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July 12, 2016

Why It Worked

Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase began his last Learning Time session at Annual Conference with gratitude. “I simply want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you – for your ministry, your trust, and your ...

July 12, 2016

Worship Honors Roots, New Beginnings

On June 3 the 2016 Missouri Annual Conference kicked off with a noteworthy opening worship experience that cherished the old and welcomed the new.

July 01, 2016

Archives and History Recognizes Churches That Are More Than 200 Years Old

John Wright, chairman of the Archives and History Commission for the Missouri Conference, opened the Archives and History breakfast with a word of thanks. “We are grateful for the churches that have endured,” ...

July 01, 2016

Barbara Crumes-Love Receives Unity Award

Barbara A. Crumes-Love is the recipient of the 2016 Unity Award which was presented by the Values Team of the Missouri Conference. For the past 10 years, she has served as chairperson of the organizing committee for ...

July 01, 2016

Bartelsmeyer Receives Marble Mission Award

By Susan Sneed Jeff Baker, director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries, presented the Advance Specials for approval of the conference and they were accepted. He then introduced Max Marble to present the Robert ...

July 01, 2016

Board of Ordained Ministry Works on Improving Process

By Linda Gastreich  Rev. Bruce Baxter, chair of the Board of Ordained Ministries brought a report to the Annual Conference that was filled with news of progress and new initiatives. As the fourth year of the current ...

July 01, 2016

Brian Hammons Completes 8 years as Lay Leader

By Franci Schwartz Hammons Reflects & Gives Thanks Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons reflected on his eight years in office. He expressed his thanks for support and encouragement from family, friends and co-workers....

July 01, 2016

CMU Strengthens UMC Connection

“People find it surprising that I’m a college president,” said Roger Drake, president of Central Methodist University. “I admit I just don’t look like a college president.” In his Kentucky drawl he went on to ...

July 01, 2016

Deacons Celebrate 20 Years

This year Deacons celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons. The Order came into being as a result of the 1996 General Conference. Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Justice and Compassion. ...

July 01, 2016

Domke Receives Social Justice Award

Fred Domke is the recipient of the 2016 Social Justice Award. This year because two outstanding nominations were received, two awards were given - one for laity and one for clergy. Domke received the laity award. He ...

July 01, 2016

Jefferson Receives Social Justice Award

Rev. Monica Jefferson received this year’s Social Justice Award for her ongoing leadership and successful collaborative work in North St. Louis County before, during and after unrest in Ferguson/Florissant. Jefferson ...

July 01, 2016

Leaders from Missouri’s Black UMCs Gather at Conference

On the first night of Annual Conference Session, African American clergy and laity, and people who attend churches that are primarily African American, gathered together for a dinner and a time to get to know each other.

July 01, 2016

Lubula, Miofsky Receive Denman Awards

“Do you know Mama Riziki?” It was a question asked by a someone who met her while living in a Congolese refugee camp. You see, when Riziki Lubula came to the United States she remembered her friend, Solomon ...

July 01, 2016

Lydia Patterson Achieves 100% College Placement

Dr. Soccoro De Anda, president of the Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) brought greetings from the institute and presented a video sharing the struggles of LPI students. These students are committed to getting an ...

July 01, 2016

Missouri Annual Conference Street Party

On Sunday night of Annual Conference Session, there was a barbecue dinner outside, and a concert inside from by the band “I Am They.”

July 01, 2016

Mozambique Initiative Continues to Thrive

on June 5 the Missouri Annual Conference formally met Craig Stevenson, the new Director of the Mozambique Initiative. Stevenson reported on MI’s financial success – highlighting the $700,000 plus support raised in 2015 ...

July 01, 2016

Next Generation Ministries

To kick off the report of Next Generation Ministries, Emma Woods, Campbell UMC, shared scripture from Ephesians and Alex Riddle, Christ UMC, led in prayer. Emma and Alex are both members of the Conference ...

July 01, 2016

Parting Shot

For the next several months The Missouri Methodists will be featuring the photography of Rev. Eric Mattson (First UMC New Madrid/Lilbourn) on the back cover. To see more of Eric’s work, go to www.flickr.com/photos/eric_m...

July 01, 2016

Staying Grounded

By Joan DeBoe We live in a time when electronic resources abound, all of which were designed and redesigned and improved for the sake of making our lives easier. In this “easier” life, we are so bombarded with demands ...

June 22, 2016

Everybody is Somebody

Missouri Conference Director of Congregational Excellence Bob Farr started his sermon on Sunday morning with a story about being a church visitor. He was there unannounced, and tried to remain anonymous. At first it was ...

June 22, 2016

Sweetness in the Midst of Sending Forth

Ozarks District Superintendent Lynn Dyke led the Service of Sending forth on the last day of the Missouri Annual Conference Session morning with a wedding story. No, not the love verses from Corinthians, or the ones ...

June 01, 2016

Biggerstaff Chairs Journal Committee

Every morning of General Conference, all those United Methodist from around the world were greeted by Randy Biggerstaff, as he gave his report at chair of the Journal Committee. “Good morning General Conference!” ...

June 01, 2016

Bishop Schnase Reflects on Council of Bishop’s Decision

Bishops help move conversation forward

June 01, 2016

CMU to Start Music Ministry Program

The newest academic major at Central Methodist University is a natural: a major in Music Ministry. CMU already has its acclaimed Swinney Conservatory of Music, numerous music degree options, and many vocal and ...

June 01, 2016

College Age Ministry Continues to Develop

The college years are the time when some of the largest life decisions are made: careers are chosen, spouses are found, and too often it is the time when people begin to drift away from church. The Missouri Conference is...

June 01, 2016

Committee Work

Legislative Committee Try to Sort Out Details Before Proposals Reach Main Floor

June 01, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid ...

By Stephanie Greiner The phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” or “Fear Not” appears 365 times in the Bible. I’m writing this article as I’m ending my first day at the St. Louis Mission u Study Leader Training and I realized that ...

June 01, 2016

Festival to Celebrate 35 Years of Sharing

Thirty-five years ago this October, something remarkable began. Festival of Sharing is the realization of a dream to do something about hunger and poverty plaguing our communities, state and world. They believed then and...

June 01, 2016

Finding Truth

United Methodists are in the midst of conference season and America is in a Presidential election year. In both church and nation, persons are finding themselves passionately advocating points of view with which others ...

June 01, 2016

General Conference Passes $604 Million General Church Budget

Goodbye, historically low budget.  Hello, slight increase. General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020. That represents a slight rise over the $603.1 million ...

June 01, 2016

General Conference Puts Hold on Sexuality Debate

General Conference delegates hit the pause button on the denomination's quadrennial debates related to homosexuality. Late afternoon May 18, the delegates voted by 428 to 405 to accept the recommendation of the Council ...

June 01, 2016

Laity Urged to Share Jesus with the World

Lay members of The United Methodist Church admonished their peers who are delegates to General Conference to remember that they share in the responsibility of making disciples of Jesus Christ in the world.

June 01, 2016

Letter from the Editor: General Conference 2016

By Fred Koenig Everything you need to know about General Conference 2016 is in this issue of The Missouri Methodist. But hey, I know you’re busy with Annual Conference session upon us, so I’ll do one better for you: ...

June 01, 2016

Methodists Plant 1,000 Trees

At the beginning of April, Heifer Project International Community Engagement Manager Cindy Sellers Roach visited Columbia and met with many churches and community members.  On Saturday, April 9, she attended a tree ...

June 01, 2016

Mike Bonem Shares Wisdom & Experience

Nationally recognized consultant, author, speaker, church leader, and businessman, Mike Bonem, was the featured speaker for a presentation titled “Navigating Healthy Change.”       Bonem admires some of the literature ...

June 01, 2016

Missional Highlights from the Southwest District

Whether fresh, vital and relevant ministry is the product of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit working within a congregation, or whether it emerges from churches working together, or whether it develops from conference ...

June 01, 2016

Missourians at General Conference

General Conference has 864 voting delegates, a dozen of which were from Missouri. Several Missouri Methodists had other roles beyond being delegates, and some Missourians who weren’t delegates were also present.       ...

June 01, 2016

Mozambique Initiative Visits Covenant Partners, Celebrates Gondola’s First Graduation

By Craig Stevenson From April 19-May 3, I traveled to Mozambique for my second trip since beginning to lead our partnership in October 2015. Ezy and I visited more than 10 churches in the Tete, Manica, Beira, and ...

June 01, 2016

Parting shot

The person receiving the Mother’s Day gift flower is a lifelong, well respected and loved member of her church.  Later in the service she would drop the bombshell of her decision to permanently move to Florida due to ...

June 01, 2016

Restorative Justice

By Lauren Rutherford In Missouri, less than 5 percent of Methodist congregations participate in restorative justice or prison ministry.     That percentage is small, but the need isn’t: The ratio of Methodist churches ...

June 01, 2016

Small Town Church

By Peggy Simpson On a balmy Sunday morning in late spring, I accompanied my husband, Jim, to Corder United Methodist Church in Corder, MO. Corder is a small town, population 398 according to the 2013 census, just ten ...

June 01, 2016

Subcommittees lead to holy conferencing

By David Reinholz John Wesley believed that Christian conferencing is a means of grace. This says when we do it properly, God is present and the conversations become holy. My belief is that God is always present when we...

June 01, 2016

Technically Keeping It In Balance

By Ryan Mclouth This month I would like to take a moment to talk about technical and practical challenges we might find as worship leaders, church musicians, music pastors, or creative directors, and solutions for those...

June 01, 2016

The Power of Second Site

Not long ago new United Methodists Churches used to be started by the Conference and a lone pastor with little more than a zip code where he was sent to get something started. But in recent years, some of the strongest ...

June 01, 2016

The Witness of the Laity

By Brian Hammons “The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which people ...

June 01, 2016

United Methodist Church Approves New Hymnal

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted to take decisive steps leading to the eventual approval of a new collection of hymns, tunes, and liturgical resources for worship. Approval was given to form ...

June 01, 2016

We Are More

South Central Jurisdiction Bishops Launch #WeAreMore Social Media Campaign

May 26, 2016

Restorative justice in action

21st Annual Boonslick Area Community Service Project takes over Boonville.

May 05, 2016

Central Methodist University offers tuition break for Methodist Church members

This program applies to undergraduate students attending the Fayette campus only.

May 05, 2016

Conference plans increased focus on restorative justice

A group of nearly 20 met to discuss and plan a restorative justice initiative.

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