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March 2019

March 2019

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3 Reasons You Should Explore the Enneagram

3 Reasons You Should Explore the Enneagram

The word Enneagram has likely graced your social media feed, and you may have brushed it off as the latest personality type trend. While this style of understanding personality has gained popularity, appearing in many well-known publications and on Instagram pages of public figures, it’s ...

5 Things to Learn

5 Things to Learn

Jake McGlothin, former director of Serve Ministries at Floris United Methodist Church in Fairfax County, Virginia, and currently a pastor at Restoration Church in Loudoun, led a webinar elaborating on his book A Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships. Passionate about ...

For Raytown: Campus of Woods Chapel has New Beginning

For Raytown: Campus of Woods Chapel has New Beginning

On March 3 Raytown Chapel is going to launch as a new United Methodist Church. It’s a campus of Woods Chapel UMC in Lee’s Summit and is making a fresh start as a new church focused on community engagement.       First UMC Raytown became Woods Chapel UMC in Raytown in 2014. There was little...

Working Towards the Goal

Working Towards the Goal

Last fall the Missouri Conference kicked-off an action plan for tackling three big goals in the areas of New Places for New People, Missional Leaders and Pathway Out of Poverty. On January 29 Conference leaders celebrated the progress Missouri Conference churches are making toward ...

Laity Voices

God Calls All of Us

God Calls All of Us

God calls all of us. Throughout scripture, we are told about God's call on our lives to be in ministry. We hear these words in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different ...

Letters from the Editor

I Don't Know Cotton

I wrote this column two weeks before the special session of General Conference started. If you’re reading the printed version of the magazine, the special session has probably been over for a few days. So, I’m going to talk about farming.  I like to think I know something about farming. I...

From Bishop Farr

Thoughts on General Conference 2019

Thoughts on General Conference 2019

At the end of the month, The United Methodist Church will gather in St. Louis for the Special Session of the General Conference to discern a “way forward” beyond our division related to human sexuality, interpretation of scripture and the unity of the church. This global gathering will ...

Now Read This

Pure

Pure

A combination of journalistic style, cultural commentary, and memoir, PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein is a look at the Evangelical Christian Church’s religious beliefs surrounding purity and the effects ...

Music Matters

Up Tempo

Up Tempo

Do you think about tempo when making song selections? Though this may not be an obvious initial consideration for church musicians, I propose that it should be. We’re all suckers for a good melody.  Think about it. You’re in the car and someone turns the radio to a station that features a...

Wesley in the World Today

Are We Yet Alive?

Are We Yet Alive?

I write this not knowing what, if anything, the called General Conference has decided concerning the future of the United Methodist Church. But whatever has occurred, I think it is important to remind ourselves that our hope rests not in ourselves but in God. It is a good time to recall ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

This light bulb grabbed my attention on a contemplative walk as I mulled over how to provide pastoral leadership following an incident which sent shock waves throughout the community. My thoughts were swept into reflections on darkness and light. Martin Luther King Jr. rightly pointed out:...