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July 01, 2015

Friday Night Young Voices

Poem by Allyson Wermelskirchen   I'm proud to be a part of a church that is for people. that preaches inclusivity and reaches the least of these a church that goes overseas to serve people in desperate need without ...

July 01, 2015

Growing as a Disciple

On Sunday morning Bishop Schnase welcomed people to what has come to be called the largest Sunday school class in the state at the Juanita K. Hammons Performing Arts Center. He introduced Rev. Jeff Brinkman, who grew ...

July 01, 2015

Inhabit Discipleship

Rev. Alice Fowler of Trinity UMC in Bloomfield began her sermon for Sunday morning worship by addressing what it takes to inhabit discipleship, and acknowledging that it isn’t easy. “Inhabiting discipleship is like ...

July 01, 2015

Ivan James Receives Unity Award

Ivan James received the Unity Award Saturday afternoon from the Values Team of the Missouri Annual Conference. James was recognized for his focus on the values of inclusiveness, justice and worth, particularly in regard ...

July 01, 2015

Just Say Yes Learning Time

When Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase speaks to groups about the issues he addresses in his latest book, Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry, he likes to do it in three different one-hour sessions split up over a ...

July 01, 2015

Laity Address

Missouri Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons is excited to be a United Methodist. He attributes that excitement to five reasons:  My Personal Experiences in the church through the United Methodist community of faith;   ...

July 01, 2015

Laity Session

Missouri Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons opened the laity session with scripture from Hebrews chapter 10, verses 23-25, and asked the laity to consider how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds, ...

July 01, 2015

Marble Mission Award

Carol Meyer of Church of the Shepherd is the winner of this year’s Marble Mission Award. Meyer has a deep background in mission. She has led nine trips to Pittoreal, Mexico to help build a youth camp, and another nine ...

July 01, 2015

Missouri Conference Votes to Sell Camp Properties

The voting process on one of the most anticipated issues before the Missouri Annual Conference resulted in the Missouri Conference Trustees being authorized to sell three of the Missouri Conference Camping and Retreat ...

July 01, 2015

Missouri United Methodist Foundation Shares the Wealth

Literally millions of dollars have been donated and distributed through the Foundation in 48 years,” reports David Atkins, the Foundation’s long-time director. This is news that should be shared freely, but somehow the ...

July 01, 2015

Opening the Floodgates with Break-Through Prayer

Spiritual Great Awakenings are benchmark moments in faith history. Members of the Annual Conference attending a teaching time may have been surprised to be compared to such events. Sue Nilson Kibbey did just that as she ...

July 01, 2015

Parting Shot

During Annual Conference Session the Missouri Conference elected a delegation to attend next year’s General Conference in Portland, Oregon in May and the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas in ...

July 01, 2015

Prayer Key Part of Conference Preparation

Prayer, particularly the listening side of prayer, was at the heart of Annual Conference 2015. In preparation for Annual Conference Session, all voting members were given a copy of Reuben Job’s book Listen: Praying in a ...

July 01, 2015

Praying for God's Voice

If you attended Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey’s morning learning time on Breakthrough Prayer, her ordination sermon came as no surprise – ministry is all about prayer, and listening for God’s voice. She started her sermon ...

July 01, 2015

Reflections on Annual Conference

This past June marked my 17th Annual Conference with the United Methodists of Missouri. It’s only been 15 years, but my first two years I worked at both the Missouri East and Missouri West before the merger. While there,...

July 01, 2015

Report from Ferguson & Social Justice Award

Kathleen Wilder, chair of the Social Justice Team presented Willis Johnson with the Missouri Conference Social Justice Award, in recognition of Johnson’s work, both in St. Louis and nationally, to help churches, ...

July 01, 2015

Retirement & Commissioning

On Saturday morning 28 Missouri Conference clergy were recognized for their years of service as they move from active status into retirement. As a statement from each retiree was read by someone who was to be ...

July 01, 2015

The Intersection of Hurt & Hope

Willis Johnson, announced the establishment of the Center for Social Empowerment and Justice at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, which he pastors. The church was at the epicenter of demonstrations and ...

July 01, 2015

The Power & Pitfalls of Partnership

Tina Harris, pastor of the Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church in downtown Kansas City, pointed out the power and pitfalls of partnership during the Sunday evening session of the Missouri Conference. “We could ...

July 01, 2015

UMW Mission Walk

A Sunday morning walk before church has become a tradition at the Missouri Annual Conference Session. Last year the United Methodist Women walk raised almost $4,000 for mission, this year it raised more than $4,000. The ...

July 01, 2015

War on Kids

Thursday night was a soft start for Annual Conference for some, although it was dealing with a hard topic: The War on Kids. The event at the University Plaza from 7 – 9 p.m. was the second annual event of this nature led...

June 15, 2015

Delegate Elections 2015

During Annual Conference Session the Missouri Conference elected a delegation to attend next year’s General Conference in Portland, Oregon in May and the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas in ...

May 21, 2015

10 Questions with the United Methodist Publishing House

By Fred Koenig You could fill a book-bag with titles that have authors related to the Missouri Conference, and most of the books contain stories about experiences in Missouri Conference Churches. Brian Milford, chief ...

May 21, 2015

Books With Missouri Conference Ties

By Fred Koenig Pastor on Track Reclaiming Our True Role By Emanuel Cleaver III Distilling the essential role  of pastor. So often pastors are defined by external forces, rather than by the essential nature of the ...

May 21, 2015

Church Rummage Sale Super-Sized

By Fred Koenig When Kimberling City United Methodist Church in the Ozarks District calls their annual garage sale the Super Sale, they are really not overstating it. This year the Super Sale raised $16,805.74. The ...

May 21, 2015

CMU Service Day Making A Difference

By Kent Propst More than 2,100 Hours  from 700+ Volunteers “I love Service Day. A chance to get into the local community, help others, and have fun with your friends—what a great way to spend a day!”       Abby ...

May 21, 2015

Common Denominators In The Denomination

By Fred Koenig I just read Bob Farr’s new book 10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church. I didn’t expect to like it, but I work with Bob (our offices share a wall) and he gave me a copy. It would have been rather rude to ...

May 21, 2015

Easter Attendance

By Fred Koenig It’s been said a lot in conversations about attendance: “If we would ever get everyone to come at once, we’d have a full-house.” There is one Sunday a year when pretty much everyone does come, and ...

May 21, 2015

Foundation Takes the Reigns of Leadership Institute

By Fred Koenig For the past seven years, the Leadership Institute was a Central Methodist University event organized by Michael Pope, United Methodist Church liaison at Central Methodist University. Pope is no longer at...

May 21, 2015

Healthcare Changes & The Affordable Care Act

By Fred Koenig Times are changing. The Affordable Care Act is driving that change when it comes to health care. The result is that next year Missouri Conference clergy and anyone else who is on the Missouri Conference ...

May 21, 2015

I Am The Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig When First UMC in Warrensburg recently hosted a cluster Charge Conference for other United Methodist Churches in the area, member Max Ridenhour knew it was a good opportunity to offer his neighboring ...

May 21, 2015

I'm Excited To Be A Methodist

By Brian Hammons I’m excited to be a Methodist! I hope you are too! Keep reading and I’ll explain. In this era of soundbites, short tweets, and even shorter labels, every name seems to carry meaning. Often several ...

May 21, 2015

Joyful Generosity

By Fred Koenig “Clergy are uncomfortable talking about money. Lay people are happy with clergy being uncomfortable talking about money.”       Lovett Weems began his talk at the eighth annual Leadership Institute at ...

May 21, 2015

Lilly Endowment Promotes National Initiative Partners with Missouri UM Foundation to Assist Clergy

By Fred Koenig “Across the country ministers are grappling with financial issues that adversely affect their personal lives and divert attention from their work,” states a report published by the Lilly Endowment. The ...

May 21, 2015

Mission U

By Liz Rooks Mission u is a cooperative event sponsored by the United Methodist Women and the Creative Ministries Team and is open to men and woman (young or old), and all children and youth. Classes are available for ...

May 21, 2015

Missouri Delegation Joins 20th Anniversary Rainbow Network Tour

By Fred Koenig In early April, volunteers from Kansas City, Springfield, Fayette, and Columbia joined the Rainbow Network 20th Anniversary “Go and See” tour in Nicaragua. Megan Munzlinger, Rainbow Network Development ...

May 21, 2015

Sunday in School

By Fred Koenig When a church like The Gathering in St. Louis launches a new site, they consider two things: Do we have people in that location already? Is there an opportunity to reach new people there?      When they ...

May 21, 2015

The Meaning Of The Aldersgate Experience

By Hal Knight It was on May 24, 1738 that John Wesley went with reluctance to a prayer meeting on Aldersgate Street in London that profoundly changed his life. Listening to a reading from Martin Luther describing the ...

May 21, 2015

What Can Prayer Do?

By Fred Koenig Do you have any idea what 6,000 food items, mostly cans, looks like? Neither did Rev. Shawn Franssens, Lead Pastor of North Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City. That was before the church ...

April 28, 2015

UMCOR Response - Nepal Quake

As many of you know, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara, on Saturday 25 April 2015, at 11:41am Nepal local time. It is the most powerful ...

March 30, 2015

District Superintendent Announcement

Bishop Robert Schnase has announced the appointment of Rev. Cindy Buhman to serve as District Superintendent of the Northwest District “Rev. Buhman has offered excellent pastoral leadership in the Northwest District, ...

March 26, 2015

2015 Annual Conference Offerings

By Fred Koenig The Mozambique Initiative The Mozambique Initiative is a holistic ministry based on partnership with the Church in Mozambique. We focus on enabling the sustainability of United Methodist communities in ...

March 26, 2015

2015 Mobile Camp Additions

By Raymond Varner For the summer of 2015 the Missouri Conference has decided to add the amazing camping experience of Mobile Camps in addition to the residential camps (AKA CORE Camps) and Mission Camps. Over the past ...

March 26, 2015

A Heart for Haiti

By Jeff Baker We had be been traveling for our third day. The roads were more like trails. Something you might experience on a Jeep trail ride in the mountains of Colorado rather than a gravel county road. We slowly ...

March 26, 2015

A Pastor’s Practical Guide to Funerals: Offering Help, Assurance, and Hope

By Donna Nichols Death happens – often at the most inopportune times - and no pastor would deny that caring for the dying and the grieving is at one and the same time both hard work and sacred privilege.       In “A ...

March 26, 2015

Being A Pastor In A Community In Crisis

By Fred Koenig In the category of what news happened while you were sleeping, the news from Ferguson, Mo., got even worse,” said Steve Innskeep, as he led off the Morning Edition national newscast on National Public ...

March 26, 2015

Caring for the Orphan

By Fred Koenig When the children’s ministry leader at First UMC in Sedalia told her pastor that she felt called to be in ministry with orphans, he didn’t realize that calling would lead her out the door. But after ...

March 26, 2015

Clergy Appointment Changes

By Fred Koenig Spring is in the air, and so are the announcements of clergy appointment changes. Changes in three cabinet-level positions were announced during the second week of March. The first change is by the book –...

March 26, 2015

College Students Bring Clean Water to Haiti

By Trista Soendker Nicholson Spark@MOUMC, the college age ministry at Missouri UMC, sent a team to Duplan, Haiti January 12 – 18. The team installed 100 Sawyer water filters in the community, facilitated a hygiene ...

March 26, 2015

Crucial Conversations

By Brian Hammons Sometimes in leadership we come across something that just seems to fit the times, the situations we’re going through. A book I’ve been reading, Crucial Conversations, just seems to fit right now. For ...

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