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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.

March 04, 2016

Central Methodist University Band sets spring concert tour

Central Methodist Concert Band On Spring Tour Public performances scheduled   Fayette, Mo. - The touring Concert Band of Central Methodist University is set to depart for its Spring 2016 Tour of the west side of the ...

March 03, 2016

Historic Downtown First UMC in Sedalia burns

A Missouri Conference church that has served as a model for multi-site ministry is suddenly down to one site after its historic downtown structure was consumed by fire Wednesday night. A Sedalia police officer called in...

February 10, 2016

Rev. Lia McIntosh named the Missional Strategist for the Missouri Conference

Churches in the Missouri Conference will soon have some more help as they look for ways to connect to their communities. Rev. Lia McIntosh has been named the Missional Strategist for the Missouri Conference. The job is a...

January 11, 2016

Missouri Celebrates Two Candidates for Bishop

Report of the Missouri Annual Conference GC/JC Delegation   COLUMBIA – The Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) of the South Central Jurisdiction announced their endorsement of Rev. Lynn Ann Dyke for the Episcopacy. After ...

January 08, 2016

NFL to UMC: Brown in Training for the Other Side of Sundays

Colin Brown first felt called to ministry around the age of 12. But like many 12-year-old boys, he also had the dream of being a professional athlete. With one of those goals firmly checked off the list, he’s now ...

January 04, 2016

Communities Hit by High Water During Holidays

         As Jesus said in Mathew 5:45, it rains on the just and the unjust. But when that rain comes down several inches at a time, it has a very different impact depending on where you are. “Most of the homes that are ...

December 30, 2015

MISSOURI DISASTER RESPONSE ISSUES URGENT CALL FOR 2,000 CLEANING BUCKETS

  Dan Steska, Associate Director for Disaster Response for the Missouri Annual Conference, called Missouri Methodists into action due to the recent flooding throughout the state. United Methodist Disaster Response has ...

December 28, 2015

Missouri Flooding and Storm Damage Resources (Dec. 2015)

Updated December 28, 2015 Missouri UM Disaster Response is in contact with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) now that a state of emergency has been ...

October 23, 2015

A National Conversation on Church Repositioning

Bob Farr and Jim Ozier had been getting a lot of questions from their colleagues around the country. Many Conferences were dealing with all of the aspects of closing churches that had faded, while trying to start new, ...

October 23, 2015

Looking at the Life Cycle

Church consultant Jim Ozier view churches on a continuum of a life cycle, and breaks that cycle down into the stages of birth, growth, maturity, maintenance, decline and death. “It’s important to have a Conference ...

October 23, 2015

Resurrecting Dying Churches to New Life

One thing Bob Farr is certain about – when it comes to repositioning a church, the future is uncertain. There is no step-by-step formula with guaranteed results. “Our process is firmly in jello,” Farr said. “Every time ...

September 16, 2015

Mozambique Initiative Welcomes New Associate Director

The Office of Mission, Service and Justice and the Mozambique Team are excited to announce Craig Stevenson as the new Associate Director for the Mozambique Initiative (MI). Upon accepting the position Craig shared, "I am...

September 01, 2015

The Missouri Conference Delegation endorses Rev. Bob Farr

Report of the Missouri Annual Conference GC/JC Delegation   COLUMBIA – After a period of intentional prayer and discernment, Rev. Robert “Bob” Farr has been endorsed by the Missouri Conference delegation as a candidate ...

June 15, 2015

Delegate Elections 2015

During Annual Conference Session the Missouri Conference elected a delegation to attend next year’s General Conference in Portland, Oregon in May and the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas in ...

April 28, 2015

UMCOR Response - Nepal Quake

As many of you know, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara, on Saturday 25 April 2015, at 11:41am Nepal local time. It is the most powerful ...

March 30, 2015

District Superintendent Announcement

Bishop Robert Schnase has announced the appointment of Rev. Cindy Buhman to serve as District Superintendent of the Northwest District “Rev. Buhman has offered excellent pastoral leadership in the Northwest District, ...

March 25, 2015

New District Superintendent Announced

Bishop Robert Schnase has announced the appointment of Rev. Jim Simpson to serve as District Superintendent of the Heartland District, which includes churches of the former Heartland Central and Heartland South ...

March 17, 2015

Growing in Grace

This year’s Missouri Annual Conference theme is Discipleship: Growing in Grace. It will be an opportunity for clergy and lay members of the Conference to engage in meaningful and intentional faith development - which ...

March 11, 2015

Appointment Changes Announced

It is the beginning of the season in which the Missouri Conference Cabinet works with Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase on making new clergy appointments. The first appointments for the year, all of which are cabinet level ...

March 03, 2015

Update on Core Camping Locations

In order to provide a more excellent experience for Core Campers, we will be moving the following camps to a different location. Because the registration for our Core Camp is rapidly increasing, we want to give even more...

February 11, 2015

Experience God's Creation: Camping 2015

Encountering Christ, Developing Leadership, Independence, and Spiritual Awareness are foremost in creating Christ centered camping opportunities for children, youth, and young adults, thereby offering support and ...

December 08, 2014

Administrative Shift

In order to best meet the needs of Next Generation camping and retreat ministries, The Missouri Conference announced an administrative shift in the oversight related to these ministries for youth and young adults. This ...

November 21, 2014

St. Louis area UMC youth workers discuss how to help children and youth during unrest in Ferguson

What do you tell the kids? United Methodist Church children and youth workers in the St. Louis area took up the topic of Ferguson during their monthly meeting on November 20 at Kirkwood UMC. Most hadn’t been asked about ...

November 17, 2014

A Call for Prayer: Bishop Schnase on the church's role as people await the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson

  A Call for Prayer I’ve preached twice in recent weeks in St. Louis, and as I visited in our churches, the tension is palpable as people await the news from the grand jury in the Michael Brown case. Fear runs deep that...

November 06, 2014

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources This is the third in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

October 23, 2014

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ Two: Process and Rationale

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ Two: Process and Rationale This is the second in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp & Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

October 22, 2014

CMU Board Endorses Missouri UMC Programming Focus on ‘next generation’ ministries

Fayette, Mo. – At its quarterly meeting this past week (Oct. 17-18), the governing Board of Trustees of Central Methodist University expressed its unanimous support for new youth ministry initiatives fostered by the ...

October 21, 2014

Discipleship: Where to Begin

Start with a destination in mind. Yogi Berra knew it, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else!” If you don’t know where your spiritual life is going, where might you wind up? The first ...

October 20, 2014

Empowering Parents for Intentional Faith Development of Their Children

In the conversation regarding faith development in children and youth, several important facts bubble to the surface: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 reminds us that discipleship is a parental responsibility Parents have 3,000 hours ...

October 16, 2014

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ One: Camping in 2015

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ One: Camping in 2015 This is the first in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camping and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. This...

October 14, 2014

Office Of Next Generation Ministries Welcomes New Staff

The recent shift in the camping division of Next Generation Ministries has created two openings that will be needed to facilitate the new approach to camping and intentional faith development of next generations. Mike “...

October 10, 2014

Information from the Camp Board

Information from the Camp Board Following two years of research and analyzing various options, the Camping & Retreat Ministries Board, over the past month, has outlined a bold new approach to camping and intentional ...

October 08, 2014

Churches Respond to Announcement About Changes to Camps (Missouri Methodist Article)

There will be United Methodists camping ministries in Missouri next summer. They will not be conducted at the four sites owned by the Missouri Conference. The future of those sites moving forward will be determined by a ...

October 01, 2014

Hoosier United Methodist Podcast

  Brad Miller, Bob Farr, Todd Outcalt, Phil Amerson, Indiana, United Methodist Church To download the free podcast click here or on the Hoosier United Methodist website.

September 22, 2014

Chair of Camping and Retreat Ministries Explains the Changes in Camping Ministries

Chair of Camping and Retreat Ministries Board provides detailed information about process that led up to recent changes in camping ministries in Missouri.

September 18, 2014

An Open Letter from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board

An Open Letter from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board September 18, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Missouri Conference, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! As events have unfolded in the past couple ...

September 17, 2014

Discipleship: Growing in Grace

Most local congregations in Missouri have made great progress in internalizing the church’s mission of creating disciples for the transformation of the world, yet according to a recent survey conducted by the Core ...

September 12, 2014

NOMADS Gather in Missouri

The KOA campground at Branson looks like a busy holiday weekend this week, with spots filled and people sitting up camp in an overflow parking lot. A closer look reveals that most of the vehicles there are sporting a ...

September 05, 2014

Camping Board Announces New Direction for Conference Camping

After two years of information gathering, conversations, visits to all camp sites, a financial and property analysis and prayerful discernment, the Missouri Annual Conference Camping and Retreat Board will be shifting ...

August 18, 2014

Bishop Schnase's Statement on Ferguson

Dear friends, People have asked about what the United Methodist Church is doing in response to the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri, and so I’d like to lift up a few significant points of engagement and ...

August 01, 2014

C2 Connects College-age to Local Congregation

When Joy and Elliot Gonzalez came to Liberty UMC as youth directors a few years ago, their job description included one line about young adult ministry. When they turned their attention to that area, they found an ...

July 02, 2014

Saint Paul UMC Maintains Focus on Disaster Response

The landscaping at Saint Paul UMC is maturing and has filled in nicely. The surrounding neighborhood resembles a big-city suburb boom town – all new houses and only young trees. Three years after F5 tornado ripped apart ...

June 18, 2014

Ground Breaking - Conference Center Building Addition

On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were members of the ...

June 09, 2014

Young Clergy Meet with Adam Hamilton

When Adam Hamilton spoke to young clergy from the Missouri Conference, he didn’t start by painting a rosy picture. Instead he went over some of the grim statistics of decline in the United Methodist Church. He said to ...

April 24, 2014

Proposal to Reduce the Number of Districts

The Mission Council and the Cabinet have both voted unanimously to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from twelve to nine. A proposal will be brought to Annual Conference, June 6-9, in ...

April 08, 2014

Conference Lay Leaders Meet in Kansas City

When the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders came together for their annual meeting in Kansas City March 20 - 23, they weren’t there to reminisce or celebrate. They were there to seek ways to help their ...

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