News Category: Conference

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ October 2017

HOW LONG? “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?  Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.”  Habakkuk 1:2-3 Grace and peace to all of… Read more »

2020 Vision Focuses on Church Renewal and Vitality

 “…there is still a lot about the relationship between vitality and numerical growth that is an unsolved mystery. One example is the chicken and the egg scenario…researchers don’t know whether vitality leads to growth, or whether growth leads to vitality. I think perhaps it could be a little bit of both.” Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi… Read more »

Harvey, now Irma…What happens next?

We are all saddened by the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and many of us are helping with financial support or in other ways.  Please continue to provide support. You may wonder how the response all comes together when a disaster occurs.  Who responds first?  How do you know what you can and should do… Read more »

2020 Vision Focuses on Nurturing Faith Forming Congregations

At our Annual Meeting in June, Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon shared an exciting new strategic plan, “2020 Vision”, developed by staff and recently adopted by the Board of Directors.  This bold set of strategic objectives will be implemented by the year 2020.  We received a lot of wonderful feedback about these plans from Conference… Read more »

2020 Vision – Focuses on YASC

At our Annual Meeting in June, Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon shared an exciting new strategic plan, “2020 Vision”, developed by staff and recently adopted by the Board of Directors.  This bold set of strategic objectives will be implemented by the year 2020.  We received a lot of wonderful feedback about these plans from Conference… Read more »

Pastoral Letter from the Conference Minister: The Work We’re Called To

My partners in faith, In the wake of events in Bloomington, Minnesota and Charlottesville, Virginia, we in the Minnesota Conference must have moral and theological clarity.  When we see a homemade bomb thrown through the window of an Islamic Center, when we watch a white supremacist, torch-wielding mob pummel others with clubs and shout “Jews… Read more »

2020 Vision

At our Annual Meeting in June, Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon shared an exciting new strategic plan, “2020 Vision”, developed by staff and recently adopted by the Board of Directors.  This bold set of strategic objectives will be implemented by the year 2020.  We received a lot of wonderful feedback about these plans from Conference… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – August 2017

A THEOLOGICAL PROBLEM “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them…..” (Genesis 1:27)   The headlines were appalling: a truck trailer sitting in the blazing summer sun outside a San Antonio WalMart, filled with undocumented immigrants. Ten would die.  30 others were hospitalized.  Some guessed there had been… Read more »