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November 22, 2017

Cheap Grace

By Hal Knight Last month we looked at how legalism endangers the way of salvation. Now I want to identify the opposite danger, and to begin not with John Wesley but the 20th century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a ...

November 22, 2017

Stride: Creating a Pathway of Discipleship

Mike Schreiner grew up in Jackson in the Southeast District. His home church was New McKendree UMC. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State with a major in pre-medicine/interdisciplinary studies, and graduated from ...

November 14, 2017

Immediate Critical Needs in Haiti

Food insecurity remains at crisis level in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew devastated the bread basket of Haiti in October of 2016. Beyond the devastation to houses and the reported 1,000 lives lost in the country, livestock ...

November 14, 2017

Revelation and Response

By Ryan McLouth Do the actions and songs of your worship service provide opportunities for both revelation and response? As worship musicians and leaders, it is our job to ensure that worshipers have the opportunity to ...

November 13, 2017

Prayer Circles of Thanksgiving

By Amy Thompson The month of November reminds us to be thankful as we celebrate Thanksgiving. I along with many of you offer thanks for our health, family members, friends, employment and healing. I also offer thanks ...

November 10, 2017

A New Way of Engaging the World

John’s disciples reported back to him the news of all these events taking place. He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?” The men showed up ...

November 10, 2017

Bishops Uphold Values in Interim Report on Way Forward Work

By Fred Koenig Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality - all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for ...

November 10, 2017

Ministry with the Military

Many churches are engaged with various types of ministry with the armed services when war is at the forefront of the news, but fewer remained so when conflicts stretch on and the attention of the nation is elsewhere. The...

November 10, 2017

Operation Healthy Delta

Two United Methodist Churches in southeast Missouri were occupied by the military for more than a week in September. The joint act of community service had people lined up outside the doors each morning. The U.S. ...

November 10, 2017

The Ship is my Parish

One thing Commander Tom Statler appreciates about serving in his role as Navy chaplain is that it is very people centric. He’s not attached to a chapel. When the troops that he ministers to deploy, he deploys with them. ...

November 10, 2017

UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, November 10, 2017   UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty   LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA _ United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the ...

November 06, 2017

Calling for Kinship: Monthly dialogues provide space to discuss walks toward social justice

The first in a new series of monthly dialogues at the Center for Social Empowerment was a timely one. The center, located at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, was facilitating a conversation about race and ...

November 04, 2017

Seven Keys to Reaching the Next Generation

By Lauren Miers Reaching the next generation centers on listening up and meeting Generation Z (those born from 2001 to 2018) where they are. On October 14, the Office of Next Generation Ministries hosted its annual ...

November 01, 2017

Robin Shepard to be next Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator

The Missouri Annual Conference announced that Robin Shepard has been selected as the next Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator. She begins her work this week.   Robin grew up in St. Louis, and was trained as a chemical...

October 27, 2017

Seeing the Problem

Ewell Helps Bring Disability Issues to Light

October 24, 2017

Global Connect: A New Path To Mission

People who want to make a difference can now start their journey with Global Connect. “The purpose of Global Connect is to prepare people to engage in mission,” said Missouri Conference Mission Strategist Lucas Endicott....

October 23, 2017

Spreading Out

Festival of Sharing to Transition from Single Statewide to Regional Events in 2018

October 20, 2017

Turning Heads

Transforming Grass to Garden in Front of Church Enhances Neighborhood

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


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