Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2014 - June 6 - 9, 2014

Expo Center

635 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65806

Loving God in Return: Practicing Passionate Worship

The Missouri Annual Conference is pleased to welcome Adam Hamilton to our 2014 Annual Conference Session.

Adam started the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in 1990 with four people (Adam, LaVon and their two daughters, Danielle and Rebecca). In 2010 the church averages over 8,500 per weekend in worship, two thirds of whom were previously non-religious or nominally religious. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of Why? Making Sense of God's Will, 24 Hours that Changed the World, The Journey, The Way, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where he received the B’nai B’rit Award in Social Ethics.

Adam Hamiltion will be offering three learning times. His talks are aimed at equipping, inspiring and ecouraging pastors and local church leaders as they seek to develop healthy and growing United Methodist Churches.

Adam Hamilton's scheduled speaking times:

  • Saturday, June 7th at 4:00 - 5:30 PM:  Effective Church Leadership
  • Saturday, June 7th at 7:30: Ordination Service
  • Sunday, June 8th at 8:30 - 10:00 AM: Ideas for Preaching and Worship
  • Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 - 3:30 PM: Strategies for Reaching the Unchurched

 

Offerings at Annual Conference

Heifer Project (Commissioning and Retirement Service)

This year, Heifer International is celebrating its 70th year of working to end hunger and poverty. Heifer empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity—but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. http://www.heifer.org/ 

Mozambique Gondola Training Center (Ordination)

The Gondola Training Center (GTC) in Mozambique is a new educational center designed to train United Methodist lay leaders and pastors in theology, church leadership, development, microfinance, and sustainability. The GTC is strategically placed north of the Save River in Mozambique, which is an area that has experienced a distinct absence of educational opportunities and extreme poverty. After many years of investing in this center and sending numerous volunteers in mission teams who have helped with the construction of the GTC, we are very excited that the GTC has officially opened its doors! This offering is dedicated to the continued support of the GTC and its students for the transformation of people and their communities toward the image of Christ. www.mzinitiative.com

Haiti Clean Water Project (Sunday Morning)

Access to clean water continues to be a struggle for millions of people throughout the world, but through our continued commitment with the Haiti Clean Water Project we are making a difference. The pendulum is swinging the other direction. Instead of a child dying every 15 seconds, we now see the death rate at every 21 seconds. This small swing means more than 600,000 children have a second chance at life each year. Through your generosity, we have provided nearly 3,000 bio-sand and Sawyer water filters to 6 communities in Haiti. http://www.ifyouknewthegift.com/

Petitions and Resolutions

Anyone who wants to submit a petition or resolution to be brought before Annual Conference Session in June needs to submit it to the Missouri Conference Center by April 15. If the petition or resolution is ruled out of order by the Bishop, the person who made the submission will be notified by May 15. For more information Click here to download the petitions and resolutions guidelines.

Annual Conference Journal

Please note that the Conference Journal is not automatically included with registration. If you do wish to receive a journal, please indicate this on the appropriate line on the registration form, adding $30.00 to your registration fee for a paper version or $6.50 for a CD version. The Journal is available free on the Website. If you are not attending the session but want a journal, you MUST order it and pay the appropriate fees. In an effort to be good stewards, we will not be printing many “extra” journals.

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Frequently asked questions

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