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MIcampus ministries welcome students

Wesley directors are welcoming students to campus ministries

United Methodist ministries on seven campuses around Michigan will soon welcome all students, offering opportunities for fellowship, faith-sharing, and service.

Time to head to the shore

Bench on the Lake Huron shore

David Crumm remembers John’s story of Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee as he interviews Missy Buchanan. Buchanan, like Jesus, values time on the beach. 

Creating a narrative budget

move beyond a pie chart to a narrative budget

Church finance expert Bonnie Ives Marden shares a step-by-step process of creating a narrative budget, a powerful and effective tool for stewardship, evangelism, and marketing. 

Michigan poet featured on ‘Emerging’ website

Dillon Burns shares a slam poem

“Why Now,” by Michigan poet Dillon Burns, is currently featured on the new website of The Connectional Table. “Emerging” celebrates what God is doing now in and through the UMC.

UMCNext suggests ‘respectful separation’

UMCNext press conference on May 22.

The UMCNext coalition has just released a plan that would remove restrictions against same-sex weddings and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. The plan also would let local churches vote to leave the denomination. 

Two councils respond to GC vote probe

Councils respond to probe by the Commission on General Conference

The probe into the integrity of the voting process — the number of voting delegates and eligibility for voting — continues by the bishops, financial leadership, and the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church. 

20 years of home-grown leadership

Mission Intern Sarah Alexander

The Mission Intern Program of The Michigan Area is celebrating 20 years of encouragement to young adults spending their summer exploring servant ministry.

GAP volunteers serve West Branch

children interact with older adults at GAP

GAP (God’s Awesome People) is a summer program for kids hosted at West Branch UMC. Looking ahead to GAP 2020 … can a volunteer team from your church come and lend a hand?

Giving up boiled potatoes

Man holding potatoes

Rev. John Boley is giving up potatoes for the sake of his health. As he looks ahead to the future of The United Methodist Church, he lists other things he must give up for the health of the Body of Christ.

Why I take my kids to church

Children in church with their parents.

A busy mother talks about why she and her kids overcome the temptation to be “Mattress Methodists” on Sunday morning.

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