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We Are the Missouri Conference...

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By Fred Koenig Sometimes the kids can bring the parents to church, even when those kids are adults and no longer live at home.       Mary Jo and Jim Bemke spend Christmas Eve with Jim’s (adult) children at O’Fallon. ...

Wesley in the World Today

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By Hal Knight As each new year begins, millions of Americans make resolutions, resolving to change for the better in the days ahead. But whether these resolutions have to do with relationships, lifestyle, growing the ...

What do you tell the kids?

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By Fred Koenig United Methodist Church children and youth workers in the St. Louis area took up the topic of Ferguson during their monthly meeting on November 20 at Kirkwood UMC. Most hadn’t been asked about the ...

What is a Disciple?

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By Sherry Habben “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King! Let every heart, prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing!”       So sings the grand old Christmas carol, with the implication that ...

Administrative Shift

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In order to best meet the needs of Next Generation camping and retreat ministries, The Missouri Conference announced an administrative shift in the oversight related to these ministries for youth and young adults. This ...

Good News of Great Joy

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 I love Christmas. The sights, the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the feelings. Special choir music, caroling to neighbors, and Scripture messages of good news. Reflecting upon blessings of the year, giving to help ...

7 Ways to Help a Sermon Preach All Week

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By Eric Seiberling Break the preaching schedule into SERMON themes Whether you use the lectionary or create a sermon series to structure your message, you need to group topics into a theme. Like the title of a book ...

Call & Response: A Strategy to Intentionally Develop Faith

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By Charity Goodwin-Rosario One of our best opportunities to intentionally develop faith is maximizing the Sunday worship experience by inviting the congregation to respond in worship and beyond worship into one’s daily ...

CRM Board Meets with Camp Directors to Plan Summer of 2015

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By Fred Koenig When it was announced in September that there would not be camps at the four Conference owned camping and retreat centers in 2015, it was also announced that the camping program would continue, it would ...

Giving the Gift of Mobility for 20 Years

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By Fred Koenig Most people are familiar with the basic story of PET – how Mel West, a retired United Methodist pastor, felt called to do something to help people with disabilities in other countries who have no means to...

Good News of Great Joy

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By Brian Hammons I love Christmas. The sights, the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the feelings. Special choir music, caroling to neighbors, and Scripture messages of good news. Reflecting upon blessings of the year, ...

Letter From the Editor

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By Fred Koenig I recently participated in the annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators. The meeting has workshops, presentations from United Methodist Communications, and opportunities to ...

Loving a Church Through Transition

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By Royal Speidel Few churches in America have gone through a radical physical change as successfully as First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City has since 2011. For starters, the traditional church pews in the ...

O Come Let Us Adore Him

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By Fred Koenig If you’re anything like me, Christmas—from a musical standpoint—is a season in which elation and frustration flow mingled down. Our job, after all, as Worship Leaders, Ministers of Music and Arts ...

Our Connection

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By Nate Berneking If you weren’t aware, Christians don’t always agree. Sometimes, it seems like we never do. Sometimes, it seems like we look for any means possible to divide ourselves. We even take labels to highlight ...

The Blessing of Pets

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By Fred Koenig Some people who might be reluctant to accept an invitation to church will come for the benefit of their loved ones, even when those loved ones aren’t human. When Broadway UMC in Plattsburg had its “...

Urban Forum: Making Mission More Than a Trip

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By Fred Koenig Kingdom House wants volunteers that come to the agency to take home more than pictures and memories. They would like them to gain some insight.       Kingdom House provides a wide range of social services...

Walking with Nehemiah

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By Rev. Linda Settles The story of Nehemiah is one of my favorites. It is a story of compassion, strife, and triumph, all occurring in the context of community. Pastor Joseph Daniels uses the story of Nehemiah as a ...

We are the Missouri Conference...

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By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference didn’t gain or lose any members when Mel Fortney took Janie to be his bride. They just got shuffled between churches. Their wedding was at Janie’s church, Brashear UMC, but their ...

Wesley in the World Today

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By Hal Knight In the season of Advent we prepare for the coming of Jesus. Advent anticipates two comings of Jesus: his coming at Christmas, and his second coming at which there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Even...

WJSDSJ?

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By Carolyn Herkstroeter Remember WWJD- “What Would Jesus Do”? How about WJDSJ- Would Jesus Do Social Justice?       Social Justice is about stepping out of the pews, out of our comfort zones. It is about advocating for ...

Camping: A Future with Hope

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The future of Camping ministries in Missouri has generated a lot of discussion in the past few weeks.

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources

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Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources This is the third in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

Angel Gowns

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By Martin Summer Grandview United Methodist Church was recently featured on the Kansas City evening news (KSHB-41) for their new Angel Gown Ministry, led by Dianne and John Wright.  Dianne and John first learned about ...

Beginning Again

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By Fred Koenig The old wives may tell that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but no one ever said it couldn’t follow a tornado. For the second time in less than a decade, severe weather completely destroyed...

Camping: A Future With Hope

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By Brian Hammons The future of Camping ministries in Missouri has generated a lot of discussion in the past few weeks. I’ve heard from several folks concerned about the changes and the process, read many e-mails and ...

Coverage: A Retreat by Pastors for Pastors

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By Fred Koenig The annual Converge event returned to one of its churches of origin this year, and was hosted by Saint Paul’s UMC in Joplin September 8 - 10.       Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase opened the event, talking...

Do It Yourself

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By Mark Roach I don’t know about you all, but I have had plenty of experience with well-intentioned expedience that has backfired. Let me elaborate by way of example: You decide you want to do that cool pop tune as a ...

Home Church

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By Fred Koenig You may have heard of Calhoun UMC as being a different kind of church, in that it’s growing at a time when many are fading. One might think that Calhoun UMC is special in some way, and that wouldn’t be ...

I Am the Missouri Conference

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By Fred Koenig When you look over Paul Derks’ resume, it looks like a course catalogue of all the available extra-curricular activities in high school. On the sports side, you have football (senior captain), basketball,...

Intentional Faith Development

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By Mitch Ross Start with a destination in mind. Yogi Berra knew it, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else!” If you don’t know where your spiritual life is going, where might you wind ...

Ironclad Internet Security Software for Church & Family

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By Gavin Richardson The Internet is a vast ocean of information and people. It is easy to find oneself in a trouble spot on the web. What are the best options for a church to protect its congregation and visitors from ...

Learning to Walk in the Dark

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By Bruce Jeffries As a participant in the 2013 Festival of Homiletics, I heard a lecture by Barbara Brown Taylor as she shared some of the research and reflections she had engaged in preparing to write Learning to Walk ...

Letter From the Editor

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By Fred Koenig I was in a worship service recently, and halfway through the first verse of a song, I could not get over the thought that, “Wow, this song is really terrible.” Musically, it didn’t make any sense to me. ...

Office of Next Gen Ministries Welcomes New Staff

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By Fred Koenig 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 ...

Publication for Camping & Next Generation Ministries

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By Fred Koenig The mission of Next Generation ministries is to lead local churches of the Missouri Conference in intentional faith development that shapes next generations into mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the ...

The Tension in Ferguson

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By Jeff Baker It always interests me how certain dates will remain with us as days and times that mold our future. September 11, 2001 has a very real image for many of us as we watched live video of the Twin Towers ...

Wesley in the World Today

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By Hal Knight For the last three months I have been discussing “Moralist Therapeutic Deism,” an alternative to historic Christianity that studies show to be the dominant understanding of God in mainline Protestant ...

Woodlandville Stepping Up to Support the Community

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By Fred Koenig When Woodlandville UMC became involved in the Conference SERVE day of mission a few years ago, it started a relationship with the Harrisburg school that continues to grow stronger.       “This school is ...

Working for Redemption in Ferguson

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By Heather Hahn The Rev. F. Willis Johnson runs toward death to ponder life. Before worship most Sundays, the pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, runs more than 2 miles to the spot where Michael Brown ...

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ Two: Process and Rationale

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Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ Two: Process and Rationale This is the second in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp & Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

Discipleship: Where to Begin

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Start with a destination in mind. Yogi Berra knew it, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else!” If you don’t know where your spiritual life is going, where might you wind up? The first ...

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ One: Camping in 2015

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Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ One: Camping in 2015 This is the first in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camping and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. This...
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