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June 03, 2021

COB Approves Episcopal Supervision Recommendations for SCJ

The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), due to the retirement of two bishops. The recommendations were made...

May 24, 2021

Breaking Bonds

Recovery ministry finds a new partner in Missouri church.

May 24, 2021

Taking the Bull by the Horns

Second-career pastor comes from an unusual first career.

April 30, 2021

COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship (May 1, 2021)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that may allow reducing restrictions on gatherings particularly in outdoor spaces.  In the spirit of doing no harm, Bishop Farr suggests that local...

April 30, 2021

The Road Towards Healing

By Rev. Sandy Nenadal Watching the news as March neared its end, I was struck by the amount of grief and loss people in our nation are experiencing. Over 550,000 people have died from COVID-19. The economic impact of ...

April 29, 2021

5 Ministry Ideas from NextGen Conversations

The NextGen Conversations podcast seeks to empower NextGen leaders to create dynamic, Christ-centered ministries. In its debut season, we spoke with several Missouri ministry leaders about concepts and ideas that are ...

April 28, 2021

Faith Leaders Concerned About Legislation Opening Door to Guns

Missouri Area United Methodist Bishop Robert Farr joined Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Catholic Church and other faith leaders at the Cardinal Rigali Center in St. Louis on Wednesday morning to express opposition ...

April 19, 2021

Play Ball!

Missouri Methodists have role in shaping major league baseball.

April 19, 2021

The Call to Motherhood

Three Missouri Conference clergywomen follow their call to be foster and adoptive mothers while following their call to ministry.

April 05, 2021

Virtual Session Planned for MOAC21

  Based on where we currently are in the vaccination rollout and in our efforts to do no harm, we have decided to hold this year’s annual conference session virtually with invitation-only in-person attendance. This ...

March 30, 2021

Tips for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, 2021. The United Methodist Creation Justice Movement is providing these tips as a tool to equip church members, families, and individuals to respond to God’s call to care for creation and do ...

March 26, 2021

Music’s Rightful Place Within Our Praise & Worship for Our Lord

By Rev. Karen Shearer, pastor of Grace UMC (Madison) I had arrived on a good day. Betty was awake in her recliner and smiled at me as I entered her room. Her baby doll was resting in her arms and every so often, she ...

March 25, 2021

Stations of the Cross 2021

A Springfield church uses local events to relate the journey of the Stations of the Cross to modern times.

March 21, 2021

The Gathering Students Raises $10,700 for Fresh Water

By Lauren Miers Martin Leathers takes the phrase “skin in the game” literally. The Gathering Students Pastor said for $10,000 he would shave the beard he had been growing for three years. Every fall since 2018, The ...

March 16, 2021

Mark Twain District Superintendent Announcement

Bishop Bob Farr announced his plan for the supervision of the Mark Twain district due to the planned June retirement of current District Superintendent Steve Pinnell.   “I have named Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee as the District ...

March 15, 2021

Spring 2021 Mission COVID-19 Guidelines

Our first General Rule as United Methodists is to “do no harm.” This extends to our mission relationships. We want to “do no harm” with our volunteer activity or with the people we serve. Our goal as United Methodist ...

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

The Missouri Conference will revisit in-person worship guidance on or around May 1. As we’ve entered a new year, we encourage our churches to remain vigilant in their safety precautions related to COVID-19. Even with ...

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.

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