Pray with us | June 15-21
Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May Your healing hand rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom. Amen. We pray for all of God's people, but especially these persons.
Soul Fill-up | Wednesdays 8 a.m. mountain time, 9 a.m. central time
Soul Fill-up is a mid-week time for church leaders to slow down. Let us pour into your soul and refill your cup during guided scripture reading, prayer, and meditation led by the Higher Ground program's spiritual directors. There is nothing to do or prepare—just set this 30-40 minutes aside for yourself and join us! Click here to join, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. central time, 8:00 a.m. mountain time.
AC 2021 | Videos, photos and resources
The 28th Session of the Dakotas Annual Conference was held June 11-12, 2021 in a hybrid format. Here are some resources for congregations to use, including videos, photos, publications, and online forms. We are excited to share all these resources as we continue to explore the many ways we can invite others and expand our connection with Jesus, our Waymaker.
2021 Annual Conference Reflections | From Bishop Haller
Bishop Laurie Haller presided over the 28th Session of the Dakotas Annual Conference on June 11-12, held in a hybrid format. She shares that she is grateful for the warm welcome, graciousness, patience, and generous spirit of the Dakotas Conference. She writes, "What we have learned is simple. We’re all in this together. And what unites us is the love of Jesus for every human being across the globe. What we hold in common as God’s beloved children is far more important than the things about which we disagree. The one word that comes to mind when I think about the Dakotas Annual Conference is resilience."
2021 Miracle Offering | Feeding the Dakotas
Our 2021 Miracle Offering, Feeding the Dakotas is an effort to help feed 150,000 people who face hunger daily in the Dakotas. So far we've collected $37,000. We are over half-way to the finish line. Help us reach our goal of $75,000 to be shared with the Great Plains Food Bank in North Dakota, Feeding South Dakota, and grants to local hunger ministries. Access resources for the 2021 Miracle Offering.
CAMP IS BACK! SPRING 2021 CAMP APPEAL
We are excited to return to offering summer camp and we are confident that our campers will be safe. Yet there is still much unknown in 2021 and your help is needed. Please consider a financial gift to your Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries. A gift to your camping ministries helps to ensure our United Methodist Camps, places special to so many, will be available and remain a part of our world for years to come. Get the details here.
Builders Club | Call for Journey at Spirit Lake
Builders Club supports the building projects of four churches each year through the donations of hundreds of people across the Dakotas Conference. Builders Club's goal is to assist churches in need of financial support for their building, remodel, or expansion projects. Providing support for churches’ building projects allows them to grow current or begin new ministries. The recent Builders Club call asks individuals and congregations to support the Journey at Spirit Lake. Join | Donate online
Investing in Leaders Grant | Apply by Aug. 1
the Investing in Leaders Grant is part of the Financial Well-Being Initiative funded through a Lilly Endowment Grant. This $5,000 annual grant to reduce educational debt is open to all active clergy in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area. Applicants must complete a course of personal financial education. Learn more about the grant by viewing the application. Contact Diane Owen for more information and any questions.
Dakotas Conference Strategy Team | Values Workshop
The Dakotas Strategy Team has developed a 4-hour workshop to assist churches in discovering and defining their core values. The workshop uses videos, personal refection, small group discussion, and large group conversation and consensus to help a congregation define their core values. This workshop is free and available to each congregation. A trained facilitator will come to the church to lead the workshop. Details here
Zoom license reduced fee | Get the details
If your church isn't already using Zoom or currently has a month-to-month Zoom plan, you can be a part of United Methodist Communications’ group Zoom Enterprise-level web conferencing license through April 19, 2022! There are reduced-cost and no-cost options.
Building a Beloved Community | Minnesota UMC's 9-week video series
This nine-week video series consists of personal reflections shared by a diverse group of Minnesota United Methodists. Each video can be watched alone, or set up a small group to watch and discuss each one in a group setting. A small group study guide accompanies each video.
Southern Hills UMC | Administrative Assistant and Director of Worship
Southern Hills Church in Sioux Falls, SD is accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for general office support as well as worship support, handling church communication, and maintaining church records. This is a 24 hour a week position. A full job description can be found at https://www.sohillsumc.org/employment.htm Inquiries and resumes should be sent to Mike Hahn at email@example.com, or Don Vanderlip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Hills Church in Sioux Falls, SD is accepting applications for a Director of Worship. The Director of Worship is responsible working with the Pastor in providing leadership in weekly praise team rehearsals and worship for the Sunday morning contemporary service, as well as playing piano for the traditional service. This is a 6 hour a week position. A full job description can be found at https://www.sohillsumc.org/employment.htm Inquiries and resumes should be sent to Mike Hahn at email@example.com, or Don Vanderlip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dakotas Conference | Church Planter-New Congregation Developer
The Dakotas Conference is seeking a planter/new congregation developer! The opportunity exists in a college town in partnership with a center city UMC church that seeks to form a relevant new worship and discipleship community for young adults and new people. Best applicants have entrepreneurial gifts, disciple making experience and an evangelistic heart. For details, please contact email@example.com.
Mitchell Downtown First | Family Ministries Coordinator
Job description: In this full-time role, the Family Ministries Coordinator will oversee all discipleship ministries for birth through young adult; reach out to families both within the congregation as well as those in the surrounding community; and recruit, train and deploy volunteer discipleship staff for Children’s and Youth ministries. We are looking for someone who will consider this a ministry and not just a job. Access details
Canyon Lake UMC | Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Canyon Lake UMC in Rapid City is seeking a full-time director of youth & young adult ministries. Come join our generous, fun, collaborative team in the beautiful Black Hills! Click here for job description and more info. Contact Pastor DeAnn Eidem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asbury UMC | Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Asbury United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is currently accepting applications for a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries develops, directs, and evaluates the youth/young adult education program with the goal of making disciples for the transformation of the world at Asbury United Methodist Church. This is a 20-hour per week position. A full job description can be found here: http://sfasbury.org/about-us/staff-openings. Please email a resume to email@example.com or mail it to the church at 2425 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.