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The gift of new wineskins

Grapes for wine that needs new wineskins

The Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine cautions pastors and laypersons to not put the “new wine” produced during the pandemic back into old wineskins.

Pandemic turning point at hand

NOAH Project guest receives vaccination

Bishop David Bard thanks church leaders for their patience and careful planning for the common good as a corner is turned in the pandemic.

Ministry in post-pandemic times

Ministry with children includes hands and heart

Faith formation is entering a new season as churches return to in-person activity. This Zoom session explores your questions about the return to vital ministry with children.

Ready to sharpen your vision?

Glasses for better vision

Vision casting is essential now that local churches are returning to in-person activities. It’s time to ask  “Why?” and “What?” before asking “Who?” and “How?”

Holding it together

Strands of rope holding together

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop Bard considers what scripture, poets, and everyday experience reveal about the challenges of holding it together.

Climb higher with REACH Network

Climb to the top

2020 was an uphill climb for many congregations. That’s why REACH leaders invite pastors and laity to take steps to greater vibrancy with Network Groups.

New leaders in the new year ahead

Jennie Browne, one of new leaders

In response to “emerging priorities and pandemic realities,” The Michigan Conference announces staff changes involving four leaders. In July 2021, the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne becomes Clergy Assistant to the bishop.

GC online options being considered

Joy Barrett on task force for online options

Joy Barrett serves on a new technology study team looking at online options to accommodate full participation of 900 delegates and leaders participating in the General Conference from four continents.

Overwhelmed, anxious, but hopeful

Hopeful child learning online

“There is nothing easy about this time,” says the Rev. Kathy Pittenger. Still, she remains hopeful as she offers families and leaders ideas and resources to take into the new school year.

Michigan women elected UMW leaders

Ruby Anderson among leaders of UMW.

Jurisdictions are voting online to elect leaders to the National United Methodist Women, who will serve for the next four years.