Videos

  • Elisha Intern Project: Matt’s experience

    Elisha Intern Project: Matt’s experience

    Monday, February 13, 2017 | Videos
    “I wanted to get to do a little bit of everything,” said Matt Bader, Elisha Intern at Rapid City Canyon Lake UMC. “And I got to do a little bit of everything.” Matt Bader, a student at Dakota Wesleyan University describes his Elisha Intern experience as fulfilling.
  • An Interrupted Life - A Christmas message from Bishop Ough

    Monday, December 5, 2016 | Videos
    The Christmas story is, at its core, a story of interrupted and disrupted lives. The Christ-child is called Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Jesus is God’s greatest intrusion into the world – into our lives. When God is with us, we are surprised, interrupted, awakened, disoriented. When God is with us, our imaginations are stretched, our love is magnified.
  • United Methodists stand with Standing Rock

    United Methodists stand with Standing Rock

    Monday, September 12, 2016 | Videos
    Native people from over 250 tribes throughout the world have gathered at the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, ND. The camp on the land of the Standing Rock nation was peaceful and hopeful the day after a federal judge issued an opinion rejecting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to stop construction of the crude oil pipeline that would run from North Dakota to Illinois. General Secretary Susan Henry-Crowe and Assistant General Secretary John Hill for the Board of Church and Society, arrived Thursday, September 8 at Standing Rock. Bishop Bruce R. Ough, resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area, traveled to the site of the large camp to make connections and gain understanding. “This has been a great week for the United Methodist presence,” said Rev. David Wilson, Oklahoma Missionary Conference, who has journeyed to the Oceti Sakowin camp twice.
  • The top 9 reasons why church camp is the absolute best

    The top 9 reasons why church camp is the absolute best

    Monday, August 8, 2016 | Videos
    The Dakotas Conference camping and retreat ministry has been offering spirit filled, life-changing experiences for years. Allison Uecker, Sioux Falls First UMC and student at Nebraska Wesleyan University, offers nine reasons why church camp is the absolute best way to spend a week of your summer.
  • S'mores and Spirit

    S'mores and Spirit

    Monday, June 20, 2016 | Videos
    "A week at church camp is the equivalent to nine months of Sunday school," said Pastor Kori Lehrkamp, Highmore, Harrold and Blunt UMC. Over 30 kids headed to camp in 2015. The churches raised nearly $9,000 in a few weeks to help pay the fees for the campers. In 2016 God challenged these small churches, with a total average worship attendance of just under 100, to raise money to send 40 kids to camp.
  • Three teens inspire many

    Three teens inspire many

    Monday, June 20, 2016 | AC 2016, Videos
    Tess Oplinger, Jaedyn Oplinger and Carol Johnson, three teens from Olivet UMC, dreamed and reinstated vacation bible school in their small, rural community of 74. The three brought VBS to 53 children last July. They are the Harry Denman Award winners for youth and young adults for the Dakotas Conference.
  • Millard's call fed by the Dakotas Spirit

    Millard's call fed by the Dakotas Spirit

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Videos, GC 2016
    Rev. Kent Millard was called to ministry while attending church camp in the Dakotas Conference. Millard is attending General Conference in Portland, Oregon, and shared his faith journey and call to ministry in a video interview. "I thank God that there was a church in Faith, SD because had it not been there, I do not know what my life would have been like," said Millard.
  • Millard's GC 2016 reflections

    Millard's GC 2016 reflections

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Videos, GC 2016
    Rev. Kent Millard is attending General Conference 2016 in Portland, Oregon, representing United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he is serving as interim president. Millard, who grew up in the Dakotas, shares his reflections about General Conference.
  • Bishop Ough: 4 thoughts on unity, trust, connectionality and contextuality

    Bishop Ough: 4 thoughts on unity, trust, connectionality and contextuality

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Videos, GC 2016
    On Wednesday, the Council of Bishops asked General Conference to delay a debate on homosexuality until a proposed commission can study church regulations—and suggested a special General Conference in 2018 or 2019 to deal with such proposals. A motion made to follow the recommendations passed in afternoon plenary. Bishop Bruce R. Ough presented the recommendations to the full body on Wednesday morning on behalf of the Council of Bishops. Immediately afterward, he answered questions in a press conference. Here are four of the key things he shared about unity, trust,connectionality and contextuality.
  • Messer shares his Dakotas heritage

    Messer shares his Dakotas heritage

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Videos, GC 2016
    This year Rev. Dr. Don Messer celebrates his 50th anniversary as an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church. Messer, founder and executive director of the Center for Health and Hope, is president emeritus and professor emeritus of practical theology at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver.  He is Co-Chair of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee. Messer travels internationally, speaking on HIV and AIDS, and is the author of sixteen books and countless articles.