Nominations for our 5 annual clergy, laity, and youth awards are now being accepted. These awards will be presented during Annual Conference to individuals who demonstrate outstanding ministry and dedication in the areas of evangelism, disaster response, peace and justice, missionary outreach, or higher education. Click here for information on all 5 awards, and nominate yourself or someone you think deserves the recognition by May 1, 2017.

Do you offer ways for your church members to give electronically? Have you considered the eGiving option, but thought the costs were not worth it? Well, if you don’t know already, there is a cultural shift to a more digital world; and the Federal Reserve predicts that by the year 2026, paper checks will be virtually extinct! Sounds scary, right? Your Conference Finance Office and United Methodist Foundation have been working on your behalf and would like to share with you the Empowering Generosity initiative. Since our churches and ministries rely on people’s ability to give, we would like for you to know the benefits of eGiving, as well as offer the opportunity to sign up your church without paying the enrollment fee, or monthly service fee for 12 months. You will also receive a $100 check from our Wisconsin UM Foundation to offset transaction fees. Click here to watch a video with more information, and click here to learn more about Empowering Generosity through eGiving.

Mark your calendars for Golden Cross Offering Sunday on May 14th. This is a special offering to support our Health and Welfare Ministries. All churches are encouraged to take this offering on May 14th or another Sunday. All churches should have received a mailing with a letter from Bishop Jung. Be sure to also download and print out bulletin inserts and pulpit announcements from our website! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any question and click here for more resources and information.

Registration for 2017 Annual Conference is still open! Visit https://tinyurl.com/WAC2017 to register and learn about highlights at this year's event, book your hotel room, sign up for child care, and much more. This year’s Conference will be held June 16-19 at the Madison Marriott West, with Monday, June 19 as a Learning Day. The theme will be “One with Christ.” Please join us as we rejoice in our unity with the Lord. Click here to see this year's Ingathering list. With any further questions, contact Registrar Kellye Walker-Pontius at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 837-7328.

  • Conference Staff Invite You to Annual Conference: Click here to watch a video invitation from many of our Conference Staff members with more exciting information about this year's gathering.
  • Attend Pre-Conference Briefing May 20: All members to Annual Conference are encouraged to save the date for a Pre-Conference briefing in your district on May 20. Topics to be addressed include an update on the Feasibility Study for the state-wide Fundraising Campaign, constitutional amendments from General Conference 2016, Annual Conference 101 Tips, the proposed 2018 budget, and a preview of highlights from this year’s Annual Conference. Click here for dates and times.
  • Display Table, Hotel Rooms, and Meals Reminder: All display tables have been filled. There are still rooms available at the Marriott. The deadline to register for meals is May 19. NO meals will be available for purchase after that date.
  • Adam Hamilton to be Featured Speaker: Click here for more information.
  • Changes to Registration in 2017: Click here for more information.
  • Submit Award Nominations by May 1: Click here for more information.
  • Register for Blueprint for Wellness Screening: Click here for more information.
  • Register for Pension Consultations: Click here for more information.

Rising Sun Camp, a United Methodist Camp for children ages 10-14 who have one or both parents incarcerated, takes place at Camp Lucerne on July 9-14, 2017. The registration cost to campers is only $5.00, and round trip bus transportation from Madison and Milwaukee is provided. Click here to view the camp brochure. Thirty campers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Donations can be made to the Wisconsin Conference UMC Treasurer with Rising Sun Camp Fund No. 7783 in the memo line. Make copies of the camp brochure as needed, and get them into the hands of families caring for children who would qualify to attend. Please have them fill out both the registration form and health form. Contact Afi Dobbins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Do you question how your faith impacts and informs your daily living? Do you wonder how your faith calls you into the world? If that's the case, you are invited to join others with similar questions in a two-year journey called Faith Alive! It is an active and involved study about understanding our spiritual gifts, defining our ministry and service, exploring the relationship of the Bible and faith, and integrating faith into the workplace and daily living. Faith Alive! consists of six sessions, three weekends each year (from 7 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday), over the course of two years. All sessions are held at the Mt. Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma, WI. To help prepare for each session, you will be provided a book to read and a brief assignment to complete prior to each weekend. The next session begins in September 2017. Click here for more information and click here to register.

Do you long to be with others who share a desire to deepen one’s relationship with God through teaching, prayer, daily Communion, and covenantal fellowship? The Wisconsin Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is a place where Christian faith is challenged, all in the context of a shared experience led by faculty presenters, who invite participants to reflect on your own spiritual journey, and how God is at work in your life. The Academy is for clergy and laity. It is designed for both “head” and “heart,” communicating knowledge about Christian spiritual formation and a context for experiencing it. Registration is now open for this year’s retreat, which will be held October 29 to November 3 at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine. Click here to download a brochure with more information and registration form.

There are so many reasons to celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday on April 30. On this day, United Methodists focus on the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans, both in the church and in communities. The special offering received during the celebration supports Native American outreach ministries and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. When our churches support Native American Ministries Sunday, we empower Native American congregations to minister to their communities with the love of Christ. To help your leadership team promote this Special Sunday, download the Native American Ministries Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit. With resources including social media images, videos, an e-book and other tools, you’ll have everything you need to get your congregation excited about this special celebration. Let’s all do our part to support the gifts and contributions of our Native American brothers and sisters. Access your Pastor and Leader's Kit now! Thank you for your leadership and continued support.

The World Council of Churches joined the National Council of Churches in South Korea in expressing grave concern at the redeployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to the seas surrounding the Korean peninsula as “a further escalation of military confrontation in the region.” Read story.

More than 150 United Methodists gathered at Waukesha: First UMC on April 1 for a prayer vigil and rally in support of immigrants. Following a peaceful walk through downtown Waukesha, Bishop Jung addressed participants about welcoming the stranger in and through the Wisconsin Conference. “The whole country stands at a crossroads,” Bishop Jung said. “Will we follow a path of inclusion, welcoming, hospitality – or will we follow the path of fear, prejudice, and selfishness? As Christians, we know that all people of every nation, creed, color, and history is a beloved child of God. Loudly, we need to say that we are all created in the image of God. There is no one walking on our earth today who is not our brother or sister. We must awaken to reality that we are all members of one human family.” During the vigil, Conference leaders led participants in a series of hymns, Bible passages, psalm readings, and time of reflection. Click here and here to see photos from the morning. Click here to see video of the walk and click here to see video of Bishop Jung speaking and of part of the prayer vigil.

Nominations for our annual clergy, laity, and youth awards are now being accepted. These awards will be presented during Annual Conference. Click here for information on the Harry Denman, Love in Action, Perry Saito, Thelma Gregg, and Francis Asbury Awards and nominate yourself or someone you think deserves the recognition by May 1, 2017.

This year’s School for Ministry (formerly known as Clergy Day) will be held September 13-14 at Green Lake Conference Center. Margaret Marcuson will be our featured teacher and speaker; click here to learn more about her. 

Many of you have parishioners and friends connected to your congregation who have been admitted to a Madison-area hospital. They are far from home – from family, pastor and congregational support. Our Wisconsin Conference is dedicated to offering spiritual care in situations such as these. To that end, Ann Scott is appointed as chaplain for the United Methodist Hospitals Ministry. Please contact her if you know of someone to be visited for spiritual care, prayer, conversation, meditation or just a supportive presence. She is available to be that link between you, your congregation, and the patient/family members. She is also committed to sharing this ministry in your local church, and is available to offer a message or a ministry moment about the United Methodist Hospital Ministry during worship, small groups, or other settings. Ann Scott can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-345-1895.

Registration for 2017 Annual Conference is still open! Visit https://tinyurl.com/WAC2017 to register and learn about highlights at this year's event, book your hotel room, sign up for child care, and much more. This year’s Conference will be held June 16-19 at the Madison Marriott West, with Monday, June 19 as a Learning Day. The theme will be “One with Christ.” Please join us as we rejoice in our unity with the Lord. Click here to see this year's Ingathering list. With any further questions, contact Registrar Kellye Walker-Pontius at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 837-7328.

  • Conference Staff Invite You to Annual Conference: Click here to watch a video invitation from many of our Conference Staff members with more exciting information about this year's gathering.
  • Attend Pre-Conference Briefing May 20: All members to Annual Conference are encouraged to save the date for a Pre-Conference briefing in your district on May 20. Topics to be addressed include an update on the Feasibility Study for the state-wide Fundraising Campaign, constitutional amendments from General Conference 2016, Annual Conference 101 Tips, the proposed 2018 budget, and a preview of highlights from this year’s Annual Conference. Click here for dates and times.
  • Display Table, Hotel Rooms, and Meals Reminder: All display tables have been filled. There are still rooms available at the Marriott. The deadline to register for meals is May 19. NO meals will be available for purchase after that date.
  • Adam Hamilton to be Featured Speaker: Click here for more information.
  • Changes to Registration in 2017: Click here for more information.
  • Submit Award Nominations by May 1: Click here for more information.
  • Register for Blueprint for Wellness Screening: Click here for more information.
  • Register for Pension Consultations: Click here for more information.

The National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation have worked together to prepare the “2017 Easter Joint North-South Prayer.” People around the world are encouraged to join in the prayer, which calls for a life of harmony and peace on the Korean peninsula. Read story. Read prayer in Korean.