Bishop Jung, the cabinet, the Personnel Committee, and the Council on Finance and Administration of the Wisconsin Conference are delighted to announce that Sarah Sneider will join our staff as the new Director of Finance and Administration and Treasurer on September 4, 2019.  

We were saddened to learn of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Chomingwen Pond on August 4, 2019. She was born on September 1, 1927 in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her B.S. in geology at Beloit College and then went on to Garrett Biblical Institute, where she completed her Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1961. Later in 1987, she finished her Ph.D. in Religion at Claremont Graduate School. In 1962, she became the first Methodist woman in Wisconsin to be ordained Deacon in the East Wisconsin Conference. Her ground-breaking path continued when she was ordained Elder in 1964 and thus became the first Methodist woman with full clergy rights in Wisconsin.

The latest issue of Flashbacks, the Commission on Archives and History newsletter, is available now.  Flashbacks features articles of historical interest and includes a section celebrating special church anniversaries and activities. In it, you can also find details on the upcoming Archives Heritage Retreat to be held at Pine Lake Camp on September 6-7.  The retreat registration deadline—August 29—is coming up soon. All Flashbacks newsletters, going back to 1973, can be found here.

Men of the Wisconsin Conference, you're invited to join the Northern Illinois Conference UMM for the Spiritual Congress (annual men’s spiritual retreat) to be held September 13-15th in Williams Bay, WI on scenic Lake Geneva.  The topic of this year’s Spiritual Congress is “Changing the Game”. 

Pioneering Missional Communities, originally scheduled for September 17 & 18, has been rescheduled.  It will now be held November 8 & 9, 2019 at Faith UMC in Neenah. This training event, offered for ICD graduates and any clergy or laity with a passion for starting new ministries, is especially focused on planting teams looking at a missional community, spiritual entrepreneurship Fresh Expressions, and asset based community development models of church planting. Register here by November 1, 2019.

Several Lay Servant Ministry courses have recently been added to the calendar. Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership development programs available within the United Methodist connection. It gives lay servants the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples. Visit WisconsinUMC.org/LayMinistryTraining for the upcoming list of classes.

The Conference Personnel Committee and the Joint Board of Pensions, Insurance and Equitable Compensation have approved a request to hire a part-time benefits clerk to assist with the maintenance of clergy and conference lay employee benefits records and the monthly bills to churches and other entities.  This is an hourly wage, “non-exempt” part-time position with up to 10-15 hours per week with increased hours during the busy season in June/July and December/January.  The benefits clerk will report directly to the Conference Benefits Officer.  View job description. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with resumes or questions.

UPDATE: The location has been moved to Grinwald Park, due to field conditions at the previously scheduled park.

Everyone is welcome to play or cheer at the Bishop’s Cup 2019 Soccer Tournament. The event will be on Saturday, August 24 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Grinwald Park in Watertown, WI.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Missionary for Congregational Development.  View flyer.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission – North Central Jurisdiction (UMVIM-NCJ) supports and provides resources for UMVIM coordinators, local churches, districts, and conferences within the NCJ. In 2018, the North Central Jurisdiction sent 645 teams with 6,554 missioners to 11 states and 12 countries. They have created a video highlighting a few of the places that missioners served around the world in 2018: Watch video

In June 2019, the Wisconsin Annual Conference passed an action item that changed our Conference policy on General Conference apportionments and changed the way that our Annual Conference receives apportionments. Previously our local churches were apportioned a single amount to support our Conference budget. Now, our local churches will be apportioned in three categories: 1) General Conference Apportionments, 2) Jurisdictional Conference Apportionments, and 3) Wisconsin Conference Apportionments. Click here for more information.

All clergy leaders in the Wisconsin Conference are expected to attend October 2 – 4, 2019 at Green Lake Convention Center. Retired clergy are welcomed and encouraged to join. Diana Butler Bass will be presenting the interactive sessions, with a focus on the spiritual lens of gratitude. Register here.  

Northcott Neighborhood House is one of the Wisconsin Conference’s Health and Welfare Ministries that supports families, youth, and individuals in the Milwaukee area. They offer a variety of educational, recreational, and training opportunities that enhance the quality of life in the community. Learn more about Northcott and how you can support their mission through the 500x100x3 fundraising campaign.

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation (WUMF) is accepting applications to serve on our Board of Directors. The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation focuses on providing financial services and stewardship training that helps gifts grow to support ministries. We strive to strengthen and empower local churches, whether by training churches to understand best practices to reach donors, awarding grants for new ministries, or helping churches embark on a capital campaign.

United Methodist Children’s Services of WI, Inc. has happily welcomed Bill Schmitt as our new Interim Executive Director.  Bill will be serving as the Interim Executive Director for the remainder of 2019 as we continue toward fulfilling our long term plan for this leadership position.  

Volunteers are urgently needed up north to help remove debris. Volunteers with trucks that can help haul debris away are especially needed. If you are available to help, please contact Pastor Arveda "Freddie" Kirk from Parkview United Methodist Church at 715-986-2467 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..