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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 ...

April 30, 2014

NBSF Holds Annual Meeting in St. Louis

By Fred Koenig The National Black Staff Forum (NBSF), a membership organization comprised of active and retired black staff from annual conference and general agencies of The United Methodist Church, held its annual ...

April 30, 2014

Somewhere In-Between

By Mark Roach So...is yours a modern worship church? Or is it traditional? Are the messages there more relevant? Or more bible-based? Is your church based on a missional model? Or an attractional one? In your opinion, ...

April 30, 2014

Suburban, Urban, Rural Churches... We Are All Vulnerable

By Dan Steska “Find a champion within the church to be trained as a disaster coordinator--this helps in developing a disaster response policy, and keeping that in front of church leadership. Emphasize small group ...

April 30, 2014

The Water's Edge

By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference Center has had a new role in recent months, as the location for a new church start. Rev. Jim Voigt was appointed to start a new church in Columbia last summer, with a focus on ...

April 30, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight Holy Week and Easter take us to the heart of the gospel. For John and Charles Wesley, they take us to the heart of God.      Many in their day, just as in ours, saw the cross of Jesus Christ as the ground ...

April 30, 2014

You Heard What? Unhealthy Communications

By Fred Koenig Many congregations fall into bad communication habits – they aren’t bad people, it’s a strategy toward wholeness gone awry. We develop strategies that don’t work, but we keep trying them.       Healthy ...

April 24, 2014

Proposal to Reduce the Number of Districts

The Mission Council and the Cabinet have both voted unanimously to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from twelve to nine. A proposal will be brought to Annual Conference, June 6-9, in ...

April 08, 2014

Conference Lay Leaders Meet in Kansas City

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 help their ...

April 08, 2014

Share Your Worship With Us! A Call for Photos

Share your Worship Experience with us! A call for photos. Our theme for the 2014 Annual Conference is Loving God in Return: Practicing Passionate Worship. We’d like to showcase the many ways in which our Missouri ...

March 31, 2014

Ashes Outside the Church

By Fred Koenig The imposition of ashes is a Wednesday evening tradition for many, but others are now embracing the ritual as an opportunity to meet people where they are.       Rev. Mark Harvey of Harmony UMC in St. ...

March 31, 2014

Coffee Talk

By Mark Roach If I were being perfectly honest, one of the most effective elements in our entire ministry is a simple cup of coffee. No, I’m not urging the use of caffeine, endorsing any global warm beverage franchises ...

March 31, 2014

Cultural Trends You May Have Missed: Part 2

By Darby Jones Due to the popularity of last issue's article Cultural Trends You May Have Missed, we decided to dig a little deeper to uncover and inspire even more progression.  Peer-to-Peer Economy Increases ...

March 31, 2014

God's Creation in Crisis: Stockton UMC Responds

By Cheryl Marcum “God’s creation is in crisis.” This emphatic statement by The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church conjures a similar word picture drawn by the prophet, Isaiah (Isaiah 24:5-NRSV) and the ...

March 31, 2014

HCI Brings Vitality to Wesley in Jefferson City

By Royal Speidel Wesley United Methodist church in Jefferson City had its commissioning service on January 9, 1966 as a daughter of First UMC in the Capitol City. It is surrounded by homes on 5.2 acres of land in the ...

March 31, 2014

Healthy Church Initiative

By Fred Koenig If you’ve been engaged in United Methodism outside of your own church walls in Missouri, and maybe even if you haven’t, you’re probably familiar with the Healthy Church Initiative. The process involves a ...

March 31, 2014

I Am the Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig When Shawn Kirby was picking up his kids from school, he was often approached by Rolando Quiroz, who was then pastor of Marionville UMC. Quiroz would invite him to come to church, and let him know that ...

March 31, 2014

Lattes, Ashes, Prayer & Conversation

By Yvi Martin Traditionally, the Ash Wednesday service in my church has been in the evening. People come for confession and repentance, carry the sign of the cross on their heads for 30 minutes, then go home and wash it...

March 31, 2014

Linda Harris: Next Gateway Regional District Superintendent

By Fred Koenig Linda Harris’s father and grandfather were United Methodist ministers. So it stands to reason, when she was in college at Dakota Wesleyan University, majoring in social work and psychology, that she was ...

March 31, 2014

Missouri Conference Attendance Report

By Nate Berneking The Missouri Conference has worked hard over the last several years to monitor and improve upon the attendance in our local churches. The number of people worshipping in a local congregation is a clear...

March 31, 2014

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

By Fred Koenig Doors Open, Lives Changed “Marvin and Bettyrae Fluke have been the kind of church members that pastors pray for; always actively participating in worship and anything else that was happening here,” shared ...

March 31, 2014

Now Read This

By Fred Koenig Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase’s newest book, 7 Levers, addresses how we must pry loose the many ‘stuck’ places in our connectional system, so that the church structure supports positive movement. He here...

March 31, 2014

Spiritually Engaged Laity

By Brian Hammons During this season of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, I’m pondering this question: “What would it be like if my entire congregation were filled with Spiritually Engaged laity?” I invite you to ponder that ...

March 31, 2014

St. Louis Bar becomes Worship Space on Sunday Nights

By Linda Gastreich For some time, Sunday nights at a popular college hangout in St. Louis have been pretty quiet. That was then. Now a band starts warming up around 6:30 pm. At the same time, some tech equipment is set ...

March 31, 2014

What Happens to Our Apportionment Check?

By Nate Berkneking When I was serving as the pastor of a local church, I was highly committed to ensuring that we paid our apportionments. I always felt that being part of the greater connection was a privilege and ...

March 31, 2014

You Can't Share What You Don't Have

By Kendall Waller Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on Religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. ...

March 21, 2014

Bishop Schnase's Latest Book: Seven Levers

Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase’s newest book, 7 Levers, addresses how we must pry loose the many ‘stuck’ places in our connectional system, so that the church structure supports positive movement. He here answers several...

February 28, 2014

Cultural Trends You May Have Missed

By Gavin Richardson The Rise of the Media Device Tablet and smartphone devices continue to become more the norm than the exception. In 2013, more than a third of all American adults (18 and older) owned a tablet device ...

February 28, 2014

Find a Day to Serve a Way

By Fred Koenig Since 2011, the people of the Missouri Conference have participated in Serve, a state-wide service event the first weekend of September. Through Serve, our churches have touched thousands of lives in ...

February 28, 2014

Giving Your Christmas Gift to Mission

By Fred Koenig Some churches already had plans other than Imagine No Malaria for Christmas, and did some radical giving in a different direction.       Living Word Church in Wildwood collected $253,893.19 in December ...

February 28, 2014

I Am the Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig Greg DeCamp came to North Star UMC in Liberty through a small group. He and his wife had a baby and a toddler, and friends invited them to a parenting small group. They really enjoyed it, and after ...

February 28, 2014

Imagine No Malaria: Advent & Christmas Giving

By Fred Koenig Christmas in a time of giving, and this year many Missouri Conference churches chose to make the Imagine No Malaria campaign the primary recipient of their gifts. Missouri Conference churches have now ...

February 28, 2014

Letter from the Editor

By Fred Koenig My friend Mike is a former Marine, he’s from my hometown and he served with me in the National Guard several years ago. He was one of the sharpest guys in the unit. You could always count on him to get ...

February 28, 2014

Methland: The Death & Life of An American Small Town

By Fred Koenig If you live in rural Missouri, you probably read your hometown newspaper. Chances are, a new regular feature that has developed in your newspaper in the past decade or so has been stories about ...

February 28, 2014

More Ideas for Raising Money for Imagine No Malaria

By Jill Wondel We’re making great progress! Because of your generosity, the people of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church have already saved almost 50,000 lives!       Because of the faith and work of...

February 28, 2014

Shift Happens: Hope in the Midst of Transition

By Fred Koenig A Time of Change The first iRun Conference was conducted January 16 – 18 in Houston, Texas. The International Rural and Urban Network is a new combination of ministry put together by the General Board of ...

February 28, 2014

Slowing As A Spiritual Practice

By Fred Leist One of my favorite stories is of two rabbinical students who were caught by the Rabbi gambling and drinking in the company of undesirable characters – even before the sun set on the evening of the Sabbath....

February 28, 2014

The Gondola Training Center in Mozambique

By Sarah Bollinger March 6, 2014 marks the official grand opening of The Gondola Training Center (GTC) in Mozambique!  The GTC is an educational training center strategically positioned in the North of Mozambique, in an...

February 28, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight When we hear the word “discipline” in United Methodist Church we tend to think of the Book of Discipline, which contains rules for organizing local churches, conferences, boards and agencies. That was not ...

February 28, 2014

Why I Give

By Shannon Meister I was recently asked to provide a testimony about why I give my resources and my gifts to the church. I’ve grown up in the United Methodist Church and have always been taught about giving and tithing....

February 28, 2014

WOW

By Fred Koenig Beverly Boehmer has referred to WOW, the January Missouri Conference youth rally, as being the most aptly named event in the Conference. Wow is the word people respond with when you tell them about it.  ...

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