The Wisconsin Conference is proud to have so many new ministries in our state. One of these is Milwaukee: Zao MKE Church. Pastor Jonah Holm explained that, “Zao is a Greek word that means ‘to be among the living.’ As a new church start, built from scratch, we’re seeking to bring new life and the light of Christ to young people in Milwaukee. As a millennial, personally I see so many people my age in deep spiritual need. She also discussed how there can be many barriers to connecting meaningfully to faith or to Church. She also discussed how there can be many barriers to connecting meaningfully to faith or to Church. “It became my mission to bring Church to the people, instead of waiting for them to find us,” she said. Watch the full video here. To help support the birthing of future new ministries, donate now to the Launch Out! Campaign.

Wisconsin UM Clergy planning to retire in the next 1-7 years are invited to attend this Pre-Retirement Workshop with Mark Ciesla from Wespath (formerly the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits) on Wednesday, October 3rd, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon in the Johnson Room of Kern Hall at the Green Lake Conference Center. This is just prior to the beginning of School for Ministry in Green Lake, which begins at 2 p.m. on October 3rd.

School for Ministry will be held October 3-5, 2018 at the Green Lake Conference Center. All clergy leaders in the Wisconsin Conference are expected to attend for learning and sharing. Retired clergy are welcomed and encouraged to join. The theme this year will be “Cultivating Intercultural Leadership for Diversity-Oriented Churches.” Dr. A. Brian Leander will facilitate the event. He received a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University in 2014. His doctoral dissertation was a study of leader cultural intelligence in diversity-oriented churches in the United States. Visit his website for more information.

Why is there a special General Conference coming February 23 – 26, 2019 in St. Louis, only a year before the regularly scheduled 2020 session in Minneapolis? How might my church be affected by this talk about choosing among a One Church, Connectional Conference and Traditionalist plan? Will other possibilities emerge? Change is coming for The United Methodist Church, and there will be meetings this fall to help Wisconsin United Methodists understand what is being proposed.

Join us for a unique opportunity to experience the culture and learn the history of Korea and the division of two Koreas. Attendees will also engage with Christians of South Korea in their prayers and works for peace. The trip will take place from October 22 – November 2, 2018. The cost of $980 includes double occupancy lodging, meals, and ground transportation. It does not include flights. We ask that you book your own flight. Cost of tickets will range from $900 to $1200. Download the itinerary here.

Every church recognizes prayer as important. But what happens when a congregation unites to pray collectively and consistently for God to break through in new and miraculous ways? You can launch your congregation into the kind of churchwide breakthrough prayer initiative that fuels the atmosphere of possibility; and the entire focus begins to shift from inward to up-and-outward. It's easier than you think--and the results will make spiritual history right in your own community and beyond. Breakthrough prayer can be incorporated into what already happens in the daily life of your congregation; and you can learn how to utilize it through key aspects of your weekly worship service.

Don’t miss the eighth annual Archives/Heritage Retreat at Pine Lake Camp on September 7-8, 2018. This year, we will expand on our Annual Conference program marking the 50th anniversary of the birthday of The United Methodist Church. Follow this link for a sample of the videos from that program.

The New Clergy/New Ministries Orientation that was scheduled at Pine Lake Camp in August has been canceled.

You are invited to an introduction to IMPACT - a revitalization program designed for small membership churches. The introduction is being held Sunday, September 9, 4-6 p.m. at Chetek United Methodist Church, 300 Stout Street, Chetek, WI. There is no cost or obligation to attend this meeting. If you choose to participate in IMPACT after this introduction, the cost of participation is $25 per CHURCH per session or $225 for nine sessions over 18 months (pay as you go).

The clergy of Circuits 2 and 3 are hosting two free workshops for clergy wanting tips on preaching and teaching about immigration. The workshops will be led by the Rev. Kelly Nieman-Anderson of Christ the King and Living Hope ELCA Churches of Port Washington and Saukville, WI. Pastor Kelly is an expert on immigration-related issues, and has a passion for looking at the theology surrounding immigration and the biblical stories of "people on the move."

All are invited to the Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Women Annual Gathering, Sacred Spaces: Encounters with God and Neighbor. The gathering is on October 19 and 20, 2018 at Waukesha: First UMC. From 2-4 p.m. on Friday, there will be a preconference tour to United Methodist Children’s Services in Milwaukee. District Leaders Training will be on Friday evening. There will be a video by Harriott Olson, General Secretary of United Methodist Women, on “A Way Forward” for those not attending training, with a discussion led by Mary Lainberger. On Saturday, Sharon Day, Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker, will lead worship in the morning. Mary Lainberger and Sue Plasterer will give background information and breakout sessions on “A Way Forward.” Flyer and registration available here.

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. This month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to UMCOM has put together several resources designed to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic-Latino individuals in your community. Explore these resources here.

Where can United Methodists learn from some of the top children’s ministers, discipleship directors, youth leaders, and other faith formation experts? The Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church is hosting Curious.Church, a conference for ANYONE in a faith formation role who is curious enough to explore, imagine, and create ministries that make disciples and change the world.

The United Methodist Judicial Council has announced that it will hold three oral hearings the first day of its Oct. 23-26 meeting in Zurich. One of the hearings is on a request by the Council of Bishops for the court to rule on whether the proposed legislation for the One Church, Connectional Conference and Traditional plans for the 2019 special General Conference is constitutional.

Delegates to the Global Young People’s Convocation developed legislation that will be submitted as petitions to the 2020 General Conference. Issues of interest to the young United Methodists included migration, nationalism, sexism and rejection of child marriages. In some cases, the delegates felt the wording in the Book of Discipline and the Book of Resolutions had to be amended in order to reflect their perspectives.