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Church Starts


It’s time to reach more people, younger people and more diverse people. It is time to be about kingdom building, not institution building. The United Methodist Church has identified four pathways for our mission and outreach. The No. 1 pathway is establishing new congregations.

Our strategy in Missouri is to invest in leadership by recruitment, assessment, equipping, coaching, mentoring and networking for a pool of new planters to effectively start at least five new congregations each year. We are allocating significant time, leadership and resources to planting new congregations. If we know that new churches reach more people per capita and we value reaching new people for Christ who are dechurched or unchurched, we must make this a priority.

There are multiple types of new starts that congregations and pastors can participate in:

  • Partner church starts
  • Mother-daughter starts
  • Second site starts
  • New faith community starts

Feel called to start something new? Check out our Planting Academy

Urban and Ethnic Church

Created to reach, relate and respond.  Making followers of Jesus Christ in the midst of diversity.

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MissionInsite

MissionInsite is a company that supports the mission of the church around the world by providing denominational agencies and congregations a cost-effective, innovative system.

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Vital Signs

Learn more about financial assistance including: scholarship eligibility, the application process and awards summary information.

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Hispanic Ministries

Information about the different Hispanic ministries in Missouri. It is our goal to achieve a stronger connection among our ministry sites, as well as with other Hispanic ministries in the United States. 

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