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March 04, 2021

Students Across Missouri Attend Virtual Youth Conference

On Saturday, February 27, 16 churches and over 100 students and leaders gathered virtually for LEAP, a one-day youth conference. Seven speakers shared on the Fruits of the Spirit and offered relevant, actionable messages...

March 01, 2021

Churches Support Community with Nutrition

Zion and New Covenant conduct food distributions every week.

February 26, 2021

111 Hand-Washing Stations Provided to Mozambique

By Lucas Endicott While all of us have been impacted by COVID-19, people in Mozambique have especially felt the weight of the pandemic.   In Mozambique, those who earn a daily wage by working in the fields or selling ...

February 25, 2021

General Conference Postponed, Digital Special Session Scheduled

Bishop Farr intends to host a virtual clergy conversation to unpack the news released today about further postponement of General Conference 2020 and the announced special session on May 8, which you can read more about ...

February 23, 2021

A Backlog of Grief

Churches should prepare to help people through a wave of grief as we begin to come together again.

February 23, 2021

The Digital Church as a New Site

Some churches are going beyond enhancing their online presence and beginning to think about it as a new church site.

February 19, 2021

Resolution to Reduce Districts to Come Before Conference Session in June

The Missouri Conference Mission Council has voted unanimously to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from nine to five beginning July 1, 2022. A proposal will be brought to annual ...

February 12, 2021

Making Space for God

By Rev. Sandy Nenadal The season of Lent will soon be upon us, and so much has happened in our nation. We continue to face rising infections and deaths from COVID-19. The Capitol building was rocked by violence, and a ...

January 27, 2021

Vaccinated at Church

A United Methodist church uses its fellowship hall for a vaccination clinic.

January 25, 2021

Episcopal Task Force on Race and Culture Named

In response to continued conversation and action as it relates to race and ethnicity, Bishop Robert Farr announces the formation of a Task Force on Race and Culture.   In consultation with Conference leadership, Bishop ...

January 21, 2021

GUIDANCE for Returning to In-Person Worship

As we’ve entered a new year, we encourage our churches to remain vigilant in their safety precautions related to COVID-19. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, we know from our medical experts that we are far from out ...

January 20, 2021

Black Genius School: Learning At Home

By Lauren Miers Parents of school-aged children know keeping kids motivated to continue their online distance learning schoolwork is difficult. Rev. Charity Goodwin and her sister Tramaine Williams encouraged their ...

January 20, 2021

Pastoring While Positive

Several pastors in the Missouri Conference have experienced the coronavirus first-hand.

January 20, 2021

Still Ringing: Bells from Legacy Churches Ring On at Descendant Church

A bell on a stand in front of a church is a familiar scene. The bell had often been in the steeple of a former building and was moved when the church moved to a new location. Three bells, however, is much more unusual. ...

January 19, 2021

A Day On

Church of the Resurrection puts people to work serving the community on the MLK Day holiday.

January 07, 2021

Statement By Bishop Robert Farr On Insurrection At The Capitol

 What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was un-American. It was not okay. Even as we affirm the rights of freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble, the peaceful transition of power is a pillar of a democracy and...

December 21, 2020

Mobility Cart Production Ready to Ramp Up at New Center

A new production facility has been built for manufacturing mobility carts, formerly known as PETs.

December 20, 2020

The Ebb and Flow of Refugees

Della Lamb prepares to welcome new neighbors.

December 17, 2020

Free Pre-Recorded Sermon/Worship Service for Dec. 27

Looking for a biblically-based sermon in order to take a Sunday off following Christmas? Rev. Dr. Bruce Baxter, Southeast District Superintendent, has made his sermon, Finishing Well (2 Timothy 4:6-8, Philippians ...

December 07, 2020

Christmas Lights in the Country

High-tech musical lights display draws droves to small rural church.

November 23, 2020

Not Alone

The Caring People ministry provides community and support for single mothers.

November 23, 2020

Young and At Risk

The Rare Breed ministry in Springfield provides a help to homeless and at risk teens.

November 20, 2020

Extending A Hand to Louisiana

By Scott Burdin, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Seeing a street lined with refrigerators is always surprising the first time you notice it. Our Disaster Response team deployed to Louisiana early Oct. 27 from ...

November 19, 2020

Bishop Farr Discusses His Nov. 18 Guidance

Bishop Bob Farr discusses his Nov. 18 guidance on COVID-19, pandemic fatigue and how to minister in this challenging season.  

November 19, 2020

Turning Internships into Jobs

Two Crossroads interns how worked through the pandemic have stayed on the job at their churches after their internships were up.

November 19, 2020

United Methodist Churches Serve as Polling Places

Several United Methodist churches in Missouri offer up their facilities to be used as polling places.

November 18, 2020

Missouri Conference COVID-19 Update

Dear Missouri Conference Clergy and Laity,   As we live into our first General Rule of doing no harm, I strongly encourage that in-person worship services be suspended until further notice for congregations located in ...

October 12, 2020

Bishop Farr Encourages Voting

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr issues a statement encouraging people to vote, assist others in voting and do what they can to support fair elections.

October 10, 2020

Nurturing Your Mental Health

Written by Robin Ewy, LPC The year 2020 has taken a toll on most of us. God made us for community, and the political/social climate and Coronavirus have thrown us for a loop. We are not meant to be alone yet social ...

October 09, 2020

Leading Through Anxious Times

Bishop Farr shares encouragement about leading through anxious times.

October 01, 2020

Communion Circles Offer Safe Way to Receive Holy Communion

Church offers communion in circles (small groups) to meet local health guidelines.

September 29, 2020

Pray for Election Day 2020

Lay pastor Ivan James has been watching with concern the national dialogue as the country nears the November 3 election. Deepening political divisions in America and the fear that votes won’t get counted, has eroded ...

September 28, 2020

Baptisms During Distancing

Baptisms of youth continue during time of shutdowns.

September 28, 2020

Be Fed to Feed Others

A monthly drive-through event offers communion and mission opportunities.

September 28, 2020

Providing Meals Through the Pandemic

Church continues to provide meals while facing increasing need during the pandemic.

September 21, 2020

Bishop Leads Ride for Mozambique Motorcycles

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr led motorcycle riders on ride hundreds of miles around the state to raise awareness and money to provide motorcycles for pastors in Mozambique.

September 18, 2020

Annual Conference Goes On, Online

After a summer of Annual Conference related learning opportunities and reports online, the Missouri Annual Conference Session was held as an online event on August 22.

September 18, 2020

Church Helps Students During Shutdown

Elsberry UMC upgraded it’s Internet service and opened its facility to be used as a socially-distanced learning center while the high school is online only due to the pandemic.

September 18, 2020

Diversifying the Pastor's Study

Barth, Bonhoeffer, Brueggemann, Calvin, Craddock, Luther, Moltmann, Tillich and Wesley. These are the names that line many pastors’ studies. They are the standards or “classics” of seminaries and theological education ...

September 18, 2020

Ice Cream Social - Socially Distanced Version

Church takes ice cream social on the road via an improvised ice cream truck.

September 18, 2020

On Their Way

Important milestone passed as clergy are commissioned on the path to the ordination.

September 17, 2020

Deacons, Elders Welcomed into Full Connection

A sacred moment of the Service of Ordination is the Laying on of Hands by the bishop, as he prays for God to pour the Holy Spirit upon the person being ordained.

September 17, 2020

United Methodist Church and Episcopal Church put full communion plans on hold

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United Methodist – Episcopal Church Dialogue Committee has agreed that it is not prudent for our churches to press forward with action on full communion next year.  Instead, the Committee ...

September 11, 2020

Vital Signs Data Entry Suspension

Friends in Christ, This year, COVID-19 changed our means of doing ministry in ways that we could not have imagined. Many of our churches have developed new and creative ways to engage their congregations, communities, ...

September 08, 2020

Introducing NextGen Conversations

NextGen Conversations is a podcast that seeks to empower children’s, family, youth and college-aged leaders to create dynamic, Christ-centered ministries. Local church leaders often don’t have the time, energy or ...

June 04, 2020

Bishop Farr Check-In

Bishop Farr offers a reflection after a difficult week and encourages Missouri pastors and lay leaders to listen and take action. See more from Bishop Farr here.

June 03, 2020

Statement on Local Church Scouting Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

STATEMENT ON LOCAL CHURCH SCOUTING ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC The Missouri Annual Conference is aware that several local churches charter boy scout troops. The Conference is also aware of questions with ...

June 02, 2020

United Methodist Pastors Have Presence at Protests

United Methodists pastors have a presence at protests around the state as tensions continue to escalate.

June 01, 2020

Bishop Farr Expresses Outrage, Need to be Antiracist

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr expresses outrage over death of George Floyd and calls for United Methodists to do some homework to help them see their own bias and move to be anti-racist.

May 29, 2020

BISHOP FARR TO SERVE AS MISSOURI EPISCOPAL LEADER THROUGH POSTPONED JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE

Due to the impact of COVID-19, and the subsequent postponement of the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, Bishop Bob Farr will continue to serve as Resident Bishop of the Missouri Conference through the South Central...

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