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December 03, 2018

Always On

Church Embraces October as Month of Continual Prayer

December 03, 2018

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, 2018

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 ...

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 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...

October 27, 2017

Seeing the Problem

Ewell Helps Bring Disability Issues to Light

October 24, 2017

Global Connect: A New Path To Mission

People who want to make a difference can now start their journey with Global Connect. “The purpose of Global Connect is to prepare people to engage in mission,” said Missouri Conference Mission Strategist Lucas Endicott....

October 23, 2017

Spreading Out

Festival of Sharing to Transition from Single Statewide to Regional Events in 2018

October 20, 2017

Turning Heads

Transforming Grass to Garden in Front of Church Enhances Neighborhood

October 18, 2017

Leading an Active Prayer Life

By Amy Thompson As leaders, it is important to be intentional in your own personal spiritual development. Your personal commitment to growing in your faith could begin with many things. I would like to suggest prayer. ...

October 14, 2017

Music Ministry at CMU

By Ryan McLouth I often have friends in the church community ask me about my position at Central Methodist University and our Music Ministry program. Today I thought I would tell you a little bit about what we do. The ...

October 13, 2017

Legalism: A Danger on the Path to Salvation

By Dr. Hal Knight For John Wesley salvation was not a status attained but a path to travel, with the goal to increasingly love God and others as we have been loved by God in, Jesus Christ. He knew that there are dangers...

October 12, 2017

Pastoring in Partisan Times

By Jim Simpson At ordination, the Bishop lays hands on elders and deacons and says: Take authority to preach the Word of God … Faithful pastors know this authority reaches far beyond the pulpit to include organizing the...

October 10, 2017

Bike to the Future Celebrates First Year

Your alarm blares at 3 a.m. You stash a granola bar in your backpack, throw on your jacket and lace up your tennis shoes with the worn out soles. You head out the door and begin your nine mile walk to work. After a ...

October 06, 2017

Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope

By Dr. Jessica M. Smith As Mai-Anh Le Tran writes in her book Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope, August 9, 2014 “disrupted” her world.       It is the day that a young black man Michael Brown was ...

October 05, 2017

Rebuilding Puerto Rico: How You Can Help

People in the Caribbean are still recovering from hurricane Maria. With power still out and water in short reply, first responders are working across the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Our Conference has been in ...

September 30, 2017

Importance of Rehearsal

By Ryan McLouth Is your worship team rehearsing or practicing each week? There are clear distinctions between these two activities, and I’m sure we have all done both. Additionally, I would posit that these terms can ...

September 22, 2017

A Journey of Granite and Stone

By Glenn Wintemberg My time at Epworth started in 1989. At that retreat we headed down to Vesper Hill, which at sunset had the most beautiful view looking out to Shepherds Mountain. Before entering into Vesper Hill, you...

September 21, 2017

The Jewel Initiative

The Christmas season will soon be upon us. In America, this time of gift-giving is met with generosity within our churches and our community. Christmas is celebrated in Mozambique but rarely includes the giving of gifts....

September 19, 2017

Mission Council Approves New Conference Vision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Mission Council Approves New Conference Vision   COLUMBIA, Mo. – September 19, 2017 – The ...

September 07, 2017

5 Tips for Getting Started

By Ryan McLouth Help! I just started a new position in music ministry, and I’m not sure what to do! This has happened to everyone at some point. Maybe you’re part of a church plant, you’re a new hire at a congregation ...

September 07, 2017

By the Numbers

Church attendance numbers can get tricky. I’ve been dealing with them long enough now to notice what one might call abnormalities. I know of one church which, on three different occasions, three different sequential ...

September 07, 2017

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?

Margie Briggs grew up in Windsor. She has always been an active lay person in the United Methodist Church. Her book, Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turn Around Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small ...

September 07, 2017

Finding Common Threads: Church Group Bonds in the Sewing Room

Sometimes a new idea can take hold among old friends and make relationships stronger. The Sew-Cial at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church started in January with a couple of women thinking they would get together...

September 07, 2017

Mozambique Initiative: Renewing the Covenant

The Mozambique Initiative’s mission is “partnering to transform people and their communities toward the image of Christ.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines partner as “one associated with another especially in an ...

September 07, 2017

Opening Doors for the Next Generation

By Sarah Dumas 4,479 campers. 21 Ignite Mobile camps. 11 weeks of camp. Ten Infuse Core camps. Nine Spark Mini-Mobile camps. Five campgrounds. Two shaving cream fights. One Almighty God.       The statistics are clear, ...

September 07, 2017

Raising Up Leaders

By Amy Thompson How do we raise up leaders in our churches? This question is on my mind a lot as the vitality of our churches is dependent on it. It is especially on my mind as we move into the fall when the discussions...

September 07, 2017

Sharing What Works: Books Emerge from Resurrection Downtown Experience

Scott Chrostek grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a BS in Organizational Management. While in school he was working in the field of investments with two ...

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