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September 16, 2015

Mozambique Initiative Welcomes New Associate Director

The Office of Mission, Service and Justice and the Mozambique Team are excited to announce Craig Stevenson as the new Associate Director for the Mozambique Initiative (MI). Upon accepting the position Craig shared, "I am...

September 01, 2015

Campfires Burn On

When it was announced last September that the four Missouri Conference-owned camps would not be open for use in 2015, the plan from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board was for camp directors to continue to offer ...

September 01, 2015

Center for Social Empowerment & Justice Launched in Ferguson

The shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed African American 18-year-old, by a white police officer has forever etched the name of “Ferguson, Missouri” into public consciousness and memory. For some, the name of this township...

September 01, 2015

Christ United Methodist Church Children's Clothing Give-Away

Children are the foundation of our Christian faith as Christ came into this world as a baby to experience what we live day by day. He lovingly received all children and told us to do the same. At Christ UMC, in ...

September 01, 2015

Decommissioning Services for Missouri Camping Properties

The camping and retreat board has announced the dates for the decommissioning services of the three United Methodist camping properties prior to their sale. All are invited to share in these services of thanksgiving, ...

September 01, 2015

Hundreds Come to Aldersgate for VBS

When you have nearly 300 kids coming together for two hours in your church for five nights a week, you’re praying that they can calm down enough to behave, listen and learn. Literally praying for it. “...Father God, ...

September 01, 2015

Mexico Crosses Generational Border With Help of Foundation Grant

Mexico, Missouri is a county seat town set in the beautiful rolling hills of the middle of the state, where the spire of the United Methodist Church is a handsome landmark downtown. “Our church is fortunate to serve a ...

September 01, 2015

Ministry on the Edge

Rev. Willis Johnson gets a lot of questions that don’t have an easy answer, but he recently had one question during a workshop session on the church and race that he didn’t even need to think about. “Would you be ...

September 01, 2015

Mobile Camps Serve More than 1,000 Children in First Year

S ummer 2015 was full of new and exciting ministry opportunities in camping. We led a team of 20 excellently trained counselors to 10 United Methodist churches in Missouri. The last week was bitter sweet as we reflected...

September 01, 2015

On the Edge

The first week of August, Wellspring UMC hosted a week-long series of seminars at the church called We Are All Ferguson. Like most stories I pursue for publication, I can’t make it for the whole event, so I just go and ...

September 01, 2015

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson One of the things I like to do is grab one lens and head out the door. This forces me to concentrate on the strengths and limitations of that particular lens. It also helps expand my vision by limiting ...

September 01, 2015

Press On

“Welcome!” Or, “Welcome Back!” These words are heard a lot this time of year as churches and schools enter a new season. Summer is over and fall is beginning. Some experience new places, relationships, and opportunities....

September 01, 2015

Thank You for Pounding the New MSJ Building

We asked you to bring pounds of school supplies to Annual Conference to bless the new Mission, Service and Justice Ministries space. We left Annual Conference with 2,500 lbs. of school supplies for Missouri kids thanks ...

September 01, 2015

The Missouri Conference Delegation endorses Rev. Bob Farr

Report of the Missouri Annual Conference GC/JC Delegation   COLUMBIA – After a period of intentional prayer and discernment, Rev. Robert “Bob” Farr has been endorsed by the Missouri Conference delegation as a candidate ...

September 01, 2015

Tiger Pride Days in Humansville

J une 12-13 marked the first annual Tiger Pride Days event in Humansville. The event was organized to bring the community together to work on improvements in the Humansville schools. Humansville United Methodist Church ...

September 01, 2015

Youthworks Provides Summer Mission Experiences

Doing a week’s worth of mission work has been a tradition for many youth and their adult sponsors in the Missouri Conference. This summer 555 people from the Missouri Conference participated in the Youthworks mission ...

September 01, 2015

Zealous for What? The Choicest Zeal

Last month we looked at Wesley’s sermon “On Zeal” as a way to distinguish “true Christian zeal from its various counterfeits.” What we found was this: “True Christian zeal is no other than the flame of love. This is the ...

August 01, 2015

5 Reasons to Enroll in an Online Course

United Methodist Communications offers a whole catalog of distance-learning opportunities that can help in your faith journey. Here are five reasons you should enroll today. AFFORDABLE: Save that travel budget (if you ...

August 01, 2015

Connecting Where You Are

The Missouri Conference Center recently closed the doors on a Thursday so all of the Conference staff could spend some time visiting local churches. The one-day field trip headed to St. Louis, where it started with ...

August 01, 2015

Getting Direction at the Crossroads

College is a time when people are making decisions about how they will spend the rest of their lives. Most college advisors don’t have ministry in mind when it comes to guiding young people toward a path. The Missouri ...

August 01, 2015

Getting it Right

Moscow Mills UMC is buzzing on Thursday mornings. About 20 volunteers gather there each week to operate a food pantry. Many are members of the church, about half a dozen are members of Old Alexandria UMC, a country ...

August 01, 2015

Keeping the Charge of Preserving History

I set down my cell phone and looked around. Seriously? That much money for just three books? I looked at the shelves of the archives without really seeing them, feeling the weight of nearly 175 years pressing down on my ...

August 01, 2015

Licensed to Pastor

The path to becoming an ordained elder or deacon in the United Methodist Church is a long road, involving college degrees, seminary, probationary periods and board approval. The road to becoming a licensed local pastor ...

August 01, 2015

No One But You

N o one is going to grease your truck but you. They’ll say that they do it. They’ll even check the box on the little sheet of paper. They might grease a couple of places, but they won’t grease them all.” So goes the ...

August 01, 2015

Parker Comes to Missouri to Serve as Director of Next Generations

Rev. Kim Parker wants young people to be able to connect to the church in a way that is a relevant, significant part of their lives, whether that’s through a Sunday morning worship experience, or some other gathering ...

August 01, 2015

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson God created each of us to create in all areas of our life. To me, the creative act of photography is both a way to notice the world around me and a means of self-discovery. My District Superintendent ...

August 01, 2015

Q & A with Bishop Robert Schnase on Local Pastors

Has the national trend of fewer elders, more local pastors - particularly part-time pastors - been evident in the Missouri Conference? If so, what accounts for it? A few years ago, the Missouri Conference commissioned a ...

August 01, 2015

Right Start: Moving Pastors Warned About Compassion Fatigue

Every year the Missouri Conference hosts a Right Start seminar at the end of May for clergy who are changing appointments. The purpose of the event is to help pastors make a healthy transition out of their current ...

August 01, 2015

Summer Fun

A week before Annual Conference the lay delegate of First UMC in Kirksville asked Lynae McFarland, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, her opinion on the proposal to sell the camps. “Two weeks ago my answer would...

August 01, 2015

Wesley Church Hosts Day of Hope

On a rainy, cool Saturday morning in April volunteers from Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, assembled early to put into action a plan that had been months in the making. As they dodged rain drops, they ...

August 01, 2015

Zeal = Love

Zeal is a word that gets good and bad press. Being zealous for a cause can receive praise or blame, depending on the cause. Persons who give their lives to alleviate suffering and those who become terrorists are commonly...

July 01, 2015

2015 Annual Conference Offerings

THE CHURCH IN FERGUSON Service of Commissioning & Retirement How can we help? Many times this question has been asked around the country regarding the situation in Ferguson. Rev. Willis Johnson and Wellspring UMC have ...

July 01, 2015

Annual Conference: A Time of Learning

Missouri’s Annual Conference Session has intentionally shifted from a time of reports and business session to a time of learning, with workshops and seminars now occupying more time on the schedule than plenary sessions....

July 01, 2015

Apportionment Giving Up Last Year, Budget Decreases Slightly

Three finance-based reports were made Saturday afternoon at Annual Conference. Each of the boards were able to share positive information, even in the face of some challenges. Leading off was the Clergy Support Team. ...

July 01, 2015

Bishop Schnase Reviews Year of Ministry

This is my 11th year to preside over the work of the annual conference and it has been a blessing,” said Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase. A distinct aspect of the Missouri Conference is its sustained focus to its mission,...

July 01, 2015

Can you handle the all?

The 2015 Annual Conference opened with the inspirational singing of Centennial UMC (Kansas City) choir. Hymns familiar to both black and white congregations were sung with swing, and hand clapping brought the assembly to...

July 01, 2015

Clergy Session Shares Endings & New Beginnings

Led by Rev. Bruce Baxter, chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, the clergy session is just that, a session of clergy only conducting the business of being clergy. Prospective ordinands are introduced and approved, ...

July 01, 2015

CMU Report

Central Methodist University President Roger Drake opened his remarks at the Missouri Annual Conference Archives and History breakfast by acknowledging that it was an intimidating crowd. “I’m a Kentucky accountant, here...

July 01, 2015

Denman Evangelism Awards

Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy For more than thirty years, The Foundation for Evangelism has been privileged to work with annual conferences to celebrate outstanding personal evangelism ministry of United Methodist ...

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 ...

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