Prepare for Those First 30 Days

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 Prepare for Those First 30 Days

Future of the United Methodist Church Has Been Revised

The future of the UMC depends on the decisions made by all United Methodists.  As the United Methodist Church waits for the next gathering of the global denomination in 2024, many are looking for answers about what may happen and the impact on their local church. Read more >>>

Heritage District Free Training Events

All FREE and all are welcome! How to Implement a Single Board Governance Seven Key Tenets for Accountable Church Finance Teams  This class has been postponed until September 2022.  Information publicizing the September event will be posted at a later date. How to Implement a Single Board Governance Hosted by Rev. Dirk Elliott Both sessions… Continue Reading Heritage District Free Training Events

MI AC 2022 Complete Details

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022  GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT • ACME MI Based on Psalm 30, we will focus on resiliency as our church journeys through pandemics, denominational, and social change.    Read more >>>

Connectional Grants and Financial Assistance Available

The Heritage District is happy to announce that Connectional Grants and financial assistance are once again available through the Finance Committee of the Heritage District under the leadership of District Superintendent Rev. LuAnn Rourke.  For questions or assistance with forms contact Rick Gorham at rtgorham@chartmi.net.  Submit completed forms to Rick Gorham via postal mail: Rick Gorham,… Continue Reading Connectional Grants and Financial Assistance Available

MI Conference and Heritage District Ministry Shares

Your Heritage District Ministry shares support two key areas.  The majority goes back to the local churches through grants and support of programs for youth, leadership and lay servant ministries.  The remaining portion funds expenses necessary to maintain essential items in the district:  treasurer, updating e-news and Facebook plus support for other district-wide initiatives. 2022… Continue Reading MI Conference and Heritage District Ministry Shares

Standing in Solidarity with Asbury UMC

The  Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Working Group of The Michigan Conference stands in solidarity with Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, following the vandalism of their “Black Lives Matter” sign. On December 12, 2020, Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, had its “Black Lives Matter” sign and display vandalized after a day of demonstrations. This… Continue Reading Standing in Solidarity with Asbury UMC

Advent Resources for Churches & Families

Below is a collective list of ideas activities for Heritage District churches/families to celebrate Advent and Christmas Ideas and Activities Centerpiece or ornament that each person in the congregation receives as a visual connection to the theme for the season (“home for the holidays” “angels among us” “hope is born”) Delivering candy canes with messages of… Continue Reading Advent Resources for Churches & Families

Redeeming the Season

Uncertain times present an opportunity for “redeeming the season,” says Bishop David Bard. He adds, “Redeeming the season remembers that we are involved in a long work.” BISHOP DAVID BARD Michigan Area A favorite Bible study method for me involves comparing various English translations and renditions of a passage of Scripture. Doing so reminds me… Continue Reading Redeeming the Season

Make Change Part of Your Church DNA

The REACH Summit on Oct. 24 is the beginning of a year-long relationship of ongoing support through a REACH Network Group or coaching. Serious about change? Register now.   Computers need them. So do smartphones. Churches do, too. Updates help people and operating systems boost functionality without slowing down. That’s how the Rev. Andy Lee… Continue Reading Make Change Part of Your Church DNA