The weekend consisted of several worship services, music, free time, and three structured sessions.
The Council of Bishops addressed their diverse perspectives on homosexuality and called for prayer.
The church is reaching many new people through Wednesday dinner, worship, and small groups.
St. Paul's Recovery Church is a leader in offering recovery ministries to those in need.
Rev. Bob Farr led a teaching session from the book "Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences"
The General Board of Global Ministries will match up to $1 million in gifts to Advance projects.
The push for relocation came from board leadership—to create an international network.
This year's Leadership Institute theme was “Revival,” or “turning the church inside-out.”
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.”
The entry point for all lay servant ministries is now a ministry discernment retreat.
Both faith communities have grown and become more vital since forming a partnership.
The Minnesota group learned new ideas about how to promote the conference’s mission opportunities.
Mullin will attend United Nations climate change conferences in Lima, Peru, and France.
Grant applications are being accepted through Oct. 15.
A service on Sunday served as an emotional and meaningful farewell.
A message from Bishop Ough and Rev. Lyndy Zabel
Internships will help college students discern whether they are called to ordained ministry.
Koronis envisions a multi-level, multi-use worship and meeting center.
Sixty-eight Minnesota United Methodists traveled to New Jersey to help rebuild homes.
Rev. Lori VonHoltum said Utecht will help impart that "our faith ebbs and flows in everything we do."
Part of the goal is to raise awareness about Feed My Starving Children.
Family Camp is one of many summer opportunities offered through Camp Minnesota.
Six Minnesota Conference clergy made the pilgrimage to study the Wesleyan method last month.
Learn about several recent changes for approaching equipping missional congregations.
How are you healing a broken world and making a God-sized impact? Show us in a video!
The educators learned how to work with autistic and special needs children through a hands-on training.
Eighty percent goes to Feed My Starving Children, the rest to Project AgGrad and Volunteers in Mission.
Minnesota United Methodist churches have an opportunity to host missionaries in their churches.
Conference received emergency $10,000 grant through UMCOR; additional donations for recovery welcome.
Conference clergy and staff have pledged support, and Metro West Builders gave a $200,000 gift.
Minnesota UMs will explore a partnership with denominational efforts in the Southeast Asian country.
White Bear Lake UMC built a bread oven ministry and now wants to help another church form its own.
Wondering how to summarize three packed-full days as you report back to your church?
2015 approved budget is $250,000 less than 2014 budget and $430,000 less than the maximum allowed.
Attendees remembered their baptisms, honored a trailblazer, and elected delegates.
Members also approved sending an open letter about inclusiveness to Bishop Ough and other leaders.
Hamilton led teaching sessions about effective leadership, worship, and evangelism.
We remembered deceased, honored retirees, and recognized licensed local pastors and those being ordained and commissioned.
God has done a miraculous thing through you, Bishop Ough said.
Congregational development initiative, award for Hope UMC, and legislation were discussed.
“Am I too late to get to know Jesus?” Every community has individuals asking this question.
The $2.7 million raised to date equates to 270,000 lives saved.
Adam Hamilton did teaching session; Rev. Tsuchue Vang and Jarvis Anderson received evangelism awards.
All conference events for youth and youth leaders will now come under the new youth ministry umbrella.
On Sunday, it became the first church to charter within the Minnesota Conference in 18 years.
She wanted to remind our public leaders that they must not forget about those on the margins.
Sharing and learning about Christ and creation are at the heart of a typical day at Camp Minnesota.
We've already packed 1.2 million meals, but there's room to invite more hungry children to the banquet.
Clergy discuss end-of-life ministries and how they're engaging their congregations in talks about death.
Pam Serdar and Susan Nienaber share reflections as they prepare to transition into their new roles.
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.
Bishop Bruce Ough issued a statement urging members of U.S. Congress to address immigration reform.
Hear Adam Hamilton, tune in via live streaming, and pack meals for the Million Meals Marathon
The Camp and Retreat Board is implementing several recommendations made by camp consultant Kaleidoscope.
Cindy Gregorson introduces the Minnesota Conference's Reach • Renew • Rejoice initiative
Well-known speaker and author Dr. Phil Jamieson is coming to talk about year-round church stewardship.
Local churches' giving increased in 2013, and the conference paid general church apportionments in full.
Rev. Cody Nielsen is focused on keeping students connected during critical transition periods.
The Minnesota Conference is coming together to pack 1 million meals through Feed My Starving Children.
Jim Perry, former director of ministries for the Minnesota Conference, had a heart for clergy.
Pastor Jim Crecelius estimates that more than 70 percent of first-time visitors return to Spirit River.
This year's Youth Leaders Summit promises to encourage, equip, and empower attendees.
Leadership teams voted to initiate a conference-wide capital campaign for congregational development.
Events provide an opportunity for United Methodists to gather around environmental stewardship.
Preparations are well underway to deliver an event that unifies, inspires, and empowers attendees.
Some program changes in the pipeline for next year will enhance the camp experience.
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 Dec. 3, the Board of Global Ministries will match the first $500,000 in gifts to Advance projects.
The new faith community is introducing people to Christ and inviting them to worship in Korean.
Bishop Ough requests that Minnesota United Methodists give to United Methodist Committee on Relief to aid in Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts
The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will meet at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
He will be president-designate for two years and is then expected to begin a two-year term as president.
Crossroads Church has a unique, hands-on program intended to coach and prepare new spiritual leaders.
Minnesota will send two clergy delegates and two lay delegates to the 2016 global church meeting.
Minnesota has donated more to Imagine No Malaria than any other conference, but our work isn't over yet.
Starting in November, stories and columns will be distributed exclusively via digital communications.
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 ministries like Blooming Grove/Waterville's prison ministry outreach program. Applications are due Oct. 15
The campaign would garner resources to launch new faith communities and revitalize existing churches.
Servant Heart Ministries wasn't identified as a key area that will move the camping program forward.
Mystery guests provide invaluable insight into what first-time visitors experience during worship.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about what the Wesley Foundation is and what it does on campus.
The training equips churches with skills and practices to help them reach new and diverse people.
A "United Methodist Day" Twins game in August raised $1,258 for the initiative.
The demographics of our mission field are changing. What are we doing to adapt?
The church's resources will help spawn new congregations and fill needs within its community.
In his new role, Lyndy Zabel wants to facilitate meaningful transformation through mission work.
Christa Meland is excited to help churches get the word out within their congregations and communities.
A group of some 37 highly skilled high school students made some major updates to Simpson UMC's building in late June.
The 2014 annual conference session will be May 28-30 in St. Cloud; options are being explored for 2015 and later.
The Three Rivers Park District paid $2.25 million for the 127-acre property in Mound.
Find out what happened at annual conference session this year
Lay session at annual conference featured congregational care ministries, and how lay members can reach out and say 'yes' to caring for others
In his first episcopal address to the Minnesota Conference, Bishop Ough encouraged session members to be transformed to be bold spirit-leaders in their churches.
Guest speaker, Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, has developed five breakthrough practices of the missional church
As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider immigration policy reform, United Methodist bishops visited the U.S.-Mexico border to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the border
Team Vital seeks to share resources and best practices for sustaining vital congregations
Bishop Bruce R. Ough's first annual conference session will be "collaborative," features speaker Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey
Ministries that serve ethnic immigrant communities are strengthening the body of Christ in Minnesota
Peace House sits on the West Bank, partitioned to Palestinians by the United Nations in 1948 and then illegally occupied by Israel following the Six-Day War in 1967. Minnesota Conference gifts to and advocacy for Peace House is an investment in what we hope will become a two-state solution defined by universal, just, and lasting peace. We hope that is a goal that we all can agree on.
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