NCJ 2016

  • Bishop Ough and NCJ delegates share thoughts

    Bishop Ough and NCJ delegates share thoughts

    Monday, July 18, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    Clergy and lay representatives from 11 annual conferences, including the Dakotas, gathered from July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois. Delegates elected four new bishops, said goodbye to four bishops, spent time listening, and they approved a resolution related to human sexuality as well as a budget and a new budget process at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference. Bishop Ough, reassigned to the Dakotas-Minnesota Area, shares some thoughts about the upcoming four years. Members of the Dakotas Conference delegation reflect on their experiences.
  • Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

    Monday, July 18, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    BISMARCK--Rev. Art Scanson, a retired elder of the Dakotas Conference, has found a ministry in woodworking that is reaching bishops across The United Methodist Church. Scanson has handcrafted over 15 crosiers for bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction and for some bishops in other jurisdictions. “I have been making the crosiers for the North Central Jurisdiction since 2000. Every bishop that is elected in the North Central Jurisdiction receives one.” said Rev. Art Scanson.
  • NCJ communicators work across conferences to provide coverage

    Monday, July 18, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    The extensive coverage at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference was thanks to a first-of-its-kind collaboration among the jurisdiction’s communicators, who pooled their gifts, resources, and time to collectively provide the best possible coverage to their 11 annual conferences—representing a vast departure from the siloed approach that each conference has historically employed. Dakotas Conference communicators Dave Stucke and Doreen Gosmire collaborated by producing over eight video pieces.
  • Young NCJ delegates gather to discuss influence and impact in the church

    Monday, July 18, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    During the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, delegates and visitors in the 18–30(ish) age group gathered to talk about what issues in the Chuch were most important to them. “As a young adult it sometimes feels like we are on the outside of the church," said Emma McKirdy-Wilsey, Dakotas Conference. Church is most important to them. While these bright-eyed and still slightly optimistic delegates, gathered to discuss what was important to their generation and their hopes for the Church, what became apparent was how we were not living into the NCJ conference theme of “Living Together…In Unity..Amid Diversity…for Ministry.”
  • Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

    Saturday, July 16, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    Peoria, ILLINOIS—In a meaningful worship service and before hundreds of United Methodists from across the North Central Jurisdiction, the four newly elected episcopal leaders were consecrated Saturday morning and officially assumed the title of “Bishop.”
  • Bishop Ough returns to the Dakotas-Minnesota Area

    Saturday, July 16, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    At the end of the consecration worship service Saturday morning, United Methodists in the North Central Jurisdiction learned where each of the jurisdiction’s nine bishops will be assigned for the next four years. Bishop Bruce R. Ough will return to the Dakotas-Minnesota Area.
  • Delegates listen, pray, approve budget and resolution

    Friday, July 15, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    Peoria, ILLINOIS—Delegates spent Friday, their last full day of Jurisdictional Conference, praying and listening, and they approved a resolution related to human sexuality as well as a budget and a new budget process for the next four years.
  • Becoming a bishop: Bard reflects on changes, what’s next

    Friday, July 15, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    “Friends, please meet Bishop David Alan Bard.”As Bard can tell you, his life changed the moment those words were uttered Wednesday night. Within minutes of being elected bishop, he was taken to a room to meet with a representative of the General Council on Finance and Administration and given a packet of materials and documents to sign.
  • Living together for ministry

    Living together for ministry

    Friday, July 15, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    A day after the deadly attack in Nice, France and mere weeks after deadly shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas the message from Bishop John L. Hopkins resonated with those gathered for Friday’s morning worship service at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in Peoria, IL.
  • Cataldo to chair Mission Council

    Friday, July 15, 2016 | NCJ 2016
    PEORIA — Jodi Cataldo, Dakotas Conference, will serve as chair of the Mission Council for the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church for 2016-2020. “The North Central Jurisdiction is engaged in a wide variety of ministries. I look forward to working with colleagues across the jurisdiction to lift up new ministries,” said Cataldo.
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