District News

2023 Pre-Retirement Seminar

The Pre-Retirement Seminar for clergy and conference lay employees, sponsored by the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, will be held October 2-3, 2023 at the Delamar, Traverse City, Michigan. This seminar is designed to assist you in planning for your retirement.

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Saving Grace

Unlock the keys to financial freedom for you and your congregation
Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being
This exciting new partnership between Wespath and Abingdon Press draws on the expertise of United Methodist leaders across the connection through videos, a workbook, a leader guide and devotional materials. With study sessions for both pastors and laity, participants will explore money management from a Wesleyan perspective helping you reach personal financial goals as well as address life concerns.

Update Leadership Information in Brick River

Churches can stay connected to the conference and well-informed by updating their 2023 leadership roster in the Michigan Conference’s database.

Calling all churches within the Michigan Conference! Have you updated your 2023 leadership roster in Brick River, the official Michigan Conference database? It’s simple to do. Plus, it’s essential so we can stay connected and congregations can be well-informed.

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One to One Interview Time!

Hello incoming and current Central Bay pastors! It’s time to schedule your One to One Interview with DS Kasper for 2023.

One to One Interviews are for pastors who WILL be in Central Bay District July 1st. If you are retiring or if your church is in a new district after July 1, you do not need to schedule with Central Bay.

These interviews will be held via ZOOM and a link will be emailed to you the week prior to your meeting.

Choose one date/time listed. Open scheduling ends on March 27th and after that, a timeslot will be assigned to you.

The One to One questionnaire form is here and attached on the Sign Up Genius link. The form needs to be returned to [email protected] 10 days prior to your scheduled interview time.

Please email Tina [email protected] if you need to change your interview time once it has been scheduled. Thank you!

Schedule One to One

Two mandated trainings in 2023

All appointed clergy, including those serving in retirement, and laypersons assigned as District Superintendent Assignments

Healthy Boundaries (Clergy Sexual Ethics)
Online Training/March – May, 2023

For the last three decades, quadrennial training in the area of clergy sexual ethics has been required in the Michigan Conference and its predecessor conferences. The most recent trainings took place in-person, in each of the districts in 2016, with smaller sessions offered in subsequent years for new appointees. Except for those who are new in ministry in our conference as of July 1, 2023, this requirement will now be met with individual online-training.

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Clergy Retreat

Registration is Open!


            Available to all Clergy and those clergy serving in Retirement

            At Bay Shore Camp.

                        Theme:  “Enough”   What is enough?  Am I enough?  What is your worth?  Who or what

                                              determines it?  What does God say about enough?  How do we deal

                                              with people who feel that they are our measuring tool?  How do we

                                              deal with ourselves when we don’t measuring tool?

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