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Cultivate a courageous heart

Sunlight through mountains

How are we to respond when witnessing the painful ways humans treat each other? Naomi García looks within to unlearn passive behavior and to cultivate a courageous heart and grace-filled… Continue Reading Cultivate a courageous heart

Three great gifts of Christian camping

Camping at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat

The Rev. David Berkey, Executive Director of Michigan Area United Methodist Camping, talks about the powerful spiritual gifts of camping.

Ways to connect with your neighbors

Neighbors want to connect

People are hungry for relationships. The Rev. Dirk Elliott says, “Maybe now more than any time in our past, we need to find ways to connect and build relationships with… Continue Reading Ways to connect with your neighbors

Love is everywhere in our churches

Churches continue to feed the hungry

This is the second in a series of reflections by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference on life and faith during the COVID-19 era. The Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford shares… Continue Reading Love is everywhere in our churches

Growing your church without walls

Child at laptop engaging with church without walls.

Ten months ago, each church in The Michigan Conference seemed to change overnight. Dirk Elliott, Director of Congregational Vibrancy, shares best practices for continuing multi-site ministry once COVID restrictions lift.

Multi-ethnic dialogue: listen first

multi-ethnic church holds baptism in Ohio

Multi-ethnic communication begins by actively listening to the different voices and experiences in your church and community.

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?

Fresh Expressions ‘on their turf’

Fresh Expressions Dinner Church

It started in England and now is at work in the U.S. Fresh Expressions “takes the church Jesus loves closer to where the people Jesus loves actually are.”

US-2s share love in Kalamazoo

US 2 Emily Burns on the grow in Kalamazoo

The first of two features introducing six Global Mission Fellows working in Michigan ministry settings. Meet the US-2s of Kalamazoo.

Summer UMVIM not just for kids!

UMVIM Jeanette Harris with lunch mates

The UMVIM placement may be Costa Rica or Detroit or a site near or far away. Jeanette Harris encourages persons of all ages to be in mission as ambassadors of… Continue Reading Summer UMVIM not just for kids!

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