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Trustees to explore options for Star Lake, seek approval in 2016 for sale

Trustees to explore options for Star Lake, seek approval in 2016 for sale

1/22/2015

Additional information about Star Lake will be provided at the 2015 annual conference session.


Conference launches internship program for college students exploring call to ordained ministry

Conference launches internship program for college students exploring call to ordained ministry

1/14/2015

Up to 10 college students will be invited to participate in a learning experience during summer 2015.


‘Micro grants’ available to churches experimenting with new approaches to increasing vitality

‘Micro grants’ available to churches experimenting with new approaches to increasing vitality

1/13/2015

Congregations can apply for one-time grants totaling up to $2,500.


North Star District churches provide 500 shoeboxes to children in need

North Star District churches provide 500 shoeboxes to children in need

12/17/2014

The shoeboxes are distributed to kids on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.


How to support Rev. Lowell Gess’ trip to Sierra Leone

How to support Rev. Lowell Gess’ trip to Sierra Leone

12/11/2014

The ophthalmologist and Minnesota United Methodist pastor will head abroad in January.


Podcasts: Bishop Ough on leadership, spirituality, congregational identity

Podcasts: Bishop Ough on leadership, spirituality, congregational identity

12/11/2014

Bishop Ough shares his thoughts in a three-part podcast series led by DS Susan Nienaber.


Camp Minnesota: 2014 highlights, 2015 preview

Camp Minnesota: 2014 highlights, 2015 preview

12/10/2014

1,500 campers' lives were changed in 2014; the summer 2015 theme is Power Up!, Living in the Spirit.


How Rev. Rachel Morey, Mosaic paved way for food shelf, shelter for homeless youth

How Rev. Rachel Morey, Mosaic paved way for food shelf, shelter for homeless youth

11/20/2014

A 12-bed homeless youth shelter in Brooklyn Park will open in January.


Church mourns doctor’s death, continues Ebola fight

Church mourns doctor’s death, continues Ebola fight

11/17/2014

As the world responds to Dr. Salia's tragic death, here's how you can help fight Ebola.


‘The Event’ brings together 300 UM youth to explore discipleship

‘The Event’ brings together 300 UM youth to explore discipleship

11/12/2014

The weekend consisted of several worship services, music, free time, and three structured sessions.


Bishops issue human sexuality statement calling for prayer

Bishops issue human sexuality statement calling for prayer

11/7/2014

The Council of Bishops addressed their diverse perspectives on homosexuality and called for prayer.


‘God is working miracles’ at Detroit Lakes UMC

‘God is working miracles’ at Detroit Lakes UMC

10/29/2014

The church is reaching many new people through Wednesday dinner, worship, and small groups.


Recovery ministries reach new people through message of hope and healing

Recovery ministries reach new people through message of hope and healing

10/21/2014

St. Paul's Recovery Church is a leader in offering recovery ministries to those in need.


‘Onward’ event challenges conference leaders to explore new approaches for ministry

‘Onward’ event challenges conference leaders to explore new approaches for ministry

10/15/2014

Rev. Bob Farr led a teaching session from the book "Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences"


Support missions, double impact on ‘Giving Tuesday’

Support missions, double impact on ‘Giving Tuesday’

10/15/2014

The General Board of Global Ministries will match up to $1 million in gifts to Advance projects.


Mission agency to open 3 global offices, Atlanta HQ

Mission agency to open 3 global offices, Atlanta HQ

10/8/2014

The push for relocation came from board leadership—to create an international network.


Adam Hamilton: 9 great ideas for ministry

Adam Hamilton: 9 great ideas for ministry

10/2/2014

This year's Leadership Institute theme was “Revival,” or “turning the church inside-out.”


Leadership Institute inspires Minnesota UMs to try new methods for ministry

Leadership Institute inspires Minnesota UMs to try new methods for ministry

10/2/2014

Minnesota United Methodists who attended the 2014 Leadership Institute came away with lots of new ideas for ministry. Intentionally practicing sharing faith stories, building authentic new relationships, and leading congregations in an effort to perform acts of kindness are three that resonated with many attendees. “The church of Jesus Christ is not only in the walls but it’s going outside,” said Rev. Henry Dolopei II, who was commissioned in May and is now serving in his first appointment as minister of evangelism at Brooklyn United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center. “That needs to start with me.”


New entry point for lay servant ministry discernment, training

New entry point for lay servant ministry discernment, training

10/1/2014

The entry point for all lay servant ministries is now a ministry discernment retreat.


Christ UMC, church start The Beloved learn from each other, reach new people

Christ UMC, church start The Beloved learn from each other, reach new people

9/24/2014

Both faith communities have grown and become more vital since forming a partnership.


Mission leaders from across jurisdiction gather in Minnesota to learn, share

Mission leaders from across jurisdiction gather in Minnesota to learn, share

9/18/2014

The Minnesota group learned new ideas about how to promote the conference’s mission opportunities.


Rev. Susan Mullin to represent North America on UMC creation care team

Rev. Susan Mullin to represent North America on UMC creation care team

9/17/2014

Mullin will attend United Nations climate change conferences in Lima, Peru, and France.


Investing in Congregations grants help churches ‘dream bigger dreams’

Investing in Congregations grants help churches ‘dream bigger dreams’

9/9/2014

Grant applications are being accepted through Oct. 15.


United Methodists gather to say goodbye to Decision Hills Camp

United Methodists gather to say goodbye to Decision Hills Camp

9/4/2014

A service on Sunday served as an emotional and meaningful farewell.


United Methodists respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa

United Methodists respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa

9/2/2014

A message from Bishop Ough and Rev. Lyndy Zabel


Minnesota Conference receives $60K grant to develop young clergy

Minnesota Conference receives $60K grant to develop young clergy

8/27/2014

Internships will help college students discern whether they are called to ordained ministry.


New tabernacle at Koronis Ministries will build upon camp’s rich history

New tabernacle at Koronis Ministries will build upon camp’s rich history

8/25/2014

Koronis envisions a multi-level, multi-use worship and meeting center.


Hurricane Sandy relief trip blesses participants as they serve others

Hurricane Sandy relief trip blesses participants as they serve others

8/21/2014

Sixty-eight Minnesota United Methodists traveled to New Jersey to help rebuild homes.


Balaton UMC recruits former NFL player Ben Utecht to talk faith, overcoming challenges

Balaton UMC recruits former NFL player Ben Utecht to talk faith, overcoming challenges

8/20/2014

Rev. Lori VonHoltum said Utecht will help impart that "our faith ebbs and flows in everything we do."


Hamline Church to donate a meal for each one sold during State Fair

Hamline Church to donate a meal for each one sold during State Fair

8/20/2014

Part of the goal is to raise awareness about Feed My Starving Children.


For decades, Koronis’ Family Camp has brought friends together to enjoy fellowship, creation

For decades, Koronis’ Family Camp has brought friends together to enjoy fellowship, creation

8/13/2014

Family Camp is one of many summer opportunities offered through Camp Minnesota.


Pilgrimage to England highlights what Wesleyan movement ‘is, was, and can be’

Pilgrimage to England highlights what Wesleyan movement ‘is, was, and can be’

8/5/2014

Six Minnesota Conference clergy made the pilgrimage to study the Wesleyan method last month.


Conference to launch new transformation process, workshops to equip churches

Conference to launch new transformation process, workshops to equip churches

7/30/2014

Learn about several recent changes for approaching equipping missional congregations.


Video contest invites churches to illustrate their missional impact

Video contest invites churches to illustrate their missional impact

7/24/2014

How are you healing a broken world and making a God-sized impact? Show us in a video!


Hennepin Ave. UMC reaches out in mission, brings Russian educators to MN for training

Hennepin Ave. UMC reaches out in mission, brings Russian educators to MN for training

7/16/2014

The educators learned how to work with autistic and special needs children through a hands-on training.


Minnesota UMs give generously to Love Offering; total tops $110K

Minnesota UMs give generously to Love Offering; total tops $110K

7/9/2014

Eighty percent goes to Feed My Starving Children, the rest to Project AgGrad and Volunteers in Mission.


United Methodist missionaries to visit Minnesota

United Methodist missionaries to visit Minnesota

7/1/2014

Minnesota United Methodist churches have an opportunity to host missionaries in their churches.


Message from Bishop Ough about recent storms and flooding

Message from Bishop Ough about recent storms and flooding

6/30/2014

Conference received emergency $10,000 grant through UMCOR; additional donations for recovery welcome.


Strong support for Reach • Renew • Rejoice; pledges surpass $1M

Strong support for Reach • Renew • Rejoice; pledges surpass $1M

6/26/2014

Conference clergy and staff have pledged support, and Metro West Builders gave a $200,000 gift.


Vietnam consultation paves way for partnership

Vietnam consultation paves way for partnership

6/25/2014

Minnesota UMs will explore a partnership with denominational efforts in the Southeast Asian country.


White Bear Lake UMC to provide funding, expertise to help another church build community oven

White Bear Lake UMC to provide funding, expertise to help another church build community oven

6/11/2014

White Bear Lake UMC built a bread oven ministry and now wants to help another church form its own.


Conference highlights for churches to share with members

Conference highlights for churches to share with members

5/31/2014

Wondering how to summarize three packed-full days as you report back to your church?


Conference members approve 2015 apportioned budget that’s lower than ’14

Conference members approve 2015 apportioned budget that’s lower than ’14

5/30/2014

2015 approved budget is $250,000 less than 2014 budget and $430,000 less than the maximum allowed.


Fri. highlights: Baptism, Jeanne Audrey Powers, election of delegates

Fri. highlights: Baptism, Jeanne Audrey Powers, election of delegates

5/30/2014

Attendees remembered their baptisms, honored a trailblazer, and elected delegates.


Members approve legislation related to homosexuality, reducing carbon footprint, and justice

5/30/2014

Members also approved sending an open letter about inclusiveness to Bishop Ough and other leaders.


Adam Hamilton: Leading beyond the walls

Adam Hamilton: Leading beyond the walls

5/29/2014

Hamilton led teaching sessions about effective leadership, worship, and evangelism.


Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

5/29/2014

We remembered deceased, honored retirees, and recognized licensed local pastors and those being ordained and commissioned.


Minnesota UMs pack more than 2 million meals

Minnesota UMs pack more than 2 million meals

5/29/2014

God has done a miraculous thing through you, Bishop Ough said.


Thurs. highlights: Reach Renew Rejoice, Rural Church Award, Spirit River charters

Thurs. highlights: Reach Renew Rejoice, Rural Church Award, Spirit River charters

5/29/2014

Congregational development initiative, award for Hope UMC, and legislation were discussed.


Bishop’s episcopal address: ‘God is calling us to re-evangelize Minnesota’

Bishop’s episcopal address: ‘God is calling us to re-evangelize Minnesota’

5/28/2014

“Am I too late to get to know Jesus?” Every community has individuals asking this question.


Minnesota UMs celebrate having raised $2.7M for Imagine No Malaria

Minnesota UMs celebrate having raised $2.7M for Imagine No Malaria

5/28/2014

The $2.7 million raised to date equates to 270,000 lives saved.


Wed. highlights: Adam Hamilton, Denman Award winners, laity session

Wed. highlights: Adam Hamilton, Denman Award winners, laity session

5/28/2014

Adam Hamilton did teaching session; Rev. Tsuchue Vang and Jarvis Anderson received evangelism awards.


Revisioned youth ministry to provide new opportunities for faith formation, leadership development

Revisioned youth ministry to provide new opportunities for faith formation, leadership development

5/21/2014

All conference events for youth and youth leaders will now come under the new youth ministry umbrella.


Spirit River Community becomes chartered church

Spirit River Community becomes chartered church

5/21/2014

On Sunday, it became the first church to charter within the Minnesota Conference in 18 years.


Rev. Cynthia Williams delivers invocation for governor’s State of the State Address

Rev. Cynthia Williams delivers invocation for governor’s State of the State Address

5/15/2014

She wanted to remind our public leaders that they must not forget about those on the margins.


A day in the life of a Camp Minnesota camper

A day in the life of a Camp Minnesota camper

5/6/2014

Sharing and learning about Christ and creation are at the heart of a typical day at Camp Minnesota.


Minnesota Conference generously responds to Million Meals Marathon

Minnesota Conference generously responds to Million Meals Marathon

4/23/2014

We've already packed 1.2 million meals, but there's room to invite more hungry children to the banquet.


End-of-life ministries become priority as churches face ‘age wave’

End-of-life ministries become priority as churches face ‘age wave’

4/9/2014

Clergy discuss end-of-life ministries and how they're engaging their congregations in talks about death.


Big Waters District to welcome new superintendent

Big Waters District to welcome new superintendent

3/26/2014

Pam Serdar and Susan Nienaber share reflections as they prepare to transition into their new roles.


Common Table report: Developing missional leaders is key focus area for conference

Common Table report: Developing missional leaders is key focus area for conference

3/24/2014

At the Minnesota Conference's March 20 Common Table meeting, the group discussed leadership development and began discussions for two events that will bring ministry team leaders together.


Immigration reform: A matter of justice and Christian hospitality

3/19/2014

Bishop Bruce Ough issued a statement urging members of U.S. Congress to address immigration reform.


Three ways to participate in annual conference session (even if you’re not a member)

Three ways to participate in annual conference session (even if you’re not a member)

3/19/2014

Hear Adam Hamilton, tune in via live streaming, and pack meals for the Million Meals Marathon


Strategic moves position Camp Minnesota for long-term viability

Strategic moves position Camp Minnesota for long-term viability

3/13/2014

The Camp and Retreat Board is implementing several recommendations made by camp consultant Kaleidoscope.


Growing congregational vitality through Reach • Renew • Rejoice

Growing congregational vitality through Reach • Renew • Rejoice

3/12/2014

Cindy Gregorson introduces the Minnesota Conference's Reach • Renew • Rejoice initiative


Stewardship event to offer practical ways to discuss money

Stewardship event to offer practical ways to discuss money

3/11/2014

Well-known speaker and author Dr. Phil Jamieson is coming to talk about year-round church stewardship.


Minnesota Conference apportioned giving strong in 2013

Minnesota Conference apportioned giving strong in 2013

3/6/2014

Local churches' giving increased in 2013, and the conference paid general church apportionments in full.


Intentional efforts help students stay connected to their faith

Intentional efforts help students stay connected to their faith

2/27/2014

Rev. Cody Nielsen is focused on keeping students connected during critical transition periods.


Minnesota Conference to pack 1 million meals to feed hungry children

Minnesota Conference to pack 1 million meals to feed hungry children

2/3/2014

The Minnesota Conference is coming together to pack 1 million meals through Feed My Starving Children.


Rev. Jim Perry remembered as ‘a pastor to pastors’

Rev. Jim Perry remembered as ‘a pastor to pastors’

1/31/2014

Jim Perry, former director of ministries for the Minnesota Conference, had a heart for clergy.


Spirit River Community growing as a ‘church for the unchurched’

Spirit River Community growing as a ‘church for the unchurched’

1/28/2014

Pastor Jim Crecelius estimates that more than 70 percent of first-time visitors return to Spirit River.


Youth Leaders Summit to offer ideas, inspiration for those who work with young people

Youth Leaders Summit to offer ideas, inspiration for those who work with young people

1/21/2014

This year's Youth Leaders Summit promises to encourage, equip, and empower attendees.


Conference groups vote to move forward with capital campaign

Conference groups vote to move forward with capital campaign

1/15/2014

Leadership teams voted to initiate a conference-wide capital campaign for congregational development.


‘A Hopeful Earth’ event series aims to transform environmental unease into empowerment

‘A Hopeful Earth’ event series aims to transform environmental unease into empowerment

1/7/2014

Events provide an opportunity for United Methodists to gather around environmental stewardship.


Sneak peek: 2014 annual conference session

Sneak peek: 2014 annual conference session

12/11/2013

Preparations are well underway to deliver an event that unifies, inspires, and empowers attendees.


Camp Minnesota celebrates lives changed in ’13, prepares for ’14

Camp Minnesota celebrates lives changed in ’13, prepares for ’14

12/10/2013

Some program changes in the pipeline for next year will enhance the camp experience.


Long-term Volunteers in Mission assignment changes a life while saving others

Long-term Volunteers in Mission assignment changes a life while saving others

12/4/2013

Heather Nielsen packed up and moved to Guatemala in 2009, leaving behind a good job for a life of service as a nurse in rural Guatemala


On ‘Giving Tuesday,’ support worthy causes, double impact

On ‘Giving Tuesday,’ support worthy causes, double impact

11/20/2013

On Dec. 3, the Board of Global Ministries will match the first $500,000 in gifts to Advance projects.


Young adults find Christ through Korean Evangelical UMC

Young adults find Christ through Korean Evangelical UMC

11/20/2013

The new faith community is introducing people to Christ and inviting them to worship in Korean.


Relief efforts underway in Philippines; Bishop Ough encourages support

11/18/2013

Bishop Ough requests that Minnesota United Methodists give to United Methodist Committee on Relief to aid in Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts


2020 General Conference to come to Minneapolis

2020 General Conference to come to Minneapolis

11/15/2013

The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will meet at the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Bishop Ough named Council of Bishops’ president-designate

Bishop Ough named Council of Bishops’ president-designate

11/15/2013

He will be president-designate for two years and is then expected to begin a two-year term as president.


Internship program inspires, develops future leaders

Internship program inspires, develops future leaders

11/13/2013

Crossroads Church has a unique, hands-on program intended to coach and prepare new spiritual leaders.


Minnesota to send 4 delegates to 2016 General Conference

Minnesota to send 4 delegates to 2016 General Conference

11/6/2013

Minnesota will send two clergy delegates and two lay delegates to the 2016 global church meeting.


Minnesota leads way in Imagine No Malaria; $300K of goal remains

Minnesota leads way in Imagine No Malaria; $300K of goal remains

11/5/2013

Minnesota has donated more to Imagine No Malaria than any other conference, but our work isn't over yet.


Conference moves away from print, toward digital communications

10/17/2013

Starting in November, stories and columns will be distributed exclusively via digital communications.


Mission Speakers Bureau offers rich opportunities for congregations

Mission Speakers Bureau offers rich opportunities for congregations

10/8/2013

The Mission Speakers Bureau is a resource available for churches looking to inspire their congregations to become involved in missions.


Investing in Congregations grants help launch bold new ministries

10/3/2013

Investing in Congregations grants help launch ministries like Blooming Grove/Waterville's prison ministry outreach program. Applications are due Oct. 15


Feasibility study underway for conference-wide capital campaign

Feasibility study underway for conference-wide capital campaign

10/1/2013

The campaign would garner resources to launch new faith communities and revitalize existing churches.


Conference’s Camp Board makes difficult decision to end Servant Heart Ministries

Conference’s Camp Board makes difficult decision to end Servant Heart Ministries

9/26/2013

Servant Heart Ministries wasn't identified as a key area that will move the camping program forward.


Churches find value in seeing themselves from visitors’ perspective

Churches find value in seeing themselves from visitors’ perspective

9/10/2013

Mystery guests provide invaluable insight into what first-time visitors experience during worship.


Wesley Foundation’s third-year focus: ‘What’s Wesley?’ campaign

Wesley Foundation’s third-year focus: ‘What’s Wesley?’ campaign

9/3/2013

The campaign aims to raise awareness about what the Wesley Foundation is and what it does on campus.


Congregations invited to participate in intercultural competency training

8/28/2013

The training equips churches with skills and practices to help them reach new and diverse people.


Conference continues to make progress with Imagine No Malaria

Conference continues to make progress with Imagine No Malaria

8/20/2013

A "United Methodist Day" Twins game in August raised $1,258 for the initiative.


Multicultural training helps churches adapt to changing mission field

Multicultural training helps churches adapt to changing mission field

8/5/2013

The demographics of our mission field are changing. What are we doing to adapt?


Osakis UMC closes its doors, opens others

Osakis UMC closes its doors, opens others

7/24/2013

The church's resources will help spawn new congregations and fill needs within its community.


New director of missional impact to connect churches, conference with those in need

New director of missional impact to connect churches, conference with those in need

7/16/2013

In his new role, Lyndy Zabel wants to facilitate meaningful transformation through mission work.


New communications director will help churches tell their story

New communications director will help churches tell their story

7/9/2013

Christa Meland is excited to help churches get the word out within their congregations and communities.


Kansas mission team makes updates at Simpson United Methodist Church

6/28/2013

A group of some 37 highly skilled high school students made some major updates to Simpson UMC's building in late June.


2014 conference session scheduled for May 28-30 in St Cloud

2014 conference session scheduled for May 28-30 in St Cloud

6/27/2013

The 2014 annual conference session will be May 28-30 in St. Cloud; options are being explored for 2015 and later.


Minnesota Conference closes on sale of Camp Kingswood

Minnesota Conference closes on sale of Camp Kingswood

6/27/2013

The Three Rivers Park District paid $2.25 million for the 127-acre property in Mound.


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