Rev. Rich Zeck talks about what it's like to minister in this time and place and shares ways that United Methodists can assist.
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.
Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we will remain in the orange phase of our Re-Gathering Plan.
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.
Rheingans has taken ministry out of the building and onto campus, formed a partnership with Centennial UMC, and empowered students to lead.
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.
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 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.
Four area participants reflect on how the program equipped them for effective ministry and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The Community Healers team is providing encouragement to health care workers, creating healing spaces, and helping plan an interfaith healers worship service.
The awards, announced at a virtual awards celebration on March 9, were mostly in the categories of writing and video production.
The book offers 60 devotional readings that provide spiritual nourishment for planting leaders.
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 David Bard shares the reason behind the postponement, acknowledges the disappointment some feel, and affirms his commitment to lead in this liminal time.
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.
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.
Rev. Samuel López is helping to remove barriers that might otherwise prevent the Hispanic community from gaining access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
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.
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.
Funds will help efforts to advocate for renewable energy initiatives and against the construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Members of the youth group decided to both share their own experiences with racism and raise money for anti-racism efforts.
Learn how to maximize hybrid worship experiences for both online and in-person audiences with these strategies you can adapt to your context.
The ministry team urges United Methodists to remember the Social Principles and use available resources to work for peace and justice.
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.
Registration will open Jan. 19. Learn about the safety protocols in place and what's new at camp this summer.
Bishop Bard is turning the dial on our Re-gathering Plan from red to orange while urging continued caution and prudence in decision-making.
If you know college students discerning a call to vocational ministry, invite them to apply for this ten-week summer internship.
United Methodists brought light to health care workers and their communities with hand-written cards and by lighting up their buildings on Christmas Eve.
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 David Bard urges us to pray, deepen our commitment to the common good, and reflect light and love in all we do.
The conference was recognized for the conservation easement it pursued to protect and preserve its Star Lake Wilderness Camp.
The Minnesota Conference expects to end the year in a strong financial position thanks to churches' commitment to connectional giving.
Investing in Leaders Resource Grants are helping clergy reduce educational debt and better foster a culture of generosity within their congregations.
Hilltop has connected with people in creative ways, including a prayer partners ministry, drive-through events, Advent boxes, and a unique fundraiser.
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 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.
Is your church ready for more effective online discipleship? Find practical, easy ways to start discipleship building.
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.
The small two-point charge has significantly expanded its reach in this season of quarantine through engaging online worship services and book studies.
Twenty-four United Methodist churches from across Minnesota donated thousands of pounds of urgently needed items to UMCOR.
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.
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.
Rev. Junius B. Dotson and Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, Jr. shared resources for starting conversations about racism and racialized trauma that bring people together.
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.
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.
Here are four specific ways that four different churches have made a difference—each of which other congregations of any size could easily replicate.
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.
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.
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.
Past AgGrad students reflect on what they learned and how they are using their knowledge to make a difference in their home countries.
Investing in video equipment, creating high-quality children's videos, and following up with online worshippers has helped the church attract new people.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough offers some reminders and encouragement as we head into fall during the global pandemic.
Rev. Matt Miofsky shared practical advice about creating a culture of evangelism in the latest Reach! webinar.
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 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.
Members approved a 2021 budget, separately incorporating the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, and amending Hamline University Articles of Incorporation.
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.
The Mankato church recently launched 14 "circles of care" that are helping members stay connected and grow in faith.
Five college students completed their summer internship—and all five are planning to pursue or seriously considering vocational ministry.
Minnesota Land Trust paid the Minnesota Conference $1.218 million for a conservation easement covering 383 acres of Star Lake Wilderness Camp land.
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.
Suspended operations due to COVID-19 have resulted in financial challenges for area camps. A “Keep Our Campfires Glowing” campaign aims to help.
Clergy starting their first Minnesota Conference appointment share their gifts and passions, what drew them here, and their hopes for The UMC.
The church start has given grants for housing, food, and technology; started a tutoring program; and assisted with a food giveaway and resource fair.
Congregations of all sizes have made face masks and distributed them to a wide variety of groups both near and far.
Twenty-two Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist clergy celebrated their graduation from the program on July 7.
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 Ough will retire January 1, 2021, and Bishop David Bard of the Michigan Area will assume temporary responsibility for the Minnesota Conference.
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.
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.
While some congregations are collecting food, pet supplies, and essentials, others are attending to mental health needs and engaging in community-building.
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.
Bishop Ough introduces an opportunity to give to congregations on the frontlines to support ministries of mercy and ministries of racial justice.
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.
Several churches are providing hands-on assistance while exploring how to engage in the longer-term work of addressing the root causes of racism.
Minnesota United Methodists talk about why they marched, what they'll remember, and how they are called to work for justice.
Award-winning pieces inculde the 2019 Camp Minnesota catalog, the New Places for New People booklet, and short videos on churches doing extraordinary ministry.
Some recommended ways, both hands-on and financial, to assist in relief efforts in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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.
“When we come together as community, the trauma is less and the healing is greater," Rev. Tyler Sit said during the vigil.
Learn how to nurture your existing congregation while also planting a digital aspect of your church that is focused on outreach.
Bishop Ough laments the tragic, racially charged, and unnecessary death of George Floyd and calls us to address this pervasive pandemic of racism.
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.
In light of Gov. Walz relaxing restrictions for churches’ gatherings, Bishop Ough urges congregations to stay the course, worship online, and remain cautious.
Bishop Ough urges congregations to go slow in resuming in-person gatherings and to adhere to a Minnesota Conference Phased Re-Gathering Plan.
Here are four practical strategies you can use to reach new people in a time when the church is scattered.
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.
Dr. Michael Osterholm encourages churches to embrace virtual gatherings, and Gov. Tim Walz said he is committed to partnering on guidance for faith communities.
Learn about some particularly effective and innovative ways that 26 Minnesota United Methodist churches are connecting with people online.
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.
The joint Dakotas-Minnesota Annual Conference scheduled for June has been canceled; instead, the Minnesota Conference will meet virtually for one day in August.
Here are tips from creative worship coach Jason Moore that you can put into action in your church right away.
Apply for a seed grant of up to $1,000 to help your congregation pivot into a virtual church world.
United Methodists across Minnesota celebrated Christ’s resurrection through technology and drive-in worship, and by blessing their communities.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the ways the Minnesota Conference office is responding to and resourcing given the coronavirus pandemic.
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