Bishop Bruce Ough oversees the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. This area comprises two separately governed conferences: Dakotas Annual Conference and Minnesota Annual Conference. Bishops facilitate strategies for equipping Christians for service in the church and world.
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The bishop's assistant
The administrative assistant to Bishop Bruce Ough is Sheilah Kyburz. She has served professionally in the administrative ministry of the United Methodist Church for over 30 years. She became administrative assistant to the bishop in the former Minnesota Area episcopal office in 1990. Now she also works closely with staff in the Dakotas Conference offices. Read more about Sheilah here.
Prayer for Unleashing New Life
Bishop Ough urges United Methodists in Minnesota and the Dakotas to join him in praying daily for the Holy Spirit to:
- Break through and renew our churches, unleashing fearless, Spirit-led congregations!
- Empower our clergy and lay leadership with the contagious, miraculous, saving message of Jesus.
- Boldly use me, without limits, to reach new people and heal a broken world.
- Create in me a joyful heart for all that God is doing in and through us to change lives and transform the world.
Journey Toward Vitality
The world and our cultural context continue to change at a remarkable pace. It has never been more challenging to be in parish ministry. Challenging times also provide great opportunities for ministry. Bishop Ough says God is calling us to “sing a new song” in response to our context. Thus, the Minnesota Conference is on an intentional journey to become a more adaptive, more fruitful, more faithful expression of the kingdom of God. Bishop Ough is leading the conference on this journey, which has four pathways: developing missional leaders, equipping missional congregations, extending missional impact, and generating missional resources. Click here to read more about the Journey Toward Vitality.
2014 Episcopal Address
In his 2014 episcopal address to the Minnesota Annual Conference, Bishop Bruce R. Ough talked about evangelism and the importance of sharing our God stories. He said God is calling us to re-evangelize Minnesota, to introduce more people to Christ. There are people in every one of our communities who are asking, "Am I too late to get to know Jesus?" He said the keys to unleashing fearless, Spirit-led churches are hearts that break for the poor, the lost, the forgotten, and the excluded—and a passion for turning the church inside-out to embrace the needs of those outside the church.
Click here to watch a video of the episcopal address.
Click here to read a story about the episcopal address.
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