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Claiming the power of song

Song is important at General Conference

Sermons are powerful but words combined with a melody “stick with us,” says Zebulon M. Highben, director of  Music at Duke University Chapel. What’s a song that sticks with you?

East Winds’ profiles in courage

Croswell thanks police officers.

This is the third in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. John Hice shares about the bravery of the East Winds District.

Love is everywhere in our churches

Churches continue to feed the hungry

This is the second in a series of reflections by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference on life and faith during the COVID-19 era. The Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford shares how God’s love is at work in churches of the Midwest District.

Growing your church without walls

Child at laptop engaging with church without walls.

Ten months ago, each church in The Michigan Conference seemed to change overnight. Dirk Elliott, Director of Congregational Vibrancy, shares best practices for continuing multi-site ministry once COVID restrictions lift.

More Advent counsel from Bishop Bard

Advent message by Bishop Bard

Given the exponential rise of COVID cases in Michigan, Bishop David Bard urges local churches to refrain from in-person gatherings these next six weeks. “The good news of great joy still arrives,” he said.

Being church in the wilderness

prayer for church

“No one has ever done this before,” says the Rev. John Harnish. He offers a prayer for pastors struggling with the complexities of church in a pandemic.

Jesus speaks when we are tired

Tired feet on a fall hike

“I’m tired of this!” says the Rev. Jodie Flessner as she navigates a health crisis. She turns to the gospel to find strength and purpose for the journey.

Vision for ministry overcomes virus

Beginning a first appointment during the time of COVID is odd, uncomfortable, and exciting all at the same time. These visionary leaders are ready for ministry with God as their helper.

Mission and love drive generous giving

Giving at church

These Michigan congregations have seen an increase in giving during the pandemic. The Rev. David Bell, Executive Director of The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan, talks about drivers of generous giving.

Free course on Leading through COVID

Leading is the topic of this online course

Adaptive leadership skills are the focus of “Leading through COVID,” a FULLER Formation course available free through the end of June.