Maturity of Mind and Heart: Wisdom from Bishop Bard

How do we grow in Christian maturity? Bishop Bard notes that growth is difficult in the social media age. He encourages intellectual curiosity, complex thinking, and a generous spirit.  Read more >>>

2020 Statistical Reports

Local church 2020 statistical reports are due in Ezra no later than January 30, 2021. This is a hard deadline.  Information will not be accepted after Jan. 30, 2021 2020 Blank Tables >>> 2020 Stats Letter >>> Questions? Email Pam Stewart

2021 Discipleship Mini Grants

COVID-19 continues to present opportunities for new and different ways of ministry. The discipleship grant team is pleased to offer up to 50 grants for local United Methodist Churches in Michigan. This grant is intended to provide support to local churches as they re-imagine faith formation with children, youth, and adults. Churches who received the… Continue Reading 2021 Discipleship Mini Grants

CDC Considerations for Communities of Faith

CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.  Read more >>>

From the Conference Treasury Office

Information on 2021 conference ministry shares calculations, benefits ministry shares invoices and worker’s compensation can be found here:  https://mailchi.mp/michiganumc.org/treasury-e-newsletter-2021mscalculations?e=8ef80c1496

2021 Ministry Shares

2021 Heritage District Ministry Shares Download the Excel spreadsheet >>> Download the PDF version >>>

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