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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.

We are partnering in mission in the U.P.

Randy Hildebrant guides the mission of GCCP

What happens when local churches pay their Ministry Shares in full? Lives are changed through the mission efforts of organizations like God’s Country Cooperative Parish. Ministry Shares multiply God’s blessings.

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.

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.