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October 2018

October 2018

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Features

A New Place

A New Place

By Fred Koenig The Gathering is certainly a New Place for New People. That’s the entire point. With The Gathering, that has always been the point. Their mission statement states that they exist to create a Christian community that is compelling for new generations of people in St. Louis. ...

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could

By Kim Lambeth “If you need to get something done, ask a busy person,” the old adage goes.  Often the most active church members are also active in community organizations. Central United Methodist Church in Webb City has taken advantage of the situation of having members in dual-roles by...

News and Updates

Kickoff Time: Churches Encouraged to Move Forward With Action Plan

Kickoff Time: Churches Encouraged to Move Forward With Action Plan

By Fred Koenig On the second Saturday in September crowds gathered in Columbia and at locations around the state to see the big kickoff first hand or on their screens. It wasn’t the Mizzou football game, that kickoff would happen a couple of miles away and a few hours later. This kick-off...

Next Generation Ministries Building to a Solid Future

Next Generation Ministries Building to a Solid Future

By Sarah Dumas In 2017, Bishop Farr challenged Next Generation Ministries to host 10,000 campers in its three camping ministries: Ignite Mobile Camp, Infuse Core Camp and Impact Service Camp. Although that goal hasn’t been reached yet, camping ministries are steadily growing, with 4,562 ...

St. Louie to Dupree & Back to St. Louie

By Fred Koenig This year when a group of United Methodist youth from the St. Louis area took a mission trip to an Indian Reservation out west, they went one step further. They brought the people they were in mission with back home with them.       Joshua Krakos became involved in an ...

Through Water & Spirit

Through Water & Spirit

By Fred Koenig At more than 180 years old, Smith Chapel United Methodist Church isn’t a New Place for New People. But in the past year this church, which has worship services every-other Sunday, has demonstrated it can be an old place for new people, and the new people like it that way.  ...

Laity Voices

Prayer

Prayer

By Amy Thompson I remember one of my first small group experiences as a young adult was about prayer. Several members of the group wanted to learn how to pray, so our group leader found a book that would guide us in learning all about prayer. It was during that time that I formed a ...

Letters from the Editor

Going Pro

Going Pro

By Fred Koenig “Let’s leave this one to the professionals.”      It’s a call everyone makes at some point. Sometimes it is for easy things, and you go with the pros because even though you may not have much money to spare, you have even less time to spare. So you hire someone to clean ...

From Bishop Farr

Let the Outsiders IN

By Bishop Farr In Acts 15, we find the Apostle Paul, Barnabas, and other apostles and church leaders at a church board meeting at the Jerusalem Church. They were advocating for their outreach mission when some of the regular members started objecting and demanding that new people act and ...

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

The "November Nudge"

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That busy season is upon us, and our to-do lists are growing. As you build your church’s list, remember to add this: Order Foundation Year-end Giving Brochures! It’s free, it’s online, and it’s just one more way to give your congregation members timely information – and maybe that little ...

Music Matters

Keep the Beat

Keep the Beat

By Ryan McLouth For the last two months, we’ve been discussing the role of different instruments within the worship music ensemble. We began with the acoustic guitar, emphasizing the harmonic and rhythmic role of the instrument. Last month was a follow-up involving the bass guitar. This ...

Wesley in the World Today

Hope for the Present

Hope for the Present

By Hal Knight Beginning in John Wesley’s day a new form of hope captured the imagination of the Western world. Instead of hoping to leave this world for a better one, more and more people began to want to make our world a better place. The source of this new hope was not in God but in us ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Light and shadow are both part of a compelling photo. Light illuminates and shadow defines. The blending of light and shadow yields depth and texture. Light plays a god-like role in photography. And yet while photos can’t be taken in total darkness, the existence of ...