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Finding a way out of the desert

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When experiencing a desert season, how do you move forward and find God’s presence and guidance? John Seppanen, Heritage District Lay Leader, shares some thoughts that have helped him out… Continue Reading Finding a way out of the desert

8 Easter books for young children

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Children’s book author Glenys Nellist recommends these Easter books focusing on Christ’s resurrection to churches and families during this holy season.

Living a ‘Palms Up’ life

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Rev. Jenny Smith will lead a ministry professionals retreat at Lake Louise Camp, April 17-19, on how to develop a “Palms Up” life and understand how letting go changes everything.

Protect yourself from scams and frauds

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Naomi García describes how to avoid scams we are liable to fall for by paying attention to what our body, heart, and spirit are telling us.

Let go. Rest. Incubate.


Lisa Batten’s recent experience at the UMC LEAD Conference affirmed that we, as the church, must continually evaluate what we’re doing so that we can risk something new.

Write a big, bold vision for your church

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What is your congregation passionate about? What’s your purpose? Sonya Luna encourages churches to answer these questions by creating a vision board to see this dream come to life.

What is your dream for God’s creation?

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Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., we must cast a vision for a healthy, equitable, and inclusive future for God’s creation and then work to bring it about. Here are… Continue Reading What is your dream for God’s creation?

Come, pray, and rest in God

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Learn more about Christian contemplative practices by attending an upcoming retreat with others in the Michigan Conference.

Ministry transitions call for coaching

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Naomi García outlines the coaching and conflict resolution resources available to those in ministry transition in the Michigan Conference.

Bring the gift of good financial health to your congregation

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The winter session of the virtual Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being course offered by the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan begins January 17.

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