Transition Help

Is your church welcoming a new pastor into a cross-racial and cross-cultural (CR/CC) ministry? Use the following resources to help your church foster a welcoming and meaningful transition for your pastor and the congregation: 3 Ways to Honor Your CR/CC pastor Communion Liturgy: Great Thanksgiving (Gift of a New Pastor) This is our Story, This… Continue Reading Transition Help

E-Resources in Your Inbox: Keeping Connected While Social Distancing

Are you concerned about your church’s finances right now? Would you like some expert advice? Join our first virtual book club for a discussion with author and financial stewardship expert, Bonnie Ives Marden. “Church Finances: How to stay afloat and thrive—even in 2020!” is FREE and will be streamed live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel on July 9 at 11 a.m.… Continue Reading E-Resources in Your Inbox: Keeping Connected While Social Distancing

Charge Conferences 2020

Hello Friends;Each of us have a lot on our plates right now; figuring out this new COVID19 culture is new to us all. There are a lot of things we took for granted that are now not part of our daily routines, mainly…gathering together.To keep us safe and still do the work we are called… Continue Reading Charge Conferences 2020

Lend a Hand Across the Water

You have seen the devastation the water left in Sanford, Midland, and elsewhere. The Michigan Conference Disaster Response team offers ways you can help with clean-up and care for neighbors. Read more>>>

Principles and Directions for Re-opening

Guidance on how to reopen local churches. Principles and directions to use when restrictions are lifted. Read more >>>

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

There are excellent points to make in this article…some will apply to your church, some won’t…but what does apply to everyone is the need to alter the passing of the offering plates, communion, and greeters – for the short term at least. Read more >>>

Tips for Online Worship

The Michigan Conference has created webinars on a variety of subjects related to local concerns, and more are being added regularly. They include: Your Tech Questions Online Funerals and Memorial Services Shelter in Place – Church Questions Online Church – Worship Planning Online Ministry with Children & Youth Holy Week Online Worship Planning The “Why”… Continue Reading Tips for Online Worship

Bishop Extends No Gatherings Until April 30

The Rev. Amy Mayo-Moyle leads online worship in this YouTube video from Farmington Orchard United Methodist Church. Michigan congregations are asked to continue online worship through April 30, 2020. Facebook/Orchard United Methodist Church Michigan now has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.  At advice of government and public health officials, Bishop Bard… Continue Reading Bishop Extends No Gatherings Until April 30

MI-Health Toolbox

The Michigan Conference offers a Toolbox full of information and resources on how individuals and congregations can respond to COVID-19 in healthy ways. The Health Crisis Toolbox includes these resources and much more. Updates will be made on a daily basis as new information becomes available. Please check back often and remain tuned to the Facebook… Continue Reading MI-Health Toolbox

Providing Ministry in the Age of COVID-19

“Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 CEB) But how do we share this non-anxious message of hope with youth when the church is canceling events and… Continue Reading Providing Ministry in the Age of COVID-19