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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 ...

June 01, 2017

We Are Alive

Over the last three months, I have had the privilege of traveling and preaching nearly every Sunday in one of our churches in the Missouri Conference. It’s been marvelous to see the life, enthusiasm and renewed vitality ...

June 01, 2017

Worship Music Camp

By Ryan McLouth This month I wanted to take a moment to share with you a new and special opportunity that Central Methodist University will be offering this summer. Building off of the successes of our “CMU Alive!” ...

May 10, 2017

A Methodist Milestone: Missouri Methodist Foundation Celebrates 50th Year

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation is having a birthday. “We are probably going to try and celebrate for at least 18 months!” states David Atkins, the Foundation’s executive director.  “It really is a major ...

May 10, 2017

Baxter to be Southeast District Superintendent

Rev. Bruce Baxter is about to make a big move in one sense, but geographically he isn’t moving at all. He will be the next Southeast District superintendent.       “The district office is about a mile from my house. My ...

May 10, 2017

Connecting Through Conference

By Amy Thompson One of the things that I love about United Methodism is the connectional system. The connectional system reminds me how we are all connected in working for the Kingdom of God. We are not in the Kingdom– ...

May 10, 2017

Filling the Diaper Gap

Talking about diapers often elicits giggles, but for parents, paying for diapers is a serious business, especially when money is short for all the bills. There is no government assistance program that helps parents in ...

May 10, 2017

Kim's Kids

Illmo United Methodist Church of Scott City has carried on the giving and caring work begun by lifetime member Kim Eifert by starting Kim’s Kids in 2015.       Kim Eifert was a devoted para-educator at Scott City Public ...

May 10, 2017

Letter from the Editor: Aiming for Accuracy

A pastor whom I hold in high regard suggested to me that when I cover a presentation for this publication that I give speakers an opportunity to review the story before it goes to press. It’s a good suggestion, and is ...

May 10, 2017

Mozambique Initiative: Introducing Madison Denton

Hello all!  My name is Madi, and I’m the new Mozambique Initiative intern. I am very excited to be here! My hope over the next year is to begin building connections with some of you. The best way to get the ball rolling...

May 10, 2017

Muzzling the Axe

By Ryan McLouth Help! I’ve done everything that everyone has suggested, but my electric guitar player is still too loud! This is the number one frustration that I hear from worship leaders, music directors, and music ...

May 10, 2017

Now Read This: The Vile Practices of Church Leadership: Finance & Administration

Nathaniel Berneking grew up in Herculaneum, Missouri, a small town on the Mississippi River about 35 minutes south of downtown St. Louis. He graduated from both the College of Arts & Sciences (’98) and Law School (’01) ...

May 10, 2017

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Are you awake? My photography increasingly becomes an act of silent worship in which my aim is to notice the creative face of God. Looking at the world through my lens helps keep my soul awake to what ...

May 10, 2017

Passing the Baton

We are in the season of moving time for United Methodist clergy. Many of our clergy are in the process of receiving the news of a new appointment and churches are receiving the news of a new pastor.  All of this is a ...

May 10, 2017

Responding to Disaster

When Missy Lindner was asked to help with the Volunteer Reception Center following the tornado that struck Oak Grove on March 6, she said sure. She hadn’t been told that “help” meant she would be responsible for ...

May 10, 2017

Small Church Next Gen Ministry

By Katie Nix Remember, back in the day, when we use to have a ton of kids at church? I wish we could be more like the big church down the street that has a million teenagers in youth group. Sunday used to be church day,...

May 10, 2017

Walking in Eternity

By Hal Knight What is “true religion” for Wesley? In his sermon “Walking by Sight and Walking by Faith” he describes it as “no less than living in eternity, and walking in eternity,” and thereby “walking in the love of ...

May 10, 2017

Women in Ministry

Being a woman in ministry often means being the first; the first woman pastor a church has received ever or in a while; the first to pioneer and pave a new way, standing on the shoulders of the many who went before in ...

May 08, 2017

Mission, Service and Justice Team Partners with Kingdom House in Addressing Issues of Injustice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Mission, Service and Justice Team Partners with Kingdom House in Addressing Issues of Injustice...

May 03, 2017

Spring Flooding Update

Missouri has experienced flood damage in multiple parts of the state with anticipated impact still to come as rivers continue to crest. Missouri state officials are asking that the UMC not send volunteers at this time ...

April 25, 2017

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. You can read the full letter sent to the ...

April 20, 2017

Award Night Honors 2017 Conference Winners

On April 19, award winners, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Champagne Ballroom for awards night. The Missouri Annual Conference honored the winners of the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award; the Unity ...

April 11, 2017

Baxter to be Appointed to Cabinet

Rev. Bruce Baxter is about to make a big move in one sense, but geographically he isn’t moving at all. He will be the next Southeast District superintendent. “The district office is about a mile from my house. My ...

March 24, 2017

2017 Annual Conference Offerings

Sunday Morning Worship  The Chicuque Rural Hospital (CRH) is a United Methodist supported hospital with more than 150 beds in Mozambique. CRH provides healthcare services to more than 500,000 people in the Inhambane ...

March 24, 2017

A Night to Shine

Three years ago the Tim Tebow Foundation launched at Night to Shine, a formal dance for people with special needs. This year First UMC in Sedalia hosted the event for a second time. More than 150,000 volunteers in more...

March 24, 2017

Arriving in Style

When you see a stretch limo cruise by, you probably wonder who is inside. A celebrity, a CEO of a large company, a foreign dignitary? For people in the know in Peculiar, they are more likely to think, “Probably some kids...

March 24, 2017

Christian

My Dad once said I should be a preacher. His advice wasn’t based on my oratory skills. I couldn’t have been worse in that area. I’m also sure he didn’t think I was in possession of some wisdom that needed to be bestowed ...

March 24, 2017

Cyclone Dineo in Mozambique Prompts Lenten Giving Campaign

On February 15, Cyclone Dineo devastated Methodism’s heart in Mozambique. More than 100 churches and their parsonages were impacted. The historic mission stations of Cambine and Chicuque also sustained significant ...

March 24, 2017

Deny Thy Self

By Hal Knight While John Wesley used the term “disciple” rarely, the great exception is his sermon on “Self-Denial.” There Wesley explores the meaning of the words of Jesus in Luke 9:23: “If any want to become my ...

March 24, 2017

Global Mission Fellow Works with Jubilee Initiative to Combat Predatory Lending

By Larry R. Hygh, Jr. “I was born and raised a Methodist and had this feeling from when I was little that I wanted to do something cool when I grew up,” says Margaret “Maggie” Lohmeyer. That “something cool” for ...

March 24, 2017

Lent: A Journey in Preparations

We all know the experience of getting ready for something: Getting ready for a trip, for a birthday party, for Christmas, a big meal or company.       What does it mean to get ready when you don’t know for what you’re ...

March 24, 2017

Love and ... Gift Annuities

On paper, Deane and Fancine Thompson might not seem to have a lot in common.  She grew up in University City in St. Louis; he grew up on a farm in Indiana.  He is an engineer and number-cruncher by training; she is a ...

March 24, 2017

Notre Maison: Our House

Gertrude Bein-Aime was a nun with Missionaries for Charity. The organization, founded by Mother Teresa, has two facilities in Haiti, a home for children, in which they provide care to children who are malnourished and ...

March 24, 2017

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Art drew me into photography, and photography has shaken hands with my ministry. Modern photographers tend to care about things like technical mastery, creative composition and lighting, originality and ...

March 24, 2017

Reaching Youth Via Tech

By Ryan McLouth The last few weeks we’ve been talking about technology, sound production and notation—all practical components of worship. This month, let’s talk about getting youth involved with worship.      I think ...

March 24, 2017

Respire

In January of 2011, 24-year-old Megan Boudreaux went to Haiti committed to help and trusting that God would guide her to a way to do that.      What started out as a small feeding program quickly grew to be a school ...

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