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Please don’t invite me to coffee hour

Coffee cup

Every church has them but not every church makes coffee hour a welcome place for visitors. John Harnish offers comments.

Confronting the walls that divide us

People celebrate communion at border fence

With racial tension building across the U.S. and the world, the Rev. Brittney Stephan says that it’s time for people of faith to confront walls of hatred, injustice, and fear.

Send them back to school with love

Children back to school classrooms

September is coming! What are ways your congregation can be a blessing to teachers and students during the year ahead?

Ministry feature: Justice & Advocacy

Children Pray at migrant center in Tijuana. Advocacy needed.

The website of The Michigan Conference has a large resource section full of creative and practical ideas, programs, and materials. This week we feature what’s available about Justice and Advocacy.

Why did my pastor move?

Circuit Rider on the move.

In days gone by one Methodist pastor might serve half a state. United Methodist pastors are still on the move, for these good reasons. 

Laity … ministry feature of the month

Boat in the water at dawn inviting laity to board

The website of The Michigan Conference has a large resource section full of creative and practical ideas, programs, and materials. This month we feature what’s available about ministry for the laity.

UM Men offer free online magazine

UM Men president Gil Hanke

The UM Men national magazine is now a free online publication available to all four times a year. 

Smaller energy bill, bigger ministry

Man on roof of Ferndale UMC

Michigan Interfaith Power and Light is a non-profit organization helping churches save dollars through energy efficiency. Those funds can then be invested in congregational care and community outreach.

Reporting conference with pizzazz

Jerry DeVine rowing on stage

Make a video, send an email or make announcements on Sunday. These ideas make your Annual Conference reporting more creative.

Ministry of the Month: Children

Loving ministry with children.

The website of The Michigan Conference has a large resource section full of creative and practical ideas, programs, and materials. This month we feature what’s available for ministry with children.

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