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.
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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.
The tornado, health, and cleaning kits will be distributed to disaster-ravaged areas around the world where they are needed most.
Eight youth participated in a new, six-day “Games Galore and More” camp at Northern Pines Camp in Park Rapids in June; its positive impact has stayed with them.
This pilot program will provide support and accountability for all Minnesota clergy’s development and well-being.
Three days of annual conference turned into a summary of key points to share with members of your congregation!
The resolution calls on dismantling racism, opposing white supremacy, and advocating for racial justice.
Bishop Bard talked about roadmaps and, drawing on Mark 7: 24-30, he shared four lessons for the work of the church and our work as the Minnesota Conference.
Billups shared practices for being peacemakers as we seek to bridge the significant divides around us and talked about why and how to tell our Jesus stories as we seek to disciple others.
In a moving ordination and commissioning service that hundreds of people attended online, five clergy were recognized for taking a new step in ministry.
Minnesota lay people learned three ways to move difficult conversations forward and deepen relationships in the 2021 Laity Session.
Each intern is spending two months at a host church and with a clergy mentor while gaining experience in a wide variety of ministerial contexts.
Rev. Laquaan Malachi, who serves North UMC in Minneapolis, reflects on how we might take steps in faith and discern God speaking to us.
Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, lead pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC in St. Paul, reflects on the trauma and transformation that he experienced after George Floyd was killed.
Clergy attendees celebrated milestones, approved candidates for membership, heard from guest speaker Tod Bolsinger, and had conversations by district.
Amid declining COVID-19 case rates and increased vaccinations, we are transitioning to the blue phase of our Re-Gathering Plan.
Watching the live stream, attending Laity Session, and gathering at host sites will provide meaningful ways to learn and connect.
Rev. Dana Neuhauser's role will include teaching on anti-racism, resourcing cross-racial and cross-cultural clergy appointments, and supporting clergy of color.
Seven Minneapolis-St. Paul area clergy share their reactions to the verdict and reflect on where we go from here.
Bishop David Bard responds to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and encourages us to continue the work of dismantling racial inequity.
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.
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