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April 21, 2020

Zooming to Church

Church takes care to include those who are not online during social-distancing worship.

April 17, 2020

Front Lines

St. Louis chaplain relies on faith and combat experience as she meets the Coronavirus head-on.

April 16, 2020

2020 Apportionments

2020 Apportionments Potential consequences Conference finances Paid 2020 Apportionments District apportionments 2020 Apportionments On April 14, 2020, during its regular spring conference call, the Missouri Conference ...

April 06, 2020

Sharing Space

Church allows ambulance crew to move into the church while it is being unused during social distancing.

April 02, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

Families First Act CARES Act EY Webinars Offering Guidance on Market Volatility Families First Act On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the ...

March 31, 2020

Partnering with Schools to Encourage Reading

Hood UMC in Republic uses national Read Across America Day (March 2) to kick-off a week of reading to all of the local elementary schools and giving every student a book.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

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March 30, 2020

Drive-Up Church

Church borrows FM transmitter from business to have parking lot worship service.

March 29, 2020

Bishop Farr's Episcopal Address March 29

Bishop Farr offers words of hope and courage in his video address below.   Read the sermon manuscript.

March 27, 2020

Recovery in Isolation

12-step groups built around coming together reach for ways to stay connected in isolation.

March 27, 2020

When you Can't Stay at Home

Homeless people and their service providers face special challenges during the pandemic.

March 26, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Church

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the legislation can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text. The bill ...

March 24, 2020

Helping Out at Home

Church responds to request from local nursing home for masks.

March 23, 2020

Leaping into 2020

What's happened to youth ministry?

March 23, 2020

Rising Again

New church honors historic structure lost to fire, creates new opportunities.

March 19, 2020

Loving Your Neighbor

Church Group Reaches Out to People Living in Extended-Stay Motels

March 18, 2020

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Due to the strong restrictions related to public gatherings issued by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am strongly encouraging all our churches – ...

March 17, 2020

MOAC Announces Conference Staff Changes

Bishop Robert Farr and the Missouri Cabinet announced new staffing changes at the Conference Center.

March 13, 2020

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Like you, I have watched the growing anxiety as we learn more and more about the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Let us be in prayer for those affected by the virus, especially those ...

March 13, 2020

Ways to be the Church in the Time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ideas on how to be the Church in the midst of the unfolding health crisis.

March 05, 2020

BMCR Meets in Kansas City

BMCR holds its 53rd annual meeting in Kansas City.

March 02, 2020

A Statement of Care and Compassion Concerning the Coronavirus Outbreak (updated 3/9/20)

Updated 3/9/20 Best practices, community guidelines, resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak offered by the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church.

March 02, 2020

Celebrating Our Progress

As I sit down to write this article, I am in front of a window and can see the radiant sunshine despite a chilly day. The sunshine looks inviting and feels good after so many days of cloudy, dreary weather. In ...

March 02, 2020

Lead Us Into Ministry

Our vision for the Missouri Annual Conference is to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers. The primary ways in which the Conference seeks to live out this ...

March 02, 2020

Open Hearts, Open Books

Each Wednesday morning during the school year, my wife and I make our way to one of the local elementary schools where we meet with our KidsHopeUSA students. KidsHopeUSA is a nationally recognized program where Christian...

February 27, 2020

South Central Jurisdiction Committee On the Episcopacy Holds Spring Meeting

The South Central Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy held its spring meeting February 24-25 which included conversations with the College of Bishops about episcopal leadership needs for the upcoming quadrennium. ...

February 21, 2020

Baby Grace

An effort by lay members at one church to meet a community need ends up expanding to 20 churches.

February 21, 2020

Baby Grace Camp

Camp provides relief, bonding experience for parents of young children.

February 21, 2020

Gilmore Named Next Heartland District Superintendent

Rev. David Gilmore will be the next Heartland District Superintendent.

February 21, 2020

Missouri's Earthkeepers

United Methodists combine their spiritual life with care for the environment.

February 17, 2020

But We've Always Done it That Way

Amber Hirsch is the Lay Leader for the Gateway Central District. She is the Director of Worship Arts Communications for St. Mark’s UMC in Florissant. She is a life-long United Methodist, a proud P.K. (Preacher’s Kid), ...

February 17, 2020

Multiplying Kingdom Impact

What impact can a body of believers have on their community? It’s an aspirational question, and one the Missouri Conference hopes can help local churches multiply their ministry.  When Rev. Roger Ross started his job as...

February 17, 2020

Three Churches in MKI

Three Kansas City area churches share their stories about getting started in MKI.

January 29, 2020

Game Time

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr takes a turn preaching for the United Methodist worship service that takes place at Arrowhead Stadium before each Kansas City Chiefs game that has a kickoff time at noon on Sunday.

January 03, 2020

Missouri Statement on Protocol of Separation

Dear Colleagues in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus. I write to call your attention to the results of a mediation process undertaken by 16 United Methodists, entitled “A Protocol of ...

January 03, 2020

United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops sign agreement aimed at separation

(Washington, D.C.) - A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The ...

December 20, 2019

Inked in the Holy Land

Several Missouri Conference clergy take part in an ancient Holy Land tradition of getting a tattoo to mark their pilgrimage.

December 20, 2019

Open Hearts, Open Books

Church in Warsaw embraces Missouri Conference Open Hearts, Open Books initiative.

December 20, 2019

Thrive 2020

Traditional Black churches in Missouri discuss ways to strengthen their ministries.

December 19, 2019

Alice Fowler Installed as Southwest District Superintendent

Alice Folwer is installed as the Southwest District Superintendent at First UMC in Carthage. Becoming a district superintendent wasn’t exactly in Rev. Alice Fowler’s career plans.  “She may have been the most ...

December 19, 2019

Jon Thompson Installed as Ozarks District Superintendent

Rev. Jon Thompson is installed as the Ozarks District Superintendent.

December 19, 2019

Robin Bell Installed as Gateway Central District Superintendent

Rev. Robin Bell speaks at Webster Hills UMC. Robin Bell’s personal mission is to create enthusiasm for learning and living the Gospel of Christ. She plans to continue to do that as the new Gateway Central District ...

December 02, 2019

Breaking Ground

Construction begins on One Joplin duplex.

December 02, 2019

Churches Learn About Human Trafficking

Churches learn that human trafficking is happening close to home.

December 02, 2019

Rural Conversations

Sidney Owens has been listening. In her role as Missouri Conference Community Engagement Specialist, she has conducted a series of rural conversations this fall, with meetings at Columbia, Cameron, Advance and ...

December 02, 2019

Sharefest

Wrap-up of 2019 Sharefests

November 22, 2019

Apprenticeship Through Community

This fourth installment in the Clergy Health Series highlights the importance of covenant groups.

November 15, 2019

Bishop Farr's Response to Mainstream Moratorium Request

 Dear friends, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! I hope all is well in your life and ministry. I am praying for each of you as we draw close to the Advent season.   Every bishop has been ...

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