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Pastors with a badge advance reform

Pastors on the beach of Traverse Bay

United Methodist police chaplains and pastors who serve in law enforcement discuss what changes might help both officers and the people they serve and protect.

Help for pastoral transitions

Leaders in transition pass a baton

Michigan Conference staff, with the assistance of Michigan Conference Communication, are producing webinars with practical information on how to be in ministry during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Let’s organize a search party

We must search for the lost sheep

The church, says Lay Leader Anne Soles, must make an intentional search for those “not there” as churches use electronic outreach during the pandemic. What other tools must we use?

Why a cross of ashes?

Worshipers with ashes on foreheads

On Ash Wednesday pastors dip their thumbs into a bowl of ashes and draw a cross on worshipers’ foreheads. The practice is ancient. Learn why ashes connect people with God.

Survivor and pastoral leadership

Traits of a survivor and successful leader

The Rev. John Boley reflects on years of experience relating to pastors across the Michigan Area and watching the TV show, Survivor. The quality he finds of critical importance is high Emotional Intelligence.

Pastors get a move on

Mary McInnis on the move with family

The second in a series encouraging good physical health of pastors and parishioners across Michigan. Move more and thrive!

Fall wind brings new beginnings

New beginnings for a cedar tree

The Michigan Conference Lay Leader reflects on the life of trees and the life of churches. She encourages congregations in transition to consider The New Beginnings program.

Pastoral leadership with range

Range of the box

Rev. John Boley considers the training styles of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. He suggests pastors could use both examples to increase their range.

Why did my pastor move?

Circuit Rider on the move.

In days gone by one Methodist pastor might serve half a state. United Methodist pastors are still on the move, for these good reasons. 

Hey! Where’s my pastor?

Worshipers at the 2018 Annual Conference

Your pastor not in the church office? He or she is up north in Acme, Michigan participating in The Michigan Annual Conference.