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.
The ophthalmologist and Minnesota United Methodist pastor will head abroad in January.
Bishop Ough shares his thoughts in a three-part podcast series led by DS Susan Nienaber.
1,500 campers' lives were changed in 2014; the summer 2015 theme is Power Up!, Living in the Spirit.
A 12-bed homeless youth shelter in Brooklyn Park will open in January.
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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.
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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.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church