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Clergy ready to ‘serve the present age’

Clergy meet for future of the church conversation

In this second article exploring the future of The United Methodist Church in Michigan, six clergy members share how they are moving forward to serve a renewed church that is… Continue Reading Clergy ready to ‘serve the present age’

DS highlights new ministry and growth

Rev. Jodie Flessner, superintendent of the Western Waters District, sees new life and purpose emerging in many places in the newly formed district.

Top 10 news stories of 2023

The Michigan Conference’s communications team reviews the top news stories from last year.

‘Move toward a new horizon’

Bishop Bard leads the Special Session

The Michigan Conference prepares to move forward following the November 30 vote to approve the disaffiliation of 62 churches from The United Methodist Church.

Special Session set for Thursday

Voting at Annual Conference

On Thursday, November 30, lay and clergy members of the Michigan Conference will meet online to vote to approve the disaffiliation of 62 churches.

‘Take bold steps and dream again’

Clergy meeting for a conversation

What is the future of The United Methodist Church in Michigan? A recent conversation with a group of young clergy reveals honesty and hope.

Agenda set for Special Session

Voting at Annual Conference

The Michigan Conference publishes the agenda and names of churches to be approved for disaffiliation and closure at the November 30 Special Session of Annual Conference.

Special Session registration opens October 2

Bishop Bard speaking during online conference

Registration opens October 2 for the online Special Session of Annual Conference set for November 30 to address final disaffiliation requests.

Navigating conflict and building resilient churches

Community members standing in a circle

In this op-ed, three Michigan Conference laity offer their Calm approach as a practical roadmap for church leaders to pivot after disaffiliation toward a future of renewed vitality.

Study shows shift in disaffiliations

Chart showing disaffiliations by jurisdiction

Disaffiliations from The United Methodist Church have grown considerably and shifted geographically, according to a new study from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. The Southeastern and South Central jurisdictions… Continue Reading Study shows shift in disaffiliations

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