Connecting to do more

The global connection of The United Methodist Church helps inform and inspire generous giving.

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Choosing ‘bold over cool’

http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/8112/top-5-benefits-of-choosing-bold-over-cool #

The pastor shares how a church claimed their “congregational DNA.”

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Snapshots of Vitality 2

 Seen on Facebook. Here’s an album of awesome things happening among the faithful in the Michigan Area.

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Does your church have barking dogs?

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Lee Kricher, pastor of Amplify Church in Pittsburgh, says every church has things that distract from their mission.

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Ready for God’s spark?

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God sparks innovations, but only on God’s terms, and those terms usually involve disruption.

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Death for announcements

http://www.worshipfacilities.com/article/millennial_perspective_stop_doing_announcements #

Stop boring your congregation with announcements and inspire them with “next steps.”

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Reimagining Global Ministries

Global Ministries reimagines its work to bear witness to God’s transforming power

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Blessing goes to barns

ST. JOHNS, Michigan  (MIC) The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes. Sounds like Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, doesn’t it? Well, it was Ash Wednesday in mid-Michigan. Ellen Zienert, pastor of St. Johns First United Methodist Church, Heartland District, describes the experience as a “reverse drive-in” imposition of ashes on the first day of Lent 2016.

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Chicks Know Church

CHARMAINE ROBLEDO Mountain Sky Area UMC In response to the popular “Chuck Knows Church,” four United Methodist clergywomen in the Yellowstone Annual Conference have come together to offer “Chicks Know Church.”

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Meet Michigan transformers

KAY DeMOSS Senior Editor-Writer, Michigan Area Seeking revitalization in the New Year? The Michigan Area introduces the Trinity of Transformation … three staff members who are ready to assist churches on the journey to new life. Dirk Elliott. Naomi Garcia. Gary Step. These faces are not new to the West Michigan and Detroit conferences. But

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