Today, four years after the church was on the brink of closure, it is reaching new people through a mid-week meal and worship experience.
Get a sense of the new bishop's background, gifts, vision for the church, leadership style, and views on human sexuality.
We rejoice to announce that newly elected Bishop Lanette L. Plambeck has been assigned to the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area. She will begin a two-year term on Jan. 1, 2023.
In the third day of 2022 NCJ, important conversations on gun violence and homophobia and transphobia in the church were held. Several resolutions passed. A jurisdictional committee on ordained ministry was re-instated. Dates and locations were announced for the next General Conference and NCJ Conference.
Bishop Julius C. Trimble began day four of 2022 NCJ Conference with his sermon for the morning worship service. Trimble asked the audience, why should we press on? Why should we stand up for the gospel? Why should we proclaim the good news to everybody? "Jesus is real, and the gospel is real,” said Trimble. “And we stand for the gospel. Because the gospel is good news. We stand with love over hatred. We stand with faith over fear. We stand with mission over misinformation. Oh, we stand up against racism and rejection and exclusion.”
"I confess that as a former delegate to jurisdictional conference I often categorized the election of bishops to something akin to horse trading," writes Rev. Cindy Gregorson. "More political than spiritual in nature, it seemed to me. But the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference was noticeably different." The 10 candidates choose to gather weekly online to support and pray for each other. They also stood to read a shared liturgy and prayer during the NCJ Conference. Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai was also a candidate for bishop in 2016, but this time in 2022, “it felt like greater camaraderie, greater unity, it felt like these are my colleagues, as opposed to the other candidates for the episcopacy."
In the afternoon session on Friday, delegates and bishops gathered for a time of learning and conversation on understanding the impact of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism within The UMC. Three people told stories, with a time for small group conversations after each story.
Bishop David Bard launched into his episcopal address declaring that we find ourselves in odd space historically, politically, and denominationally. In this odd time, the bishop challenged us to chop up our old decision-making tables and turn them into firewood that would create a warming fire where storytelling would be central.
On day two of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, opening worship began with prayer and reflection centered around the Native American Spirit Drum. Bishop Tracy Malone of the Ohio East Area preached from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18.
On Thursday afternoon, the North Central Jurisdiction formally honored three retiring bishops—Bishop Sally Dyck, Bishop Laurie Haller, and Bishop Bruce R. Ough—during a moving celebration of ministry filled with gratitude and love. Both Bishop Dyck and Bishop Ough retired in 2020 and took staff positions within the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, and Bishop Haller plans to retire at the end of 2022.
The sound of drumming called the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to worship on the second day of their gathering. It was a day of recognizing our diversity and unity, and one of centering ourselves in our identity in Christ. Bishop David Bard gave the episcopal address; Rev. Dan Scherwin of Wisconsin was elected as the third and final new bishop; and the delegates engaged in a conversation on Christian nationalism, racism, and white supremacy in our church and culture. The day ended with the celebration of the retirement of three bishops. Bishop Sally Dyck and Bishop Bruce Ough officially retired at the end of 2020. Bishop Laurie Haller is retiring at the end of 2022.
More than 600 gathered to worship and hear a message titled "God Has Us Right Where God Wants Us," from Bishop Bruce R. Ough at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Ough invited attendees to explore Ezekiel 37:1-14, known as The Valley of Dry Bones. Ough said, "God's question to Ezekiel echoes in our hearts and head, can these bones live again? Is everything too far gone? Is it too late for us? Are the bones too dry, too broken, too trampled upon?”
The first full day of the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference included the elections of two new bishops, a call to imagine more shared episcopal areas in our future, and presentations on the work of the Mission Council and the proposed 2022 Jurisdictional Budget.
The North Central Jurisdictional Conference delegates and episcopal candidates landed in Fort Wayne, Indiana Tuesday and gathered for a forum intended to introduce the ten candidates to the delegates. Delegates were able to gain insight into what shapes the candidates' understanding of racism in the church and how they might continue the work of dismantling and eradicating racism in their role as bishop.
Meet some of the young adult delegates who share a common motivation to represent the voices of the youngest generations at this North Central Jurisdiction Conference.
This week, delegates will gather from 10 conferences to elect three new bishops after two years of delay due to COVID. We will learn who the next bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area will be.
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The organization is raising money for a transfomative housing site for 60 individuals and small families with a full spectrum of trauma support services.
A “Sowing Generously” event on Oct. 8 featured three Dakotas-Minnesota churches that have multiplied their ministries and reached new people.
Last summer, the church made and sold about 250 pizzas every Wednesday—ultimately raising $20,000 that was shared with 29 nonprofits.
The group learned about generational trauma and the residual negative impact that the boarding schools have on Native American people today.
Here are some simple ways to show honor and give thanks for your pastor during the month of October (and beyond).
From consultation to great ideas from other churches to full worship services and learning opportunities, The Ministry Lab has lots to offer (and at no cost)!
During the pandemic, The Grove UMC planted a second location that's thriving and continuing to welcome new people.
Rev. Judith Banya talks about how The Rev. Richard Ormsby Secondary School is making a difference in the lives of students in Sierra Leone.
NOMADS provides volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations throughout the nation and recently worked on two in Minnesota.
Kambi, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will study applied plant sciences and then return home to teach at a university.
Through her nonprofit, Tracy Keibler offers a free training program that helps church members learn to serve as companion visitors for people with dementia.
Here's a glimpse at the Transitional Table's first meeting, and a survey through which you can give feedback to guide their work.
After hearing about autistic kids being unwelcome at church activities, Rachel Casper decided to create a specialized VBS for kids on the spectrum.
The NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy recommends having nine active bishops in 2023, with the Dakotas and Minnesota sharing one.
“It was well worth the time, effort, and money needed,” said Rev. Katherine Cornell, who serves Asbury UMC in Duluth.
The Central Appalachian Missionary Conference, the Minnesota Conference, and GCFA have partnered to address Kentucky flooding.
Here’s a look at this year's 13 incoming clergy—what drew them here, what they’re excited about, their spiritual gifts, what they appreciate about The UMC, and some fun facts.
Nearly 20 churches received a grant for a book study, and the impact on each congregation has been significant. You can still apply for a grant
Some churches created a display of empty chairs to remember and honor those who died at the hands of a gunman at Robb Elementary.
Highlights from two full days of worship, discerning, and celebrating that you can bring back to members of your congregation.
In his letter, Bishop David Bard urges us to pray, and to take action to address our society's problem with violence.
Bishop David Bard: “Journeying together toward beloved community: May this be the Minnesota Conference.”
Attendees looked ahead, shared their hopes and dreams, approved key legislation, acknowledged churches that are closing or leaving, and thanked retirees.
“The world needs the ministry of Jesus Christ through the church,” Bishop David Bard told honorees. “This matters. Tonight matters.”
Rev. Cynthia Williams: “In the midst of a pandemic, a denomination separating...God has been faithful and you, the people of God, have stepped out in faith.”
Data reveal we’re nowhere close to reflecting the diversity of our state at any of the three levels examined: local churches, clergy, and conference staff.
After last weekend's mass shooting, Bishop David Bard urges us to pray for those who mourn and to have difficult conversations about race and hatred in the U.S.
The more than 700 pillows that members donated will go to several organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness.
The interns, who are both in seminary, will spend two months "trying on" ministry and working with clergy mentors.
MNsource will be a place for United Methodist church leaders throughout the state to both share and access excellent resources.
Bishop Bard is seeking nominations for Cabinet-level positions and a Transition Table to consider conference staffing, structure, and resourcing.
Betty Fuller, 100, has been a Minnesota Methodist since birth; she looks back on her life of faith and shares her prayer for the world and dream for the church.
Bishop Laurie Haller was granted a six-month medical leave, during which time Bishop Deborah Kiesey will assume episcopal leadership in Iowa and the Dakotas.
Scarves will be given to all delegates and guests at General Conference 2024, where Dakotas-Minnesota United Methodists will be recognized.
Through leading a praise music worship service at his church, Dean Roush heard God’s call to something bigger and is becoming a licensed local pastor.
The May 24-25 gathering will include inspiring worship, a banquet, conversations about who and where we are, and celebrating clergy milestones.
Kathy Huber started seminary about 18 years ago and is now fulfilling a longtime call to pastoral ministry.
We will continue to engage in creating a post-pandemic church, living into our vision, embodying our values, and making a place at the table for everyone.
The 2020 General Conference will be further postponed to 2024 due to COVID-related and governmental policies/constraints.
Reflections from Pastor Volodymyr Prokip, who leads a student ministry in Ukraine, and Bishop Eduard Khegay, who leads the Eurasia Episcopal Area.
Bishop David Bard calls upon all Minnesota United Methodists to pray for peace in Ukraine—at their worship services this weekend and into Lent.
Miron Carney is a mayor and a lobbyist with a most interesting resume, but he recently embraced a longtime call upon his life: pastoring a local church.
Bishop David Bard introduces a new set of COVID-19 guidelines and encourages us to continue to act out of love for neighbor and care for our community.
Filling in for her pastor led to Pam Cook becoming a certified lay minister and then serving Peace United Church in Long Prairie as its lay pastor.
The total amount remitted to the conference totaled $5.3 million—approximately 83 percent of the $6.4 million apportioned budget and up 2.1 percent from 2020.
Following the incident, Bishop David Bard calls for prayer and for reform in policing, policies, procedures, and training.
Virtual participants heard about a call to ministry, reflected on "aha" moments, watched a music video, and played an interactive game of Clue.
United Methodists will contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Boy Scouts of America Survivor Trust Fund, and the Minnesota Conference will raise $286,132.
Every month, roughly 60 volunteers serve 440 families in need through a food distribution—which has completely transformed the congregation.
Diane Owen will support and resource clergy around the five areas of well-being—emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, and social.
Offering Sunday School via Zoom has enabled Atwater’s kids to stay connected to God and the church and allowed those from other geographic areas to join in.
Bishop David Bard urges vaccination and masking, and advises church leaders to consider moving worship and other in-person gatherings online.
The Minnesota Methodist Foundation and Dakotas Methodist Foundation have formalized their partnership and are poised to continue to grow and expand.
Pokémon Go players frequent church locations, and by installing a welcoming sign, this church in Savage is connecting with new people!
The 18,000-square-foot, two-story building will house a new $4 million dining and meeting center. It should be ready in summer 2022.
The funding, which requires a $250,000 match, will be used to help clergy be healthy and whole in light of pandemic-related challenges and stressors.
The covenant, using United Methodist baptismal vows as a framework, calls on the jurisdiction to fight racism and create a culture that affirms LGBTQIA+ people.
Delegates spent the majority of their time on three big topics—dismantling racism, the future of episcopal leadership, and the future of the UMC.
More than 30 Minnesota United Methodist youth packed shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children in need.
The College of Bishops decided to extend the current coverage of episcopal areas in the jurisdiction until at least November 2022.
Clergy gathered around the state to swap pandemic stories and provide encouragement to one another during this difficult season of ministry.
The church is making videos for nonprofits, has hired a community-based justice director, and is giving artists a platform to express themselves.
Bishop Bard encourages vaccinations and masking, and says the United Methodist tradition does not support religious exemptions for vaccinations.
Minnesota youth groups are invited to pack 500 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts for children in need. You can join in the effort.
A tree stump and speeches given from atop it reminded members of Hill City UMC that the congregation is alive and still has work to do.
Rev. Rachel Gilmore offers some examples and tips for creating missional communities, which reach non-church-goers outside of church buildings.
Twenty-five congregations throughout the state donated 6,000 pounds worth of supplies in response to an urgent call from UMCOR.
Rev. Amy Strom's simple invitation to her congregations to go kayaking strengthened relationships and created new connections within the community.
Young adults are invited to participate in a virtual showing of "Push" about the lack of affordable housing, and then volunteer at Simpson Housing Services.
Tanner will help churches improve their digital ministry while also developing systems and teams that move us forward with technology as an annual conference.
A total of 923 campers had a safe and enjoyable summer experience thanks to extra precautions that the camps took amid COVID-19.
Three churches share how they are supporting teachers and students as they return to school. Church-school partnerships are a key way to love our neighbors.
Apply now for Investing in Congregations, Dare to Reach, and Digital Campus grants!
Eight Minnesota United Methodists who feel strongly about Line 3 share how their faith informs their perspectives.
The local seminary praised the bishop for committing to a lifetime of anti-racism work, and leading with theological grounding, wisdom, and skill.
Common concerns that clergy have voiced are exhaustion, difficulty in accessing resources, and inability to easily access mental health care.
After making the difficult decision to close, the church used funds from the sale of its building to support local organizations and a new house church network.
Bishop David Bard has turned the dial on the Phased Re-Gathering Plan from blue to yellow because the state positivity rate has reached 5 percent.
Participants learned about local efforts to fight food insecurity, support those experiencing homelessness, and raise awareness about water pollution.
Here’s a look at the incoming clergy—what drew them here, what they’re excited about, their spiritual gifts, their hopes for the UMC, and some fun facts.
These strategies for reaching people include prayer boxes, intentional neighboring, community surveying, and interest groups.
Two recent graduates share how the program has impacted them, and two incoming students talk about what they are hoping to learn.
Emmanuel Adeyemo completed his Ph.D. and will soon return to Nigeria to help increase food production there.
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