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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.


Five congregations partner to offer online worship

Five congregations partner to offer online worship

4/2/2020

Five churches are jointly offering an online worship experience that surpassed what any of them could have created independently.


4 creative ideas for ministry amid COVID-19

4 creative ideas for ministry amid COVID-19

3/26/2020

Churches across Minnesota are offering creative virtual experiences to help their congregations stay connected.


General Conference to move to 2021

General Conference to move to 2021

3/23/2020

The Commission on the General Conference will pursue negotiations to hold the General Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center at a new date in 2021.


Churches engage in creative approaches to ministry amid health crisis

Churches engage in creative approaches to ministry amid health crisis

3/19/2020

Some particularly unique ways in which churches and individuals have risen to the occasion and tried new methods of caring for others and staying connected.


General Conference to be postponed

General Conference to be postponed

3/18/2020

General Conference will be postponed and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned.


Bishop's COVID-19 recommendations

Bishop's COVID-19 recommendations

3/16/2020

Bishop Ough has asked all Minnesota congregations to suspend in-person worship and offers our membership vow as a template for ministry during this season.


Monitoring and preventing the spread of coronavirus

Monitoring and preventing the spread of coronavirus

3/9/2020

Bishop Bruce R. Ough shares how the spread of coronavirus is being monitored and how faith communities can assist in containing the spread of the illness.


Bishop transition: 7 things to know

Bishop transition: 7 things to know

3/5/2020

A summary of key information about the election and assignment of bishops as the Dakotas-Minnesota Area prepares to welcome a new episcopal leader in September.


Steady 2019 apportioned giving makes positive impact

Steady 2019 apportioned giving makes positive impact

2/27/2020

Last year, congregations within the state collectively remitted 83.25 percent of the requested apportionments. Learn about the impact they made.


Fire at Koronis Ministries: Exchanging beauty for ashes

Fire at Koronis Ministries: Exchanging beauty for ashes

2/20/2020

A mobile commercial kitchen will serve the camp's needs for a season until the construction of the new Tabernacle, which will contain a kitchen and dining room.


ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2020

ELI Project seeks interns, host churches for 2020

2/13/2020

The ELI Project pairs college-age leaders with clergy mentors, giving each an opportunity to lead, grow, and learn.


New strategy team to help Minnesota Conference move forward

New strategy team to help Minnesota Conference move forward

2/13/2020

Its desired outcome is to remain a Minnesota Conference in the continuing United Methodist Church and bring as many people and congregations as possible.


Big Waters District welcomes new superintendent

Big Waters District welcomes new superintendent

2/6/2020

Rev. Susan Nienaber reflects on the past six years, and Rev. Brenda North shares her call to ministry and why she’s excited about her new role.


Minnesotans participate in, reflect on pre-General Conference briefing

Minnesotans participate in, reflect on pre-General Conference briefing

1/30/2020

Several Minnesotans share key takeaways from a pre-General Conference briefing in Nashville, where they learned about key proposals.


We are better together: Preparing for AC2020

We are better together: Preparing for AC2020

1/23/2020

A look at how the Minnesota and Dakotas Conferences will celebrate eight years as an Area at a joint Annual Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 10-12.


Response to publicity surrounding The Grove's relaunch

Response to publicity surrounding The Grove's relaunch

1/21/2020

A letter containing accurate and important information about The Grove's closure and relaunch in light of recent publicity.


Magnolia UMC experiences transformation, grows worship attendance

Magnolia UMC experiences transformation, grows worship attendance

1/16/2020

Under Rev. Nancy Manning's leadership, the congregation has become more outward-facing and increased worship attendance by more than 50 percent.


Bishop issues statement in response to publicity around complaint

Bishop issues statement in response to publicity around complaint

1/13/2020

“I have always sought to handle complaints with integrity, compassion, confidentiality, and guided by our Methodist rule to 'do no harm,'” said Ough.


2020 Lenten Study: ‘Reckless Love’

2020 Lenten Study: ‘Reckless Love’

1/9/2020

Join the Dakotas and Minnesota Cabinets for a Lenten study around the book “Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor” by Rev. Tom Berlin.


The Ministry Lab welcomes new leader, looks to the future

The Ministry Lab welcomes new leader, looks to the future

1/9/2020

Rev. Emily Meyer, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has a broad and holistic understanding of faith formation.


Bishop Ough reflects on separation proposal

Bishop Ough reflects on separation proposal

1/6/2020

Bishop Ough talks about the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation,” which aims to address The UMC’s longtime impasse over human sexuality.


Diverse group offers separation plan, Ough and Nuckols reflect

Diverse group offers separation plan, Ough and Nuckols reflect

1/6/2020

The plan would preserve The United Methodist Church and allow traditionalist congregations to form a new denomination, get $25 million, and keep properties.


Early Response Team makes a difference in 2019

Early Response Team makes a difference in 2019

12/19/2019

Team members served 11 families and collectively spent 274 hours volunteering in disaster-torn areas of Minnesota in 2019.


Addiction recovery ministries build communities of hope

Addiction recovery ministries build communities of hope

12/12/2019

Four new ministries in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area are helping people with addiction to find recovery, community, and hope.


Global church commissions four Minnesotans as EarthKeepers

Global church commissions four Minnesotans as EarthKeepers

12/12/2019

Isaiah Friesen, Elizabeth Joncas, Brad Neuhauser, and Riva Tabelisma were affirmed in their call to the ministry of creation care.


Area receives $500K Lilly sustainability grant to continue efforts

Area receives $500K Lilly sustainability grant to continue efforts

12/5/2019

The grant, which follows a $1 million Lilly grant received in 2016, will enable the continuation of efforts focused on financial health and well-being.


Volunteer at General Conference 2020

Volunteer at General Conference 2020

12/5/2019

Another 500 to 600 hospitality volunteers are needed! Check out this FAQ to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.


River Hills UMC invites community to ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

River Hills UMC invites community to ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

12/4/2019

The church bought out a theater and invited neighbors to a movie. “We need to choose new ways to show what it means to be the church,” said Rev. Robert Braudt.


New resource preserves conference history, new archivist begins

New resource preserves conference history, new archivist begins

11/20/2019

Thelma Boeder created a 658-page PDF document containing information about thousands of Minnesota congregations, and their antecedents, over nearly 200 years.


NCJ delegates meet, repent of harm to LGBTQIA+ people

NCJ delegates meet, repent of harm to LGBTQIA+ people

11/14/2019

They called for a moratorium on complaints, charges, and trials related to same-sex marriages and LGBTQIA+ credentialing and greater freedom for ministry.


Youth explore what it means to follow Jesus at The Event

Youth explore what it means to follow Jesus at The Event

11/7/2019

The Nov. 1-3 event drew youth from 32 United Methodist churches across Minnesota to explore the theme “Something New,” based on 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Recovering Love Church transforms lives, lives into inclusive vision

Recovering Love Church transforms lives, lives into inclusive vision

10/31/2019

“I have a stronger connection to God now than I ever have in my life,” said Michael Coyne, who joined the church and has become one of its primary evangelists.


Dakotas-Minnesota Area makes 13,000 scarves for General Conference 2020 visitors

Dakotas-Minnesota Area makes 13,000 scarves for General Conference 2020 visitors

10/24/2019

Some of the inspiring and heartwarming stories behind the making of the scarves, which will be gifted to all who attend General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis.


General Conference 2020: A preliminary look at key legislation

General Conference 2020: A preliminary look at key legislation

10/17/2019

An early look at some key legislation that The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will consider in May 2020.


Leading the church in a liminal time, living into our inclusive vision

Leading the church in a liminal time, living into our inclusive vision

10/17/2019

About 50 clergy and lay leaders gathered to explore how to lead the church in a divergent culture at a liminal time, and how to live into our inclusive vision.


Bishop’s assistant Sheilah Kyburz to retire in August after 30 years

Bishop’s assistant Sheilah Kyburz to retire in August after 30 years

10/10/2019

Sheilah Kyburz, who has supported four bishops over nearly three decades, announced plans to retire Aug. 1, 2020.


ConneXion retreat helps 26 laity clarify God’s call

ConneXion retreat helps 26 laity clarify God’s call

10/10/2019

At the ConneXion retreat, participants spent time discerning and clarifying their purpose and path as disciples of Jesus Christ.


Minnesotans leave Leadership Institute with hope, resolve

Minnesotans leave Leadership Institute with hope, resolve

10/2/2019

Sixty-two Minnesotans attended the event, which served as a forum for discussion and strategizing about the future of The United Methodist Church.


Four stories of life transformation

Four stories of life transformation

9/25/2019

Heartwarming testimonies about finding faith, working toward financial freedom, giving lives to Christ, and praying for students starting a new school year.


Investing in Congregations grants extend churches’ reach

Investing in Congregations grants extend churches’ reach

9/19/2019

How could you reach new people and live into God’s mission for your congregation with the help of a grant? Applications are due Oct. 15.


Northern Light Church changes name, lives into new way of being church

Northern Light Church changes name, lives into new way of being church

9/12/2019

The church, now called Roots & Branches, will dedicate 50 percent of its budget to internal ministries and 50 percent to share with the community.


Koronis Tabernacle gets green light for construction to begin

Koronis Tabernacle gets green light for construction to begin

9/5/2019

The new Tabernacle, with capacity for more than 300 people, is expected to open in time for the 2020 summer camp season.


Rapha Tabernacle of Glory reaches Haitian population

Rapha Tabernacle of Glory reaches Haitian population

8/28/2019

“My greatest hope is to have all the community come together—not only the Haitian community but the community around the church,” said Rev. Mickson Deronvil.


Educational debt-reduction grants help clergy improve financial well-being

Educational debt-reduction grants help clergy improve financial well-being

8/22/2019

Area pastors with 10 years of ministry or less who have completed approved financial education can apply by Sept. 30.


Epworth UMC’s ‘Weed and Water’ reaches families with help of ELI intern

Epworth UMC’s ‘Weed and Water’ reaches families with help of ELI intern

8/14/2019

The program gives kids an opportunity to learn about the natural environment in a fun and engaging way.


ELI Project internship helps seven students discern call

ELI Project internship helps seven students discern call

8/8/2019

Seven college students have completed a summer internship with The ELI Project. More than half plan to pursue vocational ministry.


Video: Living into our inclusive vision

Video: Living into our inclusive vision

8/1/2019

Revs. Cindy Gregorson and Carol Zaagsma answer some questions and reflect on what inclusive vision we adopted at the 2019 Annual Conference means for us.


Nonprofit Church Leadership Program makes impact, welcomes new participants

Nonprofit Church Leadership Program makes impact, welcomes new participants

7/25/2019

Nine Minnesota clergy just graduated from the program, now in its second year, and 11 more just began.


Meet the Minnesota Conference’s new clergy

Meet the Minnesota Conference’s new clergy

7/18/2019

Those starting their first appointment in the Minnesota Conference share their gifts and passions, what they're looking forward to in their new roles, and more.


Minnesota Foundation welcomes new director

Minnesota Foundation welcomes new director

7/18/2019

Sheri Meister—who possesses more than 30 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience—is the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation’s new leader.


Holy Spirit breakthroughs reported across Minnesota

Holy Spirit breakthroughs reported across Minnesota

7/11/2019

Annual Conference attendees named Holy Spirit breakthroughs ranging from innovative outreach to new worship experiences to sharing God’s love with children.


Camp directors’ evangelism and discipleship recognized

Camp directors’ evangelism and discipleship recognized

7/10/2019

Two camp directors who received awards talk about their vocation and faith, and share some thoughts about leadership.


June 30: A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

June 30: A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

6/27/2019

On behalf of children suffering along the border and around the world, there are three things we can do to make an impact now.


2019 conference highlights to share with your church

2019 conference highlights to share with your church

6/21/2019

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


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: Thirsty Again?

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: Thirsty Again?

6/20/2019

"Go to the well," Bishop Ough said. "Tell everyone you can where they can find the living water.


Legislation round-up, GC2020 delegates

Legislation round-up, GC2020 delegates

6/20/2019

Conference members voted on several key pieces of legislation—and elected delegates to represent them at the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.


Mark Teasdale: Evangelism for non-evangelists

Mark Teasdale: Evangelism for non-evangelists

6/20/2019

Teaching session speaker, Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, broke down fears and stereotypes to show that we can all be effective evangelists.


Conference adopts vision naming commitment to LGBTQIA+ inclusion

Conference adopts vision naming commitment to LGBTQIA+ inclusion

6/19/2019

Annual Conference members voted 491-86 to adopt the vision and 446-108 to adopt a statement against the General Conference-approved Traditional Plan.


Rev. Bill Eaves: A ‘Both/And’ Church

Rev. Bill Eaves: A ‘Both/And’ Church

6/19/2019

Conference preacher Rev. Bill Eaves invites us to think about how we can build bridges with those around us and embody a “both/and” church.


Moving worship service celebrates milestones in ministry

Moving worship service celebrates milestones in ministry

6/18/2019

Those being licensed or ordained are “prisoners of hope...trusting in a future none of us see, but one they believe God is even now creating,” Bishop Ough said


Daring to reach, loving boldly: 2018-2019 Missional Report

Daring to reach, loving boldly: 2018-2019 Missional Report

6/18/2019

Attendees celebrated Holy Spirit breakthroughs in our midst—ways in which Minnesota United Methodists are daring to reach new people and love boldly.


Churches welcome neighbors with help of Love Boldly Micro Grants

Churches welcome neighbors with help of Love Boldly Micro Grants

6/13/2019

More than 130 Minnesota United Methodist churches have communicated their values with the help of a grant.


10 from MN join conversation about church’s future at UMCNext

10 from MN join conversation about church’s future at UMCNext

5/30/2019

Five of the participants reflect on the three-day national gathering and what's next in their effort to build a more inclusive church.


60+ Minnesotans participate in Our Movement Forward, work to shape church’s future

60+ Minnesotans participate in Our Movement Forward, work to shape church’s future

5/23/2019

The summit brought more than 300 attendees to Minneapolis to collaborate on a vision of the church that centers people of color and queer and trans individuals.


Scholarship honors work, legacy of Bishop and Char Ough

Scholarship honors work, legacy of Bishop and Char Ough

5/22/2019

An endowed scholarship in the Oughs' names will provide an annual scholarship to a Hamline University student discerning a call to vocational ministry.


MN churches help Sierra Leone school come to fruition

MN churches help Sierra Leone school come to fruition

5/16/2019

The Rev. Richard Ormsby Secondary School in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone, will open its doors in September and enable 800 children to graduate from high school.


The Ministry Lab opens, explores new ways to resource churches

The Ministry Lab opens, explores new ways to resource churches

5/16/2019

The Ministry Lab fosters experimentation, innovation, and creativity for churches as they seek to remain vibrant and relevant.


Minnesota EarthKeepers double in number, discern next steps

Minnesota EarthKeepers double in number, discern next steps

5/9/2019

At a recent training, 30 people reflected on God’s call to care for the planet and learned skills for organizing their communities around environmental justice.


Six apply to represent Minnesota as 2020 delegates

Six apply to represent Minnesota as 2020 delegates

5/2/2019

Two delegates will represent Minnesota at next year's General Conference, and four will represent us at the North Central Jurisdiction Conference.


ELI Project welcomes six interns, expands in scope

ELI Project welcomes six interns, expands in scope

4/25/2019

Four new interns will be joined by two returners, who will gain a new perspective of ministry and the first-timers through an “ELI 2.0” experience.


Beata Ferris brings passion for camp to area role

Beata Ferris brings passion for camp to area role

4/11/2019

Ferris is the Dakotas-Minnesota Camp and Retreat Ministry’s marketing and outreach project coordinator, a part-time position that began March 15.


North Star District to welcome new superintendent

North Star District to welcome new superintendent

3/28/2019

Rev. Mark Miller has been appointed to Resurrection UMC of Hastings—and Rev. Laurie Kantonen will succeed him as North Star District superintendent.


Love Boldly Micro Grants

Love Boldly Micro Grants

3/18/2019

Has your church's reputation been impacted following General Conference? Apply for a Love Boldly Micro Grant to send a message of welcome in your community!


NCJ College of Bishops: 'We pledge to journey with you'

NCJ College of Bishops: 'We pledge to journey with you'

3/6/2019

NCJ bishops acknowledged the pain and anguish within the church, and pledged to journey with United Methodists and think creatively with them about the future.


Pastoral letter from Council of Bishops president

Pastoral letter from Council of Bishops president

3/1/2019

"I pray in this moment for mature spiritual leadership among the clergy and laity of our global church...I pray that we will move toward the pain and grief."


Dakotas-Minnesota team prepares to host GC in 2020

Dakotas-Minnesota team prepares to host GC in 2020

2/26/2019

Members of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area Host Team came to St. Louis to prepare to welcome United Methodists coming to Minneapolis for General Conference 2020.


Traditional Plan passes; MN delegates respond with sadness, urge continued focus on ministry

Traditional Plan passes; MN delegates respond with sadness, urge continued focus on ministry

2/26/2019

“I leave this General Conference feeling disappointed and really heartbroken and yet...our work is not yet finished,” said Rev. Judy Zabel.


One Church Plan fails, Traditional Plan advances

One Church Plan fails, Traditional Plan advances

2/25/2019

Minnesota delegates, most of whom have publicly voiced support of the One Church Plan, reacted with both disappointment and deep sadness.


‘God is not done with us’: Young adult delegates reflect

‘God is not done with us’: Young adult delegates reflect

2/24/2019

Walker Brault and Matt Bader share their hopes for GC2019, what they value about The United Methodist Church, and their thoughts on reaching young people.


Delegates vote to address pensions, Traditional Plan first

Delegates vote to address pensions, Traditional Plan first

2/24/2019

“We know there’s still much work to be done,” said Rev. Judy Zabel. “But let’s not lose hope.”


GC begins with prayer, MN delegates reflect

GC begins with prayer, MN delegates reflect

2/23/2019

Minnesota delegates said it was a meaningful and significant way to begin their gathering and collective discernment process.


Minnesotans in St. Louis to advocate, witness, volunteer

Minnesotans in St. Louis to advocate, witness, volunteer

2/23/2019

Visiting Minnesota United Methodists share why they made the trip to St. Louis and what their hope is for the next three days.


Congregational prayer for Sunday, Feb. 24

Congregational prayer for Sunday, Feb. 24

2/21/2019

As the Special Session of General Conference begins, all congregations are encouraged to use this prayer during their worship services on Sunday (Feb. 24).


Lay speaker Jack Rogers delivers 500th sermon

Lay speaker Jack Rogers delivers 500th sermon

2/21/2019

“I’m as plain and ordinary as you can get . . . If I can do it, anyone can do it,” Jack Rogers said about lay speaking.


Lydia Project exceeds pledge goal

Lydia Project exceeds pledge goal

2/14/2019

The number of handmade scarves that congregations have pledged exceeds the 10,000 goal! Every General Conference 2020 attendee will be welcomed with a scarf.


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