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January 31, 2014

Church Partnership Grants Say, "Send Me"

By Dan Steska All hands were raised and waving in unison as Mrs. Mitchell’s 4th grade class responded to her question, “Would anyone volunteer to...”       That’s all the further she spoke before being interrupted by 25...

January 31, 2014

Churches Work Together to Provide Room at the Inn

By Fred Koenig Columbia’s emergency winter shelter for the homeless continues to evolve, and support from United Methodist Churches remain at its core.       The Room At the Inn ministry started as a temporary shelter ...

January 31, 2014

Garrett Drake: Missouri Conference Catalyst for Next Generation Ministry

By Fred Koenig Garrett Drake has been named the new Missouri Conference Catalyst for Next Generation Ministry. He started January 15.       “The Catalyst for Next Generation Ministry is a newly organized position which ...

January 31, 2014

Heraldic Banners Introduce Liturgical Seasons

By Kimberly Jenne The community of Webster Hills recently unveiled a series of heraldic processional banners representing each of the seasons in the Christian liturgical year crafted out of repurposed chapel pews and ...

January 31, 2014

I am the Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig June Ungles has been part of three United Methodist Churches in the Pony Express District, and they’ve shaped her life along the way. Her parents were farmers near Skidmore, and were active in the ...

January 31, 2014

Letter from the Editor

By Fred Koenig  We update the mailing address for the Conference publication twice a year (January and July), so you may be receiving this magazine for the first time. This monthly magazine replaced the Conference ...

January 31, 2014

Message from the Cabinet

By Bart Hildreth We Methodists have it in our D.N.A. to know that there is something about governance (method), which matters to missional effectiveness. But it’s not just about our heritage, it’s critical to our ...

January 31, 2014

Missourians on a Mission in the Congo

By Fred Koenig Larry and Reverend Kristen Schmitz are Global Ministries missionaries from Missouri who have been serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for just over a year. Perhaps you saw the article ...

January 31, 2014

New Songs for the New Year

By Mark Roach I don’t know about you, but when a new year comes around, I sometimes find myself surrounded by people who get anxious for newness. New year, new budget, new platform setup, new approaches… “let’s not just...

January 31, 2014

Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance and Bear More Fruit

By William Willimon This book came to me just when I needed it. This past June, the bishop appointed me to a church. The congregation had previously suffered decline but had recently experienced some modest growth. A ...

January 31, 2014

Scholarship Applications

By Fred Koenig We are in the midst of that lovely quiet season on the church calendar between Christmas and Easter.  Although the weather may suggest that hibernation would be a good use of this time, students – and ...

January 31, 2014

Small Churches Can Grow

By Dr. Royal Speidel  The average age of the congregation was 58, and worship attendance had plateaued for the last five years ending 2011 with 97. The HCI Consultation Team gave the church five prescriptions to work ...

January 31, 2014

Snow Day

By Fred Koenig The snow was so powdery that in places on the church lawn you could still see the grass, and in other spots it was drifting three feet deep,” Osiel said. “That’s something we’re not used to here in ...

January 31, 2014

Web Design Trends for 2014

By Gavin Richardson Mobile Responsive An extension of design trends from 2012 and 2013 is to build your websites to be mobile responsive. From 25 to 35 percent of many websites’ total traffic will come through mobile ...

January 31, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight In John Wesley’s day, there was a dispute over how often people in the Church of England should receive the Lord’s Supper. The “High Church” view was to receive it frequently. In contrast, the “...

January 31, 2014

What About the Main Thing?

By Brian Hammons Do you ever get distracted and lose focus from something important? It happens a lot in our lives with the constant barrage of tasks, demands, and changes.       It also happens in organizations of all ...

January 15, 2014

Faith Vessels

A full-time potter and part-time pastor, Parnell crafts pottery for sacred moments. Hue Parnell, pastor of Fairview UMC near Springfield, found the vessels being used by many churches to be lacking. When it comes time ...

January 03, 2014

Imagine No Malaria via Basketball

“I started going to the YMCA about four months ago, and asked them what I could do to prepare,” Rawley, pastor of Rogersville UMC, said on the day of his event. They were helpful at the Y, and put Rawley on a regime of ...

January 01, 2014

A Letter From The Editor

By Fred Koenig  A few years ago I lost my Aunt Marilyn. She hadn’t died; I just couldn’t find her. In the preceding five years, nine of my aunts and uncles had died, so I really needed to keep track of the few that I ...

January 01, 2014

An Open Letter to Worship Leaders

By Mark Roach Well, here it is. 2014. Another year in the books. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably still a bit out of breath from the Christmas season. If you’re anything like me, you’re thankful that Easter ...

January 01, 2014

Church @ the Center

By Fred Koenig Church @ the Center in Springfield is a faith community centered on new generations of non-religious people finding life change through following Jesus Christ. It’s a missional church, very focused on ...

January 01, 2014

Communicating fir a Change

By Geoff Posegate Church leaders do well to pay attention to anything offered for public consumption by Andy Stanley, founding and lead pastor of North Point Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Andy simply is one of the most...

January 01, 2014

Diverse Group of Young Adults Consider God's Call to Ordained Ministry

By Vicki Brown Speaker after speaker told the 429 young adults gathered to explore ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church that God is calling them to go change the world and the church.       “This is not your...

January 01, 2014

Faith Vessels

By Fred Koenig Hue Parnell, pastor of Fairview UMC near Springfield, found the vessels being used by many churches to be lacking. When it comes time for the sacraments, some pastors are essentially using items from the ...

January 01, 2014

I Am The Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig Some students drift away from church when they get to college. Julia Buchholz let her church choice guide her  college choice.  “I had grown up in Wesley UMC in Springfield, but then I moved to Kansas ...

January 01, 2014

Imagine No Malaria via Basketball

By Fred Koenig      "I started going to the YMCA about four months ago, and asked them what I could do to prepare,” Rawley, pastor of Rogersville UMC, said on the day of his event.       They were helpful at the Y, and...

January 01, 2014

Involving Everyone in Advent

By Fred Koenig There are a lot of different ways to go about preparing for Advent. This year Ashland UMC in the Midstate District kicked it off with a meal, and a way to keep it going at home.       After worship on ...

January 01, 2014

Leadership Development

By Ken Willard Welcome to 2014! Now what? Well this just might be the year for you and your church to take leadership development up to the next level.       We read in Romans 12 that leadership is one of the spiritual ...

January 01, 2014

Were Jesus, Mary & Joseph Alone in the Stable?

By Jerry Wrenn Welcome, Holy Child. Welcome, Holy Child. Hope that you don’t mind our manger. How I wish we would have known. — “Welcome to Our World” (Words and music by Chris Rice)      With Christmas comes winter. ...

January 01, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight It has been said that for all of John Wesley’s impact in his own day and ours, it is the words of his younger brother Charles that are more familiar to Christians throughout the world. This is because we ...

January 01, 2014

What is the Future of Faith?

By Fred Koenig Used to be that a sermon would be developed and dreamt in the solitary book-filled office of the pastor, only to be revealed on Sunday morning. Used to be that a church program would be planned in the ...

January 01, 2014

Wilderness Retreat & Development Center Begins Celebration of 50th Birthday

By Brittanee Jacobs Almost 50 years ago, what is now the Missouri Conference purchased 320 of acres in northwest Missouri to create a camp. Little did they know that Wilderness Camp would turn into a year-round, ...

August 31, 2013

Angels Along the Way

Greetings! It seems like a long time since my last column in the Review. In fact, it was last May before Annual Conference in one of the final issues. Now, with the change to this monthly magazine Missouri Methodists, I’...

August 31, 2013

Benefits Road Show

By Nate Berneking On our recent Benefits Road Show, Mark Conner of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, described several recent changes to the clergy’s death and disability (CPP) and pension (CRSP) ...

August 31, 2013

Candidates Answer the Call

By Fred Koenig “Candidacy” is part of a lifelong spiritual journey of discerning God’s callings in our lives. The Missouri Conference has an enhanced program for persons in the process called the Candidacy Summit.      ...

August 31, 2013

Cherokee Citizens Get Visit, Help from 400 Missouri Conference Summer Youth Work Campers

By Julie Hubbard For the eighth straight year, the Cherokee Nation teamed up with volunteers from the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, and this round had 400 volunteers tackle 50 projects for several ...

August 31, 2013

Costner-Fulton Mission Start Up Grants

The Costner-Fulton Fund for Missions is a grant program of the Creative Ministries Team. Tom and LaVerne Fulton shared a passion for social work in their professional lives. Their activism was a calling, rooted in faith ...

August 31, 2013

Creating the Social Media Dream Team

For many churches, social media can be a great tool for outreach, but managing it is a big job. If your church, like many, cannot afford a social media manager, consider a volunteer team to work with the staff. To create...

August 31, 2013

I Am The Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig  Karla Geerlings hasn’t changed churches since she was a kid, but she has seen her church change. Wilkes Boulevard UMC has been very intentional recently about reaching out to the community it is in, so ...

August 31, 2013

Imagine No Malaria

By Carolyn Belshe I think the time has come for me to share my malaria story: I was commissioned as a United Methodist General Board of Global Missions missionary in 1988, studied Portuguese in Lisbon, and entered ...

August 31, 2013

Letter From the Editor

A couple years ago my wife and I started a blog. Actually, we started a project, and the blog was just a way to hold ourselves accountable to the project. There was a new cookbook out by the Missouri Department of ...

August 31, 2013

Message From The Cabinet

By Dale Stone Greetings from the Mark Twain District, a town and country district located in northeast Missouri. Our congregations and pastors gratefully serve alongside the diverse United Methodist churches throughout ...

August 31, 2013

Mission U

By Fred Koenig The Roma of Europe and the poverty that exists outside our doors were the two areas of focus at the inaugural Missouri Mission u. This year 240 United Methodists came from around the state to participate ...

August 31, 2013

Now Read This

By Andy Bryan Those two words: “Required Reading.” Although they can sometimes place immediate roadblocks between myself and a book (I’ll confess it!), this time the “required reading” was insightful, practical, and ...

August 31, 2013

Shared Moments Built the KINdom Community

By Terri Williams Relationships are built on the shared moments with others. My Aunt Edith left in 1946 to be a long term missionary in Kenya through the Society of Friends (Quaker). The original plan was that she would...

August 31, 2013

Summer Camps

By Fred Koenig For many children and youth across the state, it just wouldn’t be summer without church camp. In 2013, more than 2,000 campers participated in Missouri Conference camps at one of the four United Methodist...

August 31, 2013

Summer Youth Mission

By Fred Koenig In 1997 Beverly Boehmer took a group of 40 of Missouri’s United Methodist youth to Kansas City for a week of mission work. This year she concluded her summer, her last for leading the mission teams, in ...

August 31, 2013

UMC Ladies, You Can Do This

By Dan Steska Who is that lady with the chainsaw and why is she here? Life has a strange way of leading us in directions we would never expect. What inspired Bobbi Myers to drive over four hours to an Early Response ...

August 31, 2013

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight Why John Wesley? Over two decades ago, while I was teaching in Atlanta, Georgia, a student raised that question. Why, he wondered, was he required to study Wesley’s theology? His faith was not in the words...

July 31, 2013

2013 Ethnic Minority Young Adult Interns

Twelve persons, ages 19 to 23, began work in Washington, D.C. early in June in the Ethnic Minority Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship program of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). They are ...

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