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Appointments make a Michigan Pentecost

Mount Hope one of 60 cross-racial appointments

“Recently, the Bishop and Cabinet have become more intentional about addressing the nuances of cross-racial, cross-cultural appointments,” says the Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine. These Michigan pastors reflect on their experiences.

E. Stanley Jones, prophet of peace

Evangelism E. Stanley Jones

Once called, “the greatest missionary since St. Paul,” the life and ministry of E. Stanley Jones offer important lessons in the midst of global tensions over faith, ethnicity, and race.

Pastors face another COVID new year

Pastors try new approaches

Michigan pastors see signs of hope even as the pandemic hangs on. Centered in Christ, they are partnering with laypersons in their congregations to “build a new kind of church.”

Campus ministries stronger together

CMU campus has a Wesley Foundation

Students on the campus of three state universities — GVSU, WMU, and CMU — find a warm welcome and put faith into action at Wesley Foundations of The Michigan Conference.

‘There’s no going back’ after pandemic

Masked for the pandemic

During the pandemic, Wesley Foundations in Big Rapids, Detroit, and Marquette found new ways to engage students and create loving community. Fall of 2021 is a time of “building back.”

It all began on a college campus

Campus ministry goes outside during COVID

Tim Kobler and James Magee talk about a new year of campus ministry at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Two of eight Wesley ministries across the state.

She showed up and did the job

She welcomes Bishop Bard to Metropolitan

She was the first African-American woman to be ordained an Elder in the Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church. Meet the Rev. Janet Gaston Petty.

Small churches rise to COVID challenges

Churches in small rural communities

Revs Peggy Paige, Jackie Roe, and Jodie Flessner believe Michigan’s small, rural churches will come out of the pandemic year with new strength for future ministry and mission.

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.

Churches step out and step up

Taking a step out of poverty.

One bold step that Streams of Faith took in 2020 was its merger with Circles-Grand Rapids. This multiplied the efforts that help 600-700 Kent County families rise out of poverty.

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