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2021 Michigan Annual Conference

  The 2021 Annual Conference will once again be held online during the first week after Memorial Day weekend.  It will include worship, fellowship, clergy session, legislation, teaching, preaching and the Service of Ordination and Commissioning.  Details will be offered soon! Visit our website at https://2021.michiganumc.org/ to learn more.

The Courage To Lead Retreat – Online

Reconnect with this experience

As Seasons Change: Cultivating the Courage to Lead As Seasons Change: Cultivating the Courage to Lead “You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.” ~ Florida Scott-Maxwell This Lent, Michigan… Continue Reading The Courage To Lead Retreat – Online

AC2021 registration now open

AC2021 will be virtual

The Michigan Annual Conference will be virtual again this year. AC2021 will be online June 3-6. All members of the Annual Conference may register between March 1 and April 15.

Save these dates for Virtual AC 2021

Bishop to preside virtually June 2021

The dates for the Virtual 2021 Michigan Annual Conference have been set for June 1-6, with Recognition, Commissioning, and Ordination to be celebrated on June 13. Mark your calendars now.

General Conference faces hurdles

General Conference postponed once or twice?

The General Conference Commission chair recently outlined the issues facing organizers of the United Methodist Church’s 2021 legislative assembly.

Virtual worship here for good

Virtual Worship set-up in Zimbabwe

A superintendent says COVID-19 offered “a Kairos moment for the church,” compelling changes in virtual engagement that were long overdue. The virus “brought the future to our doorstep,” he said.

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.

A look back at 2020

2020 flood

This month-by-month review of 2020 in The Michigan Conference reports many challenges of COVID-19. It also tells the story of how God’s people met those challenges with determination and grace.

Clergy invited to Come to the Well

Jesus made them well

“Come to the Well” is a morning gathering for renewal open to all Michigan Conference clergy. Join Bishop Bard and others online on January 12, 9:30-11:30 am.

More Advent counsel from Bishop Bard

Advent message by Bishop Bard

Given the exponential rise of COVID cases in Michigan, Bishop David Bard urges local churches to refrain from in-person gatherings these next six weeks. “The good news of great joy still arrives,” he said.