North Highland United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Annual Conference

The Dakotas Annual Conference is
the yearly meeting of the United Methodist churches
in North and South Dakota.
The meeting will be June 6-8 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
 Come experience powerful worship, rich learning opportunities in workshops and plenary sessions,
and fellowship with United Methodists across North and South Dakota. 
Theme: Drawing on John 4:1-26, the theme of this year's annual conference session is “Dare to Reach: Love Boldly!” We will explore ways in which Jesus calls us to step out of our comfort zone and reach those around of us with the love of God in ways beyond our imagination. We will tell our collective story of how God's love quenches our thirst, and explore ways to invite everyone to drink from the well so that their thirst may be quenched—"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19).
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Mark R. Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelismat Garrett-Evangelical Seminary will provide two teaching sessions focused on reaching the next person for Jesus. Dr. Teasdale shares that he loves teaching evangelism. Church leaders are often bombarded with material that hints it is only by human effort the church will be effective. The study of evangelism starts with the assumption that God is active, and that our efforts are only to participate in what God is already doing. Dr. Teasdale says, "Our job is not to generate a mission, but to look to God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, expecting miraculous power to burst forth as God moves to accomplish God’s purpose—the redemption of all creation!"
As a practical theology, evangelism gets to the heart of what we believe who God is, what God does, and how God forms us to be part of God’s purposes. In his courses, Dr. Teasdale takes time to help students answer questions so they can express their faith in a clear, articulate, and authentic way in word and practice. "My greatest hope is that they will become public witnesses, inviting those who are not Christians to know God through Jesus Christ and strengthening the church by leading other Christians to articulate their faith," He states. 
 The three-day conference session is a time for Dakotas United Methodists to worship and enjoy fellowship, learn from teaching sessions, seek God’s guidance as we make decisions about ministry direction, determine budgets, ordain and commission clergy, and receive the bishop’s clergy appointments. 
Each year—usually in June—all clergy members
and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches
attend their conference’s Annual Conference.
The group meets together to worship, fellowship,
and conduct the business of the conference, which may last 3-5 days.
During these sessions, members of the conference
hear reports of past and ongoing work;
adopt future goals, programs and budgets;
ordain clergy members as deacons and elders;
and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years).
The bishop presides over these meetings.
North Highland United Methodist Church
is a member of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Bruce Ough is the Bishop of the Dakotas -Minnesota Area Conferences.
North Highland United Methodist Church is in the 
Northeast District of the
 Dakotas Conference of the  United Methodist Church
Rev. Randy Cross is the North Highland's District Superintendent.
The Dakotas Conference is in the North Central Jurisdiction of the UMC.