Mission Council


Current membership

 

Chair, Bishop Bob Farr

Board of Ordained Ministry ChairDr. Rev. Bruce Baxter

Member At Large, Randy Lee Biggerstaff

Congregational Development Chair, Rev. Robyn Miller

Member At Large, Brian Hammons

Mission, Service and Justice Chair, Rev. Jennifer Long

Member At Large, Rev. Monica Jefferson

Director of Congregational Excellence, Rev. Bob Farr

Member At Large, Meagan O'Brien

Director of Connectional Ministries, Rev. Kim Jenne

Member At Large, Yvette Richards 

Director of Finance and Administration, Rev. Nate Berneking

Member At Large, Rev. Mike Schreiner

Director of Mission, Service, and Justice Ministries, Rev. Jeff Baker

Member At Large, Jai Vaughn

Director of Pastoral Excellence, Rev. Karen Koons Hayden

Cabinet Liaison, Cody Collier

Finance Chair, Rev. Sherri Swanson

Lay Leader, Amy Thompson

Next Generations Team Chair, Rev. Andy Blacksher

 

The following information is from the 2016 Standing Rules of the Annual Conference

100.10 Mission Council

The Mission Council acts on behalf of the annual conference between sessions in order to give general direction, guidance, and alignment of resources in support of the mission and vision of leading congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ. It will focus on the goal of cultivating vibrant, growing, fruitful congregations that are changing lives for Jesus Christ. Its primary questions are: Are we leading congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ? What outcomes help us determine whether we are accomplishing our mission? What shall we do to more effectively accomplish our mission?

100.15

For corporate purposes, members of the Mission Council will be directors of the corporation of the Missouri Annual Conference.

100.20

The Mission Council assigns day-to-day management of the annual conference to the centers and offices described below. It may authorize changes in boards, commissions, committees, councils, task forces, teams, and work areas that work on behalf of the centers and offices as the need arises, except those prescribed by the Book of Discipline or the conference standing rules.
 

Center for Congregational Excellence

The Center for Congregational Excellence is responsible for new church starts, congregational development, and collaborative learning among and across congregations. In addition, the Center will seek ways to help United Methodists in Missouri reach out to younger and more diverse constituencies, including college students and various cultural and ethnic communities. The function of Commission on the Small Membership Church shall be included.
 

Center for Pastoral Excellence

The Center for Pastoral Excellence is responsible for enhancing clergy effectiveness through recruitment, training, continuing education, peer learning, and mutual accountability. In addition, the Center will emphasize the development of younger and more diverse pastoral leadership, the Youth Leadership Team, Next Generation Ministries and Board of Ordained Ministry.
 

Office of Connectional Ministries

The Office of Connectional Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations by providing connections between and among congregations, the districts, the annual conference, and the general conference. At least the following teams and organizations shall be included: Core Practices Team, Lay Ministry Team, Commission on Communication, UMW, and UMM. This office shall fulfill the role of the Director of Communications. Its Core Practices Team shall act as the Board of Discipleship on behalf of the annual conference.
 

The Office of Mission, Service, and Justice Ministries

The Office of Mission, Service, and Justice Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations to be effective in ministry beyond their walls through a variety of hands-on and direct relationships with people in need and through advocacy for just relationships in society. At least the functions of the following teams and organizations shall be included: Board of Global Ministries, Board of Church and Society, and the Commissions on Christian Unity, Committee on Ethnic Local Church Concerns, Native American Ministries, Status and Role of Women, and Religion and Race.
 

Office of Administrative Services

The Office of Administrative Services is responsible for maintaining systems of financial and property management that are efficient, secure, trustworthy, and transparent on behalf of the annual conference. At least the Council on Finance and Administration, Board of Trustees, Board of Pensions, Commission on Equitable Compensation, and the Commission on Archives and History shall be included.

100.25

Conference Personnel Committee: The Mission Council will form the Conference Personnel Committee from among its voting members. Through this committee, the Mission Council will work in consultation with the Bishop and the Director of Finance and Administrative Ministries to design and align all conference staff positions. The Personnel Committee, in consultation with the Bishop, is responsible for the employment of the directors of the centers and offices that are assigned to the Mission Council, except for the Director of Finance and Administrative Ministries who is employed by the Council on Finance and Administration.

100.30

Conference Personnel: In consultation with the Conference Personnel Committee, the Director of Finance and Administrative Ministries is responsible for the employment and supervision, or delegation of supervision, of all conference personnel except for directors assigned to the Mission Council. Employees of the Conference shall include women and men, persons of diverse racial and ethnic origin, lay and clergy, at every level. Ordained ministers on the staff are subject to being appointed by the presiding bishop in consultation with the Conference Personnel Committee.

100.35

The Mission Council shall work in consultation with the Conference Council on Finance and Administration in forming annual budgets that are recommended to the session.

100.40

The Mission Council reports to the session on behalf of the centers, offices, and their subsidiary boards, commissions, committees, councils, teams, and work areas except for those assigned by the Book of Discipline to make direct reports to the session.

100.45 Membership

Conference Lay Leader; Chair of Finance and Administration; Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry; Chair of the Congregational Development Team; Chair of Mission, Service and Justice Team; Chair of Next Generation Ministries; eight at-large members nominated by the Conference Nominations Committee, at least 5 of whom shall be lay people; and the following non-voting members: bishop, who shall provide leadership for the council; one staff person from each of the two centers and three offices; and one district superintendent assigned by the appointive cabinet. The membership shall represent diverse and inclusive constituencies. {Membership: 14 voting, 7 non-voting}

100.50 Powers

Between sessions of the Missouri Annual Conference, all boards, commissions, committees, councils, and teams shall cooperate with and be amenable to the Council in matters relating to the development, implementation, and administration of their ministries.