Recent News

Dakotas and Minnesota Camping Boards move forward with expanded partnership

The Dakotas and Minnesota conferences’ camp and retreat ministries are combining their strengths and leadership and coming together to form a joint governance team. This new arrangement will expand the camping-related offerings for United Methodists in each conference and allow the conferences to share best practices to create the strongest possible area camp and retreat ministry. “I believe in the power of the connectional system—that we can do more and do better together than we can on our own,” said Dakotas Director of Ministries, Rev. Rebecca Trefz. The partnership ultimately provides more opportunities to make disciples and develop leaders across the area, and people in each conference will have more camps to choose from and more options to become involved in the camping ministry.
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Dakotas Conference reaches General Church Apportionment goal

“Another sign of the Holy Spirit breaking through in the Dakotas: The Dakotas Conference was able to pay our General Church Apportionments in full for the first time since 2007,” said Jeff Pospisil, Dakotas Conference Treasurer. “Praise the Lord for this, and thank you to all of our churches that have given so generously." The ministries of the United Methodist Church are supported financially through apportioned funds, a method of giving that proportionally allocates the churchwide budget to conferences and local churches.
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Rebecca's Random thoughts: Vulnerability hangover

I had an interesting epiphany recently. I used to wonder why I was so exhausted on Sunday afternoons when I was a pastor. I mean I am an extrovert so being around people all morning energized me. I don't think it was the early morning thing. Although I did enjoy summers when church didn't start until 9:45. What I think it was for me was a “vulnerability hangover.”
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A Message from the Bishop

Is peace possible? Is peace possible? It is not only possible; it is imperative! For Christians, the answer is an unequivocal and resounding, “Yes!” Peace is not only possible, but we believe that in and through the Incarnation—the Prince of Peace with us—the reign of God’s peace has already been initiated.
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