AC 2023 finds assurance amid troubles
Despite challenging business matters, messages of assurance and hope for renewal shaped the 2023 Michigan Annual Conference, held June 2-4 in Acme, MI.
Disaffiliation, budget top AC business
Clergy and lay members will vote on various business and legislative matters at the 2023 Michigan Annual Conference, including approving the disaffiliation of 60 churches.
John E. Harnish reflects on how he finds great comfort in knowing that the Holy Spirit can still work through our very human church with all its squabbles to bring… Continue Reading Pentecostal squabbles
Trustees report 8% to depart
The Michigan Conference Board of Trustees reports that 60 of Michigan’s 721 United Methodist churches are expected to be approved for disaffiliation at this year’s Annual Conference.
Bishops call for General Conference in 2026
The Council of Bishops is recommending an additional church meeting in 2026 to reestablish connection and recast the mission and vision for the UMC.
Grateful for our union benefits
In this op-ed, retired pastor Glenn M. Wagner shares from his four decades of pastoral experience significant benefits of the “United” in our UMC.
Cornerstone votes to disaffiliate
Cornerstone Church, Michigan’s largest worshiping congregation, votes to leave the UMC and become nondenominational.
Our journey climbing the spiral staircase
Retired pastor Sondra Willobee has written a Lenten meditation for spiritual refugees, anyone needing guidance on their journey seeking a new spiritual home.
Report sheds light on disaffiliating churches
A new Lewis Center for Church Leadership report finds that churches disaffiliating from The United Methodist Church are overwhelmingly in the South and Southwest. Compared with remaining United Methodist churches,… Continue Reading Report sheds light on disaffiliating churches
Time to stop gawking and get moving
Rev. Jerry DeVine encourages us, despite the cobwebs and sorrows of denominational divisions, to embrace the new things God is doing in the church and get to work.