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Why I take my kids to church

Children in church with their parents.

A busy mother talks about why she and her kids overcome the temptation to be “Mattress Methodists” on Sunday morning.

Faith among the fences

Girl peeking through picket fences

In our laity blog, Power in the Pew, Conference Lay Leader Anne Soles gives counsel from the gospel and a classic poem about navigating the walls and fences of life.

The dandelion lesson

Girl blowing a dandelion head

On a cross-country train trip, Anne Soles learns that ministry and Annual Conference are related to planting, one seed at a time, with a dandelion or two along the way. 

Why do we have Social Principles?

Bishop Minerva Carcano with an immigrant child.

The United Methodist Social Principles encourage the followers of Jesus and John Wesley to build a different kind of world than the one we have now. 

Midwest District: Mission Insite Training Workshops

Mission Insite is one of the best tools available to help define our mission field. Join Rev. Jon Reynolds for this FREE introductory workshop. You will learn about every tool of the Mission Insite software program, and you will gain an introductory level understanding on how to use this tool to reach people in your community. 2 Training Workshops March 30 and May 11! Continue Reading Midwest District: Mission Insite Training Workshops

Hamilton finds God in Lansing

Tom Arthur with Will Langford

Hamilton comes to Lansing for three weeks starting May 14. Sycamore Creek Church invites the community to explore faith themes in the musical and in the founding father’s life.

Rasmus says, ‘Always prioritize good’

Rudy Rasmus prays at St. John's UMC.

Early in his faith journey, the Rev. Rudy Rasmus learned to prioritize good, a tenet that still guides his ministry today.

Church Marketing Training: “Communicating Your Faith Story”

Is your church struggling to implement a communication strategy that will attract new faces and keep your own congregation informed? Communicating Your Faith Story is a Michigan Conference Training Event that will teach how to effectively communicate in today’s society and to equip your faith community to share transforming stories. Continue Reading Church Marketing Training: “Communicating Your Faith Story”

Michigan Roundtables coming mid-March

  The Michigan Conference Office of Congregational Vibrancy is hosting five opportunities around Michigan to learn how to connect with new people and revitalize your church.

Heritage District dialogue

District Superintendent Elizabeth Hill serves Communion

At the beginning of a new year, the superintendent of the Heritage District finds ancient wisdom about community to be good counsel for Michigan disciples.

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