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February 05, 2018

Rev. Melissa Dodd Named Next Northwest District Superintendent

Rev. Melissa Dodd   Rev. Cindy Buhman Rev. Melissa Dodd has been named as the next Northwest District Superintendent. She will replace Rev. Cindy Buhman, who will be returning to serve as a local church ...

February 02, 2018

2018 Mozambique Initiative: Celebrating and Adapting Ministry

Last month, I shared successes of our Mozambique ministry in 2017. I didn’t have final giving support numbers at that time. In 2017, we concluded the highest giving toward the Mozambique Initiative in our history. Total ...

February 02, 2018

Focus on Education: Opportunities Abound

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation continues to bring outstanding educational opportunities to Missouri in 2018. Look for these programs in the next few months!

February 02, 2018

Is it the Spirit, or is it just me?

By Hal Knight We have been looking at dangers to the Christian life, those things that can draw us away from God and our neighbor. The last of these, enthusiasm, may not sound like a danger at all. We might think that ...

February 02, 2018

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson My photography waits for the coming resurrection. What beauty I see reminds me that Christ brings light into darkness. Darkness cannot overcome that light. Those who live in Christ are not swallowed up ...

February 02, 2018

Robert & Martha Marble Mission Award Criteria

Each year the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award is given to an individual in the Missouri Annual Conference who exhibits outstanding commitment to mission. This award is given in honor of the Marbles, who served for...

February 02, 2018

The Power of Encouragement

By Cody Collier God calls us to encourage people! Who are those in the New Year you are encouraging with your presence, actions and spiritual practices to live out their faith and invite others to become disciples of ...

February 02, 2018

Unity Award Call for Nominations

The Values Team of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church is now receiving nominations for the Unity Award. The Unity Award celebrates the spirit and work of an individual in light of the values of the ...

February 02, 2018

Vulnerable

By Fred Koenig The Light at Joplin is drawing a big crowd for a new church start in the middle of a town that already has several outstanding churches. I don’t think it’s because of the name. When I did an internet ...

February 02, 2018

What to do with #metoo.

By Jennifer Moxley The pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault that last fall’s #metoo movement uncovered has left the Church wrestling with how to minister to those women and men who carry stories and bear wounds in...

January 30, 2018

Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving ...

January 29, 2018

Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee to Be Next Mid-State District Superintendent

Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee   Rev. Sherry Habben   Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee has been named as the next Mid-State District Superintendent. She will replace Rev. Sherry Habben, who will retire after Annual Conference Session ...

January 26, 2018

Communicate Boldly

Rev. Stephen Handy has a criticism of the church: It has stopped telling stories well. Sometimes that may come from a lack of courage.       “God, I’m reporting for duty today. Where would you have me go?” Handy said in ...

January 26, 2018

She Who Rises: Releasing the Warrior Chick Within

Lia McIntosh grew up in North St. Louis county, attending Lutheran elementary and high schools. She earned a BA in marketing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, an MBA from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and ...

January 25, 2018

Christmas Cheer

If you’re looking for an example of a community that rallies around the spirit of giving during the holidays, Clinton has Christmas Cheer. Christmas Cheer is an ecumenical event, and Clinton UMC is at the heart of it. ...

January 25, 2018

Dawning of The Light at Joplin

Resurrection in the Southwest. Two new churches in two new buildings. Both are in the same location as previous United Methodist Churches that were struggling. With former buildings destroyed by wind and fire, new ...

January 25, 2018

Fresh Start

Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Joplin has an understanding at its core that part of its purpose—is to help start and restart new faith communities. It has recently leaned into that role in a big way by ...

January 25, 2018

Preparing to Plant

By Roger Ross The Missouri Conference leadership agrees that The Missouri Conference leadership has identified many places in Missouri in need of a new United Methodist Church. Through generous support and careful ...

January 25, 2018

Presence

By Ryan McLouth What kind of presence do you portray when you lead worship? Are you a participant, a performer, a director  or something else? Sometimes we focus our attention on the music and text so much, we forget to...

January 25, 2018

Rural Ministry: Matching Assets to Opportunities

By Lori Kiehl As the Mark Twain District Lay Leader, I want to invite you to North Missouri to engage with problem solvers of small rural churches. The Mark Twain District’s Rural Ministry Now conference is meeting the ...

January 24, 2018

Pastoring in Partisan Times

By Fred Koenig There has been much discussion about how people seemed to have become more entrenched in polarized viewpoints regarding politics issues. When the people on opposite ends of the spectrum come together on ...

January 24, 2018

Star in the East

By Fred Koenig When Morning Star United Methodist Church in Dardenne Prairie (near O’Fallon) launched a new site last fall, the launch team was prepared like no other. First, they all committed to being a permanent part...

January 22, 2018

Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops

DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global ...

January 18, 2018

Helping the Church Seek Justice

The General Board of Church and Society carries a mandate from General Conference. Its job is to educate, advocate and connect around social justice issues as guided by the Social Principles and the Book of Resolutions. ...

January 16, 2018

Seizing the Moments

Mark 1:14-15 (The Message) After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”      How long has it been since you ...

January 10, 2018

The Lay Leader

By Mitch Ross What does a Lay Leader really do? The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline outlines responsibilities for lay leaders, but that is the easy answer.       To answer candidly, we need to recognize the ...

January 07, 2018

The Power of my Grandfather’s Prayer

By Lydia Istomina When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12                                                                                                      In spite of present ...

January 03, 2018

Rev. Molly Moore to be Conference Ministerial Leadership Recruitment Coordinator

Rev. Molly Moore has been named as the part-time Ministerial Leadership Recruitment Coordinator. She will begin in this role on Jan. 1, 2018.   Molly is an ordained deacon with years of experience in discipleship ...

December 23, 2017

Advent Reflections from the Mozambique Initiative

By Craig Stevenson The season of Advent is upon us, and as we anxiously await the arrival of our savior, Jesus, I also think about what this time of year conjures up for me. This time of year I am full of nearly the ...

December 21, 2017

Coming Together for Sharing

By Sidney Owens On the third weekend in October, youth through retirees gathered to carry out the work necessary to feed, clothe and comfort our brothers and sisters in need. This 36-year-old tradition was an ...

December 12, 2017

Breathe

As the Advent season begins, remember to breathe. Remember the birth of God’s son Jesus grounds our identity in God’s grace and not in ourselves. Craig Finnestad writes a liturgy prayer “Christmas” in his book, Prayers ...

December 03, 2017

Always On

Church Embraces October as Month of Continual Prayer

December 03, 2017

Building for Education

When Ava Swafford approached fellow Community UMC member Sass Tracy about building desks for schools in Nicaragua, he said sure. It would be something to do.       “If you aren’t doing something, you’ll just die,” he ...

December 03, 2017

Not So New People

The other day I was in a church with Oliver, my 13 year-old, and he looked around and said, “Dad, have you noticed that everyone here is pretty old.”       “Yes,” I replied.       “But, like in a few of years, who’s ...

December 02, 2017

Chartering The Way

There are many different models of new church starts, and often as soon as a church launches, it looks and feels like a  church to everyone involved. But in the United Methodist Church there is an official process for ...

December 02, 2017

Four Weeks of Advent

By Amy Thompson Advent is the season of the church in which we prepare our lives for the coming of Christ. Growing up, my favorite part of Advent was placing our advent wreath with its three purple candles and one pink ...

November 22, 2017

Cheap Grace

By Hal Knight Last month we looked at how legalism endangers the way of salvation. Now I want to identify the opposite danger, and to begin not with John Wesley but the 20th century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a ...

November 22, 2017

Stride: Creating a Pathway of Discipleship

Mike Schreiner grew up in Jackson in the Southeast District. His home church was New McKendree UMC. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State with a major in pre-medicine/interdisciplinary studies, and graduated from ...

November 14, 2017

Immediate Critical Needs in Haiti

Food insecurity remains at crisis level in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew devastated the bread basket of Haiti in October of 2016. Beyond the devastation to houses and the reported 1,000 lives lost in the country, livestock ...

November 14, 2017

Revelation and Response

By Ryan McLouth Do the actions and songs of your worship service provide opportunities for both revelation and response? As worship musicians and leaders, it is our job to ensure that worshipers have the opportunity to ...

November 13, 2017

Prayer Circles of Thanksgiving

By Amy Thompson The month of November reminds us to be thankful as we celebrate Thanksgiving. I along with many of you offer thanks for our health, family members, friends, employment and healing. I also offer thanks ...

November 10, 2017

A New Way of Engaging the World

John’s disciples reported back to him the news of all these events taking place. He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?” The men showed up ...

November 10, 2017

Bishops Uphold Values in Interim Report on Way Forward Work

By Fred Koenig Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality - all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for ...

November 10, 2017

Ministry with the Military

Many churches are engaged with various types of ministry with the armed services when war is at the forefront of the news, but fewer remained so when conflicts stretch on and the attention of the nation is elsewhere. The...

November 10, 2017

Operation Healthy Delta

Two United Methodist Churches in southeast Missouri were occupied by the military for more than a week in September. The joint act of community service had people lined up outside the doors each morning. The U.S. ...

November 10, 2017

The Ship is my Parish

One thing Commander Tom Statler appreciates about serving in his role as Navy chaplain is that it is very people centric. He’s not attached to a chapel. When the troops that he ministers to deploy, he deploys with them. ...

November 10, 2017

UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, November 10, 2017   UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty   LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA _ United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the ...

November 06, 2017

Calling for Kinship: Monthly dialogues provide space to discuss walks toward social justice

The first in a new series of monthly dialogues at the Center for Social Empowerment was a timely one. The center, located at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, was facilitating a conversation about race and ...

November 04, 2017

Seven Keys to Reaching the Next Generation

By Lauren Miers Reaching the next generation centers on listening up and meeting Generation Z (those born from 2001 to 2018) where they are. On October 14, the Office of Next Generation Ministries hosted its annual ...

November 01, 2017

Robin Shepard to be next Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator

The Missouri Annual Conference announced that Robin Shepard has been selected as the next Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator. She begins her work this week.   Robin grew up in St. Louis, and was trained as a chemical...

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