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Get to the place you want to be

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Beginning this month, MIconnect will publish a bimonthly blog on the many benefits of coaching made available to all church leaders in the Michigan Conference.

Building bridges between cultures

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In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Rev. Sunhwa Hopgood recounts her call to ministry as a Korean American woman and the joys and challenges… Continue Reading Building bridges between cultures

Happy birthday, Church!

Dove and fire, symbols of Pentecost

Pentecost is this Sunday, May 19. Rev. Faith Timmons reviews the history behind this annual celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit following Jesus’ ascension. She then encourages us… Continue Reading Happy birthday, Church!

Give me reconciliation and peace

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For Mother’s Day, Cheryl Bistayi invites us to broaden and deepen our focus by celebrating sacred moments of mothering for the whole human family.

A life of faith-fueled advocacy

Mary Gladstone-Highland

Mary Gladstone-Highland reflects on how the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church has shaped her advocacy for LGBTQ justice and inclusion.

Are we sustaining members?

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Sherry Parker-Lewis explains that we give because we are held, carried, and supported by the One who saves. Our gifts are our embodied gratitude.

The Six Whys of SAS

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The Simplified Accountable Structure (SAS) model of church governance can refocus us on the church’s main task, and here are six reasons why.

Leading with head and heart

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Dr. Michael Comer’s gift to the church has been assessing the personality traits of pastoral leaders with curiosity and compassion.

Watch out for ‘bishop’ fake emails

Phishing email

Phishing attempts to obtain money or sensitive information are on the rise. Learn how to recognize common red flags in suspicious emails.

God’s grace cannot be contained

Jess Davenport being ordained

Rev. Jess Davenport concludes the series of articles on our newest ordinands with a heart full of gratitude for the Spirit-led formation that helped her navigate God’s call.

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