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12 clergy recognized at celebratory worship service

12 clergy recognized at celebratory worship service

10/22/2020

Six clergy were ordained, five were commissioned, and one was recognized as an associate member at a small worship service that most guests attended virtually.


4 great ideas to reach, bless, serve during pandemic

4 great ideas to reach, bless, serve during pandemic

10/22/2020

Here are four specific ways that four different churches have made a difference—each of which other congregations of any size could easily replicate.


Messiah UMC reaches children online (and you can too!)

Messiah UMC reaches children online (and you can too!)

10/15/2020

Kid Street is an engaging worship experience for children, and Messiah invites other congregations to use its videos to reach children in their own communities.


U.S. Bishops call for full participation in Nov. elections

U.S. Bishops call for full participation in Nov. elections

10/12/2020

Bishop Ough is among more than 50 U.S. bishops calling on United Methodists to support voter registration and vote in the Nov. 3 elections.


Northern Pines Camp doubles in size after land acquisition

Northern Pines Camp doubles in size after land acquisition

10/8/2020

The land will provide space for visitors to enjoy new activities like hiking, tent camping, and cross-country skiing, and expand some current program offerings.


Video: Project AgGrad changes lives and communities

Video: Project AgGrad changes lives and communities

10/7/2020

Past AgGrad students reflect on what they learned and how they are using their knowledge to make a difference in their home countries.


Vineyard UMC reaches new people amid COVID-19

Vineyard UMC reaches new people amid COVID-19

9/29/2020

Investing in video equipment, creating high-quality children's videos, and following up with online worshippers has helped the church attract new people.


Bishop's message: Staying safe as we head into fall

Bishop's message: Staying safe as we head into fall

9/18/2020

Bishop Bruce R. Ough offers some reminders and encouragement as we head into fall during the global pandemic.


Reach: Recovering evangelism in the church

Reach: Recovering evangelism in the church

9/17/2020

Rev. Matt Miofsky shared practical advice about creating a culture of evangelism in the latest Reach! webinar.


Bishop’s assistant to postpone retirement, Janet Beard to succeed her on interim basis

Bishop’s assistant to postpone retirement, Janet Beard to succeed her on interim basis

9/3/2020

Sheilah Kyburz has postponed her planned retirement by eight months, and Janet Beard will succeed her on an interim basis beginning April 1, 2021.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘A Light Rising in the Darkness’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘A Light Rising in the Darkness’

8/29/2020

Bishop Ough urged Minnesota United Methodists to always say “yes” to being the light to the world, a beacon of hope in the darkness, and to remember who we are.


Legislation round-up

Legislation round-up

8/29/2020

Members approved a 2021 budget, separately incorporating the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, and amending Hamline University Articles of Incorporation.


Six individuals, one church recognized for exceptional contributions

Six individuals, one church recognized for exceptional contributions

8/29/2020

These awards were presented at Annual Conference for the ways the honorees have made a difference in their congregations and communities in the past year.


Centenary UMC small groups: 'Watching over one another in love'

Centenary UMC small groups: 'Watching over one another in love'

8/27/2020

The Mankato church recently launched 14 "circles of care" that are helping members stay connected and grow in faith.


ELI internship affirms students’ call to vocational ministry

ELI internship affirms students’ call to vocational ministry

8/20/2020

Five college students completed their summer internship—and all five are planning to pursue or seriously considering vocational ministry.


Conservation easement preserves Star Lake land, generates resources for camping ministry

Conservation easement preserves Star Lake land, generates resources for camping ministry

8/13/2020

Minnesota Land Trust paid the Minnesota Conference $1.218 million for a conservation easement covering 383 acres of Star Lake Wilderness Camp land.


Creatively built teleprompter enhances connection with online viewers

Creatively built teleprompter enhances connection with online viewers

8/6/2020

To solve the problem of having to break eye contact with online viewers to refer to his notes during sermons, Rev. Josh Doughty built a teleprompter.


Keep Our Campfires Glowing: Camping ministry needs YOU!

Keep Our Campfires Glowing: Camping ministry needs YOU!

8/6/2020

Suspended operations due to COVID-19 have resulted in financial challenges for area camps. A “Keep Our Campfires Glowing” campaign aims to help.


Meet the Minnesota Conference’s new clergy for 2020

Meet the Minnesota Conference’s new clergy for 2020

7/29/2020

Clergy starting their first Minnesota Conference appointment share their gifts and passions, what drew them here, and their hopes for The UMC.


Iglesia Piedra Viva helps families, welcomes new people

Iglesia Piedra Viva helps families, welcomes new people

7/22/2020

The church start has given grants for housing, food, and technology; started a tutoring program; and assisted with a food giveaway and resource fair.


Churches care for neighbors by making masks

Churches care for neighbors by making masks

7/16/2020

Congregations of all sizes have made face masks and distributed them to a wide variety of groups both near and far.


Second clergy group completes Nonprofit Church Leadership program

Second clergy group completes Nonprofit Church Leadership program

7/16/2020

Twenty-two Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist clergy celebrated their graduation from the program on July 7.


$20K grant to provide community aid in wake of George Floyd’s death

$20K grant to provide community aid in wake of George Floyd’s death

7/9/2020

The grant will be used to provide counseling, housing assistance, and food to Twin Cities residents impacted by the uprising following George Floyd’s death.


Bishop Bard to lead MN in 2021

Bishop Bard to lead MN in 2021

7/7/2020

Bishop Ough will retire January 1, 2021, and Bishop David Bard of the Michigan Area will assume temporary responsibility for the Minnesota Conference.


Virtual Annual Conference Session is coming

Virtual Annual Conference Session is coming

6/17/2020

It's time to register for the virtual Annual Conference Session, scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Here's what you need to know.


North Central Jurisdiction bishops make commitment to antiracism

North Central Jurisdiction bishops make commitment to antiracism

6/12/2020

The bishops affirm that racism is sin and antithetical to the gospel and commit themselves to antiracism work in their lives and in our church.


Churches continue to play vital role in Twin Cities response efforts

Churches continue to play vital role in Twin Cities response efforts

6/11/2020

While some congregations are collecting food, pet supplies, and essentials, others are attending to mental health needs and engaging in community-building.


Reach: Adaptive solutions for a new era

Reach: Adaptive solutions for a new era

6/11/2020

Dr. Phil Maynard shares solutions to challenges churches face in the pandemic and post-pandemic era. He focuses on solutions that will help congregations adapt to this time and continue to form meaningful connections with people.


'Just Love' special appeal

'Just Love' special appeal

6/10/2020

Bishop Ough introduces an opportunity to give to congregations on the frontlines to support ministries of mercy and ministries of racial justice.


Update from Area Camp and Retreat Ministries

Update from Area Camp and Retreat Ministries

6/8/2020

Find out how to stay connected to camp this summer and how our area camp ministry is approaching plans for re-opening when it's safe to do so.


Churches on front lines feed, clean up, offer space

Churches on front lines feed, clean up, offer space

6/4/2020

Several churches are providing hands-on assistance while exploring how to engage in the longer-term work of addressing the root causes of racism.


Clergy march for justice, stand in solidarity

Clergy march for justice, stand in solidarity

6/4/2020

Minnesota United Methodists talk about why they marched, what they'll remember, and how they are called to work for justice.


Dakotas-Minnesota communicators receive eight awards

Dakotas-Minnesota communicators receive eight awards

6/4/2020

Award-winning pieces inculde the 2019 Camp Minnesota catalog, the New Places for New People booklet, and short videos on churches doing extraordinary ministry.


Twin Cities response: How you can help

Twin Cities response: How you can help

6/2/2020

Some recommended ways, both hands-on and financial, to assist in relief efforts in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Bishop: Giving breath and voice to cries for justice

Bishop: Giving breath and voice to cries for justice

5/31/2020

Bishop Ough notes that our African-American sisters and brothers are gasping for breath and prays that we will work to make the kingdom in heaven come on earth.


Online prayer vigil offers lament, call to action after death of George Floyd

Online prayer vigil offers lament, call to action after death of George Floyd

5/28/2020

“When we come together as community, the trauma is less and the healing is greater," Rev. Tyler Sit said during the vigil.


Reach: Online church the new missional frontier

Reach: Online church the new missional frontier

5/28/2020

Learn how to nurture your existing congregation while also planting a digital aspect of your church that is focused on outreach.


Bishop's statement on the death of George Floyd

Bishop's statement on the death of George Floyd

5/27/2020

Bishop Ough laments the tragic, racially charged, and unnecessary death of George Floyd and calls us to address this pervasive pandemic of racism.


GC2020, NCJ dates confirmed; Bishop Ough to stay through 2020

GC2020, NCJ dates confirmed; Bishop Ough to stay through 2020

5/27/2020

The 2020 General Conference will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021 in Minneapolis; Bishop Ough will continue serving the Dakotas-Minnesota Area through 2020.


Letter: Staying the course

Letter: Staying the course

5/23/2020

In light of Gov. Walz relaxing restrictions for churches’ gatherings, Bishop Ough urges congregations to stay the course, worship online, and remain cautious.


Letter: Keeping on, looking ahead

Letter: Keeping on, looking ahead

5/22/2020

Bishop Ough urges congregations to go slow in resuming in-person gatherings and to adhere to a Minnesota Conference Phased Re-Gathering Plan.


Reach: Learning how to lead a scattered church

Reach: Learning how to lead a scattered church

5/20/2020

Here are four practical strategies you can use to reach new people in a time when the church is scattered.


Virtual small group offers support, spiritual growth, deep friendship

Virtual small group offers support, spiritual growth, deep friendship

5/14/2020

Every night at 9 p.m. for nearly 60 consecutive days, somewhere between five and 15 people have gathered online for a devotion, sharing, support, and dialogue.


Osterholm and Walz talk COVID-19 and churches

Osterholm and Walz talk COVID-19 and churches

5/11/2020

Dr. Michael Osterholm encourages churches to embrace virtual gatherings, and Gov. Tim Walz said he is committed to partnering on guidance for faith communities.


Best of virtual church

Best of virtual church

4/30/2020

Learn about some particularly effective and innovative ways that 26 Minnesota United Methodist churches are connecting with people online.


Guidance for returning to in-person worship

Guidance for returning to in-person worship

4/29/2020

Bishop Ough asks every Minnesota congregation to continue to suspend in-person worship through May 30 and develop a plan for how to return in a gradual manner.


Joint Annual Conference canceled; MN to have virtual gathering

Joint Annual Conference canceled; MN to have virtual gathering

4/29/2020

The joint Dakotas-Minnesota Annual Conference scheduled for June has been canceled; instead, the Minnesota Conference will meet virtually for one day in August.


10 tips to make online worship engaging

10 tips to make online worship engaging

4/21/2020

Here are tips from creative worship coach Jason Moore that you can put into action in your church right away.


Dare to Reach grants help churches move into virtual world

Dare to Reach grants help churches move into virtual world

4/16/2020

Apply for a seed grant of up to $1,000 to help your congregation pivot into a virtual church world.


Churches celebrate Easter unlike any other, share hope

Churches celebrate Easter unlike any other, share hope

4/15/2020

United Methodists across Minnesota celebrated Christ’s resurrection through technology and drive-in worship, and by blessing their communities.


Conference joins together to make ‘Masks for Minnesota’

Conference joins together to make ‘Masks for Minnesota’

4/13/2020

As we embrace the 2020 Annual Conference theme “Be the Light: Live Hope!” we invite you to join us in making masks for all who need them in our communities.


Youth Ministry and Hopeful EarthKeepers release new creation care curriculum

Youth Ministry and Hopeful EarthKeepers release new creation care curriculum

4/9/2020

This free four-week study series on creation care for youth includes a bonus lesson on caring for God’s creation at home amid the season of COVID-19.


North Central Jurisidictional Conference postponed

North Central Jurisidictional Conference postponed

4/7/2020

A big question this postponement raises is: Who will be our bishop between September 2020 and the rescheduled jurisdictional conference? We do not yet know.


Responding to COVID-19: Steps we’re taking

Responding to COVID-19: Steps we’re taking

4/6/2020

Here are the ways the Minnesota Conference office is responding to and resourcing given the coronavirus pandemic.


Five congregations partner to offer online worship

Five congregations partner to offer online worship

4/2/2020

Five churches are jointly offering an online worship experience that surpassed what any of them could have created independently.


4 creative ideas for ministry amid COVID-19

4 creative ideas for ministry amid COVID-19

3/26/2020

Churches across Minnesota are offering creative virtual experiences to help their congregations stay connected.


General Conference to move to 2021

General Conference to move to 2021

3/23/2020

The Commission on the General Conference will pursue negotiations to hold the General Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center at a new date in 2021.


Churches engage in creative approaches to ministry amid health crisis

Churches engage in creative approaches to ministry amid health crisis

3/19/2020

Some particularly unique ways in which churches and individuals have risen to the occasion and tried new methods of caring for others and staying connected.


General Conference to be postponed

General Conference to be postponed

3/18/2020

General Conference will be postponed and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned.


Bishop's COVID-19 recommendations

Bishop's COVID-19 recommendations

3/16/2020

Bishop Ough has asked all Minnesota congregations to suspend in-person worship and offers our membership vow as a template for ministry during this season.


Monitoring and preventing the spread of coronavirus

Monitoring and preventing the spread of coronavirus

3/9/2020

Bishop Bruce R. Ough shares how the spread of coronavirus is being monitored and how faith communities can assist in containing the spread of the illness.


Bishop transition: 7 things to know

Bishop transition: 7 things to know

3/5/2020

A summary of key information about the election and assignment of bishops as the Dakotas-Minnesota Area prepares to welcome a new episcopal leader in September.


Steady 2019 apportioned giving makes positive impact

Steady 2019 apportioned giving makes positive impact

2/27/2020

Last year, congregations within the state collectively remitted 83.25 percent of the requested apportionments. Learn about the impact they made.


Fire at Koronis Ministries: Exchanging beauty for ashes

Fire at Koronis Ministries: Exchanging beauty for ashes

2/20/2020

A mobile commercial kitchen will serve the camp's needs for a season until the construction of the new Tabernacle, which will contain a kitchen and dining room.


ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2020

ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2020

2/13/2020

The ELI Project pairs college-age leaders with clergy mentors, giving each an opportunity to lead, grow, and learn.


New strategy team to help Minnesota Conference move forward

New strategy team to help Minnesota Conference move forward

2/13/2020

Its desired outcome is to remain a Minnesota Conference in the continuing United Methodist Church and bring as many people and congregations as possible.


Big Waters District welcomes new superintendent

Big Waters District welcomes new superintendent

2/6/2020

Rev. Susan Nienaber reflects on the past six years, and Rev. Brenda North shares her call to ministry and why she’s excited about her new role.


Minnesotans participate in, reflect on pre-General Conference briefing

Minnesotans participate in, reflect on pre-General Conference briefing

1/30/2020

Several Minnesotans share key takeaways from a pre-General Conference briefing in Nashville, where they learned about key proposals.


We are better together: Preparing for AC2020

We are better together: Preparing for AC2020

1/23/2020

A look at how the Minnesota and Dakotas Conferences will celebrate eight years as an Area at a joint Annual Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 10-12.


Response to publicity surrounding The Grove's relaunch

Response to publicity surrounding The Grove's relaunch

1/21/2020

A letter containing accurate and important information about The Grove's closure and relaunch in light of recent publicity.


Magnolia UMC experiences transformation, grows worship attendance

Magnolia UMC experiences transformation, grows worship attendance

1/16/2020

Under Rev. Nancy Manning's leadership, the congregation has become more outward-facing and increased worship attendance by more than 50 percent.


Bishop issues statement in response to publicity around complaint

Bishop issues statement in response to publicity around complaint

1/13/2020

“I have always sought to handle complaints with integrity, compassion, confidentiality, and guided by our Methodist rule to 'do no harm,'” said Ough.


2020 Lenten Study: ‘Reckless Love’

2020 Lenten Study: ‘Reckless Love’

1/9/2020

Join the Dakotas and Minnesota Cabinets for a Lenten study around the book “Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor” by Rev. Tom Berlin.


The Ministry Lab welcomes new leader, looks to the future

The Ministry Lab welcomes new leader, looks to the future

1/9/2020

Rev. Emily Meyer, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has a broad and holistic understanding of faith formation.


Bishop Ough reflects on separation proposal

Bishop Ough reflects on separation proposal

1/6/2020

Bishop Ough talks about the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation,” which aims to address The UMC’s longtime impasse over human sexuality.


Diverse group offers separation plan, Ough and Nuckols reflect

Diverse group offers separation plan, Ough and Nuckols reflect

1/6/2020

The plan would preserve The United Methodist Church and allow traditionalist congregations to form a new denomination, get $25 million, and keep properties.


Early Response Team makes a difference in 2019

Early Response Team makes a difference in 2019

12/19/2019

Team members served 11 families and collectively spent 274 hours volunteering in disaster-torn areas of Minnesota in 2019.


Addiction recovery ministries build communities of hope

Addiction recovery ministries build communities of hope

12/12/2019

Four new ministries in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area are helping people with addiction to find recovery, community, and hope.


Global church commissions four Minnesotans as EarthKeepers

Global church commissions four Minnesotans as EarthKeepers

12/12/2019

Isaiah Friesen, Elizabeth Joncas, Brad Neuhauser, and Riva Tabelisma were affirmed in their call to the ministry of creation care.


Area receives $500K Lilly sustainability grant to continue efforts

Area receives $500K Lilly sustainability grant to continue efforts

12/5/2019

The grant, which follows a $1 million Lilly grant received in 2016, will enable the continuation of efforts focused on financial health and well-being.


Volunteer at General Conference 2020

Volunteer at General Conference 2020

12/5/2019

Another 500 to 600 hospitality volunteers are needed! Check out this FAQ to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.


River Hills UMC invites community to ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

River Hills UMC invites community to ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

12/4/2019

The church bought out a theater and invited neighbors to a movie. “We need to choose new ways to show what it means to be the church,” said Rev. Robert Braudt.


New resource preserves conference history, new archivist begins

New resource preserves conference history, new archivist begins

11/20/2019

Thelma Boeder created a 658-page PDF document containing information about thousands of Minnesota congregations, and their antecedents, over nearly 200 years.


NCJ delegates meet, repent of harm to LGBTQIA+ people

NCJ delegates meet, repent of harm to LGBTQIA+ people

11/14/2019

They called for a moratorium on complaints, charges, and trials related to same-sex marriages and LGBTQIA+ credentialing and greater freedom for ministry.


Youth explore what it means to follow Jesus at The Event

Youth explore what it means to follow Jesus at The Event

11/7/2019

The Nov. 1-3 event drew youth from 32 United Methodist churches across Minnesota to explore the theme “Something New,” based on 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Recovering Love Church transforms lives, lives into inclusive vision

Recovering Love Church transforms lives, lives into inclusive vision

10/31/2019

“I have a stronger connection to God now than I ever have in my life,” said Michael Coyne, who joined the church and has become one of its primary evangelists.


Dakotas-Minnesota Area makes 13,000 scarves for General Conference 2020 visitors

Dakotas-Minnesota Area makes 13,000 scarves for General Conference 2020 visitors

10/24/2019

Some of the inspiring and heartwarming stories behind the making of the scarves, which will be gifted to all who attend General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis.


General Conference 2020: A preliminary look at key legislation

General Conference 2020: A preliminary look at key legislation

10/17/2019

An early look at some key legislation that The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will consider in May 2020.


Leading the church in a liminal time, living into our inclusive vision

Leading the church in a liminal time, living into our inclusive vision

10/17/2019

About 50 clergy and lay leaders gathered to explore how to lead the church in a divergent culture at a liminal time, and how to live into our inclusive vision.


Bishop’s assistant Sheilah Kyburz to retire in August after 30 years

Bishop’s assistant Sheilah Kyburz to retire in August after 30 years

10/10/2019

Sheilah Kyburz, who has supported four bishops over nearly three decades, announced plans to retire Aug. 1, 2020.


ConneXion retreat helps 26 laity clarify God’s call

ConneXion retreat helps 26 laity clarify God’s call

10/10/2019

At the ConneXion retreat, participants spent time discerning and clarifying their purpose and path as disciples of Jesus Christ.


Minnesotans leave Leadership Institute with hope, resolve

Minnesotans leave Leadership Institute with hope, resolve

10/2/2019

Sixty-two Minnesotans attended the event, which served as a forum for discussion and strategizing about the future of The United Methodist Church.


Four stories of life transformation

Four stories of life transformation

9/25/2019

Heartwarming testimonies about finding faith, working toward financial freedom, giving lives to Christ, and praying for students starting a new school year.


Investing in Congregations grants extend churches’ reach

Investing in Congregations grants extend churches’ reach

9/19/2019

How could you reach new people and live into God’s mission for your congregation with the help of a grant? Applications are due Oct. 15.


Northern Light Church changes name, lives into new way of being church

Northern Light Church changes name, lives into new way of being church

9/12/2019

The church, now called Roots & Branches, will dedicate 50 percent of its budget to internal ministries and 50 percent to share with the community.


Koronis Tabernacle gets green light for construction to begin

Koronis Tabernacle gets green light for construction to begin

9/5/2019

The new Tabernacle, with capacity for more than 300 people, is expected to open in time for the 2020 summer camp season.


Rapha Tabernacle of Glory reaches Haitian population

Rapha Tabernacle of Glory reaches Haitian population

8/28/2019

“My greatest hope is to have all the community come together—not only the Haitian community but the community around the church,” said Rev. Mickson Deronvil.


Educational debt-reduction grants help clergy improve financial well-being

Educational debt-reduction grants help clergy improve financial well-being

8/22/2019

Area pastors with 10 years of ministry or less who have completed approved financial education can apply by Sept. 30.


Epworth UMC’s ‘Weed and Water’ reaches families with help of ELI intern

Epworth UMC’s ‘Weed and Water’ reaches families with help of ELI intern

8/14/2019

The program gives kids an opportunity to learn about the natural environment in a fun and engaging way.


ELI Project internship helps seven students discern call

ELI Project internship helps seven students discern call

8/8/2019

Seven college students have completed a summer internship with The ELI Project. More than half plan to pursue vocational ministry.


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