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September 18, 2014

An Open Letter from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board

An Open Letter from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board September 18, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Missouri Conference, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! As events have unfolded in the past couple ...

September 17, 2014

Discipleship: Growing in Grace

Most local congregations in Missouri have made great progress in internalizing the church’s mission of creating disciples for the transformation of the world, yet according to a recent survey conducted by the Core ...

September 12, 2014

NOMADS Gather in Missouri

The KOA campground at Branson looks like a busy holiday weekend this week, with spots filled and people sitting up camp in an overflow parking lot. A closer look reveals that most of the vehicles there are sporting a ...

September 05, 2014

Camping Board Announces New Direction for Conference Camping

After two years of information gathering, conversations, visits to all camp sites, a financial and property analysis and prayerful discernment, the Missouri Annual Conference Camping and Retreat Board will be shifting ...

August 18, 2014

Bishop Schnase's Statement on Ferguson

Dear friends, People have asked about what the United Methodist Church is doing in response to the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri, and so I’d like to lift up a few significant points of engagement and ...

August 01, 2014

C2 Connects College-age to Local Congregation

When Joy and Elliot Gonzalez came to Liberty UMC as youth directors a few years ago, their job description included one line about young adult ministry. When they turned their attention to that area, they found an ...

August 01, 2014

Office of Mission, Service & Justice Welcomes New Staff

By Fred Koenig In early spring, Terri Williams announced she would be stepping down as the Festival of Sharing Coordinator to enter into a new phase of personal ministry. Terri had served as the coordinator for seven ...

July 31, 2014

An Observation: 3 Areas for Focus

By Brian Hammons It’s summertime! Annual conference is over, the fall activities haven’t started yet (including charge conferences), and some folks are still on vacation. While the pace is maybe a bit slower around most...

July 31, 2014

Audio Recording for Church Podcasts From Start to Finish

By Jeremy Steele If you followed our advice to get your podcast up and running, it's time to listen carefully and make sure you are recording great audio. Here is what you need to consider.  Recording Device Deciding ...

July 31, 2014

Belgrade UMC Helps With Health

By Neil Richards On April 5, the Belgrade UMC, in conjunction with the Missouri Baptist Breast Health Care Center Mammogram Van practiced mission outreach as they offered free mammogram screenings to women without ...

July 31, 2014

C2 Connects College Age to Local Congregation

By Fred Koenig When Joy and Elliot Gonzalez came to Liberty UMC as youth directors a few years ago, their job description included one line about young adult ministry. When they turned their attention to that area, they...

July 31, 2014

Churches Respond to Announcement About Changes to Camps

By Fred Koenig There will be United Methodists camping ministries in Missouri next summer. They will not be conducted at the four sites owned by the Missouri Conference. The future of those sites moving forward will be ...

July 31, 2014

College Ministry

By Fred Koenig Bible Kickback at Normandy | Linda Settles | Serving:  University of Missouri St. Louis | Saturday’s 6:00 p.m. at 8000 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO. 63121 | Normandy U.M.C. | Contact Information:  ...

July 31, 2014

Growing in the Country

By Barry Baugh Under the leadership of Pastor Baugh, Smith Chapel entered the Small Church Initiative process in 2010. The consultation team  of Bob Farr and Kotan gave the church three prescriptions, which the Church ...

July 31, 2014

Heifer International

By Fred Koenig It can be very discouraging listening to the news these days. Stories about civil wars, border disputes and the thousands who are fleeing their violent and impoverished homelands seem to dominate the news...

July 31, 2014

I Am The Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig John Miller’s entry into the United Methodist Church was not uncommon: he grew up Baptist, and he married a Catholic. “We split the difference,” he said.       While they both may have thought they were ...

July 31, 2014

Ignite: Keeping the Faith on Fire Through College Years

By Fred Koenig A group of 70 people coming together for worship on a Wednesday night is doing pretty well for any church. But when that group of 70 is made up entirely of the group that is noticeably absent from worship...

July 31, 2014

Leading As Moses Lead

By Emanuel Cleaver the Third One of the most fundamental elements of any successful organization is leadership. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood qualities as it relates to congregational development and...

July 31, 2014

Letter From the Editor

By Fred Koenig I’m an expert at boys ages 10 and under. Aside from having 10 years of experience at being one myself, I’ve also, together with my wife, raised two. If you need to know something about boys, from about ...

July 31, 2014

Saint Paul UMC Maintains Focus on Disaster Response

By Fred Koenig Three years after an F5 tornado ripped apart the core of Joplin, the town is recovering well. In the heart of it all, Saint Paul UMC maintains a focus on disaster response, for past, present and future ...

July 31, 2014

Someone is Missing...

By Karen Hayden My family has come to expect “Dave’s famous pico de gallo” at every large family event.               My husband, Dave, likes to make pico, but he doesn’t have a hard recipe for it. Often, as he ...

July 31, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight In her book Almost Christian Kenda Creasy Dean draws on the National Study of Youth and Religion to present a disturbing portrait of American teenagers in mainline Protestant denominations like the United ...

July 02, 2014

Saint Paul UMC Maintains Focus on Disaster Response

The landscaping at Saint Paul UMC is maturing and has filled in nicely. The surrounding neighborhood resembles a big-city suburb boom town – all new houses and only young trees. Three years after F5 tornado ripped apart ...

June 30, 2014

Bishop Schnase Encourages Clergy to Improve Worship

By Pam Ekey Open yourselves to the possibility of the difference you can make in worship if you focus a little more, if you improve a little more, Bishop Robert Schnase told those who assembled for the clergy session ...

June 30, 2014

Bishop Schnase Reviews Year of Progress

By Susan Sneed Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase once again welcomed all to the 2014 Annual Conference. He lifted up this year’s count of 850 congregations, 1,000 active and retired clergy 170,000 members and 80,000 in ...

June 30, 2014

Catalyst for Next Generation Ministries Reaches Out to Local Church Ministries

By Pamela Dilmore Rev. Garrett Drake is the new director of Catalyst for Next Generations Ministry, and two words resonated again and again in his report. Discipleship and local churches. He gave an overview of how ...

June 30, 2014

Central Methodist University to Start Center for Faith & Service

By Laura Blevins Central Methodist University is beginning a new ministry program this fall to incorporate a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students who want to connect their faith with their everyday life.  The ...

June 30, 2014

Church Planters Meet Before Annual Conference

By Fred Koenig Some people started their conferencing a little early in Springfield this week. Missouri Conference Director of Congregational Excellence Bob Farr, along with consultant Cathy Townley, led a New Church ...

June 30, 2014

Clergy Support Team Offers Changes to Equitable Compensation

By Susan Sneed The support of clergy can be a complicated matter, but Rev. Nate Berneking, director of Conference Finance and Administration, Tom Ventura, June Deweese, and Rev. Steve Pinnell, chair of the Clergy ...

June 30, 2014

CMU Plans Linn Memorial Church Improvements Renovations to Modernize, Increase Usefulness of 83-Year-Old Icon

By Fred Koenig The historic Paul H. Linn Memorial United Methodist Church at Central Methodist University, one of CMU’s and the region’s most iconic and beloved structures, is about to get some well-deserved attention. ...

June 30, 2014

Congregational Excellence: Keep Ringing the Bell

By Pamela Dilmore Rev. Bob Farr, a Director of Congregational Excellence, stirred conference enthusiasm with his presentation of the work and efforts of creating excellent congregations in Missouri. The strategies ...

June 30, 2014

Demystifying the Appointment Process

By Fred Koenig The United Methodist clergy appointment is one of the most important processes the denomination engages in, but it is often misunderstood. In an attempt to bring understanding to how clergy end up where ...

June 30, 2014

Districts Merged to Reduce Number From 12 to 9

By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference now has nine districts rather than 12, approved by a nearly unanimous vote with no debate.       “I wonder if there has ever been a time in the history of United Methodism that a ...

June 30, 2014

Hamilton: Listening to the Holy Spirit

By Fred Koenig When Adam Hamilton was ordained in Missouri, Annual Conference Session was at Central Methodist University in Fayette, and ordination was at Linn Memorial UMC. That was 27 years ago, and he was 22 years ...

June 30, 2014

Hayden Highlights Progress in Pastoral Excellence

By Pam Ekey Karen Hayden, Director of Pastoral Excellence, was asked to count the number of exterior doors to her church a number of years ago. She recalls that her congregation was humbled to learn all the ways that ...

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 ...

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