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Wrap-Up Resources

The 166th Session of the Minnesota Annual Conference took place virtually on Aug. 29, 2020, with the theme "Be the Light: Live Hope!" and centered around our gospel imperative to heal a broken world. Then on Oct. 17, a Celebration of Ministry Milestones—attended in-person by honorees and virtually by most others—celebrated the ordination of six clergy, the commissioning of five clergy, and the recognition of an associate member.


Bishop's Episcopal Address: 'A Light Rising in the Darkness': Bishop Bruce R. Ough gave his final Episcopal Address to the Minnesota Conference.

Bishop's Breakthrough Prayer: This prayer asks God to help us embrace our call to be the light and live hope and heal our broken world.

2020 Celebration of Ministry Milestones: This worship service took place on Oct. 17, 2020 and included the ordination and commissioning of clergy, and the recognition of an associate member. While those being honored gathered in-person, along with a small number of their designated guests and many safety measures in place, everyone else participated remotely.

Did You Know?: Here's a brief look at how Minnesota United Methodists are making a difference and what we've accomplished together in 2019 and 2020.

Join Us on the Journey: Some of those being ordained, commissioned, and recognized this year and members of the Minnesota Conference Strategy Team reflect on their hopes and dreams for the Minnesota Annual Conference and what is God is calling forth from us as leaders as we look ahead.

2020 Award RecipientsSix individuals and one church were recognized for the ways they have made a difference in their congregations and their communities.

Deacons Heal a Broken World: Three deacons in the Minnesota Conference—Revs. Dana Neuhauser, Chris Carr, and MaryAnne Korsch—reflect on their call stories and share how they are engaged in ministries of word, service, compassion, and justice.
Individual deacon videos: Dana Neuhauser / Chris Carr / MaryAnne Korsch

Celebrating Bishop Ough’s Ministry: As Bishop Bruce R. Ough prepares to retire at the end of 2020, we look back at his episcopal leadership in and beyond the Dakotas-Minnesota Area and what we've accomplished together.

Greeting from Bishop David Bard: Following Bishop Bruce R. Ough's retirement at the end of 2020, Bishop David Bard, who also serves the Michigan Area, will serve as interim resident bishop in the Minnesota Conference in 2021 until another bishop is assigned.

Better Together: Collaboration between the Minnesota and Dakotas Conferences has resulted in fruitfulness in many ministry areas. Here's a look at how we are better and stronger together.


12 clergy recognized at celebratory worship service: Six clergy were ordained, five were commissioned, and one was recognized as an associate member at a small worship service that most guests attended virtually.

Bishop’s Episcopal Address: ‘A Light Rising in the Darkness’: Bishop Ough urged Minnesota United Methodists to always say “yes” to being the light to the world, a beacon of hope in the darkness, and to remember who we are.

Six individuals, one church recognized for exceptional contributions: These awards were presented at Annual Conference for the ways the honorees have made a difference in their congregations and communities in the past year.

Legislation round-upHere’s a look at three key items—a reduced 2021 budget, separately incorporating the Minnesota Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, and amending Hamline University’s Articles of Incorporation—along with the impact they will have and the reasoning behind them.

Other Resources

Love Offering: Donate and learn about the 2020 Love Offering recipients. 

Breakthrough Prayer: Print version / Video

Themed PowerPoint template: 16:9 version / 4:3 version

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