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NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

11/11/2021

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.


NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by 1

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by 1

11/11/2021

Delegates spent the majority of their time on three big topics—dismantling racism, the future of episcopal leadership, and the future of the UMC.


Youth pack and donate nearly 300 Christmas shoeboxes

Youth pack and donate nearly 300 Christmas shoeboxes

11/10/2021

More than 30 Minnesota United Methodist youth packed shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children in need.


Bishop Bard to continue to serve MN in 2022

Bishop Bard to continue to serve MN in 2022

11/5/2021

The College of Bishops decided to extend the current coverage of episcopal areas in the jurisdiction until at least November 2022.


Marathon Way Stations provide encouragement for next leg of race

Marathon Way Stations provide encouragement for next leg of race

11/4/2021

Clergy gathered around the state to swap pandemic stories and provide encouragement to one another during this difficult season of ministry.


Wesley UMC in Winona experiments with new models of being church

Wesley UMC in Winona experiments with new models of being church

10/28/2021

The church is making videos for nonprofits, has hired a community-based justice director, and is giving artists a platform to express themselves.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Vaccinations, masking, and caring for others

Bishop's pastoral letter: Vaccinations, masking, and caring for others

10/21/2021

Bishop Bard encourages vaccinations and masking, and says the United Methodist tradition does not support religious exemptions for vaccinations.


Serve MSP brings Shoebox Christmas to children in need

Serve MSP brings Shoebox Christmas to children in need

10/21/2021

Minnesota youth groups are invited to pack 500 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts for children in need. You can join in the effort.


Tree stump reminds aging church: God is not done with us

Tree stump reminds aging church: God is not done with us

10/14/2021

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.


Reach with missional communities

Reach with missional communities

10/7/2021

Rev. Rachel Gilmore offers some examples and tips for creating missional communities, which reach non-church-goers outside of church buildings.


25 churches respond to urgent call to assist storm-ravaged areas

25 churches respond to urgent call to assist storm-ravaged areas

9/30/2021

Twenty-five congregations throughout the state donated 6,000 pounds worth of supplies in response to an urgent call from UMCOR.


Kayaking ministry builds and transforms community

Kayaking ministry builds and transforms community

9/30/2021

Rev. Amy Strom's simple invitation to her congregations to go kayaking strengthened relationships and created new connections within the community.


‘Cinema and the Street’ aims to attract, engage young adults

‘Cinema and the Street’ aims to attract, engage young adults

9/23/2021

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.


Tech and ministry specialist ready to help churches enhance digital ministry

Tech and ministry specialist ready to help churches enhance digital ministry

9/23/2021

Tanner will help churches improve their digital ministry while also developing systems and teams that move us forward with technology as an annual conference.


Camp MN offers meaningful summer experience amid pandemic

Camp MN offers meaningful summer experience amid pandemic

9/16/2021

A total of 923 campers had a safe and enjoyable summer experience thanks to extra precautions that the camps took amid COVID-19.


Churches share God’s love with students returning to school

Churches share God’s love with students returning to school

9/9/2021

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.


3 grant opportunities to apply for now

3 grant opportunities to apply for now

9/2/2021

Apply now for Investing in Congregations, Dare to Reach, and Digital Campus grants!


Faith spurs differing views on Line 3 pipeline

Faith spurs differing views on Line 3 pipeline

9/2/2021

Eight Minnesota United Methodists who feel strongly about Line 3 share how their faith informs their perspectives.


Bishop Bard named United Seminary’s Distinguished Alum

Bishop Bard named United Seminary’s Distinguished Alum

8/26/2021

The local seminary praised the bishop for committing to a lifetime of anti-racism work, and leading with theological grounding, wisdom, and skill.


New team focuses on clergy total well-being

New team focuses on clergy total well-being

8/26/2021

Common concerns that clergy have voiced are exhaustion, difficulty in accessing resources, and inability to easily access mental health care.


Silver Lake UMC closes doors, leaves beautiful legacy

Silver Lake UMC closes doors, leaves beautiful legacy

8/18/2021

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’s pastoral letter: COVID precautions amid surge in cases

Bishop’s pastoral letter: COVID precautions amid surge in cases

8/11/2021

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.


Youth tackle social, environmental injustice at Serve MSP

Youth tackle social, environmental injustice at Serve MSP

8/11/2021

Participants learned about local efforts to fight food insecurity, support those experiencing homelessness, and raise awareness about water pollution.


Meet the 2021 clergy new to the Minnesota Conference

Meet the 2021 clergy new to the Minnesota Conference

7/29/2021

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.


10 evangelism strategies your church can use

10 evangelism strategies your church can use

7/28/2021

These strategies for reaching people include prayer boxes, intentional neighboring, community surveying, and interest groups.


11 area clergy complete Nonprofit Church Leadership Program, 7 begin

11 area clergy complete Nonprofit Church Leadership Program, 7 begin

7/22/2021

Two recent graduates share how the program has impacted them, and two incoming students talk about what they are hoping to learn.


Project AgGrad student completes graduate studies

Project AgGrad student completes graduate studies

7/22/2021

Emmanuel Adeyemo completed his Ph.D. and will soon return to Nigeria to help increase food production there.


44 MN churches donate UMCOR kits for disaster-torn areas

44 MN churches donate UMCOR kits for disaster-torn areas

7/15/2021

The tornado, health, and cleaning kits will be distributed to disaster-ravaged areas around the world where they are needed most.


Gaming camp offers creative faith-building, transforms lives

Gaming camp offers creative faith-building, transforms lives

7/15/2021

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.


Reflective supervision offers new way to support clergy

Reflective supervision offers new way to support clergy

7/8/2021

This pilot program will provide support and accountability for all Minnesota clergy’s development and well-being.


2021 conference highlights to share with your church

2021 conference highlights to share with your church

6/25/2021

Three days of annual conference turned into a summary of key points to share with members of your congregation!


Conference approves racial justice resolution

Conference approves racial justice resolution

6/24/2021

The resolution calls on dismantling racism, opposing white supremacy, and advocating for racial justice.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Winter and Road Construction’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Winter and Road Construction’

6/23/2021

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.


Rev. Rachel Billups: The way through hard conversations and a new season of discipleship

Rev. Rachel Billups: The way through hard conversations and a new season of discipleship

6/23/2021

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.


5 clergy recognized, celebrated for milestones in ministry

5 clergy recognized, celebrated for milestones in ministry

6/22/2021

In a moving ordination and commissioning service that hundreds of people attended online, five clergy were recognized for taking a new step in ministry.


Laity Session: Breaking through gridlock

Laity Session: Breaking through gridlock

6/22/2021

Minnesota lay people learned three ways to move difficult conversations forward and deepen relationships in the 2021 Laity Session.


ELI Project welcomes three summer interns

ELI Project welcomes three summer interns

6/17/2021

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.


How do you hear God speaking?

How do you hear God speaking?

6/10/2021

Rev. Laquaan Malachi, who serves North UMC in Minneapolis, reflects on how we might take steps in faith and discern God speaking to us.


‘I wasn’t breathing’: Tragedy leads to trauma ministry, book

‘I wasn’t breathing’: Tragedy leads to trauma ministry, book

6/3/2021

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.


2021 Clergy Session includes celebration, remembrances, learning, conversation

2021 Clergy Session includes celebration, remembrances, learning, conversation

6/3/2021

Clergy attendees celebrated milestones, approved candidates for membership, heard from guest speaker Tod Bolsinger, and had conversations by district.


Bishop’s pastoral letter: Transitioning to blue phase

Bishop’s pastoral letter: Transitioning to blue phase

5/25/2021

Amid declining COVID-19 case rates and increased vaccinations, we are transitioning to the blue phase of our Re-Gathering Plan.


3 ways laity can participate in Annual Conference

3 ways laity can participate in Annual Conference

5/13/2021

Watching the live stream, attending Laity Session, and gathering at host sites will provide meaningful ways to learn and connect.


Racial justice organizer joins conference staff

Racial justice organizer joins conference staff

5/13/2021

Rev. Dana Neuhauser's role will include teaching on anti-racism, resourcing cross-racial and cross-cultural clergy appointments, and supporting clergy of color.


Chauvin verdict met with relief, resolve among Twin Cities clergy

Chauvin verdict met with relief, resolve among Twin Cities clergy

4/22/2021

Seven Minneapolis-St. Paul area clergy share their reactions to the verdict and reflect on where we go from here.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Breathe, work, pray

Bishop's pastoral letter: Breathe, work, pray

4/20/2021

Bishop David Bard responds to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and encourages us to continue the work of dismantling racial inequity.


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.


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