Youth Member to Annual Conference

We are currently looking for a United Methodist Youth in the Greater Southwest District between the ages of 12 and 17 that might be interested in attending the Michigan Annual Conference in Traverse City from June 2-4, 2023 as part of the Lay Equalization members. The youth must be a professing member of The UMC… Continue Reading Youth Member to Annual Conference

Beyond Boxes

Beyond Boxes ~Rev. Dwayne Bagley, District Superintendent How often has someone encouraged the leadership of your church to “think outside the box” when the topic of reaching new people surfaces during a planning session, visioning retreat, or committee meeting? I’d guess that such encouragement comes frequently, but results in efforts that are not far removed… Continue Reading Beyond Boxes

2022 Charge Conferences

All Fall conferences will be Charge Conferences, unless specific arrangements have been made. 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… Continue Reading 2022 Charge Conferences

Changing Church for a Changing World

POSTPONED UNTIL 2023 In the midst of a rapidly changing ministry landscape, Fresh Expressions invites you to join us for a day of envisioning the unique ways the Holy Spirit might be inviting you to step deeper into mission. In this interactive day of training on November 12 you will:   • Catalyze a vision… Continue Reading Changing Church for a Changing World

Lay Equalization Members

How can I attend and vote at Annual Conference as Laity?  In order to serve this role, you must be a member of The United Methodist Church for two years, and an active participant in The UMC for at least four years prior to your election (this is waived for those under 30). More information… Continue Reading Lay Equalization Members

District United Women in Faith Annual Celebration

The 4th Annual Greater Southwest District United Women in Faith Celebration will be October 1, 2022 from 9:30am-2pm at Otsego UMC. Our Keynote Speaker, Ellen Harbin, is a gifted Bible teacher and conference speaker, creatively applying the truth of God’s Word to all of life’s triumphs and challenges. She’s engaging, inspiring and fun! Child care… Continue Reading District United Women in Faith Annual Celebration

2022 Annual Conference

Based on Psalm 30, the 2022 Annual Conference focused on resiliency as our church journeys through pandemics, denominational, and social change. Find legislative results, materials and videos at District Highlights The Service of Recognition, Commissioning, and Ordination included these District clergy: Dan Colthorp & Nate Starkey – completed Course of Study Ian Boley & Mikki… Continue Reading 2022 Annual Conference

Summer Lay Servant Course

Course is free – order your own book and bring a sack lunch. You must attend all sessions to earn credit for the course. Courses with fewer than 5 people will be canceled. Called to Preach Saturdays, July 16 & 30 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Kalamazoo: Milwood UMC (3919 Portage St, Kalamazoo) Led by… Continue Reading Summer Lay Servant Course

Mission Evening

It’s Easy Being Green! Mission Evening Presented by the Climax United Women in Faith Visit stations to learn how your unit can become green! We invite you to present your progress and ideas. Scotts United Women in Faith will share information about their Food Pantry… perhaps you’d like to start one at your church! Hosted… Continue Reading Mission Evening

District Baseball Game


Join United Methodists from around the District at our annual Kalamazoo Growlers baseball game! Sunday, July 31 Gates open at 12:35, first pitch is at 1:35.  Reserved tickets: $10 includes hat, $20 includes all-you-can-eat buffet (from 12:35 until end of 4th inning). Purchase tickets online at using promo code: UMC. 2022 Growlers Baseball Flyer

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