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Elmore UMC re-claims focus by loving and feeding neighbors

Elmore UMC re-claims focus by loving and feeding neighbors

11/16/2022

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.


10 things to help you get to know Bishop Lanette Plambeck

10 things to help you get to know Bishop Lanette Plambeck

11/7/2022

Get a sense of the new bishop's background, gifts, vision for the church, leadership style, and views on human sexuality.


Bishop Lanette Plambeck Assigned to Dakotas-Minnesota Area

Bishop Lanette Plambeck Assigned to Dakotas-Minnesota Area

11/5/2022

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.


Friday wrap-up: Stand up for the good news

Friday wrap-up: Stand up for the good news

11/4/2022

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.


Stand up with the good news: Worship on NCJ day 4

Stand up with the good news: Worship on NCJ day 4

11/4/2022

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.”


The Episcopal 22-10

The Episcopal 22-10

11/4/2022

"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."


The impact of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism within The UMC

The impact of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism within The UMC

11/4/2022

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.


Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

11/3/2022

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.


Mercy Sustains: Day 2 Worship at NCJ

Mercy Sustains: Day 2 Worship at NCJ

11/3/2022

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.


Retiring Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough honored

Retiring Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough honored

11/3/2022

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.


Thursday Wrap-Up: Identity in Christ and Odd Space

Thursday Wrap-Up: Identity in Christ and Odd Space

11/3/2022

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.


Can these dry bones live? Opening worship at NCJ

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship at NCJ

11/2/2022

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?”


Wednesday's Wrap-Up: Bishops' elections and the work of the Mission Council

Wednesday's Wrap-Up: Bishops' elections and the work of the Mission Council

11/2/2022

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.


Episcopal Forum hosted by Black Methodists for Church Renewal

Episcopal Forum hosted by Black Methodists for Church Renewal

11/1/2022

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 youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

10/31/2022

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.


North Central Jurisdictional Conference: What you should know

North Central Jurisdictional Conference: What you should know

10/31/2022

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.


MNsource resource-sharing platform is live

MNsource resource-sharing platform is live

10/26/2022

Here are five great resources you can use right now. Then submit your own!


Emma Norton seeks support for new housing site for homeless women

Emma Norton seeks support for new housing site for homeless women

10/20/2022

The organization is raising money for a transfomative housing site for 60 individuals and small families with a full spectrum of trauma support services.


Church leaders explore multiplication (with videos)

Church leaders explore multiplication (with videos)

10/19/2022

A “Sowing Generously” event on Oct. 8 featured three Dakotas-Minnesota churches that have multiplied their ministries and reached new people.


Alexandria UMC pizza ministry blesses community

Alexandria UMC pizza ministry blesses community

10/13/2022

Last summer, the church made and sold about 250 pizzas every Wednesday—ultimately raising $20,000 that was shared with 29 nonprofits.


Pilgrimage sheds light on harm to Native Americans

Pilgrimage sheds light on harm to Native Americans

10/12/2022

The group learned about generational trauma and the residual negative impact that the boarding schools have on Native American people today.


Pastor Appreciation Month: 10 ideas for celebrating

Pastor Appreciation Month: 10 ideas for celebrating

10/6/2022

Here are some simple ways to show honor and give thanks for your pastor during the month of October (and beyond).


10 ways The Ministry Lab can benefit you and your church

10 ways The Ministry Lab can benefit you and your church

9/29/2022

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)!


The Grove UMC welcomes new people, grows goodness

The Grove UMC welcomes new people, grows goodness

9/21/2022

During the pandemic, The Grove UMC planted a second location that's thriving and continuing to welcome new people.


Churches’ generosity helps Sierra Leone school educate and impact students

Churches’ generosity helps Sierra Leone school educate and impact students

9/15/2022

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 serve with purpose, complete projects in MN

NOMADS serve with purpose, complete projects in MN

9/1/2022

NOMADS provides volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations throughout the nation and recently worked on two in Minnesota.


Meet Vanessa Kambi, Project AgGrad’s ninth student

Meet Vanessa Kambi, Project AgGrad’s ninth student

8/25/2022

Kambi, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will study applied plant sciences and then return home to teach at a university.


Training church members to help care for people with dementia

Training church members to help care for people with dementia

8/18/2022

Through her nonprofit, Tracy Keibler offers a free training program that helps church members learn to serve as companion visitors for people with dementia.


Transitional Table begins work, identifies 5 key areas

Transitional Table begins work, identifies 5 key areas

8/18/2022

Here's a glimpse at the Transitional Table's first meeting, and a survey through which you can give feedback to guide their work.


Adaptive VBS gives autistic children inclusive faith-building experience

Adaptive VBS gives autistic children inclusive faith-building experience

8/9/2022

After hearing about autistic kids being unwelcome at church activities, Rachel Casper decided to create a specialized VBS for kids on the spectrum.


NCJ recommendation: Return to 9 bishops, 1 shared by DK-MN

NCJ recommendation: Return to 9 bishops, 1 shared by DK-MN

8/8/2022

The NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy recommends having nine active bishops in 2023, with the Dakotas and Minnesota sharing one.


7 area clergy complete Practical Church Leadership Program, gain new tools for ministry

7 area clergy complete Practical Church Leadership Program, gain new tools for ministry

7/28/2022

“It was well worth the time, effort, and money needed,” said Rev. Katherine Cornell, who serves Asbury UMC in Duluth.


Central Appalachia, Minnesota, GCFA partner in flood bucket ministry

Central Appalachia, Minnesota, GCFA partner in flood bucket ministry

7/28/2022

The Central Appalachian Missionary Conference, the Minnesota Conference, and GCFA have partnered to address Kentucky flooding.


Meet the clergy new to the Minnesota Conference in 2022

Meet the clergy new to the Minnesota Conference in 2022

7/21/2022

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.


Racial justice grants help churches learn, listen, grow

Racial justice grants help churches learn, listen, grow

6/9/2022

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


Churches remember the 21 who died in Uvalde school shooting

Churches remember the 21 who died in Uvalde school shooting

6/2/2022

Some churches created a display of empty chairs to remember and honor those who died at the hands of a gunman at Robb Elementary.


2022 conference highlights to share with your church

2022 conference highlights to share with your church

5/26/2022

Highlights from two full days of worship, discerning, and celebrating that you can bring back to members of your congregation.


Bishop's pastoral Letter on Texas school shooting

Bishop's pastoral Letter on Texas school shooting

5/25/2022

In his letter, Bishop David Bard urges us to pray, and to take action to address our society's problem with violence.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Cured’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘Cured’

5/25/2022

Bishop David Bard: “Journeying together toward beloved community: May this be the Minnesota Conference.”


Day 2 highlights: Looking ahead, legislation, and honoring retirees

Day 2 highlights: Looking ahead, legislation, and honoring retirees

5/25/2022

Attendees looked ahead, shared their hopes and dreams, approved key legislation, acknowledged churches that are closing or leaving, and thanked retirees.


19 clergy ordained, commissioned, recognized

19 clergy ordained, commissioned, recognized

5/24/2022

“The world needs the ministry of Jesus Christ through the church,” Bishop David Bard told honorees. “This matters. Tonight matters.”


Day 1 highlights: Celebrating ministry, diversity-related legislation, and worship

Day 1 highlights: Celebrating ministry, diversity-related legislation, and worship

5/24/2022

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.”


A look at racial diversity within the Minnesota Conference

A look at racial diversity within the Minnesota Conference

5/19/2022

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.


Bishop's pastoral letter: Buffalo and The Beatitudes

Bishop's pastoral letter: Buffalo and The Beatitudes

5/19/2022

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.


Lake Harriet UMC attempts to build world’s largest pillow fort

Lake Harriet UMC attempts to build world’s largest pillow fort

5/4/2022

The more than 700 pillows that members donated will go to several organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness.


2 ELI interns to explore ministry up close this summer

2 ELI interns to explore ministry up close this summer

4/28/2022

The interns, who are both in seminary, will spend two months "trying on" ministry and working with clergy mentors.


New resource-sharing platform to equip leaders and fuel ministry

New resource-sharing platform to equip leaders and fuel ministry

4/21/2022

MNsource will be a place for United Methodist church leaders throughout the state to both share and access excellent resources.


Cabinet and Transition Table nominations

Cabinet and Transition Table nominations

4/8/2022

Bishop Bard is seeking nominations for Cabinet-level positions and a Transition Table to consider conference staffing, structure, and resourcing.


A life of faith: Betty Fuller reflects on 100 years as a Methodist in Minnesota

A life of faith: Betty Fuller reflects on 100 years as a Methodist in Minnesota

3/31/2022

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 Haller granted medical leave; Kiesey to assume leadership

Bishop Haller granted medical leave; Kiesey to assume leadership

3/31/2022

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.


Lydia Project scarves to be distributed at GC2024

Lydia Project scarves to be distributed at GC2024

3/24/2022

Scarves will be given to all delegates and guests at General Conference 2024, where Dakotas-Minnesota United Methodists will be recognized.


Embracing a call to ministry: Dean Roush

Embracing a call to ministry: Dean Roush

3/16/2022

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.


Annual Conference 2022: Jesus: Healer

Annual Conference 2022: Jesus: Healer

3/10/2022

The May 24-25 gathering will include inspiring worship, a banquet, conversations about who and where we are, and celebrating clergy milestones.


Winding path leads Kathy Huber to fulfill longtime call to ministry

Winding path leads Kathy Huber to fulfill longtime call to ministry

3/10/2022

Kathy Huber started seminary about 18 years ago and is now fulfilling a longtime call to pastoral ministry.


GC2020 postponement: What it means for us

GC2020 postponement: What it means for us

3/3/2022

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.


General Conference further postponed to 2024

General Conference further postponed to 2024

3/3/2022

The 2020 General Conference will be further postponed to 2024 due to COVID-related and governmental policies/constraints.


Videos: Ukraine pastor and Eurasia bishop reflect on invasion of Ukraine

Videos: Ukraine pastor and Eurasia bishop reflect on invasion of Ukraine

3/2/2022

Reflections from Pastor Volodymyr Prokip, who leads a student ministry in Ukraine, and Bishop Eduard Khegay, who leads the Eurasia Episcopal Area.


Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Bishop Bard Issues Call for Prayer

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Bishop Bard Issues Call for Prayer

2/25/2022

Bishop David Bard calls upon all Minnesota United Methodists to pray for peace in Ukraine—at their worship services this weekend and into Lent.


Embracing a call to ministry: Miron Carney

Embracing a call to ministry: Miron Carney

2/24/2022

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's pastoral letter: New COVID guidance

Bishop's pastoral letter: New COVID guidance

2/23/2022

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.


Embracing a call to ministry: Pam Cook

Embracing a call to ministry: Pam Cook

2/15/2022

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.


Amid pandemic, 2021 apportioned giving increases

Amid pandemic, 2021 apportioned giving increases

2/10/2022

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.


Bishop's pastoral letter on killing of Amir Locke

Bishop's pastoral letter on killing of Amir Locke

2/6/2022

Following the incident, Bishop David Bard calls for prayer and for reform in policing, policies, procedures, and training.


175 youth explore epiphanies at The Event online

175 youth explore epiphanies at The Event online

2/3/2022

Virtual participants heard about a call to ministry, reflected on "aha" moments, watched a music video, and played an interactive game of Clue.


Annual conferences to raise funds for Survivor Trust Fund

Annual conferences to raise funds for Survivor Trust Fund

1/27/2022

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.


Matthew 25 food ministry turns Coon Rapids UMC inside-out

Matthew 25 food ministry turns Coon Rapids UMC inside-out

1/27/2022

Every month, roughly 60 volunteers serve 440 families in need through a food distribution—which has completely transformed the congregation.


Position focuses on clergy well-being

Position focuses on clergy well-being

1/20/2022

Diane Owen will support and resource clergy around the five areas of well-being—emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, and social.


Atwater UMC connects with kids amid pandemic

Atwater UMC connects with kids amid pandemic

1/13/2022

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 Bard: Our path to real hope

Bishop Bard: Our path to real hope

1/6/2022

Bishop David Bard urges vaccination and masking, and advises church leaders to consider moving worship and other in-person gatherings online.


Foundations begin 2022 with new name, strengthened partnership

Foundations begin 2022 with new name, strengthened partnership

1/6/2022

The Minnesota Methodist Foundation and Dakotas Methodist Foundation have formalized their partnership and are poised to continue to grow and expand.


Glendale UMC creatively connects with Pokémon Go players

Glendale UMC creatively connects with Pokémon Go players

12/16/2021

Pokémon Go players frequent church locations, and by installing a welcoming sign, this church in Savage is connecting with new people!


Tabernacle construction underway at Koronis Ministries

Tabernacle construction underway at Koronis Ministries

12/9/2021

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.


Area receives another $500K Lilly grant for clergy well-being

Area receives another $500K Lilly grant for clergy well-being

12/2/2021

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.


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.


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