Lay Equalization Members to Annual Conference

While much remains unknown about next year’s Michigan Annual Conference, we have already begun planning. As District Lay Leader, I have the opportunity to invite 26 laity to be voting members to equal the number of clergy members. These Lay Equalization members shall have been professing members of The UMC for at least two years… Continue Reading Lay Equalization Members to Annual Conference

2020 Charge Conferences

All Fall conferences will be Charge Conferences. Who are the members of a charge conference? 2016 Book of Discipline ¶246.2 The membership of the charge conference shall be all members of the church council or other appropriate body, together with retired ordained ministers and retired diaconal ministers who elect to hold their membership in said… Continue Reading 2020 Charge Conferences

Seeking District Leaders

Our District is seeking several individuals to fill key leadership positions. Please take a look at the positions below and send names of persons you’d recommend (even if you’re recommending yourself) to our District Superintendent at: dbagley@michiganumc.org.   Youth Coordinator – Plan and implement programs, special events and opportunities for United Methodist Youth in our… Continue Reading Seeking District Leaders

2020 District Ministry Shares Jubilee

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At the 2019 District Conference, our District Superintendent announced that 2020 will be a year of Jubilee for all Greater Southwest District churches. At its October meeting, members of the District Leadership Team approved moving forward with a plan to release churches from paying District Ministry Shares in 2020. This was done with the hope… Continue Reading 2020 District Ministry Shares Jubilee

District Youth serve in Detroit

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Last week, a Mission Team made up of four youth and two adults served at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Justice and Zion from Three Rivers: Center Park UMC and Julia and Lincoln from Edwardsburg: Hope UMC were led by Pastor Matt West (Girard) and Corey Sheets (Hope). The team spent time in the… Continue Reading District Youth serve in Detroit