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October 14, 2014

Office Of Next Generation Ministries Welcomes New Staff

The recent shift in the camping division of Next Generation Ministries has created two openings that will be needed to facilitate the new approach to camping and intentional faith development of next generations. Mike “...

October 10, 2014

Information from the Camp Board

Information from the Camp Board Following two years of research and analyzing various options, the Camping & Retreat Ministries Board, over the past month, has outlined a bold new approach to camping and intentional ...

October 08, 2014

Churches Respond to Announcement About Changes to Camps (Missouri Methodist Article)

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 determined by a ...

October 01, 2014

Hoosier United Methodist Podcast

  Brad Miller, Bob Farr, Todd Outcalt, Phil Amerson, Indiana, United Methodist Church To download the free podcast click here or on the Hoosier United Methodist website.

September 30, 2014

Candidacy Summit

By Fred Koenig Rev. Bruce Baxter discerned his call to ministry when he was painting a house. He immediately came up with three good reasons why a career in ministry was not for him, but his pastor recommended that he ...

September 30, 2014

CRM Announces New Direction

By Fred Koenig 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 ...

September 30, 2014

Disaster responders are at it again!

By Dan Steska Why would someone travel hundreds of miles to a very small town in southern Missouri in the heat of August to work on moldy sheet rock and rotted floors? How does anyone adequately thank the unselfish ...

September 30, 2014

I am the Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig Some women from Taylor Chapel in Sedalia invited Elaine Ray to church for the Easter program. Then she started going to Sunday school, then youth choir, and MYF. That was more than 60 years ago.       “...

September 30, 2014

In the Conversation Regarding Faith Development in Children and Youth, Several Important Facts Bubble to the Surface

By By Andrew Jones & Patty Waterhouse In the conversation regarding faith development in children and youth, several important facts bubble to the surface: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 reminds us that discipleship is a parental ...

September 30, 2014

Letter From the Editor

By Fred Koenig My son Henry started at rocket camp at Jo-Ota. He went for the rockets, and he got plenty of rocket time, but also had a faith-enriching experience. He was excited to return the following year. The next ...

September 30, 2014

Mission U

By Fred Koenig The theme of Mission U had a familiar ring to it this year: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World, combining the United Methodist mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the ...

September 30, 2014

Nomads Gather in Missouri

By Fred Koenig Even though it was a week before Labor Day, the KOA campground at Branson looked like a busy holiday weekend this week, with spots filled and people sitting up camp in an overflow parking lot. A closer ...

September 30, 2014

Parsonage vs. Housing Allowance

By Fred Koenig The Sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and the Education Building are all familiar structures for many United Methodist churches.  In addition, most United Methodist churches also maintain a house for the ...

September 30, 2014

Smokin' With Woods BBQ Cook-Off

By Fred Koenig Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Odessa sponsored its first annual Smokin’ with Woods Charity Barbeque Contest at the Country Gardens RV Park this past weekend. It was proclaimed a Missouri State ...

September 30, 2014

The Way

By Kelly Hartnett Jimmy Cooper was serving as an associate pastor at Morning Star Church in Dardenne Prairie, and from the start of his appointment, he knew he would soon be leading their second church plant. (The Word ...

September 30, 2014

Think You Know the Web? Think Again: Web Myths Debunked

By Darby Jones If you click on a link to this article and share it on social media, should we think that you have actually read it? That’s what previous best practices would lead us to believe. Google was founded on the...

September 30, 2014

Thirty Year History of Church Planting

By Bob Farr The Missouri Conference has a 30 year history of new church planting. Most people date the modern day church planting movement from 1990. That’s the year Bishop W.T. Handy appointed four pastors to plant ...

September 30, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight We’ve been looking at “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” an alternative to historic Christianity that Kenda Creasy Dean has shown is the dominant belief of American teenagers and their churches in mainline ...

September 22, 2014

Chair of Camping and Retreat Ministries Explains the Changes in Camping Ministries

Chair of Camping and Retreat Ministries Board provides detailed information about process that led up to recent changes in camping ministries in Missouri.

September 21, 2014

Going Pro

By Fred Koenig “Let’s leave this one to the professionals.”      It’s a call everyone makes at some point. Sometimes it is for easy things, and you go with the pros because even though you may not have much money to ...

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. ...

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