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This Week @ Dakotas | April 25


Register for camp | April 30  Early Bird Deadline
    Summer 2023 is just around the corner! Experience Christ, creation, and community at our three camp locations. Don’t miss the Early Bird registration deadline for Dakotas UM Camps! Register for camp by April 30 to earn a discount of $5 per night off the cost of camp. Visit for more information or to register today!

Dakotas Walk to Emmaus | Men's Walk #65 April 27-30
    The Men's Walk #65 is April 27th - 30th, 2023 at Lake Poinsett Camp. Registration for pilgrims and fourth day assistants is still open. Start registering Pilgrims now!  Click here for new forms!

Incubator Training | April 26-28
    Join this online training, April 26-28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Central Time, for an onboarding discovery process to prepare new church planters or those exploring restart church projects. Learn the skills and tools of a church planter. You will make a plan that can be put into action.

Lay Ministry Academy | Preaching & Leading Worship—April 28-30
Are you a Certified Lay Minister (CLM) or a lay person who would like to learn more about preaching and leading worship? The upcoming Lay Academy will help strengthen your understanding and skills for preaching and leading the spoken parts of worship. Questions? Please call or text Pastor Michele Slott at Open Heart UMC, Rapid City. 605-390-8757. Click HERE to see a sample of a previous agenda for this training.

Call for nominations | 2024 North Central Jurisdiction reserve lay delegates
At the 30th session of the Dakotas Annual Conference, to be held June 8-10, 2023 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, elections will be held for reserve lay delegates and one reserve clergy delegate to the North Central Jurisdiction Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 10-13, 2024. If you would like to nominate a lay person, or if you are a lay person who is willing to serve in this capacity, please complete the form by Monday, May 1, 2023. Information submitted by that date will be included in the Conference Workbook.

Clergy women's retreat | April 30-May 2 
    Come and enjoy the serene surroundings, worship, conversation and company of other United Methodist clergywomen at this year’s retreat. Located outside Marvin, SD, the Abbey of the Hills. Bible women: Their stories of art will be the theme, April 30 to May 2, 2023. Get the details and register here.

Codependent No More | Begins May 1
    The date has changed for Codependent No More: Group Coaching for Clergy to Mondays, May 1-Aug. 14 (except May 29, June 12, and 19), noon-1 p.m., online. Clergy, take this time for your own health. For 12 sessions, join this small group and gain tools to end codependence.

2023-24 Practical Church Leadership Program | Apply by May 1
    Applications for this graduate certificate program through Dakota Wesleyan University are now being accepted; 85 percent of the $7,500 tuition cost is funded. Apply by May 1.

Licensing school | May 1 registration deadline
Please note that the registration deadline for the 2023 Dakotas Licensing school is fast approaching on May 1, 2023. It is happening June 18-21, 2023, at Abbey of the Hills by Marvin, South Dakota. If you are a candidate to become a licensed local pastor or certified lay minister register here.

2023 Pension, EY Fianancial, Health in retirement seminar | May 2 
    Clergy of all ages interested in knowing more about their pension plans,  and death and disability benefits should attend this seminar. The sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Central Time. The first session at 9:30 a.m. is about estate planning, followed by Social Security, and retirement. At 1:30 p.m. followed by Leana Stunes, Dakotas Conference Benefits Officer, explaining the retiree health insurance program. Contact Leana Stunes to register and receive the link to the sessions. Get more details here.


Festival of Homeletics | May 15-19
    “Preaching Hope for a Weary World” is the festival’s response to the hardships and heaviness that have been our reality the last few years. Members of the Dakotas Cabinet invite you to join them in Minneapolis, May 15-19 to hear from outstanding preachers from diverse backgrounds, traditions, and ministry settings. For those who might be interested in coming a day early, you are invited to join Bishop Lanette and some of the cabinet at the Minnesota Twins / Chicago Cubs game on Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day). Get the details here.

AC 2023: Register by May 22
    Registration is now open
 for the 30th annual Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church session. Register by May 22 to avoid a late fee and attend the Pre-Conference Gatherings. The three-day event will occur at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Convention Center. The Dakotas Conference Sessions Committee invites you to experience powerful worship, rich learning opportunities in workshops and plenary sessions, and fellowship with United Methodists across North and South Dakota. Drawing on Luke 24:13-35, the theme of this year's gathering is "Encounter. Transform. Respond: The Emmaus Experience." Access more details.

Youth 2023 |July 22-29
Middle and high school students are invited to travel with other Dakotas Conference youth to Daytona Beach, FloridaJuly 22-29, 2023. Join thousands of other youth and their leaders at Youth 2023 being held at the Daytona Ocean Center and lodging at the Hilton Ocean Front Resort. Check out the cost and other details here.

2023 Mission u
    Don’t miss Mission u 2023! United Women in Faith have a commitment to life-long learning. Mission u is a perfect example of how that commitment is put into action—and not just for ourselves, but to better reflect God’s love to others. This summer, do yourself a favor and attend this three-day learning adventure.Participate in one of three sessions: Southern Site: July 14-16, 2023, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD, access details; Northern Site: July 20-22, 2023, University of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND, access details; Virtual: August 10-12, 2023, on Zoom, access details.

Called special session | Aug. 15
    After consultation with the Dakotas Appointive Cabinet, Bishop Lanette Plambeck has called a special session of the Dakotas Annual Conference for August 15, 2023, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Central Time and 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The session will be entirely virtual. This will be the final called conference for disaffiliation in 2023.


Fireside Chat episode three | Do No Harm
The first simple rule, “Do No Harm,” we are seeking direction in our life, we often think about what we should do. It is interesting that John Wesley began the Simple Rules instead with what we refrain from doing. Our first call is to avoid doing harm to others. Rev. Dan Bader and Rev. Sharla McCaskell share insights in this video blog. Access the episode. Access the entire series.

National Day of Volunteer Training | September 23, 2023
    Fargo First UMC is once again hosting National Day of Volunteer Training through Download Youth Ministry. The date for this year's training is September 23 beginning at 9a.m. Bring your team to this training. Current pricing is $99.00 for everyone in your team. Prices will go up on May 1. The training will be finished by noon. Fargo First UMC will be providing lunch for all attendees after the training. Mark your calendars, register and join us. 


Breakthrough Ministry Grants | Apply by April 30
Breakthrough Ministry Grants: 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 as seed money to launch new ministries or expand an existing ministry. Learn more about Breakthrough Ministry Grants here.

Investing In Leaders Resource Grant (Student Debt Reduction) | 2023 application is now open
The 2023 application is now open for the Investing in Leaders Resource Grant, formerly known as Student Debt Reduction Grant. First time applicants are considered first. Demonstration of completing personal financial education and working with a financial loan repayment counselor (at least one session) are both required. If you need more information about connecting with a student loan repayment counselor, please contact Area Director of Clergy Well-Being Diane Owen at Grant awards up to $5000 are available. Applications are due Aug. 1. Notification of grant awards will occur by Sept. 15. Access application for first time applicants. Access renewal application if you have applied before.

Clergy Well-Being Grants | Apply now
    The 2023 Clergy Well-Being Resource Grant committee is now accepting applications! The Dakotas-Minnesota Area offers our clergy this grant of up to $1,000 for first time applicants and up to $500 for those who received a grant in 2022. Funds could be used for a health coach, spiritual director, gym membership, hiking boots, a creative arts experience, a course on resilience or trauma, and more.


Facilities Manager | Storm Mountain Center
Storm Mountain Center seeks a Facilities Manager to provide oversight to the maintenance and the development of the camp. A full job description can be found here. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Tanner Clark at or phone: 605-343-4391. Applications accepted through April 30, 2023.

Dakota Wesleyan University | Campus Pastor
Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota (a university affiliated with the United Methodist Church) invites applications for the full-time position of Campus Pastor. Start date is negotiable, but a June or July 2023 start date is highly desirable. See the job description and application here


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