Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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History of our Church

Shepherd United Methodist Church -- A Brief History

As part of the VCI process, in the spring of 2015, we were asked to submit a self-evaluation.  A part of this was to write a history of our church.  We were limited to only four pages, so only historical highlights could be included.  Several folks have asked to have the historical portion of the report published.  Use the following link to view A Brief History.  Enjoy!!   SUMC A Brief History

Vital Church Initiative

Shepherd United Methodist Church is participating in the Heartland Conference Vital Church Initiative.  Following is an update provided on November 16, 2013

What is Vital Church Initiative?  The Vital Church Initiative (VCI) is a team-based discovery process of renewal for growing healthy, vital, fruitful, missional congregations in the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church.

Where did it come from?  The Healthy Church Initiative was developed by the Missouri Annual Conference, which has been actively using it and improving it since 2006.  In Michigan, we call it the Vital Church Initiative.  Its design comes from the work of Paul Borden, who helped turn around the American Baptist Church in Northern California.  In 2010 West Michigan partnered with the Detroit Conference to bring it to the Michigan Area.


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Shepherd UMC

Pastor Janet Larner

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107 West Wright Avenue

P.O. Box 309
Shepherd, MI 48883


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Worship Schedule:
Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School - 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday Morning 
Bible Study:

10:00 a.m. September - May