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June 30, 2014

INM Giving Tops $1 Million

By Pamela Dilmore The report from Imagine No Malaria given by Jill Wondel and Jennifer Long, Coordinators of the Imagine No Malaria campaign, was essentially an expression of gratitude. The opening video noted that the ...

June 30, 2014

Laity Session Calls for Focus on Decision Making

By Fred Koenig Missouri Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons opened the laity session on Friday afternoon by offering appreciation and encouragement. “You are key people in God’s plan in your communities.       We’re ...

June 30, 2014

Laity Set Goals on Connecting & Learning

By Pat Marsh In his 6th annual Laity Address, Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons not only reported on the goals of the laity team and development of a simpler training program, he also offered challenges and ...

June 30, 2014

Leading Beyond the Walls: It's All About People

By Laura Blevins Rev. Adam Hamilton began his first session of “Leading Beyond the Walls” with the Missouri Annual Conference Saturday afternoon by helping clergy and laity understand how important it is for leaders to ...

June 30, 2014

Letter from the Editor

By Fred Koenig A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “Why the long face?” I walk into Annual Conference. A pastor asks, “Why the long hair?” I reply, “I’m growing my hair long to appear more relevant to a ...

June 30, 2014

Making Faith Development Intentional

By Fred Koenig Making disciples of Jesus Christ is at the core of the mission of the United Methodist Church. But what is a disciple, and how is one made? The Missouri Conference Core Practices Team invited those ...

June 30, 2014

Mark Sheets Raises Hope by Expecting the Best Is Yet to Come

By Pam Ekey “The best is yet to come,” Mark Sheets declared at the Sunday morning service of worship and remembrance. He suggested that sometimes we set our expectations too low and forget that God has promised the best...

June 30, 2014

Mission, Evangelism & Methodism

By Laura Blevins In the third and final teaching session of Annual Conference Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor and founder of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection discussed how  United Methodist Churches ...

June 30, 2014

Missouri Conference Reduces Budget by .7 Percent

By Linda Gastreich While it came near the end of his report, Tom Hilton, Chair of Conference Finance and Administration, delivered some welcome news to delegates on Saturday morning. Conference Finance and ...

June 30, 2014

Missouri United Methodist Foundation Supports Churches & Scholars

By Susan Sneed The United Methodist Foundation enables congregations to grow and explore new ministries, to be more excellent in worship and to assist people to reach educational goals. David Atkins, the executive ...

June 30, 2014

New Retirees Honored, New Leaders Commissioned

By Susan Sneed Retirees included Diaconal Minister Mary Beth Anderson who noted that “God has forgiven the wrongs and blessed the right. AND no more paperwork!” Deaconesses Shay Blackwell and Gail Davis were noted for ...

June 30, 2014

Opening Worship

By Pamela Dilmore Is church the place where we truly experience and passionately worship God? Where lives are changed? Where people can fly? Where people can cry? Where people can seek? These questions resonated ...

June 30, 2014

Pathways Partners Report

By Fred Koenig Pathways Partners is a vision that started in 2005 with the aim of providing resources for new churches and assisting churches in reaching the next generation of youth. In the last four years Pathways ...

June 30, 2014

Sunday School With Adam Hamilton

By Joy Jenkins The Rev. Adam Hamilton knows that people attend worship services for different reasons. Half come to learn about their faith and to encounter the living God, the other half come to see friends, sing songs...

June 30, 2014

UMW Reports on Mission

By Pat Marsh Mission is the heart of Missouri’s United Methodist Women reported Kathy Rolen, president, as she outlined the year’s events.      The first mission project of the year focuses on sponsoring awareness ...

June 30, 2014

Why We Build an Altar

By Fred Koenig Townley is a deacon in the Minnesota Conference and has worked as a consultant helping with new church starts. She led a learning time at Annual Conference around the theme of “Why Do We Build an Altar?” ...

June 30, 2014

Worship Slam Tickles the Spirit

By Linda Gastreich Steve Jones, master of ceremonies of Friday night’s “Worship Slam” said he hoped church members and pastors would leave the event contemplating worship in new ways. “Hopefully, it will tickle their ...

June 18, 2014

Ground Breaking - Conference Center Building Addition

On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were members of the ...

June 09, 2014

Young Clergy Meet with Adam Hamilton

When Adam Hamilton spoke to young clergy from the Missouri Conference, he didn’t start by painting a rosy picture. Instead he went over some of the grim statistics of decline in the United Methodist Church. He said to ...

May 31, 2014

A STAR is Born

By Fred Koenig Marjorie Atkins was a STAR at Smithville United Methodist Church. When she died just days after her husband in 2012, our church felt the loss as would any family. Marjorie and “Junior” Atkins had been ...

May 31, 2014

Advancing Outreach with Ministry Grants

“We never say ‘no’ to a child without a church home,” says Pastor Amanda Ross, “even though we keep telling ourselves we cannot handle any more children.” That is the spirit that has kept the Immanuel UMC in Canton, ...

May 31, 2014

Aurora UMC: The Church With an Impact

By Fred Koenig Aurora, MO is located 28 miles southwest of Springfield, and has a population of 7,000. Pastor Jan Bond led Aurora UMC through the HCI consultation process in March of 2012. The church reported an average...

May 31, 2014

Avondale UMC

By Fred Koenig It’s impossible to say exactly what the founding members of Avondale UMC each thought the future would hold for the church in the next century. But it’s pretty safe to say they didn’t envision the church ...

May 31, 2014

Be a Better Email Communicator in 2014

By Gavin Richardson Email has slowly become the primary communication channel for many churches. However, how effectively do churches use email? Are we guilty of assuming that people are receiving and reading our ...

May 31, 2014

Church By Size

By Fred Koenig What’s the difference in terms of the way a church functions based on its size?       What issues come up when hovering between 200 – 300 in that area in between?      Pastors serving churches ranging in ...

May 31, 2014

Empty Tomb, Full Churches

By Fred Koenig Easter is a huge day for nearly every church. It’s not unusual for a church to have double or more than it’s average attendance. For a small country church, that might mean going from 18 to 40. For a ...

May 31, 2014

Ground Breaking Conference Center Building Addition

By Fred Koenig On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were...

May 31, 2014

Heifer International Celebrates 70th Anniverary

By Mel West Fifty years ago Heifer introduced me to the exciting and satisfying arena of world missions. With a farm background and degrees in dairy husbandry and church administration I was eager to put those skills ...

May 31, 2014

I am the Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig Rob King can articulate his faith story clearly. It started in line at the drive-up window at the bank. The car in front of him had a bumper sticker that said 107.9, so he tuned to it. It was the local ...

May 31, 2014

Letter from the Editor

By Fred Koenig Alright loyal readers, we’re a year into this thing. The June 7, 2013 issue of  The Missouri Conference Review was the last issue of the Missouri Conference newspaper, ending a 40-year relationship the ...

May 31, 2014

Living Inside the Kingdom of Heaven

By Ann M. Rathert “As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’” Matt. 10:7 (NRSV)       Coffee, warm yeasty breads, cinnamon. Smells swirl, music joins with voices of those huddled around ...

May 31, 2014

M'punzo Trio from Mozambique to Missouri

By Fred Koenig The Missouri United Methodist Conference and the Mozambique Initiative (MI) are thrilled to welcome the M’punzu Trio from Mozambique to Missouri in June. As part of the MI’s vision of "partnering to ...

May 31, 2014

Making Sense

By Rob Reardon The Bible is a wonderful and mysterious collection of books that chronicle the movement of God from the creation of the world through the return of Christ.       Written in various literary styles by an ...

May 31, 2014

Reflecting on Boston

By Brian Hammons The Boston Marathon. Those three words bring to mind tradition and endurance. For anyone who runs, the words carry a sense of awe, difficulty, and maybe ultimate accomplishment.      But this year, the ...

May 31, 2014

Show Me the Money

By Mark Roach I’m gonna go there. I’m gonna tackle one of those hot-button issues discussed among worship leaders. I’ve heard it discussed at conferences—entire breakouts built around the discussion—even books have been...

May 31, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight The day of Pentecost is sometimes celebrated as the “birthday of the church.” This not wrong but it is far too limited. Pentecost is first and foremost about the coming of the Holy Spirit. We can better ...

May 31, 2014

Young Clergy

By Fred Koenig When Adam Hamilton spoke to young clergy from the Missouri Conference, he didn’t start by painting a rosy picture. Instead he went over some of the grim statistics of decline in the United Methodist ...

April 30, 2014

2014 Annual Conference Offerings

By Fred Koenig ORDINATION The Gondola Training Center GTC in Mozambique is a new educational center designed to train United Methodist lay leaders and pastors in theology, church leadership, development, microfinance, ...

April 30, 2014

21st Century Stewards: Foundation Growth Aids Vital Ministry

By Tom Hilton “We try to meet the needs of our churches and related agencies,” says Tom Hilton, the chair of the Investment Committee of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. “Endowments and other long-term funds ...

April 30, 2014

3 Simple Rules of Social Media

By Eric Seiberling In his book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, retired United Methodist Bishop Rueben P. Job uses John Wesley's three general rules to give Christians a guide for living a faithful life. ...

April 30, 2014

Getting Better

By Mel West I am an optimist by nature, and have always thought that the world is, day by day, becoming better. At age 90 I would rather be alive on Earth today than at any time prior. Tomorrow promises to be even ...

April 30, 2014

I am the Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig Sharon Bruner grew up Methodist, attending Brandon UMC near Windsor. Her husband Cliff married into it 49 years ago, when he and Sharon were married by a Methodist pastor in Sharon’s parents’ home.  When...

April 30, 2014

Imagine No Malaria

By Fred Koenig Last year at Annual Conference Session, Tom Bannon of Palmyra UMC came to the microphone and announced that his church was so moved by the presentation of the Imagine No Malaria campaign that they would ...

April 30, 2014

Laity Leaders in Kansas City

By Fred Koenig When the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders came together for their annual meeting in Kansas City March 20 - 23, they weren’t there to reminisce or celebrate. They were there to seek ways to ...

April 30, 2014

Lay Leaders Will Remember Missouri

By Brian Hammons “Remember the Future.” This was the theme for a recent gathering of United Methodist conference lay leaders from all over the country, and a couple from Europe and Africa. About 60 lay leaders, along ...

April 30, 2014

Leading Church Staff

How do we develop staff as leaders? If we are going to move in the direction God is calling us, we need staff to be leaders and not just doers.  By Fred Koenig With that sentiment, Doug Anderson opened his two-day ...

April 30, 2014

Letter From The Editor

By Fred Koenig I spend the vast majority of my time working on this magazine, but one of my side jobs for the Missouri Conference is putting out Net News. It’s an e-newsletter that is sent out as-needed, which ends up ...

April 30, 2014

Mana me Lagi: Miracle From Heaven

By Fred Koenig A new church has been having pre-view services in Independence, building to an official launch on May 18. The church meets at First UMC, and is known as Mana mei Lagi. It’s a fellowship of Pacific ...

April 30, 2014

Mid-State District Home to Diversity of Churches Living Their Faith

By Lynn Dyke Life takes each of us on all sorts of journeys, doesn’t it? Journeys with twists and turns, hills and valleys, ups and downs, the good and the not-so-good. Your life is like that, and mine has been like ...

April 30, 2014

Missouri Conference Gives Rebuild Joplin $150,000 Challenge Grant

By Fred Koenig A $150,000 donation will help Rebuild Joplin continue to bring families home. The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church gave the check to Rebuild Joplin earlier today. The money will go a ...

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