The day after the closing of General Conference, I sit and ponder what has happened. I have more questions about where the United Methodist Church is now than prior to the General Conference. The Traditional Plan was approved; however, pieces of this plan have gone to the Judicial Council to determine if they are legal… Continue Reading A Reflection on GC2019 by the District Superintendent
Dear Friends in Christ in The United Methodist Church in Michigan, The much-anticipated special called session of the General Conference has come to an end. The days leading up to the General Conference were filled with hope and prayer. Not all of the hopes were realized, as people had differing hopes. Not all the prayers… Continue Reading Post General Conference 2019 Pastoral Letter from Bishop Bard
Join Bishop David Bard on Facebook this evening (26 Feb 2019) at 9:00pm for a time of reflection on General Conference 2019.
Register now for a 2019 Spring Lay Servant Ministry class. The due date is February 21. Download a registration form — 2019 Spring Lay Servant Training Registration Check out the brochure — 2019 Lay Servant Spring Classes Brochure
If you attended a Vision Day, follow up with a Michigan Roundtable session. Ask in-depth questions about the concepts, theological foundations and the developmental process of fresh expressions. Envision the implications of fresh expressions for your specific congregation and community. Receive up close and personal guidance on how to take next steps on your fresh expressions journey. For… Continue Reading Michigan Roundtables Spring 2016
You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), an interdenominational workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This outstanding training event will be hosted by Utica United Methodist Church in Sterling Heights, MI… Continue Reading Workshop for Conflict Transformation
Every month the active and retired clergy of Zone 3 Heritage District gather together for lunch, prayer and fellowship. On January 7th we gathered at the North Lake UMC where host pastor Todd Jones showed all of us some excellent hospitality. With the redistricting process and the new Zone configurations we wanted to continue our… Continue Reading New Zones – Clergy Gathering
You are invited to register for an outstanding continuing education opportunity. The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan, along with several other United Methodist Foundations throughout the Midwest, has partnered with Lakeside Chautauqua for the past few years in a multi-day learning conference. Clergy and laity involved in stewardship, finance, development, and planned giving leadership are invited to… Continue Reading 2019 Generosity & Stewardship Conference
With just a few spaces left for at annual conference, all district at-large-delegates must apply and obtain a pastor’s signature. Please complete the attached form (2019 MI AC Application) and return it to the Heritage District Lay Leader, Max Waagner by January 16, 2019. Thank you! MI Area Annual Conference is May 30 – June… Continue Reading Attention District At-Large Delegates to Annual Conference!
Humility, hope, heart, and wisdom A pastoral letter from Bishop David Bard on the upcoming General Conference Sisters and Brothers in Christ in the Michigan United Methodist Church, in this new year I bring greetings in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the peace and power of the Holy Spirit.… Continue Reading Pastoral Letter on General Conference 2019