Around the Conference April 17

Posted on April 17, 2017 | Announcements

Want to know the latest news and events happening in the Dakotas Conference? Stop and read what is happening happening "Around the Conference."


Annual Conference FAQs

The 24nd session of the Dakotas Annual Conference will kick off in two short months—June 8-10, 2017 in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Here are a few questions people have been asking about this year's conference "Encounter the Spirit: Live expectantly!

Click here to read the 2017 frequently asked questions.


Early Bird Camping reminder

Early bird registration ends May 1st, 2017. It's $5 off per night at a camp, so a two-night camp would be $10 off.  If you're unsure of the prices, they're included online under the link, "Camp & Events".  Find the camp(s) you're interested in and click the "MORE INFO+" button. If you have any trouble, call our camping hotline at (605) 990-7780. DAKCamps.org


Myth or Fact Workshops

In case you missed them last fall, they’re coming back for an encore tour. Conference Treasurer Jeff Pospisil, Dakotas UM Foundation Director Sheri Meister, and Pastor Bob Ruedebusch will be bringing their Myth or Fact workshop to Watertown and Bismarck in April. This workshop is open to church treasurers and finance committee members as well as anyone interested in giving and stewardship. The Saturday workshops will run from 9:00am – 1:00pm CDT and lunch is provided.

  • April 22nd in Watertown, SD at Cornerstone UMC, and
  • April 29th in Bismarck, ND at Legacy UMC.

Please email the Foundation office or call (605) 990-7790 so we know how to plan for lunch.

Sponsored by the Dakotas Council of Finance & Administration, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation, and Sioux Falls First United Methodist Church.


Youth Worker Academy 2017

Who: Kenda Creasy Dean
What: Training for all youth workers in our conference
When: April 28-30, 2017
Where: Lake Poinsett Camp

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference (United Methodist) and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she served as pastor in suburban Washington, DC and as a campus minister at the University of Maryland-College Park before coming to Princeton Seminary. She is currently appointed as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, New Jersey. For more information, contact Pastor Jeff Lathrop here via e-mail, or phone at (605) 352-8604.

Download a detailed schedule here.

Register online here.


Breakthrough Ministry Grants Available

The Missional Impact Link is again taking applications for Breakthrough Ministry Grants.

Breakthrough Ministry Grants are intended to be seed money to launch new ministries or expand existing ministries to reach new people.  The grants are a response to the movement of the Spirit in the hearts of Dakotas United Methodists.

Breakthrough Ministry grants are offered to churches and related organizations from the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation and Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Grants will be awarded quarterly. Applications are due on January 31, April 30, July 31 and October 31 annually.

To read about past recipients of Breakthrough Ministry Grants, click here.

Click here for an application