"Even as we weep, we know that God is with us, that he sustains us with hope..." said Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops.
The Healthy Church Initiative inspired Aldersgate UMC to re-do its entry way; it became a holy space where souls connect in grief and in laughter.
More than 275 Minnesota youth in fifth- through ninth-grade gathered last weekend for fun, fellowship, and learning around the theme “We are God’s Masterpiece.”
“We’re so excited to be a small part of what God is doing and will do in the Minnesota Conference,” said Embrace Lead Pastor Adam Weber.
Up to $1 million in gifts to Advance projects will be matched dollar for dollar on Dec. 1.
Pastor Anne Detjen shares her insight and firsthand experience with refugees entering Germany.
The church has a Friday night respite program for children and celebrates Disability Awareness Sunday.
“Leadership matters,” said Bard when asked what type of episcopal leader he wants to be.
After further review of the numbers, GCFA said the jurisdiction has enough members to retain nine bishops.
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The event welcomed about 500 people, roughly half of whom were from outside of the church.
About 50 conference elected leaders discussed how to create a vibrant future for the church.
“One of the chronic ailments of United Methodist folks is this sort of paralysis of analysis.”
Carroll plans to become more active within her own church, spend time with grandchildren, and travel.
A new $650,000 playground teaches children about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights.
The North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictions have declined in membership.
The Minnesota Conference is helping to expand a children's center in Ho Chi Minh City.
Todd Foster will assume his new role on Oct. 19.
Those gathered brainstormed challenges and opportunities that New City Church can address.
“We hope that they leave there fired up for God,” said Rev. Matt Sipe.
The new tabernacle is scheduled to open its doors in 2017.
This three-day conference is for those who have sensed God might be calling them to ordained ministry.
The goal is to have a new leader in place by November.
Applications for 2016 are being accepted through Oct. 15.
The new campus, led by Rev. Austin Walker, will open its doors by December 1.
The Lakeland church voted to discontinue so Embrace Church can launch a new campus in its building.
Barb Brower will succeed longtime Director of Finance and Administration Barb Carroll.
The grants together totaled about $23,000. The funding came from the 2015 Love Offering.
They were selected among 165 individuals nominated by Minnesota church leaders for the opportunity.
Five college students from Osseo UMC spent their summer sharing Christ with the next generation.
The NUMAS House will shelter three families at a time and provide counseling and classes.
The church collects used bicycles a couple of times each year, and Project Life-Cycle restores them.
They traveled to the Native American community at Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, ND.
Shew fills a vacancy created when Dakotas Camping Director Becky Holten left to serve local churches.
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.
Kari Louwagie is spending her summer at Park Avenue UMC in Minneapolis.
Sixty youth recently served the Marshall community through STORM Camp, which stands for “Service to Others in Relational Ministry.”
The church Sit is planting is focused on the Phillips-Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis.
New Day UMC, Northern Light, and Spirit River Community church planters share experiences via a podcast.
The gift will generate more than $3,000 in yearly income to support fellowships for students.
Twenty-one people, ranging in age from 14 to 65, made the week-long trip to the East Coast in June.
Bishop Ough and Rev. Susan Nienaber share their findings for revitalization.
Many petitions dealing with human sexuality will go before the 2016 General Conference.
About 170 people (out of a community of about 2,000) gathered in the evenings at a county park.
Bishop Ough calls on Minnesota United Methodists to pray for the victims and the healing of the church.
The bishops also called upon United Methodists to support victims of violence and to work to end racism and hatred.
There are children in all Minnesota communities who lack food, school supplies, winter clothes, books, and/or positive role models.
Jesus is with you wherever you go—and, for members of Delano United Methodist Church, so is “Flat Jesus,” a laminated paper doll.
Church led service, greeted guests, sang, and did luncheon for woman who died with no resources.
Wondering how to summarize three packed-full days as you report back to your church?
The approved 2016 apportioned budget totals $6,120,770.
As of Friday morning, the Love Offering for missions totaled $74,735.
The global church body will consider the petitions when it meets next year in Portland, Oregon.
Roll call of the victorious, retirements, Licensed Local Pastors, and Commissioning and Ordination.
Hamline UMC as 15th conference historic site and radon testing for parsonages.
Members prayed for the Love Offering recipients as they folded paper airplanes.
Acevedo is lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Florida.
Three churches, four individuals, and a nonprofit were recognized.
Are we ready to take and pass the final exam? Bishop Ough asked.
Rev. Phil Strom: “It is time to be ‘all in’ on this journey of vitality."
Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud said we are called to repentance and must listen to the cries of others.
The message was reinforced with energetic music, skits by an improv group, and testimonies.
In the study book, Ough emphasized that Christians must work to enhance inter-religious relationships.
Cross Winds UMC, UMC of Thief River Falls, and Coon Rapids UMC share their stories.
One day each month, the church provides detergent, dryer sheets, and quarters at a local laundromat.
The new strategic direction would build on and extend the Four Areas of Focus adopted in 2008.
Rev. Judy Zabel will serve as lead pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
Ough will receive the gavel on the third day of the 2016 General Conference.
The students will explore and discern their call to ministry during a hands-on learning experience.
The St. Paul church has been a key partner in a Hamline after-school program serving urban youth.
Sharing Christ encounters with each other has prepared members to share God's love in community.
The merger didn’t happen overnight. It took many years and a lot of work from a lot of people.
The 18.5-foot trailer contains all of the equipment and tools a new church start would need.
Fifty-five churches applied for $130,000 worth of grant money.
More than 100 people were in attendance, including some young families.
In 2014, 25 of 57 U.S. annual conferences paid full apportionments to support ministries.
The Bartes will visit congregations in the Twin Cities and North Star Districts.
The ministry now has its own Sunday worship service and its own Sunday School.
Bishop Ough is among more than a dozen local faith leaders advocating for the legislation.
In addition to eye care, a number of important projects were completed at the Kissy UMC Eye hospital.
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.
Learn how your church can request a visit from the Flat Wesleys.
Each person at the training was asked to prep and deliver a short sermon for feedback.
The worship service designed specifically for children takes place the second Sunday of every month.
Decision Hills Camp, Historic Wesley on Grant, and the Uptown Minneapolis building will soon be listed.
The event promises to engage, inspire, educate, and unite all who attend.
Sixty percent of the 2015 Love Offering will go to Grace Children's Center, a United Methodist ministry.
The gifts have enabled vital mission and ministry both locally and around the world.
A celebration of Ford’s ministry will take place at Northern Pines later this year.
Rev. Lowell Gess, a retired ophthalmologist, shares about his ongoing trip to Sierra Leone.
Eden Prairie UMC plans to continue the garden as long as the community needs fresh produce.
Phil Strom and Fred Vanderwerf share reflections as they prepare to transition into their new roles.
Rueben will continue to be my teacher and mentor when I, too, arrive home, Bishop Ough shares.
The proposed budget would still be one of the two lowest since 2002.
Additional information about Star Lake will be provided at the 2015 annual conference session.
Up to 10 college students will be invited to participate in a learning experience during summer 2015.
Congregations can apply for one-time grants totaling up to $2,500.
The shoeboxes are distributed to kids on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.
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