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January 03, 2020

Missouri Statement on Protocol of Separation

Dear Colleagues in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus. I write to call your attention to the results of a mediation process undertaken by 16 United Methodists, entitled “A Protocol of ...

January 03, 2020

United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops sign agreement aimed at separation

(Washington, D.C.) - A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The ...

December 20, 2019

Inked in the Holy Land

Several Missouri Conference clergy take part in an ancient Holy Land tradition of getting a tattoo to mark their pilgrimage.

December 20, 2019

Open Hearts, Open Books

Church in Warsaw embraces Missouri Conference Open Hearts, Open Books initiative.

December 20, 2019

Thrive 2020

Traditional Black churches in Missouri discuss ways to strengthen their ministries.

December 19, 2019

Alice Fowler Installed as Southwest District Superintendent

Alice Folwer is installed as the Southwest District Superintendent at First UMC in Carthage. Becoming a district superintendent wasn’t exactly in Rev. Alice Fowler’s career plans.  “She may have been the most ...

December 19, 2019

Jon Thompson Installed as Ozarks District Superintendent

Rev. Jon Thompson is installed as the Ozarks District Superintendent.

December 19, 2019

Robin Bell Installed as Gateway Central District Superintendent

Rev. Robin Bell speaks at Webster Hills UMC. Robin Bell’s personal mission is to create enthusiasm for learning and living the Gospel of Christ. She plans to continue to do that as the new Gateway Central District ...

December 02, 2019

Breaking Ground

Construction begins on One Joplin duplex.

December 02, 2019

Churches Learn About Human Trafficking

Churches learn that human trafficking is happening close to home.

December 02, 2019

Rural Conversations

Sidney Owens has been listening. In her role as Missouri Conference Community Engagement Specialist, she has conducted a series of rural conversations this fall, with meetings at Columbia, Cameron, Advance and ...

December 02, 2019

Sharefest

Wrap-up of 2019 Sharefests

November 22, 2019

Apprenticeship Through Community

This fourth installment in the Clergy Health Series highlights the importance of covenant groups.

November 15, 2019

Bishop Farr's Response to Mainstream Moratorium Request

 Dear friends, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! I hope all is well in your life and ministry. I am praying for each of you as we draw close to the Advent season.   Every bishop has been ...

October 25, 2019

Bishop Leads Ride for Mozambique Motorcycles

Bishop Farr and his wife Susan lead a group of motorcyclists on a 1,000 mile loop around Missouri to kick-off a campaign to raise money to purchase motorcycles for pastors in Mozambique.

October 25, 2019

Old McKendree Turns 200

A celebration at Missouri's only national United Methodist historic shrine commemorates 210 years since the organization of the congregation and 200 years since the building of the chapel.

October 24, 2019

BMCR Fifth Sunday Worship

The St. Louis Black Methodist for Church Renewal have a worship service on fifth Sundays of the month. Missouri Bishop Bob Farr was the preacher for the September 29 service.

October 24, 2019

Clergy Health Series: Holy Friendships

This is the third article in a series on clergy health factors. The Wesleyan way links the health of the Church with the health of its clergy. The leadership of healthy clergy is essential for developing outwardly ...

October 18, 2019

MOAC Staffing Announcement: Ilda Guambe

The Office of Finance and Administration is pleased to announce that Ilda Guambe has accepted a full-time position as Evaluation and Learning Specialist.

October 11, 2019

SCJ College of Bishops Join Texas Bishops in Call to Address the Humanitarian Crisis Along U.S. Southern Border

South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Join Texas Bishops in a Call to Address the Humanitarian Crisis Along U.S. Southern Border October 2019 Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We ...

October 07, 2019

Melanie Smollen at The Center for Congregational Excellence

The Center for Congregational Excellence is pleased to announce that Melanie Smollen has accepted a full-time position as Missional Strategist. The focus of this new role is to develop systems that find and equip ...

August 19, 2019

7 Steps to Reshape Your Church's Future

To reshape the future of your church you must set aside old assumptions, fears, and stereotypes and embrace new experiences and methods. In the new book Blank Slate, Lia McIntosh, Jasmine Smothers, and Rodney Smothers ...

August 19, 2019

Celebrando Esperanza Celebrating the Recovery Work in Vieques, Puerto Rico

On February 8-9, 2020 we will celebrate the good work God has done! Bishops Farr and Ortiz of the United Methodist Church of Puerto Rico will be traveling to the island of Vieques to celebrate our connection and the ...

August 19, 2019

Celebrating Our Progress

Our vision for the Missouri Annual Conference is to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers.

August 19, 2019

Doing Good

Hebrews 10: 24: Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.  If you’ve had the opportunity to visit us at the Missouri Conference Center at 3601 Amron Court in Columbia, when you started getting ...

August 19, 2019

Get A Life

This is the first article in a series on clergy health factors. The Wesleyan way links the health of the Church with the health of its clergy. The leadership of healthy clergy is essential for developing outwardly ...

August 19, 2019

Life Is Precious

As Christians in the Wesleyan tradition, we can say our human worth and that of all persons is grounded in three things.

August 19, 2019

Looking Through the Lense

After years of photography through personal projects and an education at the Missouri School of Journalism, I’ve found that I experience life differently when I’m looking through the lens of my camera. I pay more ...

August 19, 2019

Love Well

2019 has been a record year for Methodist conferences in Missouri!

August 19, 2019

MI Moto Rally

Calling All Motorcycle Riders Mozambique Initiative Supporters

August 19, 2019

Parting Shot

"We know we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death [1 John 3:14].” God’s love poured into my heart by the searching and refining fire of the Holy Spirit is not ...

August 19, 2019

Rocks Everywhere

I don’t know about you, but I needed a renewal break this summer from all the events of 2019. The issues and theological polarization within our church and the political polarization within our world can become ...

August 19, 2019

Servanthood Behind Prison Walls

April 16 was a monumental and historical day for the Southeast Correctional Center, Cape Girardeau’s La Croix United Methodist Church and the Missouri Department of Corrections. On the Wednesday before Easter, 159 ...

August 19, 2019

The Bigger Offering Plate

“Will the ushers please come forward…”  That single phrase used to be the primary (if not the only) way the church gathered the gifts of the faithful and funded the ministries of the church. While the offertory remains ...

August 19, 2019

Youth Music Opportunities

While the offertory remains a meaningful part of our worship, the practical ways that devoted disciples can give in support of the church have expanded. The ‘offering plate’ is bigger than ever, but church offices need ...

August 09, 2019

Statement Regarding Culture of Violence

Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church Statement Regarding Culture of Violence   In the aftermath of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, I call upon United Methodists in Missouri ...

August 06, 2019

Council of Bishops invites applications for two ecumenical programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for the following programs: 2020 Local Initiatives Grants Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey 2020 ...

July 31, 2019

The Sharefests Are Coming!

The first Sharefest is in Macon on September 7th, and the last one wraps up in Ferguson on October 19th. More information on the schedule can be found under the Sharefest tab at www.festivalofsharing.org.  This year we ...

July 25, 2019

Congregational Excellence Hires New Missional Strategist

We're pleased to announce that Rev. Geoff Posegate has accepted a part-time role as a Missional Strategist with the Center for Congregational Excellence, beginning on September 1, 2019. Posegate will work primarily with ...

July 25, 2019

Auto-Tune: Technology and Worship

By Ryan McLouth To auto-tune or not to auto-tune, that is the question! If you’re unfamiliar with the term auto-tune, it is a device or technology that can be used to correct errors in pitch or intonation of a vocal ...

July 25, 2019

Back To School: Ministry Ideas for School-Church Partnerships

By Fred Koenig   August Barker UMC participates in a back-to-school fair that provides school supplies. September Wayland UMC provides back-to-school supplies. October Nelson Memorial UMC hosts a pumpkin carving and ...

July 25, 2019

Calling Our Missouri Bikers

Hold September 29 to October 1 on your calendar for a ride to support Mozambique! Bishop Farr will be leading motorcycle riders on a loop around the state, and you are invited to join.  Ride for the whole three-day loop,...

July 25, 2019

Conflict

By Fred Koenig Most people have kind of forgotten about the big dust up in St. Louis involving a mainline protestant denomination and the prevalent societal issue of the day. No, I’m not talking about General Conference...

July 25, 2019

Hitting the Mark: Fundraising Goal for Puerto Rico Surpassed

By Marsha Egan Our Conference is responsive when we see needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Bishop challenged the Missouri Conference in the summer of 2018 to be generous with our time and money. He ...

July 25, 2019

On Location

By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference Ignite Mobile Camp program is in the midst of its largest camp season yet. There are 54 camps across Missouri, made possible through partnerships with Eagle Lake, Heartland Camps, ...

July 25, 2019

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson We lose our spiritual power if we cease to focus on the right thing. In contemplative photography, photo walks seek to see with fresh eyes and receive what God desires for you to see. Ending this walk, I...

July 25, 2019

Restored: 1901 craftsmanship reigns supreme

By Fred Koenig When you see the object of Rev. Jim West’s affection, you may assume it’s her beauty that drew him to her. You would be wrong – it’s what she has inside that means the most to him.  “She plays better ...

July 25, 2019

Sidney Owens Named to New Position

By Fred Koenig Sidney Owens has a drive to help communities have healthier lives, which led her first to a dual-degree in health science and communications and then to a Masters of Science in Public Health from the ...

July 25, 2019

Strategies for Discerning God’s Will for Your Church

“Discernment is the capacity to recognize the presence and activity of God. Paul says that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can discern what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable, ...

July 25, 2019

The Breath of Our Spiritual Life

Prayer is our road home to a God who loves us, and the way in which, through trials as well as the good things in life, we can continually rejoice in the Lord.

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