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 this prayer daily:
Gracious and Holy God, send your Holy Spirit to:
- Break through and renew and revive our churches, unleashing your vision for our mission of making disciples and transforming the world.
- Empower our clergy and lay leadership to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you, O God.
- Boldly use me, without limits, delays, or excuses, to defend the poor, offer abundant life, and heal a broken world.
- Create in me a clean heart and a joyful desire to follow your way of light, love, and truth.
I pray in the precious and powerful name of Jesus.
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.
2015 Episcopal Address
“It is time to take and pass the final exam—it is time to do something.” That was the key message from Bishop Ough’s 2015 Episcopal Address. He said the question Jesus said would be put to us in the final judgment is haunting: “When was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not care for you?” (Matthew 25:44). “The final exam is whether you and I will fully, sacrificially, extravagantly engage in Christ’s mission to transform the world,” Ough said. “The final exam question will not be about what we professed but what we did when we saw the least of these hungry, thirsty, naked, a stranger, sick, or in prison.” God is calling us to build bridges out of poverty, to be externally focused, and to heal a broken world.