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Two MN clergy selected for Collegeville Institute Fellows Program

Two MN clergy selected for Collegeville Institute Fellows Program

8/18/2015

They were selected among 165 individuals nominated by Minnesota church leaders for the opportunity.


Osseo UMC young adults lead VBS for churches across Minnesota

Osseo UMC young adults lead VBS for churches across Minnesota

8/13/2015

Five college students from Osseo UMC spent their summer sharing Christ with the next generation.


New Ulm church instrumental in creating county’s first homeless shelter

New Ulm church instrumental in creating county’s first homeless shelter

8/6/2015

The NUMAS House will shelter three families at a time and provide counseling and classes.


Henn. Ave. UMC Dignity Center provides bikes to people in transition

Henn. Ave. UMC Dignity Center provides bikes to people in transition

8/3/2015

The church collects used bicycles a couple of times each year, and Project Life-Cycle restores them.


Area Cabinets spend week in hands-on service

Area Cabinets spend week in hands-on service

7/28/2015

They traveled to the Native American community at Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, ND.


Camping Director Keith Shew to lead Dakotas camps on interim basis

Camping Director Keith Shew to lead Dakotas camps on interim basis

7/28/2015

Shew fills a vacancy created when Dakotas Camping Director Becky Holten left to serve local churches.


Standing with Mother Emanuel AME, churches burned down: An invitation, liturgy

Standing with Mother Emanuel AME, churches burned down: An invitation, liturgy

7/23/2015

There are several ways to stand with Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) and the predominantly black churches in the South that were burned down.


ELI intern reflects on what she’s learned about ministry, ‘being church’

ELI intern reflects on what she’s learned about ministry, ‘being church’

7/20/2015

Kari Louwagie is spending her summer at Park Avenue UMC in Minneapolis.


Taking Marshall by STORM

Taking Marshall by STORM

7/20/2015

Sixty youth recently served the Marshall community through STORM Camp, which stands for “Service to Others in Relational Ministry.”


New Pastor Tyler Sit plants church in Minneapolis

New Pastor Tyler Sit plants church in Minneapolis

7/16/2015

The church Sit is planting is focused on the Phillips-Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis.


Big Waters church planters share insight, wisdom

Big Waters church planters share insight, wisdom

7/15/2015

New Day UMC, Northern Light, and Spirit River Community church planters share experiences via a podcast.


$36K donation to Project AgGrad supports mission for future

$36K donation to Project AgGrad supports mission for future

7/7/2015

The gift will generate more than $3,000 in yearly income to support fellowships for students.


Hurricane Sandy mission trip participants finish a home, hand over keys

Hurricane Sandy mission trip participants finish a home, hand over keys

7/7/2015

Twenty-one people, ranging in age from 14 to 65, made the week-long trip to the East Coast in June.


What it takes to revitalize the mainline

What it takes to revitalize the mainline

7/7/2015

Bishop Ough and Rev. Susan Nienaber share their findings for revitalization.


Bishop Ough sees Supreme Court decision as influential to denominational debate

Bishop Ough sees Supreme Court decision as influential to denominational debate

7/1/2015

Many petitions dealing with human sexuality will go before the 2016 General Conference.


Multi-church VBS for the whole family enriches Eyota community

Multi-church VBS for the whole family enriches Eyota community

6/24/2015

About 170 people (out of a community of about 2,000) gathered in the evenings at a county park.


Pastoral Letter From Bishop Ough on Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting

Pastoral Letter From Bishop Ough on Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting

6/19/2015

Bishop Ough calls on Minnesota United Methodists to pray for the victims and the healing of the church.


United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

6/18/2015

The bishops also called upon United Methodists to support victims of violence and to work to end racism and hatred.


Grants available to help churches partner with schools

Grants available to help churches partner with schools

6/17/2015

There are children in all Minnesota communities who lack food, school supplies, winter clothes, books, and/or positive role models.


‘Flat Jesus’ connects members of Delano UMC to faith, church during summer

‘Flat Jesus’ connects members of Delano UMC to faith, church during summer

6/16/2015

Jesus is with you wherever you go—and, for members of Delano United Methodist Church, so is “Flat Jesus,” a laminated paper doll.


Cedar UMC hosts memorial service for stranger others turned away

Cedar UMC hosts memorial service for stranger others turned away

6/11/2015

Church led service, greeted guests, sang, and did luncheon for woman who died with no resources.


2015 conference highlights for churches to share with members

2015 conference highlights for churches to share with members

5/30/2015

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


Conference approves bigger 2016 budget to boost leadership development

Conference approves bigger 2016 budget to boost leadership development

5/29/2015

The approved 2016 apportioned budget totals $6,120,770.


Friday highlights: Rev. Phillips, Love Offering update, future AC dates

Friday highlights: Rev. Phillips, Love Offering update, future AC dates

5/29/2015

As of Friday morning, the Love Offering for missions totaled $74,735.


Friday legislation roundup: Six petitions go to General Conference

Friday legislation roundup: Six petitions go to General Conference

5/29/2015

The global church body will consider the petitions when it meets next year in Portland, Oregon.


Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

Conference celebrates milestones in ministry

5/28/2015

Roll call of the victorious, retirements, Licensed Local Pastors, and Commissioning and Ordination.


Legislation roundup: Rev. David Bard for bishop and more

Legislation roundup: Rev. David Bard for bishop and more

5/28/2015

Hamline UMC as 15th conference historic site and radon testing for parsonages.


Love Offering tops $70K, Rev. Phillips on reaching out to strangers

Love Offering tops $70K, Rev. Phillips on reaching out to strangers

5/28/2015

Members prayed for the Love Offering recipients as they folded paper airplanes.


Rev. Jorge Acevedo: Faithfulness and fruitfulness

Rev. Jorge Acevedo: Faithfulness and fruitfulness

5/28/2015

Acevedo is lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Florida.


Awards given to churches, individuals

Awards given to churches, individuals

5/27/2015

Three churches, four individuals, and a nonprofit were recognized.


Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘It is time to do something’

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘It is time to do something’

5/27/2015

Are we ready to take and pass the final exam? Bishop Ough asked.


Changing the world: 2014-2015 missional report

Changing the world: 2014-2015 missional report

5/27/2015

Rev. Phil Strom: “It is time to be ‘all in’ on this journey of vitality."


Conference preacher: Listening when the stones cry out

Conference preacher: Listening when the stones cry out

5/27/2015

Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud said we are called to repentance and must listen to the cries of others.


Laity session: No excuses; it’s time to answer God’s call

Laity session: No excuses; it’s time to answer God’s call

5/27/2015

The message was reinforced with energetic music, skits by an improv group, and testimonies.


Bishop Ough contributed to new ecumenical/interfaith book

Bishop Ough contributed to new ecumenical/interfaith book

5/21/2015

In the study book, Ough emphasized that Christians must work to enhance inter-religious relationships.


For the love of Camp Minnesota: 3 churches share how they’ve made camp a priority

For the love of Camp Minnesota: 3 churches share how they’ve made camp a priority

5/21/2015

Cross Winds UMC, UMC of Thief River Falls, and Coon Rapids UMC share their stories.


Vineyard UMC cares for neighbors through ‘Laundry Love’ ministry

Vineyard UMC cares for neighbors through ‘Laundry Love’ ministry

5/13/2015

One day each month, the church provides detergent, dryer sheets, and quarters at a local laundromat.


Council of Bishops affirms missional direction for next quadrennium

Council of Bishops affirms missional direction for next quadrennium

5/7/2015

The new strategic direction would build on and extend the Four Areas of Focus adopted in 2008.


Twin Cities District to welcome Rev. Dan Johnson as new superintendent

Twin Cities District to welcome Rev. Dan Johnson as new superintendent

5/7/2015

Rev. Judy Zabel will serve as lead pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.


Bishop Ough elected to lead bishops starting in 2016

Bishop Ough elected to lead bishops starting in 2016

5/6/2015

Ough will receive the gavel on the third day of the 2016 General Conference.


Eight students, host churches selected for ELI Project summer internship program

Eight students, host churches selected for ELI Project summer internship program

4/29/2015

The students will explore and discern their call to ministry during a hands-on learning experience.


Wheelock UMC receives statewide award for partnership with Hamline

Wheelock UMC receives statewide award for partnership with Hamline

4/29/2015

The St. Paul church has been a key partner in a Hamline after-school program serving urban youth.


Grace UMC shares faith stories, connects with community

Grace UMC shares faith stories, connects with community

4/22/2015

Sharing Christ encounters with each other has prepared members to share God's love in community.


New building, new start lead to growth for Hope UMC

New building, new start lead to growth for Hope UMC

4/22/2015

The merger didn’t happen overnight. It took many years and a lot of work from a lot of people.


‘Church on Wheels’ helps new church starts get rolling

‘Church on Wheels’ helps new church starts get rolling

4/16/2015

The 18.5-foot trailer contains all of the equipment and tools a new church start would need.


40 churches receive micro grants for innovative ministries

40 churches receive micro grants for innovative ministries

4/16/2015

Fifty-five churches applied for $130,000 worth of grant money.


Crossroads—Elko New Market launches weekly worship on Easter Sunday

Crossroads—Elko New Market launches weekly worship on Easter Sunday

4/9/2015

More than 100 people were in attendance, including some young families.


Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

4/8/2015

In 2014, 25 of 57 U.S. annual conferences paid full apportionments to support ministries.


Missionaries in Laos to Visit Minnesota in June

Missionaries in Laos to Visit Minnesota in June

4/7/2015

The Bartes will visit congregations in the Twin Cities and North Star Districts.


Brooklyn UMC’s African ministry growing, reaching, healing

Brooklyn UMC’s African ministry growing, reaching, healing

3/31/2015

The ministry now has its own Sunday worship service and its own Sunday School.


Bishop Ough, other faith leaders support driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

Bishop Ough, other faith leaders support driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

3/26/2015

Bishop Ough is among more than a dozen local faith leaders advocating for the legislation.


Lowell Gess recounts joy, challenges of ministering in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

Lowell Gess recounts joy, challenges of ministering in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

3/24/2015

In addition to eye care, a number of important projects were completed at the Kissy UMC Eye hospital.


Reach • Renew • Rejoice resonates across MN; pledges top $2M

Reach • Renew • Rejoice resonates across MN; pledges top $2M

3/24/2015

Hubbard United Methodist Church has many longtime members—and they remember several times when the church was on the brink of closing its doors. Today, it’s healthy and vibrant, and those longtime members want to do their part to ensure that United Methodist churches across Minnesota are healthy for generations to come.


‘Flat Wesleys’ visit Centenary UMC, teach children about discipleship

‘Flat Wesleys’ visit Centenary UMC, teach children about discipleship

3/18/2015

Learn how your church can request a visit from the Flat Wesleys.


Training equips 32 Minnesota UMs to preach as lay speakers

Training equips 32 Minnesota UMs to preach as lay speakers

3/17/2015

Each person at the training was asked to prep and deliver a short sermon for feedback.


Centennial UMC’s ‘Kids 2’ worship helps children engage, grow in faith

Centennial UMC’s ‘Kids 2’ worship helps children engage, grow in faith

3/11/2015

The worship service designed specifically for children takes place the second Sunday of every month.


Conference to sell three properties, use proceeds to further mission

Conference to sell three properties, use proceeds to further mission

3/10/2015

Decision Hills Camp, Historic Wesley on Grant, and the Uptown Minneapolis building will soon be listed.


2015 Annual Conference preview: God’s Vision, Our Mission—Unleashed

2015 Annual Conference preview: God’s Vision, Our Mission—Unleashed

3/4/2015

The event promises to engage, inspire, educate, and unite all who attend.


Minnesota Conference forms children-focused partnership with Vietnam

Minnesota Conference forms children-focused partnership with Vietnam

3/4/2015

Sixty percent of the 2015 Love Offering will go to Grace Children's Center, a United Methodist ministry.


Minnesota churches’ apportioned giving strong in 2014

Minnesota churches’ apportioned giving strong in 2014

2/26/2015

The gifts have enabled vital mission and ministry both locally and around the world.


Longtime Northern Pines Camp Director Bob Ford to retire this year

Longtime Northern Pines Camp Director Bob Ford to retire this year

2/24/2015

A celebration of Ford’s ministry will take place at Northern Pines later this year.


Ebola cases dropping, generosity has spared lives

Ebola cases dropping, generosity has spared lives

2/11/2015

Rev. Lowell Gess, a retired ophthalmologist, shares about his ongoing trip to Sierra Leone.


Fresh, locally grown produce helps changing community

Fresh, locally grown produce helps changing community

2/4/2015

Eden Prairie UMC plans to continue the garden as long as the community needs fresh produce.


Southern Prairie District to welcome new superintendent

Southern Prairie District to welcome new superintendent

2/4/2015

Phil Strom and Fred Vanderwerf share reflections as they prepare to transition into their new roles.


Bishop Ough delivers message at Bishop Job’s memorial service

Bishop Ough delivers message at Bishop Job’s memorial service

1/22/2015

Rueben will continue to be my teacher and mentor when I, too, arrive home, Bishop Ough shares.


Common Table to recommend bigger 2016 budget to boost leadership development

Common Table to recommend bigger 2016 budget to boost leadership development

1/22/2015

The proposed budget would still be one of the two lowest since 2002.


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!


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