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Healing the hurt in Brooklyn Center: How you can help

Healing the hurt in Brooklyn Center: How you can help

4/15/2021

Rev. Rich Zeck talks about what it's like to minister in this time and place and shares ways that United Methodists can assist.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Repairing the breach, restoring the streets

Bishop's pastoral letter: Repairing the breach, restoring the streets

4/13/2021

As the Derek Chauvin trial takes place and the Twin Cities reacts to Daunte Wright's death, Bishop David Bard urges us to continue the work of racial reckoning.


Bishop’s pastoral letter: Staying in orange phase amid surge in cases

Bishop’s pastoral letter: Staying in orange phase amid surge in cases

4/8/2021

Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we will remain in the orange phase of our Re-Gathering Plan.


Submit your video stories and bloopers!

Submit your video stories and bloopers!

4/8/2021

Share your creative ministry and blooper videos for the 2021 Annual Conference. Choose one of two thank you gifts if your creative ministry video is selected.


Rev. Lauren Rheingans receives Francis Asbury Award

Rev. Lauren Rheingans receives Francis Asbury Award

3/30/2021

Rheingans has taken ministry out of the building and onto campus, formed a partnership with Centennial UMC, and empowered students to lead.


Pandemic prompts Willmar UMC to look outward

Pandemic prompts Willmar UMC to look outward

3/24/2021

COVID-19 and several key practices the church implemented shifted its focus outward and helped it serve and connect with its community in new ways.


Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference

Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference

3/22/2021

The bishops decided it was not in the best interest of The United Methodist Church to hold the one-day special virtual conference at this time.


Bishop's pastoral letter on violence against Asian-Americans

Bishop's pastoral letter on violence against Asian-Americans

3/19/2021

Bishop Bard decries the recent violence, reminds us that all persons are created in the image of God, and encourages us to offer prayers for Asian-Americans.


Nonprofit Church Leadership Program helps leaders grow and pivot

Nonprofit Church Leadership Program helps leaders grow and pivot

3/18/2021

Four area participants reflect on how the program equipped them for effective ministry and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.


Bishop's pastoral letter on new state COVID-19 guidance

Bishop's pastoral letter on new state COVID-19 guidance

3/15/2021

The conference will not immediately change the dial on our Phased Re-Gathering Plan but plan to do so right after Easter, barring a new surge in cases.


Christ UMC ‘Community Healers’ minister to health care heroes

Christ UMC ‘Community Healers’ minister to health care heroes

3/11/2021

The Community Healers team is providing encouragement to health care workers, creating healing spaces, and helping plan an interfaith healers worship service.


Conference communicators receive eight awards

Conference communicators receive eight awards

3/11/2021

The awards, announced at a virtual awards celebration on March 9, were mostly in the categories of writing and video production.


Ingebretson publishes book “Plant Like Jesus”

Ingebretson publishes book “Plant Like Jesus”

3/4/2021

The book offers 60 devotional readings that provide spiritual nourishment for planting leaders.


2021 Annual Conference: Jesus. Waymaker.

2021 Annual Conference: Jesus. Waymaker.

3/3/2021

Our theme for Annual Conference 2021 is “Jesus. Waymaker.” We'll meet June 22-24 with two virtual days and one small group in-person teaching day.


Bishop Bard issues pastoral letter on GC postponement

Bishop Bard issues pastoral letter on GC postponement

2/26/2021

Bishop David Bard shares the reason behind the postponement, acknowledges the disappointment some feel, and affirms his commitment to lead in this liminal time.


Apportioned giving remains strong in 2020

Apportioned giving remains strong in 2020

2/25/2021

Churches remitted 80.1 percent of the 2020 apportioned budget, down just 2.6 percent from 2019. This is an incredible receipt rate for a tough year.


GC postponed to 2022, with online Special Session in 2021

GC postponed to 2022, with online Special Session in 2021

2/25/2021

The 2020 General Conference has been postponed until 2022, but the Council of Bishops has called a Special Session to be convened online May 8, 2021.


Pastor helps Hispanic community access COVID-19 vaccine

Pastor helps Hispanic community access COVID-19 vaccine

2/24/2021

Rev. Samuel López is helping to remove barriers that might otherwise prevent the Hispanic community from gaining access to the COVID-19 vaccine.


Minnesota and GC delegates ponder options for episcopal leadership

Minnesota and GC delegates ponder options for episcopal leadership

2/18/2021

Minnesota delegates say our conference is in a strong position to be able to adapt to whatever decisions are made because of our unique episcopal arrangements.


‘Innovation Accelerator’ helps conference design creative solutions to resource churches

‘Innovation Accelerator’ helps conference design creative solutions to resource churches

2/11/2021

Six Minnesota Conference staff members are in the midst of a 10-week human-centered design process, which is offered by Virginia-based Fresh Expressions.


Youth learn about God’s faithfulness at virtual ‘The Event’

Youth learn about God’s faithfulness at virtual ‘The Event’

2/4/2021

Approximately 130 United Methodist youth from 35 churches attended. There are a variety of follow-up resources for churches to use in the coming weeks.


Minnesota UMW receives funding to work for climate justice

Minnesota UMW receives funding to work for climate justice

1/28/2021

Funds will help efforts to advocate for renewable energy initiatives and against the construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.


CA youth group raises funds for MN ‘Just Love’ campaign to combat racism

CA youth group raises funds for MN ‘Just Love’ campaign to combat racism

1/21/2021

Members of the youth group decided to both share their own experiences with racism and raise money for anti-racism efforts.


Jason Moore: 3 strategies to hybrid worship

Jason Moore: 3 strategies to hybrid worship

1/21/2021

Learn how to maximize hybrid worship experiences for both online and in-person audiences with these strategies you can adapt to your context.


MN Church and Society urges peace and justice following insurrection

MN Church and Society urges peace and justice following insurrection

1/21/2021

The ministry team urges United Methodists to remember the Social Principles and use available resources to work for peace and justice.


Reach Again: Tools for our present trauma

Reach Again: Tools for our present trauma

1/20/2021

Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, Jr. shared strategies for living in the midst of trauma and how to give ourselves permission to be present in our trauma.


Camp MN to welcome campers this summer with extra safety protocols

Camp MN to welcome campers this summer with extra safety protocols

1/14/2021

Registration will open Jan. 19. Learn about the safety protocols in place and what's new at camp this summer.


Bishop Bard: Moving the dial to orange

Bishop Bard: Moving the dial to orange

1/13/2021

Bishop Bard is turning the dial on our Re-gathering Plan from red to orange while urging continued caution and prudence in decision-making.


ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2021

ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2021

1/13/2021

If you know college students discerning a call to vocational ministry, invite them to apply for this ten-week summer internship.


Minnesota UMs bring light to essential workers, communities

Minnesota UMs bring light to essential workers, communities

1/7/2021

United Methodists brought light to health care workers and their communities with hand-written cards and by lighting up their buildings on Christmas Eve.


2021 Lenten Study: ‘Love is the Way’

2021 Lenten Study: ‘Love is the Way’

1/6/2021

This year's conference-wide Lenten study will focus on Bishop Michael Curry’s book “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.”


Bishop's statement on the violence in Washington, D.C.

Bishop's statement on the violence in Washington, D.C.

1/6/2021

Bishop David Bard urges us to pray, deepen our commitment to the common good, and reflect light and love in all we do.


Conference named Crow Wing County Conservationist of the Year

Conference named Crow Wing County Conservationist of the Year

12/17/2020

The conference was recognized for the conservation easement it pursued to protect and preserve its Star Lake Wilderness Camp.


Apportionment receipt rate remains strong thanks to churches’ continued generosity

Apportionment receipt rate remains strong thanks to churches’ continued generosity

12/10/2020

The Minnesota Conference expects to end the year in a strong financial position thanks to churches' commitment to connectional giving.


Debt-reduction grants enable clergy to lead from place of financial health

Debt-reduction grants enable clergy to lead from place of financial health

12/10/2020

Investing in Leaders Resource Grants are helping clergy reduce educational debt and better foster a culture of generosity within their congregations.


Hilltop UMC: 5 great ways to connect during the pandemic

Hilltop UMC: 5 great ways to connect during the pandemic

12/2/2020

Hilltop has connected with people in creative ways, including a prayer partners ministry, drive-through events, Advent boxes, and a unique fundraiser.


Interfaith leaders offer pandemic prayer

Interfaith leaders offer pandemic prayer

12/2/2020

The leaders of various Minnesota judicatories crafted a joint statement voicing concern about COVID-19 and urging people to make choices that save lives.


Bishop Ough: Staying safe, turning the dial to red

Bishop Ough: Staying safe, turning the dial to red

11/19/2020

Bishop Ough is turning the dial on our Re-gathering Plan back to red and asking all congregations to return to virtual worship and have staff work from home.


Reach Beyond: Moving from online worship into online discipleship

Reach Beyond: Moving from online worship into online discipleship

11/19/2020

Is your church ready for more effective online discipleship? Find practical, easy ways to start discipleship building.


Faith communities and COVID-19: What you need to know

Faith communities and COVID-19: What you need to know

11/11/2020

Health officials admonished clergy to use their influence to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and Gov. Tim Walz announced new restrictions for receptions.


Cromwell, Moose Lake churches reach and connect in meaningful ways

Cromwell, Moose Lake churches reach and connect in meaningful ways

11/5/2020

The small two-point charge has significantly expanded its reach in this season of quarantine through engaging online worship services and book studies.


Minnesota churches work together to collect supplies for UMCOR

Minnesota churches work together to collect supplies for UMCOR

11/5/2020

Twenty-four United Methodist churches from across Minnesota donated thousands of pounds of urgently needed items to UMCOR.


Bishop: Being the Church in a post-election season

Bishop: Being the Church in a post-election season

11/4/2020

Bishop Ough urges us to practice the essential characteristics of our democracy and to hold fast to the kingdom values of justice, love, and mercy.


MN Church and Society offers racial justice grants

MN Church and Society offers racial justice grants

10/29/2020

Grants are for congregations that read a book, have a conversation with a church from a different cultural experience, and engage in a shared learning experience.


Reach Across: Crossing social and cultural differences to proclaim the good news

Reach Across: Crossing social and cultural differences to proclaim the good news

10/29/2020

Rev. Junius B. Dotson and Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, Jr. shared resources for starting conversations about racism and racialized trauma that bring people together.


Conference Re-gathering Plan moves to Orange Phase

Conference Re-gathering Plan moves to Orange Phase

10/27/2020

Bishop Ough shares data and explains the reasons for changing the dial from yellow to orange as COVID-19 cases surge in Minnesota and across the nation.


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.


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