Meet Bishop Lanette | Starts March 4
Dakotas United Methodists are invited to choose one of the 7 locations and meet Bishop Lanette, hear some of her story, worship together, enjoy warm hospitality and good conversation, and leave with renewed hope for the future.
Elisha applications | Due March 1
Encourage someone you know to apply for an Elisha internship. The Elisha Project is an internship program that allows students to explore, discern their call, and discuss where God is calling them with mentors and peers.Students who have completed at least one year of college completed the application process and are selected by the Elisha committee will be assigned to a church and mentor. Applications are being accepted until March 1.
Camp Sunday resources available
The 2023 Camp Sunday worship resources are available online and ready for download! Updated resources include a new promotional video, worship service elements (call to worship, prayers, sermon and children's moments suggestions), song ideas and playlists, social media images, PowerPoint slides, bulletin covers, and decorating ideas. Check out Worship Resources here.
Clergy Well-Being Grants
The 2023 Clergy Well-Being Resource Grant 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.
Annual Men's Retreat | March 10-11
Men, mark your calendars! Our annual men's retreat will be taking place at Storm Mountain Center on March 10 and 11. Friday evening we will gather to worship, learn, and fellowship with one another. Saturday we will have a work day serving the camp in a variety of ways. Register and get the details.
Dakotas Foundation scholarships | Apply today
Several scholarships are awarded to seminary students, clergy, and undergraduate students by the Dakotas Conference and the Dakotas Methodist Foundation including the Merit Scholarship, Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship, United Methodist Dollars for Scholars and endowment scholarships. There are several due dates approaching. Get the details here.
Discernment Retreat | March 25 and April 29
A discernment retreat is the entry point for those exploring a call to pastoral and lay ministry. Participants are equipped and inspired to serve as a leader in various ministry areas inside and outside your congregation. This Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. It explores: personal spiritual gifts, servant leadership, each leader's role in developing future leaders, the importance of consistent spiritual practices, the core ministries of leading, caring, and communicating, and much more. Register here.
Dates and time:
Part I: March 25, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. central time; 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. mountain time.
Location: Conference Office, Mitchell, SD, and Zoom
Part II: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. central time; 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. mountain time.
Location: Conference Office, Mitchell, SD, and Zoom
AC Call for Petitions, Resolutions, and award nominations | Due March 31
It is time to gear up for the 2023 Annual Conference. Do you have a resolution, petition, or specific legislation you would like to have considered at the 2023 Dakotas Annual Conference, being held June 8-10, 2023, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota? All proposals for petitions and resolutions for the Dakotas Annual Conference Session must be submitted electronically, by March 31, 2023. Several awards will be announced at annual conference. Some are chosen by the cabinet, some by CCYM, and some via open nominations.
Camp Registration is open
Registration is open for the 2023 camping season! Check out the upcoming camp sessions at www.dakcamps.org. Check at your local United Methodist Church for the 2023 camp flyer arriving soon. See you at camp!
Builders Club Winter 2023 | Piedmont Grace UMC
Grace UMC in Piedmont invites everyone to join them on their journey in following Christ and discovering God’s grace. One way they want to do this is by installing a new digital sign that will help invite people to events and church, as well as share God’s love through scripture and messages of hope. Join the Builders Club and donate today.
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.
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.
Bishop calls special session | Aug. 15
After consultation with the Dakotas Appointive Cabinet, Bishop Lanette Plambeck is calling 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.
Lifting up the lowly | 2023 Lenten study week one
Have you ever felt left out, like an outcast or outsider? Our experiences shape our faith journey. In week one of our 2023 Lenten study, Bishop Lanette Plambeck and the Dakotas Conference Cabinet share their experiences of being excluded, how those experiences impacted their faith and leadership, and how we are called to look for those who we may not include—intentionally or unintentionally.
Youth Ministry Coaching Program coming to the Dakotas
The Youth Ministry Coaching program is the premier coaching program for youth workers. It’s a yearlong whole-life leadership development program for youth workers. We've had more than 700 people go through it in cohorts of 10 (all over the country). outcomes are things like: growth in your depth of thinking about ministry, learning to create and lead from values, understanding and leading change, and growth in self-knowledge. We meet six times (every other month) for 2 days (all dates are collaboratively chosen by the group but are on weekdays). + participants get 10 1on1 coaching sessions, and a group of ministry friends that normally lasts well beyond the yearlong experience together. The program cost is $3000, but youth workers in Dakotas Conference UMC church can apply for a cultural of call grant to help offset the cost; And we're super flex with payment plans, including paying over two budget years. Location will be tentatively at Fargo First UMC in Fargo, ND. For more information, or to download an overview brochure look here.
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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.
Watertown First | Children's Ministry Coordinator
Watertown First UMC in Watertown, SD is hiring a Full-Time Children's Ministry Coordinator. See the Watertown First UMC website for more information: https://watertownfirst.church/about/team/now-hiring/
Sioux Falls First | Children's Ministry Director
Sioux Falls First is looking for a Children's Ministry Director. The Children's Ministry Director will be responsible for equipping children from birth-5th grade to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ, so the church will thrive in its mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Apply here.
Sioux Falls First | Facilities Director
Sioux Falls First is looking for a Facilities Director. The Facilities Director will be responsible for the church building, grounds, and day-to-day facility and security needs. Get the details here.