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Sycamore Creek adopts Asbury UMC

Sycamore Creek and Lansing Asbury pastors with Jerry DeVine

Dirk Elliott reports good news. Sycamore Creek has a seven-campus vision. It’s third campus will be added on July 1, when the adoption of Asbury UMC in Lansing becomes official.

Looking for Michigan ‘packages of love’

Love God during worship at Mount Hope

“Evangelism can only be seen in a person. We need to become a package of love …” Nominations are now open for the Harry Denman and the One Matters awards… Continue Reading Looking for Michigan ‘packages of love’

Ways to connect with your neighbors

Neighbors want to connect

People are hungry for relationships. The Rev. Dirk Elliott says, “Maybe now more than any time in our past, we need to find ways to connect and build relationships with… Continue Reading Ways to connect with your neighbors

Some people who keep us singing

Eric Mulanda kept us singing

On Saturday afternoon the Michigan Annual Conference celebrated some of the people who have kept the song alive through good times and hard times.

French-speaking UMC grows in Detroit

French Church promotion

In 2016 two African pastors were sent by The Michigan Conference to begin a French United Methodist Church in Detroit. The congregation is on the grow despite challenges of COVID-19.

Dirk Elliott

From: Michigan Conference — Director of Congregational Vibrancy … To: Michigan Conference — Director of Congregational Vibrancy and Leadership Development. This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2021.

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.

Graceful Journey with families

Graceful Journey reading time

Graceful Journey Community is a new church start on the Greater Detroit District. Ministry Shares are supporting the vision and making a difference for Garden City families with special needs.

Help at the starting line

Berkley First found help in Fresh Expressions.

Pastors and churches in Michigan have gone through months of learning new things. More help is available from the Office of Congregational Vibrancy.

Video Sermon Bank available

Bank of online sermons available.

Here’s an online answer to pulpit supply. The Board of Congregational Life offers a Video Sermon Bank for use by preachers who need time away.