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What We Do

The Vital Connection Podcasts


The Vital Connection is a monthly podcast to equip leaders and congregations with the resources found thoughout the Dakotas Conference.

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While United Methodists in the Dakotas have a certain connectionalism, we have discovered that all too many pastors are feeling like they are doing ministry alone. There are many talents, abilities, and strengths spread throughout the churches in the Dakotas, so it only made sense to connect you with those resources so you can deepen your faith and grow in ministry. Our hope is that you will be able to connect with the people we interview, because they are part of our Conference - they are us.

Let's do ministry together!

Episode 15 - The Band Meeting—Growing in Discipleship through Small Groups - Jeff Pospisil, Kyle Reinhiller, and Jerry Stravia

Episode 14 - Reaching Young Adults - Scott and Colleen McKirdy

Episode 13 - Tithing, Apportionments, and being led by the Holy Spirit - Jenene Earl

Episode 12 - The Journey through Ministry - Katie Rickie

Episode 11 - Behind the Curtain - Sheri Meister

Episode 10 - Supporting the Call to Ministry - Doug Diehl and Sharla McCaskell

Episode 9 - Pastoral Transitions - Andy Bartel

Episode 8 - A Balancing Act - Cory Thrall

Episode 7 - Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders -  Tom Freier

Episode 6 - Creating a Culture of Call - Taylor Johnson and Curtis Mittendorf

Episode 5 - Challenges of Church Transformation and Change - Kermit Culver

Episode 4 - Using Social Media to Reach People for Jesus - Jason Smith

Episode 3 - Attitude of Gratitude and Giving - Kent Millard

Episode 2 - Raising up New Leaders - Charlie Moore

Episode 1 - Bishop Bruce Ough Talks about Prayer