Category: Michigan Area Leadership
Being the church while it’s under construction
As we continue to face the uncertainty of The United Methodist Church’s future, Rev. Dwayne Bagley asks us to rely on God’s faithfulness and respond with faithfulness in return.
Three takeaways from NCJ Conference
The Rev. Paul Perez, clergy delegate, lists three important takeaways from last week’s North Central Jurisdictional Conference that every Michigan United Methodist should pay attention to.
Press on for Jesus Christ
In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard reflects on North Central Jurisdictional Conference, scheduled for November 2-5, 2022, and what it means for him and the missional work we’ve… Continue Reading Press on for Jesus Christ
Where death and life sit side by side
The Rev. Paul Perez gives reasons for creating his ofrenda, an altar display rooted in his Mexican heritage, as a way to process loss and grief alongside moments of joy… Continue Reading Where death and life sit side by side
Listen to autumn’s reverie
Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, invites us to slow down during the changing seasons, pay attention, and take time to appreciate life’s good gifts.
Eat this bread, drink this cup
The commemoration of World Communion Sunday serves as an opportunity to appreciate the redemptive work of Christ on the cross as we embody Christlike empathy and compassion in our response… Continue Reading Eat this bread, drink this cup
‘Why do we fill out these forms?’
The Rev. John Hice claims the process of creating and completing ministry-related forms does make a difference, even though it may be difficult to see at times.
Addressing denominational tensions
In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions
We’ve always done it that way before
The Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford encourages us not only to be grateful for the foundational elements of our faith but also to consider new ways to deepen our relationship with… Continue Reading We’ve always done it that way before
In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard challenges us to appreciate complexity as a spiritual practice for maturing Christians.