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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 ...

September 21, 2016

Parting Shot

What comes from a life of total surrender and abandonment to God? Self-sacrifice as we lay down our life for Christ. This picture is from a major project where I took a number of photographs with hands positioned as if ...

September 21, 2016

Reaching the Summit

The walls are up at The Summit as the new church location over a decade in the making begins to take concrete form. But the story of First UMC Lee’s Summit isn’t about a church move or church growth. It’s really about ...

September 21, 2016

Rural Church or Small Membership Church Online Resources

Duke Divinity School The Seminary provides this link to resources for the rural church: http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives/trc/resources. Rural Faith Development Rural Faith Development Community Development ...

September 21, 2016

Rural Ministry Now

Rev. John Pinkston is a full-time licensed local pastor serving the Pike Country Larger Parish. He considers himself committed to rural life. He grew up in the Pleasant Hill UMC in the Heartland District. He went to ...

September 21, 2016

Special Music

A creative opportunity to serve God

September 21, 2016

Understanding the Next Generation

The Next Generation is a vital part of churches across Missouri, and on November 5 Next Generation Ministries hopes to provide resources and inspire those leading it.      Rev. Bruce Baxter first attended the conference ...

September 21, 2016

Why do we pray?

By Hal Knight There are many people who see prayer as a diversion from doing something useful. Their plea to others is, “don’t just pray, do something!” Others value prayer as a means to enlist God’s help to attain ...

September 21, 2016

Witness of the Laity

By Amy Thompson As our former conference lay leader, Brian Hammons, mentioned at Annual Conference in the laity address, the UM Book of Discipline Paragraph 127 reveals the key to the renewal of the Methodist movement ...

September 08, 2016

Episcopal Office and Mid-State District Announce Staffing Changes

The Mid-State District and the Episcopal Office announced staffing changes today. Dala Dunn has shifted from working in both the district and episcopal office to working exclusively with the Mid-State as its fully ...

September 08, 2016

Missouri Annual Conference Begins National Search for Center Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Missouri Annual Conference Begins National Search for Center Director   COLUMBIA, Mo. – ...

September 07, 2016

Methodism on Wheels

On a bucket list of things to accomplish: playing a flute is more sensible than buying a bus. Well not to Lloyd Ivy of St. Louis, Missouri. Lloyd is a lay member of Asbury United Methodist Church and President of the ...

August 26, 2016

Missouri and Iowa Team Up to Send 1,400 Cleaning Buckets to Louisiana

Dan Steska, Associate Director for Disaster Response for the Missouri Annual Conference, updated the totals for cleaning buckets shipped to Sager Brown, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) depot ...

August 23, 2016

Converge

Pop Culture Parables: Inviting New People through Story Everyone has a story. Sometimes we tell our story through art, movies, comic books, music, drama or the written word. Baby boomers offered the world ground shaking ...

August 23, 2016

Foundation Opportunity for Clergy

All clergy are invited to attend the Clergy Benefits Academy hosted by the General Board – Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church.  The Clergy Benefits Academy will be presented October 24-26, 2016, ...

August 23, 2016

Harry Denman: An Icon of Evangelism

By Hal Knight Every year many annual conferences honor clergy and laity who have an exceptional ministry of evangelism with Denman Awards. Sponsored by the Foundation for Evangelism, they are named for Harry Denman ...

August 23, 2016

Inbound Marketing

Turn Strangers into Members Promoters of Your Church

August 23, 2016

Letter from the Editor: Summer 2016

What a summer. Let's recap. Our June issue brought you news from General Conference session in Portland, Oregon, and left you with a “To be continued.” Delegates asked the Council of Bishops to organize a process for ...

August 23, 2016

Missouri Conference Campers Top 3,000

The inflatable obstacle course and water slides have been deflated; the rock wall has been packed up and put away; the campers have headed home and are ready for a new school year.      Another fantastic camping season...

August 23, 2016

New Beginnings

A buzz is around the Missouri Conference. You may hear talk of transitions, new teams for the next quadrennium, a new conference lay leader, a new Bishop. What does all this mean for the laity and local church?

August 23, 2016

Parting Shot

“Do you give the horse its might? Do you clothe its neck with mane?” – Job 39:19. In awe, I photographed these magnificent wild horses. How many of us in our prayer life ask God “How could you…?” “Why don’t you…?” We ...

August 23, 2016

Presentation: Connecting with the Congregation

By Ryan McLouth I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer — I know that I have. Last month we talked about performance in worship and how to use it to our benefit without letting it be a distraction. In this issue, I’d ...

August 23, 2016

Red Letter Christian Tony Campolo Talks to Compass Group about Holiness

Tony Campolo has been on “The Colbert Report”, “Larry King Live” and “The Charlie Rose show.” But on August 8, he was at the Missouri Conference Center in Columbia speaking to United Methodist pastors in Compass about ...

August 23, 2016

The Jewel Initiative

Premiering at Annual Conference, The Jewel Initiative is a resource for churches who give their Christmas Eve offering for the Mozambique Initiative.       The Jewel Initiative is designed from the idea that ...

August 23, 2016

Wheels Wanted

Restorative justice ministry doesn’t always mean visiting a prison; Sometimes it’s as simple as donating a bicycle. Transportation is one of the largest obstacles facing offenders when they’re released. Bike to the ...

August 23, 2016

Youthfest

Calling all youth and youth leaders: There is an opportunity to be part of something amazing.  On October 14-15 at the Missouri State Fairground in Sedalia, hundreds of youth will gather to make a difference. There will...

July 22, 2016

Bishop Bob Farr

It was a long, hard run for Rev. Bob Farr, but it paid off when he crossed the finish line and was elected Bishop at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. The last Bishop elected from Missouri was Bishop Rhymes ...

July 22, 2016

Brian Hammons to be SCJ Lay Leader for Next Quadrennium

After a morning full of balloting and a rousing episcopal address by Bishop Mike Lowry of the Central Texas Conference, the lay leaders representing each conference in the South Central Jurisdiction took the stage.      ...

July 22, 2016

Consecrated: South Central Jurisdiction Consecrates Three New Bishops

Rev. Bob Farr was consecrated as a Bishop in the United Methodist Church in a service on July 16 at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. Bishop Farr was elected at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference...

July 22, 2016

Effective Performance

If you have read even one of my articles in the past, then you will know that “corporate worship” is a huge part of my philosophy as worship leader and teacher. This means that I believe it should always be our goal to ...

July 22, 2016

Episcopal Elections Explained

Just like presidential elections, the Summer Olympics and leap day, a pair of events happen for United Methodists in the United States every four years.    The General Conference, which this year was conducted in ...

July 22, 2016

Faith Walk

By Amy Thompson Amid the endless topics available for my first article as Conference Lay Leader, I would like say thanks to all of those who have touched my life and been a part of my faith walk. While there are too ...

July 22, 2016

Growing Love

By Katherine Trombetta As far as gardens go, the Greater Parkcrest-Wesley Community Garden is one of a kind. Located behind Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, this plot of under-utilized ground has been ...

July 22, 2016

Host an Angel Tree This Christmas

A very small percentage of Missouri’s almost 800 Methodist congregations have a prison ministry; In 2015, 16 of these churches participate in a program called Angel Tree.       A program of national organization Prison...

July 22, 2016

How Assignments Are Made

Months prior to Jurisdictional Conference, the Episcopacy Committee consults with all the bishops in the jurisdiction regarding their gifts, graces, hopes and needs and the missional needs of their Conference. All ...

July 22, 2016

Learnin' and Leadin' Alongside the Least of These

By By Dr. John Wade, Professor, Southeast Missouri State University August: late summer vacations, state fairs, school shopping and the start of the fall sports season. Last August, 40 residents of the Southeast ...

July 22, 2016

Letter from the Editor

A little over 12 years ago, Bishop Ann Sherer said that as Bishop, she had less influence over where she was appointed than she did at any other time in her career as a United Methodist itinerant pastor. A month later, ...

July 22, 2016

Lynn Dyke Runs a Good Race

Ozarks District Superintendent Lynn Dyke had quite a wild ride on the episcopal election roller coaster, but it wasn’t unexpected.       “I was there four years ago and experienced the roller coaster that Bob (Farr) was ...

July 22, 2016

Neck & Neck

Horse race of election requires record number of ballots.

July 22, 2016

Not a Pig Show

Rev. Morris Matthis of the Texas Conference may not have won the Episcopal race but he seemed to win the best concession speech award hands-down.       After the 23rd ballot Rev. Matthis stepped up to mike to make what ...

July 22, 2016

Overcoming the Barriers That Separate Us

By Hal Knight I write at the end of an especially troubling week for America. Two African-American young men, one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota, were killed by white policemen in situations that should not have ...

July 22, 2016

Parting Shot

While crossing an open field, I noticed this dragonfly. Dragonflies are often symbolically linked with illumination and transformation. As I approached, it flew away. When I stopped to switch to a macro lens, it returned...

July 22, 2016

What To Say, What To Do

By Rev. Willis Johnson I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels and email blew up. Your attention was arrested, too. My colleagues...

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