Mission Council


Current membership

 

Chair,
Bishop Bob Farr
Board of Ordained Ministry Chair,
Rev. Steve Breon
 
Member At Large,
Randy Lee Biggerstaff
Congregational Development Chair,
Rev. Robyn Miller
 
Member At Large,
Brian Hammons
Mission, Service and Justice Chair,
Rev. Jennifer Long
 
Member At Large,
Rev. Monica Jefferson
Director of Congregational Excellence,
Rev. Dr. Roger Ross
 
Member At Large,
Meagan O'Brien
Director of Connectional Ministries,
Rev. Kim Jenne
 
Member At Large,
Yvette Richards
Director of Finance and Administration,
Rev. Nate Berneking
 
Member At Large,
Rev. Mike Schreiner
Director of Mission, Service, and Justice Ministries,
Rev. Tina Harris
 
Member At Large,
Jai Vaughn
Director of Pastoral Excellence,
Rev.Karen Hayden
 
Cabinet Liaison,
Cody Collier
Director of Next Generation Ministries,
Rev. Jeff Baker
 
Lay Leader,
Amy Thompson
Next Generations Team Chair,
Rev. Ron Watts

Finance Chair,

Rev. Sherri Swanson

 

The following information is from the 2018 Standing Rules of the Annual Conference

100.10 Mission Council

The Mission Council acts on behalf of the annual conference between sessions in order to give general direction, guidance, and alignment of resources in support of the mission and vision to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers. It will focus on the goal of cultivating vibrant, growing, fruitful congregations that are changing lives for Jesus Christ. Its primary questions are: Are we leading congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ? What outcomes help us determine whether we are accomplishing our mission? What shall we do to more effectively accomplish our mission?

100.15 For corporate purposes, members of the Mission Council will be directors of the corporation of the Missouri Annual Conference.

100.20 The Mission Council

The Mission Council assigns day-to-day management of the annual conference to the centers and offices described below. It may authorize changes in boards, commissions, committees, councils, task forces, teams and work areas that work on behalf of the centers and offices as the need arises, except those prescribed by the Book of Discipline or the conference standing rules.

Center for Congregational Excellence

The Center for Congregational Excellence is responsible for new church starts, congregational development, and collaborative learning among and across congregations. In addition, the Center will seek ways to help United Methodists in Missouri reach out to younger and more diverse constituencies, including college students and various cultural and ethnic communities. The function of Commission on the Small Membership Church shall be included.

Center for Leadership Excellence

The Center for Leadership Excellence is responsible for enhancing clergy and laity effectiveness through recruitment, training, continuing education, peer learning and mutual accountability. In addition, the Center will emphasize the development of younger and more diverse pastoral leadership through the Board of Ordained Ministry and Lay Ministry Team.

Office of Connectional Ministries

The Office of Connectional Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations by providing connections between and among congregations, the districts, the annual conference and the general conference. At least the following teams and organizations shall be included: Core Practices Team, Nominations, Commission on Communication, UMW and UMM. This office shall fulfill the role of the Director of Communications. Its Core Practices Team shall act as the Board of Discipleship on behalf of the annual conference.

Office of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries

The Office of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations to be effective in ministry beyond their walls through a variety of hands-on and direct relationships with people in need and through advocacy for just relationships in society. At least the functions of the following teams and organizations shall be included: Board of Global Ministries, Board of Church and Society, and the Commissions on Christian Unity, Committee on Ethnic Local Church Concerns, Native American Ministries, Status and Role of Women, and Religion and Race.

Office of Next Generation Ministries

The Office of Next Generation Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations through the work of intentional faith development that shapes Next Generations (children, youth and college-age persons) into mature disciples for the transformation of the world. The Office will equip congregations to be more relevant, inclusive, invested and prepared to relate to children, youth and college-age persons. Camping Ministries and the Youth Leadership Team will be a major component of Next Generation Ministries.

Office of Administrative Services

The Office of Administrative Services is responsible for maintaining systems of financial and property management that are efficient, secure, trustworthy and transparent on behalf of the annual conference. At least the Council on Finance and Administration, Board of Trustees, Board of Pensions, Commission on Equitable Compensation, and the Commission on Archives and History shall be included. 100.25 Conference Personnel Committee: The Mission Council will form the Conference Personnel Committee from among its voting members. Through this committee, the Mission Council will work in consultation with the Bishop and the Director of Finance and Administrative Ministries to design and align all conference staff positions. The Personnel Committee, in consultation with the Bishop, is responsible for the employment of the directors of the centers and offices that are assigned to the Mission Council, except for the Director of Finance and Administrative Ministries who is employed by the Council on Finance and Administration.

100.30 Conference Personnel: In consultation with the Conference Personnel Committee, the Director of Finance and Administrative Ministries is responsible for the employment and supervision, or delegation of supervision, of all conference personnel except for directors assigned to the Mission Council. Employees of the Conference shall include women and men, persons of diverse racial and ethnic origin, lay and clergy, at every level. Ordained ministers on the staff are subject to being appointed by the presiding bishop in consultation with the Conference Personnel Committee.

100.35 The Mission Council shall work in consultation with the Conference Council on Finance and Administration in forming annual budgets that are recommended to the session.

100.40 The Mission Council reports to the session on behalf of the centers, offices, and their subsidiary boards, commissions, committees, councils, teams and work areas except for those assigned by the Book of Discipline to make direct reports to the session.