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October 18, 2017

Leading an Active Prayer Life

By Amy Thompson As leaders, it is important to be intentional in your own personal spiritual development. Your personal commitment to growing in your faith could begin with many things. I would like to suggest prayer. ...

October 14, 2017

Music Ministry at CMU

By Ryan McLouth I often have friends in the church community ask me about my position at Central Methodist University and our Music Ministry program. Today I thought I would tell you a little bit about what we do. The ...

October 13, 2017

Legalism: A Danger on the Path to Salvation

By Dr. Hal Knight For John Wesley salvation was not a status attained but a path to travel, with the goal to increasingly love God and others as we have been loved by God in, Jesus Christ. He knew that there are dangers...

October 12, 2017

Pastoring in Partisan Times

By Jim Simpson At ordination, the Bishop lays hands on elders and deacons and says: Take authority to preach the Word of God … Faithful pastors know this authority reaches far beyond the pulpit to include organizing the...

October 10, 2017

Bike to the Future Celebrates First Year

Your alarm blares at 3 a.m. You stash a granola bar in your backpack, throw on your jacket and lace up your tennis shoes with the worn out soles. You head out the door and begin your nine mile walk to work. After a ...

October 06, 2017

Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope

By Dr. Jessica M. Smith As Mai-Anh Le Tran writes in her book Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope, August 9, 2014 “disrupted” her world.       It is the day that a young black man Michael Brown was ...

October 05, 2017

Rebuilding Puerto Rico: How You Can Help

People in the Caribbean are still recovering from hurricane Maria. With power still out and water in short reply, first responders are working across the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Our Conference has been in ...

September 30, 2017

Importance of Rehearsal

By Ryan McLouth Is your worship team rehearsing or practicing each week? There are clear distinctions between these two activities, and I’m sure we have all done both. Additionally, I would posit that these terms can ...

September 22, 2017

A Journey of Granite and Stone

By Glenn Wintemberg My time at Epworth started in 1989. At that retreat we headed down to Vesper Hill, which at sunset had the most beautiful view looking out to Shepherds Mountain. Before entering into Vesper Hill, you...

September 21, 2017

The Jewel Initiative

The Christmas season will soon be upon us. In America, this time of gift-giving is met with generosity within our churches and our community. Christmas is celebrated in Mozambique but rarely includes the giving of gifts....

September 19, 2017

Mission Council Approves New Conference Vision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Mission Council Approves New Conference Vision   COLUMBIA, Mo. – September 19, 2017 – The ...

September 07, 2017

5 Tips for Getting Started

By Ryan McLouth Help! I just started a new position in music ministry, and I’m not sure what to do! This has happened to everyone at some point. Maybe you’re part of a church plant, you’re a new hire at a congregation ...

September 07, 2017

By the Numbers

Church attendance numbers can get tricky. I’ve been dealing with them long enough now to notice what one might call abnormalities. I know of one church which, on three different occasions, three different sequential ...

September 07, 2017

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?

Margie Briggs grew up in Windsor. She has always been an active lay person in the United Methodist Church. Her book, Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turn Around Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small ...

September 07, 2017

Finding Common Threads: Church Group Bonds in the Sewing Room

Sometimes a new idea can take hold among old friends and make relationships stronger. The Sew-Cial at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church started in January with a couple of women thinking they would get together...

September 07, 2017

Mozambique Initiative: Renewing the Covenant

The Mozambique Initiative’s mission is “partnering to transform people and their communities toward the image of Christ.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines partner as “one associated with another especially in an ...

September 07, 2017

Opening Doors for the Next Generation

By Sarah Dumas 4,479 campers. 21 Ignite Mobile camps. 11 weeks of camp. Ten Infuse Core camps. Nine Spark Mini-Mobile camps. Five campgrounds. Two shaving cream fights. One Almighty God.       The statistics are clear, ...

September 07, 2017

Raising Up Leaders

By Amy Thompson How do we raise up leaders in our churches? This question is on my mind a lot as the vitality of our churches is dependent on it. It is especially on my mind as we move into the fall when the discussions...

September 07, 2017

Sharing What Works: Books Emerge from Resurrection Downtown Experience

Scott Chrostek grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a BS in Organizational Management. While in school he was working in the field of investments with two ...

September 07, 2017

Wesley on Racism

By Hal Knight The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a white supremacist rally turned violent, is a distressing reminder that racism remains in 21st century America. While the more than a dozen groups ...

September 01, 2017

Sabbath Time: Matthew 12:1-8

I hope you and your family had some Sabbath time this summer. Sabbath means very different things to different people. One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the ...

August 28, 2017

Responding to Hurricane Harvey

HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE Click here to download the worship bulletin insert PRAY. Pray for the people of flood-infected areas, for the lives lost, and for first responders. Search Discipleship Ministries for worship ...

August 23, 2017

The Gift of Presence and Music in Mozambique

By Amy Thompson Here are the words from an email that I received in May prior to traveling to Mozambique in June: “We are preparing to receive you and the team. Let me share with you what preparing to receive means. The...

August 18, 2017

Mission Council Renews Annual Conference Contract for 2019-2020 with Springfield

After a 10-month review of proposals to host the Missouri Annual Conference for 2019-2020, the Mission Council selected the plan submitted by the Springfield, Missouri. Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The current ...

August 16, 2017

Being a Neighbor

Avondale is a small community on the north side of Kansas City, in an area where it’s hard to tell when you go from one town to the next. It’s not far off of Highway 435, or from major landmarks like Worlds of Fun, but ...

August 13, 2017

A Word on Charlottesville

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   The news from Charlottesville, Virginia should come as no surprise to Missourians. We know better than to dismiss the actions of white nationalists and supremacists as something ...

August 04, 2017

Next Level Discipleship

How does the new General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries spend his summer? If you’re Rev. Junius Dotson, you spend it going from Annual Conference to Annual Conference, where you can speak directly to the maximum ...

July 28, 2017

Practical Divinity

Before Bishop Bob Farr was Bishop, part of his job as director of Congregational Excellence involved consulting with churches on revitalization. Often when he asked the people of a church about their discipleship ...

July 28, 2017

Reclaim the Flame

By Pam Ekey Rev. Charity Goodwin called on the Missouri Annual Conference to reclaim the power of the Holy Spirit during the opening worship service June 9. “We need to reclaim the flame so that we are emotionally ...

July 28, 2017

Seven Ways to Share Faith

By Jennifer Simms & Susan Sneed Roger Ross, newly named the Director of Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Annual Conference, received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon as approximately 250 clergy and laity ...

July 19, 2017

Annual Conference 2018

The 16th Session of the Missouri Annual Conference will be June 8-10, 2018 in Springfield, MO. The theme of next year’s conference will be FREED2LEAD and will focus on leadership. This moves the Conference session to ...

July 19, 2017

Parting Shot


July 19, 2017

Reaching Students with Bright Futures

Churches should not let the separation of church and state dissuade them from being in ministry with their local schools. Often by simply approaching the school and asking what can be done to help, a church can become a ...

July 19, 2017

Strengthening the Black Church

Lia McIntosh opened the workshop on Strengthening the Black Church with scripture from Acts 3:1-10, which tells the story of a man outside of church, who had church people walk by him all day long.      “He got ...

July 12, 2017

Making the Move to Missouri

As Roger Ross packs his bags for Missouri this summer, part of it feels pretty natural. His family often came to Table Rock Lake for summer vacations. But now he’s packing more than a suitcase. He’s moving from ...

July 10, 2017

Cheerleader, Coach and Critic

From the moment she walked on stage, praising the Lord with “God is good,” the Conference could easily recognize the life that Tina Harris is going to bring to her new role as Director of Mission, Service and Justice. “...

July 07, 2017

State of the Conference

A year ago Rev. Bob Farr stood before the Missouri Conference in appreciation of having support for upcoming episcopal election, and the Conference was saying goodbye to Bishop Robert Schnase, who had served Missouri for...

June 01, 2017

An Extension of Ministry

Next month The Missouri Methodists will have a list of all appointed United Methodist clergy in the state of Missouri, spanning several pages despite the small type. The clergy are listed by district, and then ...

June 01, 2017

Bishop Farr Keeps Exploring Missouri

Even before his episcopal appointment to Missouri, Bishop Bob Farr had probably been to more United Methodist Churches in Missouri than almost anyone. But he’s quick to say he hasn’t been to them all, and he hasn’t met ...

June 01, 2017

Disaster Recovery in Oak Grove

Oak Grove continues their recovery and rebuilding process after a tornado hit the heart of the town on March 6. When viewing the destruction one can’t help but comment on how remarkable it was that there was no loss of...

June 01, 2017

Don't Underestimate Small

Michael Slaughter likes to put himself down. He opened his talk at the Leadership Institute by saying he has no pastoral gifts and how on his first pastoral visit to a nursing home, the person he went to see dropped dead...

June 01, 2017

Go West

Rev. Mel West is kind of like Jesus. Everyone loves the thought of him – at a distance. But if you get too close, he’s likely going to suggest that you do something that makes you a little uncomfortable.       If you ...

June 01, 2017

Grace in El Dorado Springs

Rev. Jeremy Vickers and his wife Jill both have roots in and hearts for rural America. They have noticed that as many rural areas struggle economically and businesses close, churches close, too. This year at least 16 ...

June 01, 2017

Happy? What It Is and How To Find It

Rev. Matt Miofsky grew up in Washington, Mo. He majored in pure mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis and earned his Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Why did you write ...

June 01, 2017

Knowing, Loving, Serving

By Hal Knight We have been looking at discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective these last several months, and now it is time to sum it all up. For Wesley, a disciple is one who knows God’s love in Jesus Christ, loves ...

June 01, 2017

Moving Forward with C2FM

“It was this beneficial, grace-filled program,” explains Rev. Mary Weaver, describing her experience at the Making Money Count workshop sponsored by the Clergy & Church Financial Ministry (C2FM). Not only was it “a great...

June 01, 2017

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson The point of impact. Sports photography for me is a way to connect with and give something back to the community. It’s part of my ministry, a point of impact. People understand that my priorities place ...

June 01, 2017

Preparation for Pastoral Transition

By Amy Thompson The month of June is known as Annual Conference time. Last month I asked you to keep the individuals attending and the work of conference in your prayers. This is your reminder…pray for us June 9-12!    ...

June 01, 2017

Recognized for Reaching Out

The Missouri Conference tried something new this year. Rather than presenting awards during Annual Conference Session, they opted to instead have an award banquet in Columbia. This allowed more time for the presentations...

June 01, 2017

Understanding Injustice

The Office of Mission, Service and Justice announced a partnership with Kingdom House in St. Louis to assist local churches in understanding issues of injustice in their communities.      A designated gift from a third ...

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