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May 05, 2016

Conference plans increased focus on restorative justice

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

May 05, 2016

How to follow Missouri's General Conference Delegates in Portland

Some Missouri Conference Delegates will be telling their stories of General Conference 144 characters at a time.

May 01, 2016

Creating Disciples & Changing Lives

The law allows charitably minded individuals a golden opportunity to make gifts directly from their IRAs and exclude the amount of their gift from gross income. Now persons over the age of 70 ½ may make a gift to their ...

May 01, 2016

Downtown Revival

Old church finds new life in the heart of Springfield.

May 01, 2016

Easter Attendance


May 01, 2016

Experience the Camino Walk

A Soul Connections experience from May 16-26, 2017

May 01, 2016

Faith & Race small group curriculum now available

The Faith and Race Podcast has just released its 8-week small group curriculum to help your church host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the church. As part of each 90 minute session, your group will listen ...

May 01, 2016

General Conference: Here We Go!

By Brian Hammons General Conference, the every-four-year gathering of United Methodists from around the globe, begins soon – May 10. 864 delegates and a lot of others will descend upon Portland, Oregon for almost two ...

May 01, 2016

Helping People Engage in Worship

By Ryan McLouth This month I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Neil Ostercamp from The Gathering UMC. Neil serves as Worship Coordinator at the Clayton site, and had many interesting and useful thoughts about ...

May 01, 2016

Missouri Conference is Alive in Haiti

By Lucas Endicott In a few short weeks Missouri Methodists will gather at Annual Conference and again sing “And Are We Yet Alive.” Sisters and brothers from around the world have been singing this song to open our ...

May 01, 2016

On Track in Mission

Because spring breaks happen at different times for different schools, it doesn’t always mean a week off for college athletes. This year Central Methodist University track team members had their second meet of the year ...

May 01, 2016

Parting Shot

There is a quote which helps explain why I take pictures. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust who was at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, has this to say: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite ...

May 01, 2016

Preview of Annual Conference: Mozambique Style

By Craig Stevenson Annual Conference is right around the corner, and at Mozambique Initiative, they are preparing to showcase our ministry story.      Their booth will highlight a few of our ministry areas. We’ll be ...

May 01, 2016

Receiving the Holy Spirit

By Hal Knight In Numbers 11 Moses finds himself responsible for an exceedingly large congregation of constant complainers. It was becoming hard to manage, and Moses cried out in despair to God. So God told Moses to ...

May 01, 2016

Risk-taking Faithfulness

By Fred Leist I have vivid memories of the conversation. It was an evening meeting with key lay leaders at Benton UMC in rural Scott County to discuss their future. There were 8-10 of us gathered around a table in a ...

May 01, 2016

Scouting helps churches reach youth

The two main reasons churches give for not starting a scout unit are “My church is too small,” and “We don’t have enough boys,” according to Jim Marchbank. He believes those churches need to change their perspective. “...

May 01, 2016

Singled Out

Making the Move to a Single-Point Charge.

May 01, 2016

Small Churches Getting Bigger

A church can be a real an anchor for its community. An anchor, properly used, provides stability and security, a steady presence in turbulent times. An anchor, at its worst, can be an insurmountable burden to those who ...

May 01, 2016

What is Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes ...

April 01, 2016

A Season of Firsts

By Lynn Dyke This is the “appointment season” in the United Methodist world, for we have a rather unique way of naming seasons. We skip over the traditional “winter, spring, summer and fall” for our own “seasons.” ...

April 01, 2016

Annual Conference Offerings

Mozambique Initiative Support Prenatal & Maternal Health The Center of Hope is a faith-based community health promotion program located across from the Chicuque Rural Hospital and has active grants from the Imagine No ...

April 01, 2016

Compass

Compass is a Wesleyan leadership experience that aims to strengthen leaders of churches that seek to reach new people for Jesus Christ. It is structured as a two-year covenantal, continuous peer learning experience, ...

April 01, 2016

Five Practices Fund Honors Bishop Schnase

This summer we will say farewell to Bishop Robert Schnase as he completes the maximum term of 12 years of service to the congregations of the Missouri Annual Conference. Such an occasion comes with a challenge – namely, ...

April 01, 2016

Fostering Hope

Missouri Conference church in the Mark Twain district has decided to reach out to help those who are most vulnerable at one of their greatest times of need. Unionville UMC has pulled together to create “Fostering Hope” ...

April 01, 2016

From Muck to Miracle

Personal Testimonies from Our UMC Unsung Heroes

April 01, 2016

Growing by Percentages

Story Number One: Prairie Chapel is a 160 year old, open country church five miles west of Fulton. Rick Matson was assigned as lay pastor in 2013, when worship attendance was 17. Worship numbers averaged 19 in 2014, and ...

April 01, 2016

Historic Downtown First UMC in Sedalia burns

Multi-site ministry doubling up at second site while making plans for future

April 01, 2016

Journey Groups Share Perspective

An important part of every Compass event is for pastors to have time together with their Journey Groups. Following each session with Nadia Bolz-Weber, the pastors broke up into their Compass Journey Groups to discuss ...

April 01, 2016

Keep Tradition Alive

By Ryan McLouth In an age where awareness and conversation about worship style appears to be a growing movement among many congregations, it seems only logical to discuss the trends, demand, and application of not only ...

April 01, 2016

Letter from the Editor: Marching into 2016

Ash Wednesday came in just under the wire for the March issue, and Palm Sunday is still a few days away as of press time for April. But in that time in between there has been a lot going on in the Missouri Conference ...

April 01, 2016

Mozambique Visits Missouri

By Craig Stevenson The Mozambique Initiative wouldn’t operate without wonderful and dependable support from our brothers and sisters in Mozambique. Ezequiel (Ezy) Nhantumbo and Naftal Massela Naftal are two secrets to ...

April 01, 2016

Our Next Bishop?

By Brian Hammons With his twelve years of service, Bishop Schnase has reached the maximum term for a bishop in one area, under our denomination’s current rules. So Missouri will be receiving a new bishop this coming ...

April 01, 2016

Parting Shot

American Idol has long been a must watch in my home, and one contestant who has had a lasting impression on me along the way is Mandisa Hundley. This is a picture of her which I took as the house photographer for the ...

April 01, 2016

Renewed in Love

By Hal Knight In the last two months we have looked at faith and hope as two of the marks of a transformed heart. Now we come to the most important mark of all: love.      John Wesley fully embraces the words of the ...

April 01, 2016

The Power of Yes!

Bishop Schnase Shares Ideas from Latest Book

April 01, 2016

Wright, Pinnell to Be Appointed to Cabinet

Gateway Central District Superintendent Kurt Schuermann has completed eight years as District Superintendent, which is the maximum tenure allowed by the Book of Discipline. He will receive a local church appointment ...

March 04, 2016

Central Methodist University Band sets spring concert tour

Central Methodist Concert Band On Spring Tour Public performances scheduled   Fayette, Mo. - The touring Concert Band of Central Methodist University is set to depart for its Spring 2016 Tour of the west side of the ...

March 01, 2016

A Day On

Wellspring makes MLK Day a Day of Service

March 01, 2016

Apportionment Giving Increased in 2015

By Nate Berneking For the second year in a row, the congregations of Missouri set a record for paid apportionments. I hope all United Methodists in Missouri know how grateful Conference leadership is. Thank you!        ...

March 01, 2016

General Conference 2016 Preparations Continue

By Brian Hammons General Conference is coming up soon. In just a few weeks, May 10-20, 864 delegates from around the world will meet in Portland, Oregon to celebrate, pray, worship, deliberate, and vote on proposals to ...

March 01, 2016

Keeping Focus on God

By Ryan McLouth In the last column, we talked about adding musical style to our songs, and how to create an environment that promotes participation. This month, let’s talk about making sure that God is found in ...

March 01, 2016

Letter from the Editor: Praying for General Conference

By Fred Koenig In January I had the privilege of traveling to Portland, Oregon. The United Methodist Association of Communicators planned our annual meeting to match up to the Pre-General Conference News Briefing, so it...

March 01, 2016

Living in Hope

By Hal Knight Last month I talked about faith as one of the three marks of the new birth, one aspect of the transformation of the heart given through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. This month we look at ...

March 01, 2016

Ministry in Nazareth

By Dale Stone After over 40 years of ministry, I announced my retirement will come at this year’s Annual Conference. Two days later I came across the above quote as I find myself feeling like someone with no experience ...

March 01, 2016

Movement for the Mission

Lia McIntosh named Missional Strategist

March 01, 2016

Mozambique Initiative: Sharing Fruits of 2015

As we begin to dream about Spring 2016, our Missouri ministry with Mozambique celebrates 18 years of partnership.

March 01, 2016

Navigating Healthy Change is the Theme of Bonem’s Workshop

There are few people who bring such a broad spectrum of practical experience as Mike Bonem. Mike spent over 10 years on the staff of West University Baptist Church in Houston, most recently as Executive Pastor.  His ...

March 01, 2016

Parish Nursing Training Available in Mark Twain District

The Mark Twain District wanted to try something new, and had some money on hand to help put ideas into action. The district committee came up with a dozen ideas, then narrowed it down to three that they wanted to put ...

March 01, 2016

Parting Shot

The Carolina Panthers were favored to win Super Bowl 50, and on that team was a second-year defensive end who graduated from New Madrid Central County high school in 2011. It was Kony Ealy Day at NMCC as I took this ...

March 01, 2016

Preparing for General Conference

On January 20-22 top leaders in the United Methodist Church came together in Portland, Oregon to get a preview of what is to come at General Conference in the same location this May.       The General Conference is the ...

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