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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...

July 22, 2016

Worship Looks Outside of SCJ Walls

Rev. Junius Dotson began the second full day of the South Central Jurisdictional with a worship session that looked beyond the process of electing bishops or the state of the church and addressed the state of the world. ...

July 21, 2016

When Friends Fight

By Rev. Kim Jenne When I first heard about the making of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), I complained to anyone that would listen that Batman and Superman cannot fight, insisting, “They’re friends!” Besides, ...

July 18, 2016

The A-poké-alypse

By Kim Jenne Above: Natasha is responsible for keeping six boys occupied all day. She visited Good Shepherd’s Pokéstop for a “real world adventure,” free pizza while there connected with the pastor and learned about the...

July 16, 2016

COB President Addresses Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Results

Peoria, Ill.:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of today’s Episcopal election at the Western Jurisdictional Conference of ...

July 16, 2016

College of Bishops Statement

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: While these can be turbulent times in The United Methodist Church, these are also times of emerging and fruitful ministries. Lay and clergy leaders are creating ...

July 16, 2016

Episcopal Assignments Announced

The South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee announced bishop assignments at about 11:30 p.m. Friday night. Bishop Bob Farr has been assigned to Missouri. Because he is returning to the area from which he was ...

July 15, 2016

Friday afternoon update: 10 ballots cast, 1 election

10 ballots were cast, and Rev. Bob Farr was elected as Bishop.

July 15, 2016

Friday morning update: 6 ballots cast, 1 election

Election Results   Ballot #19: Results were given at 8:52 a.m., 422 votes, 6 invalid, 416 valid, 125 needed to elect. No election. The results were:    Name Number of Votes Jimmy Nunn 111 David Wilson 85 Lynn ...

July 15, 2016

Thursday evening update: 7 ballots cast, no election

Election Results   Ballot #12: Results announced at 7:15 p.m. 423 cast, 416 valid, 7 invalid, 125 needed to elect. No election. Results were:   Name Number of Votes Jimmy Nunn 104 David Wilson 92 Lynn Dyke 73 ...

July 14, 2016

Conference Honors Those Who Have Passed

South Central Jurisdictional Conference opened with a Memorial Service celebrating those lost in the last quadrennial.

July 14, 2016

Thursday afternoon update: 6 ballots cast, no elections

Six ballots and numerous reports, yet no elections.

July 14, 2016

Thursday morning update: 5 ballots cast

Five ballots were cast and one Bishop was elected before lunch break on Thursday.

July 12, 2016

Bishop Schnase Delivers His Final Missouri Conference Episcopal Address

By Pam Ekey and Susan Sneed While Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase said he would save his final reflection on his 12 years of ministry in the Missouri Conference until Monday morning, he had a lot to say Friday afternoon...

July 12, 2016

Clergy Support Team Reports on Pensions, Insurance

The Clergy Support Team, chaired by Rev. Steve Pinnell, is also known as the Board of Pensions. Its primary responsibility is oversight of clergy benefits, and today they reported on the benefits for the upcoming year.  ...

July 12, 2016

Conference Budget to Decrease Slightly for 2017

By Joan DeBoe Tom Hilton, Chair of the Council on Finance and Administration, reported that during his tenure on the committee a number of positive changes had taken place. The Conference identified, purchased, and ...

July 12, 2016

Conference Recognizes Anniversary of Full Ordination Rights for Women

This year is the 60th anniversary of the full ordination rights for women in the United Methodist Church. There were many women on June 4 seated in the plenary with red shirts, most of those shirts featuring a picture ...

July 12, 2016

Contemporary is temporary, Keep Relevant

By Pam Ekey Rev. Ron Watts, senior pastor at La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, is intent on creating the kind of church your children would want to invite their friends to attend. During the Bishop’s ...

July 12, 2016

Core Practices Get Things Rolling with Improv

By Fred Koenig More than 70 people got their Conference started with a laugh, and a challenge to think fast on their feet in the Thursday night session from the Core Practices Team.       It would be wrong to call the ...

July 12, 2016

Evangelism: Hospitality to People Who Aren’t Here Yet

For his Sunday Morning Learning Time, also known as the largest Sunday school in the state of Missouri, Rev. Matt Miofsky addressed evangelism – but not just his take on it. He explored the scripture.      “Evangelism is...

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