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April 09, 2019

NextGen Ministries Launches New Place for New People

COLUMBIA, Mo. – April 9, 2019 – NextGen Ministries announced its intention to plant a new place for new people in Springfield with a focus on the college-age population. Bishop Bob Farr has appointed Rev. Tracey Wolff to...

April 03, 2019

A Commitment to Questions

As a delegate to the special session of General Conference, when I agreed to write this article, I thought I would write about my experience in St. Louis. But then, near the end of the Conference, someone made a motion ...

April 03, 2019

A Not-So Special Session

In 2011 and 2012, then Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase spent a lot of time and energy working on Plan UMC, designed to restructure the church at the General Church level (i.e., how we do General Conference and the General...

April 03, 2019

First-Time Delegate is Fifth Generation Delegate

As a first-time delegate to General Conference, Rev. Andy Bryan felt the presence of the saints that come before him when session commenced on February 23. The role runs deep in his veins – he is a fifth generation ...

April 03, 2019

GC2019 Maps Uncertain Way Forward

Beneath the Arch that symbolizes the U.S. Gateway to the West, more than 820 General Conference delegates worked to open a gateway in the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate. But after four days of prayers, ...

April 03, 2019

Jon Thompson- The Next Ozarks District Superintendent

Rev. Jon Thompson will be appointed as the Ozarks District Superintendent this June. He will replace Rev. Lynn Dyke, who is retiring. Thompson was born in Geneva, Illinois. At age six he moved to a family farm near ...

April 03, 2019

Journey Through Lent

As we journey through Lent to the cross, it is beneficial to be accompanied by the verse of Charles Wesley. I want to look at hymn 374 in The United Methodist Hymnal, which is printed as a poem. It is a pleading by God ...

April 03, 2019

Missouri Delegation Reflects on General Conference

In 2016 when the Council of Bishops were asked to provide guidance on how the United Methodist Church could move forward regarding issues related to human sexuality, Missouri Conference lay delegate Margie Briggs thought...

April 03, 2019

Missourians at the Mic

There were 864 delegates at the Special Called Session of General Conference, and the nature of someone speaking on the floor was closely regulated. When a proposal was being discussed the debate was limited to three ...

April 03, 2019

Monitors- Finding the Balance

This month I’d like to discuss stage monitoring systems. There are many products available to you and your congregation, so which is best? Stage monitors are any type of device used to send the sound from your PA system...

April 03, 2019

Mozambique Initiative

In August of 1999, a partnership bridging 8,000 miles, was born. The Mozambique Initiative began as relationships formed, at first by individual Missouri and Mozambique Methodists, and later through connections between ...

April 03, 2019

Parting Shot

Eagles don’t allow storms to overpower them. They don’t cower in hiding at the approach of a storm and don’t flee from the tempest when it arrives in full furry.  They use the energy and pressure of the storm’s winds to ...

April 03, 2019

Power Moves: Moving Power In The Right Direction

Power Moves: Moving Power in the Right Direction is an energetic approach to a Christ-centered life in ministry. It is a powerful guide for church leaders that investigates the sources and manifestation of spiritual ...

April 03, 2019

Praying Our Way Forward Arrives at Special Session

The United Methodist Church believes prayer changes things. Soon after the Special Called Session of General Conference was scheduled in 2016, a Praying Our Way Forward initiative began. Phase 1 involved 84 members of ...

April 03, 2019

Puerto Rico Giving

Progress continues in our work in Puerto Rico. The church roof has been replaced, the clinic is repaired and ready for the next plans of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, and our teams are working on homes in the ...

April 03, 2019

Reflections From General Conference 2019

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I hope you and your church are being blessed by your journey through Lent and the resurrection joy of Easter. As we come out from underneath the cloud of General...

April 03, 2019

Robin Bell- The Next Gateway Central District Superintendent

Rev. Robin Roderick Bell will be appointed to be the next Gateway Central District Superintendent in June. She will replace Rev. Londia Granger Wright, who is retiring. Bell was born near Chicago but soon her family ...

April 03, 2019

Spiritual Direction Prayer

Rev. Len Delony had cancer at age 13. In a few months’ time he lost half of his body weight, dropping from 150 pounds to 75. In this emaciated state he couldn’t go to school, or practically anywhere else besides doctor ...

April 03, 2019

The Man With Many Hats

It’s the kind of the morning only a few are willing to venture into when the brisk February air is blowing you back into your warm bed. The aroma of coffee surrounds you like a blanket when you finally arrive as people ...

April 03, 2019

There to Help

Rev. Jeff Baker was at General Conference in St. Louis to help out. “I was just there to run errands for Kim (Jenne) or Heather (Birge), and help out wherever they needed me,” said Baker, Missouri Conference Director of ...

April 03, 2019

Timely Topics from C2FM: Should A Pastor Buy or Rent?

There is no one answer to this question that fits every situation. There are many factors to consider, and decisions should be made in consultation with local church leaders, and by seeking the advice of trusted ...

April 03, 2019

Traditional In Its Own Right

At 10:58 a.m. the organist at Centenary United Methodist Church took her seat at the foot of the historic Babler memorial organ, its height stretching to towards the sanctuary’s ceiling. A few minutes after 11 a.m., Rev....

April 03, 2019

Volunteering to Make it Work

In the midst of constant change throughout General Conference, one thing was consistent no matter what was happening on the floor of the Dome: A red shirt emblazoned with volunteer on the back. These red shirts ...

April 02, 2019

Alice Fowler To Be Next Southwest District Superintendent

If the name “Rev. Alice Fowler” sounds familiar, it may be because she was the preacher for the Sunday morning worship service at Annual Conference Session in 2015. It will soon be a name you hear more often, as she will...

April 02, 2019

Mark Statler To Be New Director of Leadership Excellence

Southwest District Superintendent Mark Statler is not leaving the Missouri Conference Cabinet, but he will soon be serving churches in Missouri in a new way. This June he will be appointed to Conference staff as the new ...

March 19, 2019

Cyclone Idai: Ways to Respond

On March 14, Cyclone Idai made landfall at the city of Beira, Mozambique. The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midnight Thursday, causing ...

March 15, 2019

Bishop's GC2019 District Conversations

Choose one of nine opportunities that works best for your schedule. These sessions will not be recorded. Date District Location Time Thursday, March 14 Mid-State MOAC (Columbia) 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 ...

March 11, 2019

Bishops challenge constitutionality of disaffiliation petition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality and the meaning, application, and effect of Petition ...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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...

March 06, 2019

Greetings in the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ

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...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 06, 2019

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’...

March 06, 2019

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 ...

March 04, 2019

A Pastoral Letter to the United Methodist Church from the President of the Council of Bishops

+Where possible you are asked to read this brief letter in your morning worship service. Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They ...

February 24, 2019

First-time Delegate is Fifth Generation Delegate

As a first-time delegate to General Conference, Rev. Andy Bryan felt the presence of the saints that come before him when session commenced on February 23. The role runs deep in his veins – he is a fifth generation ...

February 23, 2019

Praying Our Way Forward Arrives at Special Session

The United Methodist Church believes prayer changes things. Soon after the Special Session of General Conference was scheduled in 2016, a Praying Our Way Forward initiative began. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the ...

February 23, 2019

Spiritual Direction Prayer at GC2019

Len Delony had cancer at age 13. In a few months’ time he lost half of his body weight, dropping from 150 pounds to 75. In this emaciated state he couldn’t go to school, or practically anywhere else besides doctor and ...

February 19, 2019

Jon Thompson to be next Ozarks District Superintendent

Rev. Jon Thompson will be appointed as the Ozarks District Superintendent this June. He will replace Rev. Lynn Dyke, who is retiring. Thompson was born in Geneva, Illinois. At age six he moved to a family farm near ...

February 19, 2019

Robin Roderick Bell to be next Gateway Central District Superintendent

Rev. Robin Roderick Bell will be appointed to be the next Gateway Central District Superintendent in June. She will replace Rev. Londia Granger Wright, who is retiring. Bell was born near Chicago but soon her family ...

February 19, 2019

United Methodists Meet in St. Louis for Worldwide Conference

St. Louis, Mo.: Delegates and observers from around the world will gather at the Dome at America’s Center, February 24-26, 2019, for the Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference. The General Conference ...

February 10, 2019

Now Accepting Award Nominations

Robert and 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...

January 30, 2019

UMCOM Christmas Tour Wraps up in KC

The Brookside Brass Quintet played holiday tunes to welcome visitors when the True Meaning of Christmas Tour pulled into its final stop in Kansas City on December 17. Set up outside Charlecote Antiques at the Crestwood ...

January 24, 2019

Addressing Atheism

At a time when many United Methodists are struggling with the question of whether they can understand each other and get along, Rev. Greg Weeks has set his focus on reconciling two broader groups – atheist and ...

January 24, 2019

Calendar of Events

Rural Ministry Now Saturday, February 9 at 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Location: Emerson Fields, 35932 US Hwy 63,  Excello, MO 65247 Contact: John Pinkston, (816) 520-7841, johnpinkstonii@gmail.com Rural churches are vital to ...

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