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Conference adopts inclusive vision, disavows Traditional Plan

Conference adopts inclusive vision, disavows Traditional Plan

6/19/2019

Annual Conference members voted 491-86 to adopt the vision and 446-108 to adopt a resolution disavowing the General Conference-approved Traditional Plan.


Rev. Bill Eaves: A ‘Both/And’ Church

Rev. Bill Eaves: A ‘Both/And’ Church

6/19/2019

Conference preacher Rev. Bill Eaves invites us to think about how we can build bridges with those around us and embody a “both/and” church.


Moving worship service celebrates milestones in ministry

Moving worship service celebrates milestones in ministry

6/18/2019

Those being licensed or ordained are “prisoners of hope...trusting in a future none of us see, but one they believe God is even now creating,” Bishop Ough said


Daring to reach, loving boldly: 2018-2019 Missional Report

Daring to reach, loving boldly: 2018-2019 Missional Report

6/18/2019

Attendees celebrated Holy Spirit breakthroughs in our midst—ways in which Minnesota United Methodists are daring to reach new people and love boldly.


Churches welcome neighbors with help of Love Boldly Micro Grants

Churches welcome neighbors with help of Love Boldly Micro Grants

6/13/2019

More than 130 Minnesota United Methodist churches have communicated their values with the help of a grant.


10 from MN join conversation about church’s future at UMCNext

10 from MN join conversation about church’s future at UMCNext

5/30/2019

Five of the participants reflect on the three-day national gathering and what's next in their effort to build a more inclusive church.


60+ Minnesotans participate in Our Movement Forward, work to shape church’s future

60+ Minnesotans participate in Our Movement Forward, work to shape church’s future

5/23/2019

The summit brought more than 300 attendees to Minneapolis to collaborate on a vision of the church that centers people of color and queer and trans individuals.


Scholarship honors work, legacy of Bishop and Char Ough

Scholarship honors work, legacy of Bishop and Char Ough

5/22/2019

An endowed scholarship in the Oughs' names will provide an annual scholarship to a Hamline University student discerning a call to vocational ministry.


MN churches help Sierra Leone school come to fruition

MN churches help Sierra Leone school come to fruition

5/16/2019

The Rev. Richard Ormsby Secondary School in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone, will open its doors in September and enable 800 children to graduate from high school.


The Ministry Lab opens, explores new ways to resource churches

The Ministry Lab opens, explores new ways to resource churches

5/16/2019

The Ministry Lab fosters experimentation, innovation, and creativity for churches as they seek to remain vibrant and relevant.


Minnesota EarthKeepers double in number, discern next steps

Minnesota EarthKeepers double in number, discern next steps

5/9/2019

At a recent training, 30 people reflected on God’s call to care for the planet and learned skills for organizing their communities around environmental justice.


Six apply to represent Minnesota as 2020 delegates

Six apply to represent Minnesota as 2020 delegates

5/2/2019

Two delegates will represent Minnesota at next year's General Conference, and four will represent us at the North Central Jurisdiction Conference.


ELI Project welcomes six interns, expands in scope

ELI Project welcomes six interns, expands in scope

4/25/2019

Four new interns will be joined by two returners, who will gain a new perspective of ministry and the first-timers through an “ELI 2.0” experience.


Beata Ferris brings passion for camp to area role

Beata Ferris brings passion for camp to area role

4/11/2019

Ferris is the Dakotas-Minnesota Camp and Retreat Ministry’s marketing and outreach project coordinator, a part-time position that began March 15.


North Star District to welcome new superintendent

North Star District to welcome new superintendent

3/28/2019

Rev. Mark Miller has been appointed to Resurrection UMC of Hastings—and Rev. Laurie Kantonen will succeed him as North Star District superintendent.


Love Boldly Micro Grants

Love Boldly Micro Grants

3/18/2019

Has your church's reputation been impacted following General Conference? Apply for a Love Boldly Micro Grant to send a message of welcome in your community!


NCJ College of Bishops: 'We pledge to journey with you'

NCJ College of Bishops: 'We pledge to journey with you'

3/6/2019

NCJ bishops acknowledged the pain and anguish within the church, and pledged to journey with United Methodists and think creatively with them about the future.


Pastoral letter from Council of Bishops president

Pastoral letter from Council of Bishops president

3/1/2019

"I pray in this moment for mature spiritual leadership among the clergy and laity of our global church...I pray that we will move toward the pain and grief."


Dakotas-Minnesota team prepares to host GC in 2020

Dakotas-Minnesota team prepares to host GC in 2020

2/26/2019

Members of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area Host Team came to St. Louis to prepare to welcome United Methodists coming to Minneapolis for General Conference 2020.


Traditional Plan passes; MN delegates respond with sadness, urge continued focus on ministry

Traditional Plan passes; MN delegates respond with sadness, urge continued focus on ministry

2/26/2019

“I leave this General Conference feeling disappointed and really heartbroken and yet...our work is not yet finished,” said Rev. Judy Zabel.


One Church Plan fails, Traditional Plan advances

One Church Plan fails, Traditional Plan advances

2/25/2019

Minnesota delegates, most of whom have publicly voiced support of the One Church Plan, reacted with both disappointment and deep sadness.


‘God is not done with us’: Young adult delegates reflect

‘God is not done with us’: Young adult delegates reflect

2/24/2019

Walker Brault and Matt Bader share their hopes for GC2019, what they value about The United Methodist Church, and their thoughts on reaching young people.


Delegates vote to address pensions, Traditional Plan first

Delegates vote to address pensions, Traditional Plan first

2/24/2019

“We know there’s still much work to be done,” said Rev. Judy Zabel. “But let’s not lose hope.”


GC begins with prayer, MN delegates reflect

GC begins with prayer, MN delegates reflect

2/23/2019

Minnesota delegates said it was a meaningful and significant way to begin their gathering and collective discernment process.


Minnesotans in St. Louis to advocate, witness, volunteer

Minnesotans in St. Louis to advocate, witness, volunteer

2/23/2019

Visiting Minnesota United Methodists share why they made the trip to St. Louis and what their hope is for the next three days.


Congregational prayer for Sunday, Feb. 24

Congregational prayer for Sunday, Feb. 24

2/21/2019

As the Special Session of General Conference begins, all congregations are encouraged to use this prayer during their worship services on Sunday (Feb. 24).


Lay speaker Jack Rogers delivers 500th sermon

Lay speaker Jack Rogers delivers 500th sermon

2/21/2019

“I’m as plain and ordinary as you can get . . . If I can do it, anyone can do it,” Jack Rogers said about lay speaking.


Lydia Project exceeds pledge goal

Lydia Project exceeds pledge goal

2/14/2019

The number of handmade scarves that congregations have pledged exceeds the 10,000 goal! Every General Conference 2020 attendee will be welcomed with a scarf.


10 things to know about General Conference 2019

10 things to know about General Conference 2019

2/7/2019

We've compiled a great set of information and resources to help you understand and follow along with what happens at General Conference 2019.


Nonprofit leadership program projects resource churches

Nonprofit leadership program projects resource churches

1/30/2019

Ten Minnesota clergy and eight Dakotas clergy are working on applied projects designed to connect course content to their professional work environment.


2019 Annual Conference Preview—Dare to Reach: Love Boldly!

2019 Annual Conference Preview—Dare to Reach: Love Boldly!

1/24/2019

Featuring speaker Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, stories from risk-taking ministry makers, a new schedule, and inspiration to offer others the gift of living water.


A pastoral letter from NCJ bishops

A pastoral letter from NCJ bishops

1/24/2019

“Whatever decisions the General Conference makes, the ministry to which we are called...will continue.”


Online worship plays key role in reaching new people

Online worship plays key role in reaching new people

1/17/2019

Live streaming has become a key tool to help churches reach new people, share Christ, and provide support to those who aren’t part of a church community.


Foundation Director Val Walker to retire after 14 years

Foundation Director Val Walker to retire after 14 years

1/16/2019

The Foundation board has begun a search for the organization’s next executive director.


Beardsley UMC reaches elderly through nursing home ministry

Beardsley UMC reaches elderly through nursing home ministry

1/10/2019

Each month, members of the small congregation visit two area nursing homes and lead residents in song, a message that relates to scripture, and prayer.


Lydia Zion UMC starts bilingual service, reaches new people

Lydia Zion UMC starts bilingual service, reaches new people

1/3/2019

The church started a weekly bilingual worship service in May 2018 that welcomes 20 to 30, and its Wednesday programming draws 40 to 50.


Three stories of transformation and outreach

Three stories of transformation and outreach

12/18/2018

A powerful testimony about finding a church home, Santa bringing cheer to a sick boy, and a unique prayer ministry are stories that will touch your heart.


Church in the Maples grieves, seeks prayers after fire destroys building

Church in the Maples grieves, seeks prayers after fire destroys building

12/14/2018

The small congregation is still in shock and mourning after a fire destroyed the church building—but God has been present amid the devastation.


Incubator: 14 area leaders prepare to reach new people

Incubator: 14 area leaders prepare to reach new people

12/6/2018

Church leaders gathered in Minneapolis last month to learn best practices for innovative start-up projects.


Member of Little Prairie UMC spreads hope through e-card company

Member of Little Prairie UMC spreads hope through e-card company

12/6/2018

Bonnie Humke, a member of Little Prairie UMC, started an e-greeting card company to help people share messages of hope and comfort.


5 reasons to get involved with OC Ministries

5 reasons to get involved with OC Ministries

11/14/2018

This nonprofit is feeding students, giving scholarships, planting avocados, distributing glasses, and providing opportunities for life-changing experiences.


Wesley Foundation at MSU gives college students space to practice faith

Wesley Foundation at MSU gives college students space to practice faith

11/14/2018

A new campus ministry, the Wesley Foundation at Minnesota State University, Mankato, welcomes and supports dozens of college students.


Clergy gain stewardship, admin skills through certificate program

Clergy gain stewardship, admin skills through certificate program

11/7/2018

Four clergy from Minnesota and the Dakotas reflect on what they are learning through a non-profit church leadership certificate program that began in July 2017.


Youth explore purpose, God’s call on their lives at ‘The Event’

Youth explore purpose, God’s call on their lives at ‘The Event’

11/7/2018

Hundreds of youth from 33 Minnesota United Methodist churches explored the unique call God has placed on their lives while having fun.


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.


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