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July 2018

July 2018

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20 Years of Partnership

20 Years of Partnership

By Susan Sneed Craig Stevenson, the coordinator of the Mozambique Initiative, lifted up the 20 year partnership with Mozambique and celebrated that in a recent trip. The bishops of both areas renewed the memorandum of understanding continuing that partnership.       “It’s been a great ...

A Church Alive

A Church Alive

By Fred Koenig Each year Annual Conference session opens with the singing of the hymn “And Are We Yet Alive?” This year during Sunday morning worship, Rev. Jim Preisig answered the question in a quiet moment at the begging of his sermon. He asked everyone to listen, and said he could hear...

Approaching the Way Forward

Approaching the Way Forward

By Pam Ekey Remember the mission of the church as we consider how to move forward as a United Methodist Church, Bishop Bob Farr encouraged the Missouri Annual Conference. Friday afternoon he presented an update on recommendations made by the Commission on the Way Forward and the called ...

Celebration of Ministry

By Susan Sneed  The service celebrating both the retirees and the newly commissioned started with the worship team band from Platte Woods UMC.       Certified Lay Ministers were presented by Rev. Karen Hayden: Ray Anderson, Marie Briggs, Jewell Brodie, Darby Bunch, Mary Compton, Ann ...

Conference Gives to Festival of Sharing

Conference Gives to Festival of Sharing

By Fred Koenig Festival of Sharing would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who brought hygiene items to Annual Conference. "We nearly filled up the crates before lunch on Friday," says Sidney Owens, "We had to empty them in the trailer before some of the festivities even began! ...

Difference Makers

Difference Makers

By Ken Rosenauer Amy Thompson, in her second year as conference lay leader, launched the laity address on the second morning of the 2018 Annual Conference and told lay members gathered that their presence acknowledges that leadership is important.       “Your leadership is important for ...

Fierce Conversations

Fierce Conversations

By Fred Koenig Fierce conversations may sound like a rough way to go at a topic, but you must consider the definition of fierce that Susan Scott uses in her book Fierce Conversations: robust, powerful, authentic, eager, engaging, unbridled.       About 200 Missouri Conference leaders came...

Freed-2-Lead

Freed-2-Lead

By Ken Rosenauer Rev. Dr. Antonio Settles started by inviting the 16th Missouri Annual Conference to put their hands together in praise. He finished by inviting each district to stand up because the Holy Spirit has freed them to lead.      Settles enlivened and engaged the 1,300 Methodist...

Generosity Puts Conference in Strong Position

Generosity Puts Conference in Strong Position

By Fred Koenig Rev. Sheri Swanson, chair of the Missouri Conference Finance and Administration Team, presented a report to the session that indicated the Missouri Conference remains in a financially strong position.      “We have finished yet another excellent year in terms of your ...

Lending a Hand to Puerto Rico

Lending a Hand to Puerto Rico

By Susan Sneed Rev. Lucas Endicott, mission strategist, presented the Global Connect website, a resource for learning about mission opportunities and planning for a trip.      Churches can share information on this site, register their teams and put them in connection with other teams in ...

Missouri Conference Moves Forward In Ministry

Missouri Conference Moves Forward In Ministry

By Fred Koenig Missouri Bishop Bob Farr began the 16th Session of the Missouri Annual Conference with a nod to history, noting that the United Methodist Church have existed for 50 years, as has the Kansas City Royals. Methodism in Missouri is more than 200 years old and has been organized...

MSJ Celebrates Partnerships & New Endeavors

MSJ Celebrates Partnerships & New Endeavors

By Susan Sneed Rev. Tina L. Harris, director of the Office of Mission, Service and Justice, introduced her team and lifted-up 20 years of partnership with Mozambique as well as the partnerships with Festival of Sharing, disaster relief organizations and mission in Puerto Rico. ...

Next Generation Continues to Grow, Find New Paths

Next Generation Continues to Grow, Find New Paths

By Ken Rosenauer Were there a single word to describe how staff and supporters of Next Generation Ministries feel about their programs right now, it might be “outtasight.”      At least that seems to be the message coming from Ron Watts, chair of the Next Generation Ministries Team, and ...

Pastoral Excellence Transforms to Leadership Excellence

Pastoral Excellence Transforms to Leadership Excellence

By Pam Ekey The Missouri Conference is expanding its focus on the development of church leaders by transforming the Center for Pastoral Excellence into the new Center for Leadership Excellence, according to Director of Pastoral Excellence Karen Hayden.      The goal of the new center is ...

Remembered: Clergy, Churches Memorialized for Faithful Service

Remembered: Clergy, Churches Memorialized for Faithful Service

By Ken Rosenauer The bell tolled 36 times. The first 18 were for Missouri United Methodist clergy who died in the past year. The next 13 were for clergy spouses. Then, four for clergy and one for a spouse from Mozambique who died.      The bell punctuated each of the names read by Tom ...

Sunday Morning Learning Time

Sunday Morning Learning Time

By Ken Rosenauer “Welcome to the largest Sunday School class in the state of Missouri.” With that, Bishop Bob Farr opened the Sunday morning Bishop’s Learning Time. In short order, he turned over the mic to the Rev. Terri Swan, lead pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Ladue.      ...

News and Updates

Full Connection

Full Connection

By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference ordained eight elders and recognized the orders of two others during the Saturday night ordination service.      Elders are called to a lifetime of ministry of service, word, sacrament and order. Servanthood is expressed by leading worship and ...

Meaningful Volunteer Training: What It Takes & How To Do It

Meaningful Volunteer Training: What It Takes & How To Do It

By Fred Koenig Volunteer training is something that cuts straight to the mission of the church.       “Volunteer training is important because when it works, you are making disciples,” said Melissa Baum, literacy project director at The Gathering, a United Methodist Church in St. Louis.  ...

New Initiatives with UMM

New Initiatives with UMM

By Pam Ekey Bill Mooney, president of the Missouri Conference United Methodist Men, announced two new initiatives at the Saturday morning session of Annual Conference. The first, an initiative to end domestic violence against women and girls has been developed by the General Commission ...

New Places for New People

New Places for New People

By Fred Koenig Director of Congregational Excellence Roger Ross has now had a year to survey what’s going on in his area in Missouri. He liked what he saw. Now he wants to multiply it.       Ross visited all new church projects and was impressed with the innovative ways churches are ...

Letters from the Editor

Connected

Connected

By Fred Koenig This issue misses the mark. I tried – I really did. I even had a lot of help from my loyal daily journalists, Susan Sneed and Pam Ekey, and this year we were joined by a new kid, Ken Rosenhauer, who did an outstanding job.  I also had a lot of photography support, with ...

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Developing Leaders Follows the Example of Christ

Developing Leaders Follows the Example of Christ

By Pam Ekey  Recruiting and developing leaders is vital to the success of the congregation, said Rev. Mike Schreiner, lead pastor of Morning Star Church in O’Fallon. Not only that, the process of developing leaders is following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Schreiner is the founding ...

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

50 Years, $100 Million in Assets: Foundation Celebrates Half a Century of Supporting Ministry

50 Years, $100 Million in Assets: Foundation Celebrates Half a Century of Supporting Ministry

By Fred Koenig David Atkins, executive director of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation reported on the work that continues to grow the United Methodist church in Missouri on many levels. In 2017 the Foundation celebrated 50 years and over $100 million in assets.       “Your ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Photographers often attempt to capture decisive moments which have an element of no turning back. This is true of my sports photos, much like my earlier picture of the hurdler. No turning back; when that is our resolve our driving concern becomes the pursuit of the best ...