief, and why despite it all, they love life on the Northside.


Changing the world through focused giving

Changing the world through focused giving

7/11/2017

Embrace Church does one thing each month to show the love of Christ, and Messiah UMC supports an international mission with funds and time.


2017 conference highlights for churches to share with members

2017 conference highlights for churches to share with members

6/23/2017

Wondering how to summarize three packed-full days as you report back to your church? Here are some highlights.


Approved 2018 budget represents 1.2% increase

Approved 2018 budget represents 1.2% increase

6/22/2017

Members voted Thursday to approve a 2018 apportioned budget totaling $6,177,090, representing a 1.2 percent increase over 2017.


Thursday highlights: Acts 2 Talks, award, legislation

Thursday highlights: Acts 2 Talks, award, legislation

6/22/2017

Four people shared TED-style talks, a difference-maker was honored, and members approved several pieces of legislation.


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