Bishop Ough answered questions about the denomination's future and the Council of Bishops' role amid division and talks of a split.
Minnesota delegates weigh in on the decision to add five bishops after General Conference 2020 and the Black Lives Matter protest that interrupted plenary.
Bishop Ough talks about the Council of Bishops--what it does, what his new role as president will involve, and his hope for the coming years.
“I think my voice is an important voice,” said Mahle. “I carry a progressive leaning but I also have the gift of being able to change my mind.”
Harris, a member of United Methodist Church of Anoka, is among 26 women who were consecrated to a lifetime service of love, justice, and service.
Delegates Rev. Judy Zabel, Rev. David Bard, Sara Ann Swenson, and Faye Christensen share initial impressions.
“God in Christ loves us beyond measure, made evident in Christ’s saving grace, and we have been called to help make that truth everybody’s everyday reality.”
Revs. Rod Stemme, Elizabeth Macaulay, and Walter Lockhart talk about why they're at General Conference, what they're doing, and their hopes for the coming days.
Evans-de-Carpio, a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Burnsville, is spending a week interpreting for delegates who are native Spanish speakers.
Churches around the conference are assembling health kits for refugees as part of this year's Love Offering for Missions.
Sponsoring a family involves making a commitment to the refugees for a four-month period that starts even before the family arrives.
Prince has multiple ties to Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. He married his first wife there and spent time there in his youth.
Hobson, who has served the camping ministry in numerous ways over the past two decades, has spent the past 19 years at Park UMC in Brainerd.
Earthkeepers are trained in creation care theology and community organizing, and commit to providing leadership for a community project or advocacy campaign.
2016 intern Walker Brault and clergy mentor, Rev. Brenda North, talk about the upcoming internship and what they're looking forward to.
Participating in a transformational process has given this Rochester church a new missional focus, increased participation, and created a fizz of possibility.
"It is my urging and earnest prayer that all Minnesota United Methodists will embrace this tragic moment as an opportunity to work for justice."
Northwest Minneapolis United Methodist Ministry, which launched worship on Jan. 10, has more than 30 in average worship attendance and is growing.
Clergy and laity from throughout the Minnesota Conference share their prayers for the 2016 General Conference.
On Wednesday, March 23, Minnesota United Methodists will come together to pray. There's still time to sign up.
Soul Leaders and the Center for Courage & Renewal gave Rev. Carol Zaagsma courage to claim her dream of giving kids a safe place to learn and play during summer.
The easements will preserve the land, generate resources for the camping ministry, and allow the conference to explore future uses for the property.
Which youth or young adults will you invite to attend the 2016 conference, either as members or visitors, and how will you give them a place at the table?
162 youth and 42 adults took part in the two-day event that drew people from about 30 churches. The theme was “Why United Methodist?”
Rev. Matt Sipe's clergy covenant group began in seminary in 2005--and its members, now scattered across the country, still meet regularly.
Five churches raised more than $16,000 to send their kids to Camp Minnesota this summer—and leaders of those churches did a polar plunge.
Last year, congregations within the state collectively remitted 89.1 percent of the requested apportionments—up from 87.1 percent in 2014.
At this year's conference session, we'll engage in "open space" conversations to explore how Minnesota United Methodists can be a good gift to the world.
The Dakotas and Minnesota conferences’ camp and retreat ministries are combining their strengths and leadership and forming a joint governance team.
Applications for 2016 grants are being accepted and are due April 1.
Embrace Church’s average weekly worship attendance increased 1,437 percent between 2009 and 2014. Embrace launched a Minnesota campus in November.
By becoming more sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit through prayer, the men of First UMC in Worthington blessed a woman in their community.
Opportunities for young people, open-space conversations, blessing the community, guest speaker Sara Miles, and a Reach • Renew • Rejoice ministry fair.
Churches, groups, and/or individuals are invited to sign up for a 15-minute period on that date when they commit to prayer. Promotional resources are available.
God’s Closet, a ministry started by Epworth UMC in St. Paul, was visited 6,934 times in 2015—more than any other year in its history.
The church organized the “packing party” in an effort to reach new people and invite them to participate in hands-on service.
The delegation will host a "listening post" in March to hear people's ideas about some of the significant issues facing our denomination.
Rev. Cynthia Williams, who's passionate about coaching and teaching, will become River Valley District superintendent on July 1, 2016.
Ingebretson will be responsible for assessing the conferences’ current church-planting system, staffing it, and improving it.
The toy- and snack-filled shoeboxes will be distributed to children on Christmas Eve.
A Minnesota Council of Churches statement addresses member constituents, those campaigning for public office, the media, Muslim neighbors, and refugees.
The team of six United Methodists from around the world is committed to energizing local churches to take action on climate change and other crises.
There are three types of certification that laity can pursue; training sessions are offered all year.
The United Methodist Church has raised just over $68 million in cash and pledges for Imagine No Malaria, a denomination-wide effort to eliminate malaria deaths.
“Camp is in my blood,” said Dan Ziegler, who looks forward to helping Koronis Ministries craft and realize a compelling vision for its future.
We're only in year two, but we've made lots of progress on both our fundraising and implementation goals.
The Minnesota Conference just launched a redesigned website that's more functional and that has new features for clergy and churches.
College students and host churches are encouraged to apply for the Minnesota Conference's ELI Project internship.
"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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There are a variety of resources to promote this giving opportunity to your congregation.
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?
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