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What does reopening look like?

Reopening will require great care

Social distancing measures forced churches to transition to online worship and ministry. As states lift shelter-in-place orders, churches must consider how — or when— to return to in-person worship.

Acting as the Body of Christ

Free pizza delivery nourishing body and spirit.

Laura Witkowski, celebrates the way churches are adapting creatively to the challenges of the pandemic and calls for strengthening connection as the Body of Christ.

Bishop Bard proclaims, ‘Easter is coming!’

Girl praying at Easter

Bishop David Bard celebrates the creativity of Michigan United Methodists ministering in the shadow of the coronavirus crisis. He offers new possibilities for Easter worship during this ongoing stay-at-home season.

UMs show church is not a building

Michigan UMs like Jeremy Peters are being church

Both bishop and governor have encouraged Michiganders to stay-at-home. We are finding that church really does happen outside the building.

New year, new tasks

Wise men leave Bethlehem with new tasks ahead.

In his first Joyful Journey blog of 2020, Bishop David Bard talks about important tasks before The Michigan Conference of The UMC … ministry work, soul work, and grief work.

God’s gift of a second career

Second career pastors serve many churches in Michigan

The third in a series, “For such a time as this.” Pastor Leslee Fritz talks about the joys of ministry as a second career.

Aiming with Jesus

Boy aiming at a target

Aiming is always important in life when shooting an arrow, writing a book, or loving people like Jesus loved people. His target was always incredible love.

Ministry Shares connect us in mission

Ministry Shares connect many hands

A new staffing model launched in The Michigan Conference one year ago. Ministry Shares help staff support churches in making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Ready to partner with EngageMI in 2020?

College students work in garden at Sunnyside UMC getting ready for planting.

It’s fall so it is time to get ready for a new year of mission. EngageMI helps mission leaders raise awareness, give dollars and put hands to work with neighbors.

Called by God to the margins

Margaret and Joel both followed God to the margins. Third in a series of stories, “Passing the Mantle,” about Michigan people called into ministry.

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