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An invitation to reconnect

Reconnect with this experience

COVID-19 has presented new leadership challenges and opportunities. The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick talks about today’s ministry landscape and how leaders can reconnect with their calling.

Blizzard, winter, or ice age?

Winter in Michigan

Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis describes the church’s response to COVID-19 through the lens of a book, “Leading Beyond the Blizzard.” We must seek a vision for a “post- ice age” she asserts.

Clergy invited to revitalize

Courage event logo

  Need time, space, and guidance to attend more deeply to God’s call on your life? Consider this three-day online retreat for clergy facilitated by Sarah Hescheles and Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick.

Hard realities and beautiful dreams

Light shines on dreams

We may be exhausted, but United Methodists can still dream dreams of new life.  The Rev. Paul Perez, new Director of Connectional Ministry for The Michigan Conference, offers hope.

Make change part of your church DNA

Change your DNA

The REACH Summit on Oct. 24 is the beginning of a year-long relationship of ongoing support through a REACH Network Group or coaching. Serious about change? Register now.

A call to United Methodist laity

Laity called to flower

The following is an open letter to laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLLC). It is a reminder of Jesus’ Great Commandment during this troubled time.

God is making things new

Butterfly symbolizes God is present

We live in challenging times, says the Rev. Scott Harmon. He encourages churches to be ready for transformation as they follow the Holy Spirit into the new thing that God is doing in our midst.

Time to wade into the waves

Man wading in waves

Ten years ago the Heisler family spent time in the waves of Lake Michigan. Much has changed but individuals and congregations continue to ride the waves of change. “Put on your gear!”

Picking the fruit of kindness

picking fruit

The Rev. Benton Heisler invites pastors and laity to stay focused on our common mission as we approach the Virtual 2020 Michigan Annual Conference.

Lay leader praises adaptive change

Anne Soles, Lay Leader West Michigan, and John Wharton, Lay Leader Detroit conferences.

“We bicycle forward. Nothing is standing still,” says Michigan Lay Leader Anne Soles. She surveys the changes taking place in the church and the nation.