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Two conferences to vote on Protocol

Bishop Yambasu at GC 2016

A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation made global news on January 3. Legislation to enact it at GC2020 will be considered in Michigan and Sierra Leone in March.

Special Michigan AC called in March

Members to vote in Special Session

A special session of the Michigan Annual Conference is being called on March 7, 2020, by Bishop David Bard, to consider forwarding Protocol legislation on to the 2020 General Conference.

Summoning the Courage to Lead

Seasons of life require courage

In the face of upheavals in the church and in the nation, The Michigan Conference Office of Clergy Excellence is hosting three Courage to Lead retreats.

Early response training affirmed

Early responders provide care

Early Responders know how to prepare for recovery teams and to provide assurance to survivors that God’s people care about their lives and homes. A generous new grant supports training.

Conference announces staff changes

Welcome new staff member

There’s a change in the Michigan Conference Staff. As Jennifer Weaver retires, Aritha Davis becomes the Executive Assistant to the Clergy Assistant to the Bishop.

There’s a new missionary in town

Young adult missionary Lauren Norton

Lauren Norton grew up in Georgia and felt tugged by God as a college student. She has moved to Detroit for two years of service as a Global Mission Fellow.

Preview of 2020 General Conference

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai provides preview of business

With the 2020 General Conference 13 weeks away, United Methodists visited Nashville last week for a preview of what’s ahead.

Hold on closings and complaints

Thomas Bickerton

“We need to settle ourselves down and breathe and allow the breath of God to take us to this next stage,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, regarding complaints and church closings.

Traditionalist event draws big crowd

Chris Ritter is a proponent of the traditionalist approach

Those gathered in Alabama around a Traditionalist church considered a future that’s, “a season of messiness, a season of building, that’s also an opportunity.”

NCJ recommends election of one bishop

The bishops who serve the NCJ

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS…In a meeting last week in Chicago, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops have proposed to only elect one bishop during the NCJ Quadrennial Meeting, July 15-18 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two groups have agreed to form a task force to make recommendations on… Continue Reading NCJ recommends election of one bishop

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