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November 28, 2016

Overtime rule: Why Churches Still Must Comply

Early last week, a Federal District Court in Texas halted the application of new overtime regulations. Employers, including local churches, have vigorously discussed the new regulations and the overarching related ...

November 21, 2016

Benefits of Bible Journaling

By Lauren Miers Some of us would never dream of drawing and painting in our Bible; For Arden Ratcliff-Mann, the Word of God provided the perfect canvas for creativity and spiritual revival.      In January 2015, in ...

November 21, 2016

Christmas in July

Sometimes when Christmas comes around, people think “Where did the year go? It can’t have been a year since last Christmas. It seems like we just had it.”    If they have that feeling at Stanberry UMC, it’s justified. ...

November 21, 2016

Election Day and the Church

Pastors do a good job of not endorsing candidates from the pulpit and respect the diversity of political opinions in their congregations. But that doesn’t mean that churches don’t have a role – in contrary, many United ...

November 21, 2016

Gateway Central on Wright Track

You may know Rev. Londia Granger Wright from her work on one of the Conference teams or committees. If you’ve been to Annual Conference in the past several years, you know her as a former Conference secretary. In these ...

November 21, 2016

Letter from the Editor: The Four Corners

If you’re at church in Watson, and you decide you’d also like to go to Cooter, give yourself some time. The two Missouri Conference United Methodist Churches are about 8 ½ hours apart. That’s taking mostly four-lane ...

November 21, 2016

Ministry of All

Pinnell installed as Mark Twain District Superintendent

November 21, 2016

Next Generation Leadership Conference

In what has become an annual event, about 100 Missouri Conference leaders came together at Missouri UMC in Columbia for the Next Generation Leadership Conference on November 3.      Keynote speaker Craig Jutila, who was ...

November 21, 2016

Parting Shot

Lenses are of critical importance in the realization of a photographer’s vision. Today’s lenses are designed for a high degree of optical precision with minimal aberrations. Yet, they have gone so far in removing optical...

November 21, 2016

Preacher Kids at CMU

When it comes time to start college, many look to it as a time for a fresh start. For the children of five United Methodist pastors in the Missouri Conference, they left home and left behind their status of PK or ...

November 21, 2016

S'Mores Club at North Cross UMC

By Jen Shelton As part of our Play, Learn and Share Summer Fun, North Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City hosted its first S’mores Club on National S’mores Day, Wednesday, August 10, 2016. In preparation for ...

November 21, 2016

Sharing the Light: 2016 Highlights

By Angie Olsen As we have for 35 years, people from around the state joined together to worship at Festival of Sharing. Becky Matsiga read these words, “The darkness of hunger and poverty seeks to block the light of ...

November 21, 2016

Spiritually Centered, Outwardly Focused

In an article written by Steve Beard, I read about an interview between Reverend Jorge Acevedo, senior pastor at Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida, and his friend, Reverend Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek ...

November 21, 2016

The Aftermath of the Election

By Hal Knight The presidential campaign has taken an enormous toll. We were already a nation divided—now that division has become a chasm. Pre-existing conditions threatening the health of American society were not ...

November 21, 2016

The Four Corners Southwest

    Noel is one of the words you hear all the time at Christmas and only at Christmas. It is traditionally used as the French word, meaning Christmas carol. Go back even further, and its Latin origins relate to...

November 21, 2016

The Gift of an Experience

By Amy Thompson I recently found myself involved in a conversation about gift giving. This individual was sharing the pressure she feels in selecting a gift for her children or family member. The conversation centered ...

November 21, 2016

Working Together

University of Missouri Rural Sociology Professor David Obrien originally hails from Boston, but if you go back to his grandparents, they had a rural lifestyle, although it was in Ireland. Obrien was an urban sociologist ...

November 21, 2016

Worship Experiences: Stories & Testimonials

By Ryan McLouth Sometimes people ask me how I got involved with worship music. I love hearing other people’s stories, and I love sharing my own story as well. When I was a kid, I had three primary experiences with ...

November 10, 2016

Bishop Farr announces first three days of prayer and service

Last month, Bishop Farr announced his desire to dedicate one day per month for intentional prayer within a community standing on the cusp of the great social challenges of racial justice, poverty and violence. The ...

October 20, 2016

An Attitude of Gratitude

As we enter the month of November, many of us take some time to pause and give thanks for the gifts in our life. Gifts like friendship, family, health. This year I am giving pause asking myself how do I show my ...

October 20, 2016

Bishop For & With

Bishop Robert Farr Installed as Bishop of the Missouri Area.

October 20, 2016

Building Blocks

Bishop Farr Explains What Brought Him to this Point

October 20, 2016

Church Steadfast Presence in Clarksville

Through many floods, the church has been there for Clarksville.

October 20, 2016

Churches and Disability Outreach

By Paul Black The Rev. H. Russell Ewell gave a challenge to the churches of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference to become more aware of people with disabilities – get started! "If bars are more accessible than altars,...

October 20, 2016

Create a Planned Gift through the Missouri United Methodist Foundation

PG 101: The Charitable Gift Annuity If you have made a gift to any charitable organization in the last fifteen years – a university, a hospital foundation, charities that seek cures for disease – then you have probably ...

October 20, 2016

Feed My Sheep, Tend My Sheep, Feed My Sheep

Ministry of Presence, Accountability, Experimentation Discipleship

October 20, 2016

Letter from the Editor

On October 8 I turned on the television to see live news coverage about Hurricane Matthew as it carved a path of destruction up the east coast. The station went from the news person doing a live remote to the news ...

October 20, 2016

Liturgical Worship

David Gungor grew up in the midst of rapidly growing, non-denominational, charismatic, evangelical churches. They would go from zero to mega church in no time. Then he would see them crash. He thought he saw a model, and...

October 20, 2016

Liturgy of the Soul

Missouri pastors spent a few days in Sedalia at Converge.

October 20, 2016

Missouri Pastors Share Stories

Missouri pastors share on delight, fun and being brave.

October 20, 2016

Mozambique Initiative: Year One

Whew! I just celebrated my first year of ministry with MI. What have I been up to? In my first 52 weeks, I’ve spent 23 weekends guest preaching and visiting congregations from Shell Knob to Marceline. Five of ...

October 20, 2016

New Overtime Rule Means Church Changes

New Fair Labor Standards Act rule means many salaried employees will receive overtime pay.

October 20, 2016

Parting Shot

The Mississippi River draws my camera and imagination like a magnet. If you were to observe the beginning of this river in Itasca State Park in Minnesota and had no idea where you were standing, you would never know the ...

October 20, 2016

Responding to Haiti in a Time of Need

By Lucas Endicott As the waters recede, people in Haiti are getting a first look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew and the picture isn’t good. The southern and western parts of the island were most effected...

October 20, 2016

Speaking the Language of the Culture

Narrative is key.

October 20, 2016

Staying Engaged, Uniting in Music

It has been an exciting year so far here at Central Methodist University in the Music Ministry Department. We have 12 full-time members in our student worship band and have had many more participate as guests on a ...

October 20, 2016

Teaming Up to Stop Bullying

The phenomena of bullying and violence are terrible realities that are too much in the lives of our young people today. Our St. Louis Caucus of Black Methodist for Church Renewal decided to advocate for our youth and do ...

October 20, 2016

The Bishop's Staff

The staff is made of Missouri Black Walnut wood.

October 20, 2016

The Changing Face of Rural Missouri

Rural churches may sometimes feel isolated and overlooked, but some people are watching, and it's not just within the church. The Rural Sociology Department at the University of Missouri - Columbia has been studying ...

October 20, 2016

Wesley on Animals

Many churches had a “blessing of the animals” in early October. Its roots go back to the 4th century, when churches began blessing animals on the feast of St. Anthony (the day before Easter), the patron saint of animals....

October 10, 2016

Bishop’s Call to Prayer: Invites Methodists to explore anti-racism as a way of living out social holiness

October 2016   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   Each week, the news seems to proclaim another life lost due to tense interactions between police and the community. I have often felt at a loss for words and for ...

October 06, 2016

Missouri Responds to Haiti in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

On Tuesday of this week, Haiti received the brunt of Hurricane Matthew's force in the region. Still rebuilding from the devastating earthquake of 2010, Haiti remains ill-equipped to handle natural disasters. Houses were ...

September 29, 2016

Parking for Bishop Farr's Welcome Service

If you plan to attend the Bishop’s Welcome Service on Saturday at Missouri UMC, here are some tips for parking: If at all possible, meet at the Conference office and carpool to Missouri UMC. The parking lot at 10th and ...

September 21, 2016

‘Tis the season ... to get ready for the season!

Although the church finance committee may wish that the congregation members would provide gifts in twelve equal monthly installments, that is not how most people behave. Church giving ebbs and flows over the course of ...

September 21, 2016

Boundaries Training

In keeping with its Highest Ideals, the Missouri Annual Conference provided continuing education for all appointed part-time and full-time clergy and laity serving under appointment in the area of boundaries and clergy ...

September 21, 2016

Letter from the Editor: The Rural Church

In case you’re wondering where Bishop Robert Farr stands on the rural church, I had the privilege of hearing him answer that question in the few hours that elapsed in the time between his election, but before he was ...

September 21, 2016

Making Room for Who's Next

One of the biggest construction projects in the Missouri Conference is taking place at a church that was already large.       “This congregation is amazing,” Rev. Stephen Breon said of Platte Woods UMC. “They ...

September 21, 2016

Missouri Iowa Send 1,500 Cleaning Buckets to Louisiana

The Missouri Conference and the Iowa Conference teamed up to provide 1,500 Cleaning Flood Buckets to Louisiana to help in the recovery efforts. The Missouri Conference sent about 1,100 buckets, and 400 buckets that ...

September 21, 2016

Moving On and Staying Home

I’m excited, nervous, humbled, scared and joyful to become the new Bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church.       My wife Susan and I were as surprised as everyone else that we were assigned back...

September 21, 2016

Mozambique Initiative Covenant Partnerships

A linchpin of the Mozambique Initiative is our covenant church partnerships. Beginning with our first Mozambique Initiative Coordinator Carol Kreamer more than 18 years ago – you – as our churches, provide ...

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