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Michigan districts celebrate jubilee

Districts gave grants to church starts like Mosaic in Traverse City

The Boards of Mission in the districts of The Michigan Conference are supporting new ministry initiatives thanks to actions taken by the 2018 Annual Conference. Superintendents’ Dowry Reports have details.

UMC copes with financial strain

FInancial reports of Annual Conferences

U.S. conferences — like the congregations they serve — are feeling the financial pinch. But they are finding ways to offer churches relief and strengthen ministry in these lean times.

Meet Darryl Totty, new leader of CLC

Darryl Totty leads team

The Conference Leadership Council is the place where Michigan’s leaders meet to shape the direction of United Methodist ministry and mission in the state. The Rev. Dr. Darryl Totty is its new chair.

Fresh recipes and resources for laity

Fresh ingredients for recipes

Conference Lay Leader Annette Erbes finds home delivery meal kits and recipes offer important lessons for ministry during the time of pandemic.

A call to United Methodist laity

Laity called to flower

The following is an open letter to laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLLC). It is a reminder of Jesus’ Great Commandment during this troubled time.

Rural parishes are a gift

Growing in rural countryside

Allen Stanton says, “Rural churches are places where people ask serious questions, explore their faith and seek to live it out in meaningful ways.”

Picking the fruit of kindness

picking fruit

The Rev. Benton Heisler invites pastors and laity to stay focused on our common mission as we approach the Virtual 2020 Michigan Annual Conference.

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.