The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan announces a new joint venture in partnership with the Bishop’s Office of the Michigan Episcopal Area, the Michigan Conference Appointive Cabinet, and Dakota Wesleyan University. Stewarding the Church in the 21st Century, a non-profit church leadership certificate program, enhances the ability of pastors to lead mission-focused, financially healthy, congregationally engaged churches. Ten Michigan Conference pastors will participate in the graduate coursework over the next year. The learning sessions, taught onsite in Michigan by Dakota Wesleyan University faculty, will teach these pastors how to raise funds, recruit and manage volunteers, oversee budgets, create and use strategic plans, and develop a purpose-focused congregation.
“I am extraordinarily grateful to the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan for their encouragement and financial support,” exclaimed Bishop David Bard, presiding bishop of the Michigan Episcopal Area. “As a bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction, I have heard wonderful stories about this certification program. I am delighted that we will have a cohort of leaders participating. Our entire conference will benefit from the experience of this group of leaders.”