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June 22, 2016

Everybody is Somebody

Missouri Conference Director of Congregational Excellence Bob Farr started his sermon on Sunday morning with a story about being a church visitor. He was there unannounced, and tried to remain anonymous. At first it was ...

June 22, 2016

Sweetness in the Midst of Sending Forth

Ozarks District Superintendent Lynn Dyke led the Service of Sending forth on the last day of the Missouri Annual Conference Session morning with a wedding story. No, not the love verses from Corinthians, or the ones ...

June 01, 2016

Biggerstaff Chairs Journal Committee

Every morning of General Conference, all those United Methodist from around the world were greeted by Randy Biggerstaff, as he gave his report at chair of the Journal Committee. “Good morning General Conference!” ...

June 01, 2016

Bishop Schnase Reflects on Council of Bishop’s Decision

Bishops help move conversation forward

June 01, 2016

CMU to Start Music Ministry Program

The newest academic major at Central Methodist University is a natural: a major in Music Ministry. CMU already has its acclaimed Swinney Conservatory of Music, numerous music degree options, and many vocal and ...

June 01, 2016

College Age Ministry Continues to Develop

The college years are the time when some of the largest life decisions are made: careers are chosen, spouses are found, and too often it is the time when people begin to drift away from church. The Missouri Conference is...

June 01, 2016

Committee Work

Legislative Committee Try to Sort Out Details Before Proposals Reach Main Floor

June 01, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid ...

By Stephanie Greiner The phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” or “Fear Not” appears 365 times in the Bible. I’m writing this article as I’m ending my first day at the St. Louis Mission u Study Leader Training and I realized that ...

June 01, 2016

Festival to Celebrate 35 Years of Sharing

Thirty-five years ago this October, something remarkable began. Festival of Sharing is the realization of a dream to do something about hunger and poverty plaguing our communities, state and world. They believed then and...

June 01, 2016

Finding Truth

United Methodists are in the midst of conference season and America is in a Presidential election year. In both church and nation, persons are finding themselves passionately advocating points of view with which others ...

June 01, 2016

General Conference Passes $604 Million General Church Budget

Goodbye, historically low budget.  Hello, slight increase. General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020. That represents a slight rise over the $603.1 million ...

June 01, 2016

General Conference Puts Hold on Sexuality Debate

General Conference delegates hit the pause button on the denomination's quadrennial debates related to homosexuality. Late afternoon May 18, the delegates voted by 428 to 405 to accept the recommendation of the Council ...

June 01, 2016

Laity Urged to Share Jesus with the World

Lay members of The United Methodist Church admonished their peers who are delegates to General Conference to remember that they share in the responsibility of making disciples of Jesus Christ in the world.

June 01, 2016

Letter from the Editor: General Conference 2016

By Fred Koenig Everything you need to know about General Conference 2016 is in this issue of The Missouri Methodist. But hey, I know you’re busy with Annual Conference session upon us, so I’ll do one better for you: ...

June 01, 2016

Methodists Plant 1,000 Trees

At the beginning of April, Heifer Project International Community Engagement Manager Cindy Sellers Roach visited Columbia and met with many churches and community members.  On Saturday, April 9, she attended a tree ...

June 01, 2016

Mike Bonem Shares Wisdom & Experience

Nationally recognized consultant, author, speaker, church leader, and businessman, Mike Bonem, was the featured speaker for a presentation titled “Navigating Healthy Change.”       Bonem admires some of the literature ...

June 01, 2016

Missional Highlights from the Southwest District

Whether fresh, vital and relevant ministry is the product of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit working within a congregation, or whether it emerges from churches working together, or whether it develops from conference ...

June 01, 2016

Missourians at General Conference

General Conference has 864 voting delegates, a dozen of which were from Missouri. Several Missouri Methodists had other roles beyond being delegates, and some Missourians who weren’t delegates were also present.       ...

June 01, 2016

Mozambique Initiative Visits Covenant Partners, Celebrates Gondola’s First Graduation

By Craig Stevenson From April 19-May 3, I traveled to Mozambique for my second trip since beginning to lead our partnership in October 2015. Ezy and I visited more than 10 churches in the Tete, Manica, Beira, and ...

June 01, 2016

Parting shot

The person receiving the Mother’s Day gift flower is a lifelong, well respected and loved member of her church.  Later in the service she would drop the bombshell of her decision to permanently move to Florida due to ...

June 01, 2016

Restorative Justice

By Lauren Rutherford In Missouri, less than 5 percent of Methodist congregations participate in restorative justice or prison ministry.     That percentage is small, but the need isn’t: The ratio of Methodist churches ...

June 01, 2016

Small Town Church

By Peggy Simpson On a balmy Sunday morning in late spring, I accompanied my husband, Jim, to Corder United Methodist Church in Corder, MO. Corder is a small town, population 398 according to the 2013 census, just ten ...

June 01, 2016

Subcommittees lead to holy conferencing

By David Reinholz John Wesley believed that Christian conferencing is a means of grace. This says when we do it properly, God is present and the conversations become holy. My belief is that God is always present when we...

June 01, 2016

Technically Keeping It In Balance

By Ryan Mclouth This month I would like to take a moment to talk about technical and practical challenges we might find as worship leaders, church musicians, music pastors, or creative directors, and solutions for those...

June 01, 2016

The Power of Second Site

Not long ago new United Methodists Churches used to be started by the Conference and a lone pastor with little more than a zip code where he was sent to get something started. But in recent years, some of the strongest ...

June 01, 2016

The Witness of the Laity

By Brian Hammons “The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which people ...

June 01, 2016

United Methodist Church Approves New Hymnal

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted to take decisive steps leading to the eventual approval of a new collection of hymns, tunes, and liturgical resources for worship. Approval was given to form ...

June 01, 2016

We Are More

South Central Jurisdiction Bishops Launch #WeAreMore Social Media Campaign

May 26, 2016

Restorative justice in action

21st Annual Boonslick Area Community Service Project takes over Boonville.

May 05, 2016

Central Methodist University offers tuition break for Methodist Church members

This program applies to undergraduate students attending the Fayette campus only.

May 05, 2016

Conference plans increased focus on restorative justice

A group of nearly 20 met to discuss and plan a restorative justice initiative.

May 05, 2016

How to follow Missouri's General Conference Delegates in Portland

Some Missouri Conference Delegates will be telling their stories of General Conference 144 characters at a time.

May 01, 2016

Creating Disciples & Changing Lives

The law allows charitably minded individuals a golden opportunity to make gifts directly from their IRAs and exclude the amount of their gift from gross income. Now persons over the age of 70 ½ may make a gift to their ...

May 01, 2016

Downtown Revival

Old church finds new life in the heart of Springfield.

May 01, 2016

Easter Attendance


May 01, 2016

Experience the Camino Walk

A Soul Connections experience from May 16-26, 2017

May 01, 2016

Faith & Race small group curriculum now available

The Faith and Race Podcast has just released its 8-week small group curriculum to help your church host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the church. As part of each 90 minute session, your group will listen ...

May 01, 2016

General Conference: Here We Go!

By Brian Hammons General Conference, the every-four-year gathering of United Methodists from around the globe, begins soon – May 10. 864 delegates and a lot of others will descend upon Portland, Oregon for almost two ...

May 01, 2016

Helping People Engage in Worship

By Ryan McLouth This month I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Neil Ostercamp from The Gathering UMC. Neil serves as Worship Coordinator at the Clayton site, and had many interesting and useful thoughts about ...

May 01, 2016

Missouri Conference is Alive in Haiti

By Lucas Endicott In a few short weeks Missouri Methodists will gather at Annual Conference and again sing “And Are We Yet Alive.” Sisters and brothers from around the world have been singing this song to open our ...

May 01, 2016

On Track in Mission

Because spring breaks happen at different times for different schools, it doesn’t always mean a week off for college athletes. This year Central Methodist University track team members had their second meet of the year ...

May 01, 2016

Parting Shot

There is a quote which helps explain why I take pictures. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust who was at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, has this to say: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite ...

May 01, 2016

Preview of Annual Conference: Mozambique Style

By Craig Stevenson Annual Conference is right around the corner, and at Mozambique Initiative, they are preparing to showcase our ministry story.      Their booth will highlight a few of our ministry areas. We’ll be ...

May 01, 2016

Receiving the Holy Spirit

By Hal Knight In Numbers 11 Moses finds himself responsible for an exceedingly large congregation of constant complainers. It was becoming hard to manage, and Moses cried out in despair to God. So God told Moses to ...

May 01, 2016

Risk-taking Faithfulness

By Fred Leist I have vivid memories of the conversation. It was an evening meeting with key lay leaders at Benton UMC in rural Scott County to discuss their future. There were 8-10 of us gathered around a table in a ...

May 01, 2016

Scouting helps churches reach youth

The two main reasons churches give for not starting a scout unit are “My church is too small,” and “We don’t have enough boys,” according to Jim Marchbank. He believes those churches need to change their perspective. “...

May 01, 2016

Singled Out

Making the Move to a Single-Point Charge.

May 01, 2016

Small Churches Getting Bigger

A church can be a real an anchor for its community. An anchor, properly used, provides stability and security, a steady presence in turbulent times. An anchor, at its worst, can be an insurmountable burden to those who ...

May 01, 2016

What is Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes ...

April 01, 2016

A Season of Firsts

By Lynn Dyke This is the “appointment season” in the United Methodist world, for we have a rather unique way of naming seasons. We skip over the traditional “winter, spring, summer and fall” for our own “seasons.” ...

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