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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.


2013 conference session summary

2013 conference session summary

6/6/2013

Find out what happened at annual conference session this year


2013 laity session: lay ministry, congregational care is important

2013 laity session: lay ministry, congregational care is important

5/30/2013

Lay session at annual conference featured congregational care ministries, and how lay members can reach out and say 'yes' to caring for others


Bishop Ough: Be transformed to lead in a changing world

Bishop Ough: Be transformed to lead in a changing world

5/30/2013

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.


Nilson Kibbey: Breaking through to God-sized ministry (contains link to video clips)

Nilson Kibbey: Breaking through to God-sized ministry (contains link to video clips)

5/30/2013

Guest speaker, Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, has developed five breakthrough practices of the missional church


Bishop Bruce R Ough visits US-Mexico border

Bishop Bruce R Ough visits US-Mexico border

5/17/2013

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


Minnesota Conference is part of ‘Team Vital’

Minnesota Conference is part of ‘Team Vital’

5/1/2013

Team Vital seeks to share resources and best practices for sustaining vital congregations


What’s new at conference session this year?

What’s new at conference session this year?

5/1/2013

Bishop Bruce R. Ough's first annual conference session will be "collaborative," features speaker Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey


New places for new neighbors in Minnesota

New places for new neighbors in Minnesota

3/27/2013

Ministries that serve ethnic immigrant communities are strengthening the body of Christ in Minnesota


Peace House: A home for persistent hope

Peace House: A home for persistent hope

3/7/2013

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.


Apportionment giving on the rise in Minnesota

Apportionment giving on the rise in Minnesota

2/28/2013

Minnesota is one of 20 annual conferences to pay its 2012 General Church apportionments at 100 percent


Minnesota Individual Volunteers get hooked on serving others

Minnesota Individual Volunteers get hooked on serving others

2/28/2013

Minnesota Conference has seen a spike in Individual Volunteers serving long-term missions


The church’s voice in immigration reform

The church’s voice in immigration reform

2/28/2013

Minnesota United Methodists will have opportunities over the coming months to learn and reflect upon emerging issues in immigration


Crossroads gathering at Wesley recovery worship helps ex-offenders start again

Crossroads gathering at Wesley recovery worship helps ex-offenders start again

2/12/2013

The weekly worship gatherings are a unique chance to feel welcomed, after seeing too often the expressions of mistrust and skepticism on strangers' faces


Char Ough: A warm and compassionate heart

Char Ough: A warm and compassionate heart

2/1/2013

Char Ough looks forward to mission opportunities in the new Episcopal Area


More wilderness, mission service, and residential camps this year

More wilderness, mission service, and residential camps this year

1/2/2013

Minnesota Conference's camping ministry will expand on its popular camping activities this year


Three Rivers Park District submits purchase agreement for Camp Kingswood

Three Rivers Park District submits purchase agreement for Camp Kingswood

12/20/2012

Three Rivers Park District has made an offer to purchase the Camp Kingswood property in Mound.


‘Y’ so many ‘nones’?

‘Y’ so many ‘nones’?

11/26/2012

Because of who we are as United Methodists, the church has an opportunity to be the place young adults seek when they start to seek faith again


Dakota Marchers: Reconciliation starts with a walk together

Dakota Marchers: Reconciliation starts with a walk together

11/26/2012

From Nov. 7 through 13, the Dakota Marchers walked to remember, grieve, commemorate and share the history of their ancestors.


Hmong United Methodists are ‘no longer foreigners’

Hmong United Methodists are ‘no longer foreigners’

11/26/2012

As Hmong Community UMC renames itself Wheelock UMC, its sees its St. Paul neighbors as its mission field.


Project AgGrad Student hopes to help India feed its people

Project AgGrad Student hopes to help India feed its people

11/26/2012

Sama Ao wants to help farmers find efficient and affordable ways to grow and distribute food


United Methodist Committee on Relief responds to Superstorm Sandy

United Methodist Committee on Relief responds to Superstorm Sandy

10/30/2012

UMCOR is preparing to respond to the damage wrought across the East Coast by Superstorm Sandy.


Judicial Council upholds security of appointment

Judicial Council upholds security of appointment

10/29/2012

The United Methodist Church Judicial Council has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by General Conference last spring.


A prayer journey to remember the U.S.-Dakota War

A prayer journey to remember the U.S.-Dakota War

10/26/2012

In 1862, 560 Native Americans and settlers lost their lives in the Dakota Conflict


Camp Kingswood: we came to retreat and left to serve

Camp Kingswood: we came to retreat and left to serve

10/26/2012

Several Camp Kingswood fans gathered on Oct. 7 to say good-bye to the site where their renewed their relationship with God


Wayne Clymer: A bishop looks back from age 95

Wayne Clymer: A bishop looks back from age 95

10/26/2012

Born Sept. 24, 1917, Bishop Wayne Clymer continues to be an active and respected leader in the Minnesota Conference


Bishop Bruce Ough to preach at Senator McGovern’s funeral

Bishop Bruce Ough to preach at Senator McGovern’s funeral

10/22/2012

Bishop Bruce R. Ough will preside over the memorial service for Sen. George McGovern Oct. 25.


New camping director, Keith Shew, promises ‘Disney experience’

New camping director, Keith Shew, promises ‘Disney experience’

9/24/2012

New camping director Keith Shew wants to create an atmosphere that makes the camper feel comfortable and cared for


Spark12 ignites ministries created by young adults

Spark12 ignites ministries created by young adults

9/24/2012

Spark12, a new UM social-justice ministry incubator, will select finalists in November.


Where is God calling you to raise the dead? Bishop Ough asks

Where is God calling you to raise the dead? Bishop Ough asks

9/10/2012

Bishop Ough urges Minnesota UMs to pray with him for renewal and reaching new people for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Board of Trustees to purchase new episcopal residence

Board of Trustees to purchase new episcopal residence

8/30/2012

Significant repair needs have led Minnesota Conference's Board of Trustees and Episcopal Residence Committee to sell the bishop's residence and purchase a new one.


Meet Bishop Bruce Ough

Meet Bishop Bruce Ough

8/29/2012

Bishop Bruce Ough shares about his passions and what his focus will be as a bishop in the new Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area.


Walker Community UMC to rebuild

Walker Community UMC to rebuild

8/29/2012

Walker Community UMC, whose building burned down in May, plans to rebuild on its property.


Year number 2 kicks off for the Wesley Foundation

Year number 2 kicks off for the Wesley Foundation

8/29/2012

The Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, moves into their second year of campus ministry with a core group of students--who enjoy growing closer to God and one another through this ministry.


Looking back at Bishop Dyck’s episcopacy in Minnesota

Looking back at Bishop Dyck’s episcopacy in Minnesota

8/7/2012

Bishop Dyck shares about some highlights and challenges during her eight years in her first episcopal appointment.


Summertime is prime time for some lakes-area churches

Summertime is prime time for some lakes-area churches

8/7/2012

Some churches see an influx of worship attendees during the summer months--so they "summer-ize" their programs to minister to this set.


NCJ votes to expand video conferencing system in the Dakotas and Minnesota

7/20/2012

NCJ conference voted to pass the budget, which includes a $125,000 grant to expand video conference technology in the new episcopal area


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