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Episode six: Creating a culture of call

In this episode of the Vital Connection, Taylor Johnson and Curtis Mittendorf, Sioux Falls First United Methodist discuss how they are discerning their call to ministry with Sheri Meister, executive director of the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation. The two candidates for ministry, share their called stories and discuss several different processes they went through while discerning their call to ministry.

Duration: 00:33:43

Episode five: Challenges of church transformation and change

In this episode of The Vital Connection, Rev.Kermit Culver, Northwest District Superintendent talks about the processes of church change and transformation. Culver was appointed Bismarck First United Methodist Church, the church had once been a very strong church. The membership dwindled by about 40 young families and struggled. Congregants told Culver they wanted to grow, but, he learned, “There is no growth without change, and there is no change without pain.” How do you go about the...

Duration: 01:06:25

Episode four: Social Media with Jason Smith

Churches across the Dakotas and beyond are always asking the questions, “How can we reach people for Christ? And, “how can we connect with people who haven’t decided to walk through our doors yet?” In this 4th episode of the Vital Connection, Jason Smith, Creative Director for Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, SD, provides some insights. Smith sat down with Rebecca Trefz, Executive Director of Ministries for the Dakotas Conference, to talk about how social media can be a powerful tool in...

Duration: 00:45:35

The Vital Connection episode three: Rev. Kent Millard shares attitude of gratitude and giving

In episode three of The Vital Connection, The Reverend Dr. Kent Millard, president United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and South Dakota native joins Sheri Meister, Executive Director of the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation to discuss his knowledge and the importance of generosity. He states, “I like to teach about generosity from a point of gratitude.”

Duration: 00:29:58

Episode 2: Creating a culture of call insights from Pastor Charlie Moore

"Our job as a pastor is to build relationships and give people a chance to try things out. Empower them, create a space for God to work on their passions," Pastor Charlie Moore, Sioux Falls Sunnycrest UMC. In this episode Jeff Pospisil, Executive Director of Finance and Administration interviews Moore on the keys to raising up leaders within the church.

Duration: 00:47:08

Episode 1: Bishop Bruce R. Ough Talks About Prayer

More than a century ago, E.M. Bounds, author and Methodist clergy, wrote in the Power through Prayer, "Every mighty move of the Spirit of God has had its source in the prayer chamber." Are you ready to prayer for the mighty move of the Spirit in your life, in your church and for The United Methodist Church? In this podcast, Rev. Rebecca Trefz, Dakotas Conference Executive Director of Ministries, talks with Bishop Bruce R. Ough, resident bishop, Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United...

Duration: 00:19:45