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September 11, 2020

Vital Signs Data Entry Suspension

Friends in Christ, This year, COVID-19 changed our means of doing ministry in ways that we could not have imagined. Many of our churches have developed new and creative ways to engage their congregations, communities, ...

September 08, 2020

Introducing NextGen Conversations

NextGen Conversations is a podcast that seeks to empower children’s, family, youth and college-aged leaders to create dynamic, Christ-centered ministries. Local church leaders often don’t have the time, energy or ...

June 04, 2020

Bishop Farr Check-In

Bishop Farr offers a reflection after a difficult week and encourages Missouri pastors and lay leaders to listen and take action. See more from Bishop Farr here.

June 03, 2020

Statement on Local Church Scouting Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

STATEMENT ON LOCAL CHURCH SCOUTING ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC The Missouri Annual Conference is aware that several local churches charter boy scout troops. The Conference is also aware of questions with ...

June 02, 2020

United Methodist Pastors Have Presence at Protests

United Methodists pastors have a presence at protests around the state as tensions continue to escalate.

June 01, 2020

Bishop Farr Expresses Outrage, Need to be Antiracist

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr expresses outrage over death of George Floyd and calls for United Methodists to do some homework to help them see their own bias and move to be anti-racist.

May 29, 2020


Due to the impact of COVID-19, and the subsequent postponement of the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, Bishop Bob Farr will continue to serve as Resident Bishop of the Missouri Conference through the South Central...

May 28, 2020

Pre-Conference Briefing 2020

Pre-Conference Briefing 2020 from MoUMethodist on Vimeo.

May 28, 2020

The Church & COVID-19 Ministry Webinar: How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online

How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online   Churches of every size are now meeting online for worship and experiencing the blessing of new people attending their services for the first time. Learn ways your ...

May 26, 2020

Laity Voices: The Sunday Drive

 Have you ever been on a Sunday drive?   When I was very young, once a month, my family’s Sunday drive activity included a trip to Hiawatha, Kansas to see my grandfather.  There were many of these trips where I was the ...

May 26, 2020

Methodists Support LifeWise STL During Pandemic

LifeWise STL doubles-down on helping people in need during the pandemic in St. Louis, and are back by United Methodist churches in their efforts.

May 22, 2020

Guidance on Returning to Our Sanctuaries Remains Unchanged

Friday, May 22, 2020 Dear Colleagues in Ministry, This morning, President Donald J. Trump issued a statement calling on governors to allow houses of worship to open. In Missouri, Governor Mike Parson's Show Me Strong ...

May 19, 2020

Missouri Methodists and the 1918 Flu Epidemic

Conference newspaper provides some account of churches dealing with being shut down during the 1918 Spanish Flu.

May 18, 2020

Summer 2020 Camping Update: NextGen Camping Track Canceled

The Office of Next Generation Ministries has made the difficult decision to cancel the entirety of their NextGen track for mobile camping this summer. The health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), ...

May 14, 2020

Saying Goodbye in the Time of Coronavirus

Missouri United Methodist colleagues in the midst of pastoral moves share in a collaborative conversation around the challenges of leaving in the midst of COVID-19 limitations.  

May 04, 2020

Returning to our Sanctuaries

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   In the days since Holy Week and Easter Sunday, I have found myself asking what is God saying to us during this time of quarantine? How does our response through corporate and private ...

April 30, 2020

June Camps Canceled

Missouri Conference camps scheduled for June have been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

April 30, 2020

Missouri Annual Conference 2020 Session Postponed

Missouri Annual Conference Session, originally scheduled for June 5-7 in Springfield, has been postponed, and aspects of the Conference will now be conducted online.

April 21, 2020

Zooming to Church

Church takes care to include those who are not online during social-distancing worship.

April 17, 2020

Front Lines

St. Louis chaplain relies on faith and combat experience as she meets the Coronavirus head-on.

April 16, 2020

2020 Apportionments

2020 Apportionments Potential consequences Conference finances Paid 2020 Apportionments District apportionments 2020 Apportionments On April 14, 2020, during its regular spring conference call, the Missouri Conference ...

April 06, 2020

Sharing Space

Church allows ambulance crew to move into the church while it is being unused during social distancing.

April 02, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

Families First Act CARES Act EY Webinars Offering Guidance on Market Volatility Families First Act On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the ...

March 31, 2020

Partnering with Schools to Encourage Reading

Hood UMC in Republic uses national Read Across America Day (March 2) to kick-off a week of reading to all of the local elementary schools and giving every student a book.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

Read the email here  

March 30, 2020

Drive-Up Church

Church borrows FM transmitter from business to have parking lot worship service.

March 29, 2020

Bishop Farr's Episcopal Address March 29

Bishop Farr offers words of hope and courage in his video address below.   Read the sermon manuscript.

March 27, 2020

Recovery in Isolation

12-step groups built around coming together reach for ways to stay connected in isolation.

March 27, 2020

When you Can't Stay at Home

Homeless people and their service providers face special challenges during the pandemic.

March 26, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Church

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the legislation can be found here: The bill ...

March 24, 2020

Helping Out at Home

Church responds to request from local nursing home for masks.

March 23, 2020

Leaping into 2020

What's happened to youth ministry?

March 23, 2020

Rising Again

New church honors historic structure lost to fire, creates new opportunities.

March 19, 2020

Loving Your Neighbor

Church Group Reaches Out to People Living in Extended-Stay Motels

March 18, 2020

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Due to the strong restrictions related to public gatherings issued by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am strongly encouraging all our churches – ...

March 17, 2020

MOAC Announces Conference Staff Changes

Bishop Robert Farr and the Missouri Cabinet announced new staffing changes at the Conference Center.

March 13, 2020

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Like you, I have watched the growing anxiety as we learn more and more about the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Let us be in prayer for those affected by the virus, especially those ...

March 13, 2020

Ways to be the Church in the Time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ideas on how to be the Church in the midst of the unfolding health crisis.

March 05, 2020

BMCR Meets in Kansas City

BMCR holds its 53rd annual meeting in Kansas City.

March 02, 2020

A Statement of Care and Compassion Concerning the Coronavirus Outbreak (updated 3/9/20)

Updated 3/9/20 Best practices, community guidelines, resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak offered by the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church.

March 02, 2020

Celebrating Our Progress

As I sit down to write this article, I am in front of a window and can see the radiant sunshine despite a chilly day. The sunshine looks inviting and feels good after so many days of cloudy, dreary weather. In ...

March 02, 2020

Lead Us Into Ministry

Our vision for the Missouri Annual Conference is to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers. The primary ways in which the Conference seeks to live out this ...

March 02, 2020

Open Hearts, Open Books

Each Wednesday morning during the school year, my wife and I make our way to one of the local elementary schools where we meet with our KidsHopeUSA students. KidsHopeUSA is a nationally recognized program where Christian...

February 27, 2020

South Central Jurisdiction Committee On the Episcopacy Holds Spring Meeting

The South Central Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy held its spring meeting February 24-25 which included conversations with the College of Bishops about episcopal leadership needs for the upcoming quadrennium. ...

February 21, 2020

Baby Grace

An effort by lay members at one church to meet a community need ends up expanding to 20 churches.

February 21, 2020

Baby Grace Camp

Camp provides relief, bonding experience for parents of young children.

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