Are You a Pastor in Transition? Prepare Yourself

The first 90 days of a new appointment can help “set the stage for success or sow the seeds of trouble and potential failure,” says Michael Watkins. The first of two articles on pastoral transition. When pastors receive a new appointment, they have 90 days to prove themselves, gain credibility and start to establish positive… Continue Reading Are You a Pastor in Transition? Prepare Yourself

Help for Ukraine

Please read more to find out how you can help efforts for the Ukraine. UMCOR and Red Cross are attached. UMCOR Red Cross Ukraine:  Information from General Board of Global Ministries Missionary, Rev. John Calhoun, formerly in Kyiv, Ukraine, concerning aid to Ukraine Dearest ministry partners and friends,  Grace and peace to you in… Continue Reading Help for Ukraine

Local Church Marketing Services

The beauty of the United Methodist connection is best seen in local churches ministering and thriving in unique ways. Each congregation has its own identity, rich history, community relationships, missional partnerships and divine calling. Every church is vital in our global mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world. That is why we are… Continue Reading Local Church Marketing Services

LSM Classes 2022

Register online >>> BASIC Introduction to Lay Ministry – This course is the foundation for all advanced courses in the Lay Servant program. June 25, July 9, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Farwell UMC 281 E. Ohio St., Farwell, MI Pastor Ray Francis: Purchase the book:  Lay Servant Ministries – Basic Course by Sandy… Continue Reading LSM Classes 2022

The Future of the UMC

The future of the UMC depends on the decisions made by all United Methodists.  As the United Methodist Church waits to learn if a gathering of the global denomination will take place in August 2022, many are looking for answers about what may happen and the impact on their local church.  The conference has assembled… Continue Reading The Future of the UMC

Youth Mission Trip 2022

REGISTER TODAY! Registration and information sheet below – submit registration to Jennifer Lane at Get more details >>>Registration form and medical release >>>Pay via PayPal >>>

Clergy Retreat

February 21-23, 2022Bay Shore Camp & Family Ministries450 N Miller RdSebewaing, MI 48759 Dear Pastors; You are invited to the Central Bay District Clergy Retreat  on February 21, 22, and 23, at Bay Shore Camp in Sebawaing, MI The planning team has worked hard with Bay Shore Camp to provide you with a restful, educational… Continue Reading Clergy Retreat

Lay Equalization Member to Annual Conference

Each congregation elects at least one lay member of annual conference. Equal numbers of clergy and laity are members of annual conference, so each congregation elects a number of lay members equal to the number of clergy for that congregation. Additional at-large equalization lay members are selected by the board of laity to reach the… Continue Reading Lay Equalization Member to Annual Conference

2021 Church Conferences

It’s here. It’s here…can you smell the freshly sharpened pencils and the hear the rustle of the paperwork? Charge Conference is BACK! Hopefully, better than ever. There is so much info to share, don’t be afraid to read over this note more than once. In this world of Covid19 we have all learned flexibility is important.… Continue Reading 2021 Church Conferences

Vibrancy Programming

November 9th – Basic Coach Training Coach Training: Basic Coach Training Starts Nov. 9th for three classes (other courses are Nov. 23 and Dec. 7): This is a starter course to “try on coaching”. Registration Link: Coach Training Part I: Starting Sept 15 and running weekly through December 15th 10:00am to 2:30pm est.  For those with no… Continue Reading Vibrancy Programming