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God's Got This

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“So we’re not giving up. How could we? Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”

Fall New Places for New People Grant Cycle Now Open

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In the Missouri Conference, we recognize God is doing new things to reach people in fresh new ways. We refer to these ways as New Places for New People (NPNP). These come in a variety of forms and can take place both ...

Building a Bridge

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Lifebridge Creates Pathway to Change in Community

Helping the Homeless

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Church looks for ways to help the unhoused in rural Missouri.

Missouri Youth MOVE Through CIY

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Christ In Youth aims to partner with the local church to create moments and conversations that call young people to follow Jesus.

Disaffiliation Legal Update

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The Missouri Annual Conference states that recently it has had the opportunity to mediate with some churches seeking to disaffiliate from the denomination: Schweitzer Church, Morning Star Church, SunRise, The Way and ...

Disaster Recovery Center to Open in St. Charles County

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ST. LOUIS – A FEMA disaster recovery center will open Saturday, Aug. 20 in St. Charles County to provide one-on-one assistance to people directly affected by the July 25—28 flooding and severe storms. Recovery ...

Statement Concerning John Hampton, Jr.

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On Thursday, August 11, Bishop Bob Farr met with John Hampton, Jr. in a supervisory meeting and removed him from his appointment to the Hermann and Rosebud United Methodist Churches. He will be on indefinite suspension ...

Celebrate Pastors with Special Gifts in October 2022

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation’s C2FM initiative invites you to celebrate a special pastor (or pastors) with a financial gift made in honor or in memory of a pastor, ...

Costner-Fulton Grants Available

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Missional outreach takes many forms, and the Conference Office of Mission, Service and Justice has grant funds to support your new, innovative, or one-time mission program and event. Applications are now available for ...

Responding to St. Louis-Area Flooding

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On August 4, the U.S. National Weather Service in Saint Louis posted that the previous two weeks were the “wettest two-week period in STL ever.” Over one-third of the area’s normal annual rain (41.70") occurred between ...

Bucking the Trend

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Most churches, and virtually every other institution or business, is in some stage of recovery after being set back by the pandemic and are gradually building back. There are a few, however, that are already in a ...

The Gift of Diversity

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“Now here is what I am trying to say: All of you together are the one body of Christ, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 LB

Wilbur Newton Comes Home

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Body of navy man killed at Pearl Harbor returned to home church for funeral and burial.

Legal Update on Morning Star Church

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Last night, a St. Charles County judge granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Morning Star Church against the Missouri Annual Conference. The Court found that under the facts presented in the pleadings, the ...

Creating Something New

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Len Wilson shares the concepts he wrote about in his new book, Greater Things.

Your Church Needs You

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Leonard Sweet addresses discernment and the Holy Spirit with the Missouri Conference.

Juneteenth: Resources and Events for Celebration

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Juneteenth (June 19) marks the day in 1865 when U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all African Americans were freed.

Bishops Agree to Call Jurisdictional Conferences This Year

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In response to Judicial Council decision 1445, the Council of Bishops (COB) has formally set the dates for regular sessions of the Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened November ...

Creating a Safe Space in the Image of God’s Kingdom

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The following story is part three in the What I’ve Learned series, in which Missouri Conference leaders share what they’ve learned in the past year around issues involving race and culture.

Festival of Sharing Supports Food Security Efforts

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Festival of Sharing is expanding our mission of supporting efforts to reduce poverty and hunger. We are excited to mark year two of offering the Growing Access Grants by awarding $9,800 to 11 agencies across the state. ...

Greater Things

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John 14:11-16 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things because ...

Olive Fay

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Making History in Missouri

Responding To Gun Violence

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At least 19 children and two teachers were fatally shot at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook nearly 10 years ago. Often, we feel at a loss as to what to do in the face of...

Scholarships as Ministry

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It is the season of high school graduations, and the youth in our communities are looking forward to the next chapter of life. This is an important time for our churches to consider the many ways we may be supportive of ...

Starting Right

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Pastors get help with making a transition to a new church.

Regional Conversation Follow-Up and Resources

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Almost 1,000 people joined one of 14 regional conversations in seven locations around the state. This process has been and continues to be dynamic. As things change, as decisions are made, we will do our best to get you ...

Disaster Response: Kansas and Nebraska Tornadoes

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Over the weekend, several tornadoes touched down in Kansas and Nebraska. The most severe damage occurred in the city of Andover, near Wichita, where up to 1,000 structures may have been affected according to officials. ...

Getting On the Bus

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Pastors get insight into communities through driving a school bus.

Legal Update on Sarcoxie UMC

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Earlier today a Jasper County judge denied the Missouri Annual Conference’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Sarcoxie United Methodist Church but also denied to consider Sarcoxie UMC’s motion asking the Court to ...

What I've Learned

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Bishop Farr discusses what he has learned through coaching calls with Culture Coach Nikki Lerner.

Diversity Around the Throne

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This struggle for reconciliation will not be won in the streets. It will be won by believers in Jesus Christ who choose to live out the truth of the gospel.

Making Connections at HBCUs

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Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III of St. James UMC in Kansas City considered several colleges when he was in high school but had an offer that made his decision easy: a basketball scholarship to Philander Smith for him and his ...

The Power of One

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By Tasha Stephens Empower and empowerment are common catch phrases these days, in church and in other areas of our lives. Words that are overused tend to lose their impact, although this term resonates with me, ...

We Don't Talk About ...

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By Rev. Sandra Nenadal I was a history major in college, so I enjoyed history-based television programs like “Finding Your Roots” on PBS. In every episode, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides information his team has ...

Wesley in the World Today: A New Creation

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By Hal Knight The New Testament scholar N. T. Wright says “the resurrection of Jesus offers itself ... not as an odd event within the world as it is but as the utterly characteristic, prototypical, and foundational ...

Summer 2022 Crossroad Intern Placements Announced

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Each summer, the Missouri Conference works together with local churches to hire college-aged summer interns to serve in various ministry roles. Nine young people will receive hands-on experience this summer through the ...

Laity Supporting Pastoral Transitions

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Within the United Methodist Church, we are in the appointment season. This season is a time for the Cabinet to explore and discern pastoral appointments across our conference. Some of our local churches are preparing to ...

Africa U Proud

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Ezequiel Nhantumbo expresses gratitude for AU during it's 30 year anniversary.
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