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Worship Slam Tickles the Spirit

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By Linda Gastreich Steve Jones, master of ceremonies of Friday night’s “Worship Slam” said he hoped church members and pastors would leave the event contemplating worship in new ways. “Hopefully, it will tickle their ...

Ground Breaking - Conference Center Building Addition

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On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were members of the ...

Reflecting on Boston

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The Boston Marathon. Those three words bring to mind tradition and endurance. For anyone who runs, the words carry a sense of awe, difficulty, and maybe ultimate accomplishment.  

Young Clergy Meet with Adam Hamilton

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When Adam Hamilton spoke to young clergy from the Missouri Conference, he didn’t start by painting a rosy picture. Instead he went over some of the grim statistics of decline in the United Methodist Church. He said to ...

A STAR is Born

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By Fred Koenig Marjorie Atkins was a STAR at Smithville United Methodist Church. When she died just days after her husband in 2012, our church felt the loss as would any family. Marjorie and “Junior” Atkins had been ...

Advancing Outreach with Ministry Grants

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“We never say ‘no’ to a child without a church home,” says Pastor Amanda Ross, “even though we keep telling ourselves we cannot handle any more children.” That is the spirit that has kept the Immanuel UMC in Canton, ...

Aurora UMC: The Church With an Impact

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By Fred Koenig Aurora, MO is located 28 miles southwest of Springfield, and has a population of 7,000. Pastor Jan Bond led Aurora UMC through the HCI consultation process in March of 2012. The church reported an average...

Avondale UMC

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By Fred Koenig It’s impossible to say exactly what the founding members of Avondale UMC each thought the future would hold for the church in the next century. But it’s pretty safe to say they didn’t envision the church ...

Be a Better Email Communicator in 2014

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By Gavin Richardson Email has slowly become the primary communication channel for many churches. However, how effectively do churches use email? Are we guilty of assuming that people are receiving and reading our ...

Church By Size

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By Fred Koenig What’s the difference in terms of the way a church functions based on its size?       What issues come up when hovering between 200 – 300 in that area in between?      Pastors serving churches ranging in ...

Empty Tomb, Full Churches

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By Fred Koenig Easter is a huge day for nearly every church. It’s not unusual for a church to have double or more than it’s average attendance. For a small country church, that might mean going from 18 to 40. For a ...

Ground Breaking Conference Center Building Addition

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By Fred Koenig On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were...

Heifer International Celebrates 70th Anniverary

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By Mel West Fifty years ago Heifer introduced me to the exciting and satisfying arena of world missions. With a farm background and degrees in dairy husbandry and church administration I was eager to put those skills ...

I am the Missouri Conference

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By Fred Koenig Rob King can articulate his faith story clearly. It started in line at the drive-up window at the bank. The car in front of him had a bumper sticker that said 107.9, so he tuned to it. It was the local ...

Letter from the Editor

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By Fred Koenig Alright loyal readers, we’re a year into this thing. The June 7, 2013 issue of  The Missouri Conference Review was the last issue of the Missouri Conference newspaper, ending a 40-year relationship the ...

Living Inside the Kingdom of Heaven

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By Ann M. Rathert “As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’” Matt. 10:7 (NRSV)       Coffee, warm yeasty breads, cinnamon. Smells swirl, music joins with voices of those huddled around ...

M'punzo Trio from Mozambique to Missouri

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By Fred Koenig The Missouri United Methodist Conference and the Mozambique Initiative (MI) are thrilled to welcome the M’punzu Trio from Mozambique to Missouri in June. As part of the MI’s vision of "partnering to ...

Making Sense

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By Rob Reardon The Bible is a wonderful and mysterious collection of books that chronicle the movement of God from the creation of the world through the return of Christ.       Written in various literary styles by an ...

Reflecting on Boston

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By Brian Hammons The Boston Marathon. Those three words bring to mind tradition and endurance. For anyone who runs, the words carry a sense of awe, difficulty, and maybe ultimate accomplishment.      But this year, the ...

Show Me the Money

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By Mark Roach I’m gonna go there. I’m gonna tackle one of those hot-button issues discussed among worship leaders. I’ve heard it discussed at conferences—entire breakouts built around the discussion—even books have been...

Wesley in the World Today

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By Hal Knight The day of Pentecost is sometimes celebrated as the “birthday of the church.” This not wrong but it is far too limited. Pentecost is first and foremost about the coming of the Holy Spirit. We can better ...

Young Clergy

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By Fred Koenig When Adam Hamilton spoke to young clergy from the Missouri Conference, he didn’t start by painting a rosy picture. Instead he went over some of the grim statistics of decline in the United Methodist ...

Lay Leaders Will Remember Missouri

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“Remember the Future.” This was the theme for a recent gathering of United Methodist conference lay leaders from all over the country, and a couple from Europe and Africa.

2014 Annual Conference Offerings

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By Fred Koenig ORDINATION The Gondola Training Center GTC in Mozambique is a new educational center designed to train United Methodist lay leaders and pastors in theology, church leadership, development, microfinance, ...

21st Century Stewards: Foundation Growth Aids Vital Ministry

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By Tom Hilton “We try to meet the needs of our churches and related agencies,” says Tom Hilton, the chair of the Investment Committee of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. “Endowments and other long-term funds ...

3 Simple Rules of Social Media

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By Eric Seiberling In his book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, retired United Methodist Bishop Rueben P. Job uses John Wesley's three general rules to give Christians a guide for living a faithful life. ...

Getting Better

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By Mel West I am an optimist by nature, and have always thought that the world is, day by day, becoming better. At age 90 I would rather be alive on Earth today than at any time prior. Tomorrow promises to be even ...

I am the Missouri Conference

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By Fred Koenig Sharon Bruner grew up Methodist, attending Brandon UMC near Windsor. Her husband Cliff married into it 49 years ago, when he and Sharon were married by a Methodist pastor in Sharon’s parents’ home.  When...

Imagine No Malaria

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By Fred Koenig Last year at Annual Conference Session, Tom Bannon of Palmyra UMC came to the microphone and announced that his church was so moved by the presentation of the Imagine No Malaria campaign that they would ...

Laity Leaders in Kansas City

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By Fred Koenig When the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders came together for their annual meeting in Kansas City March 20 - 23, they weren’t there to reminisce or celebrate. They were there to seek ways to ...

Lay Leaders Will Remember Missouri

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By Brian Hammons “Remember the Future.” This was the theme for a recent gathering of United Methodist conference lay leaders from all over the country, and a couple from Europe and Africa. About 60 lay leaders, along ...

Leading Church Staff

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How do we develop staff as leaders? If we are going to move in the direction God is calling us, we need staff to be leaders and not just doers.  By Fred Koenig With that sentiment, Doug Anderson opened his two-day ...

Letter From The Editor

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By Fred Koenig I spend the vast majority of my time working on this magazine, but one of my side jobs for the Missouri Conference is putting out Net News. It’s an e-newsletter that is sent out as-needed, which ends up ...

Mana me Lagi: Miracle From Heaven

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By Fred Koenig A new church has been having pre-view services in Independence, building to an official launch on May 18. The church meets at First UMC, and is known as Mana mei Lagi. It’s a fellowship of Pacific ...

NBSF Holds Annual Meeting in St. Louis

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By Fred Koenig The National Black Staff Forum (NBSF), a membership organization comprised of active and retired black staff from annual conference and general agencies of The United Methodist Church, held its annual ...

Somewhere In-Between

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By Mark Roach So...is yours a modern worship church? Or is it traditional? Are the messages there more relevant? Or more bible-based? Is your church based on a missional model? Or an attractional one? In your opinion, ...

Suburban, Urban, Rural Churches... We Are All Vulnerable

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By Dan Steska “Find a champion within the church to be trained as a disaster coordinator--this helps in developing a disaster response policy, and keeping that in front of church leadership. Emphasize small group ...

The Water's Edge

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By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference Center has had a new role in recent months, as the location for a new church start. Rev. Jim Voigt was appointed to start a new church in Columbia last summer, with a focus on ...

Wesley in the World Today

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By Hal Knight Holy Week and Easter take us to the heart of the gospel. For John and Charles Wesley, they take us to the heart of God.      Many in their day, just as in ours, saw the cross of Jesus Christ as the ground ...

You Heard What? Unhealthy Communications

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By Fred Koenig Many congregations fall into bad communication habits – they aren’t bad people, it’s a strategy toward wholeness gone awry. We develop strategies that don’t work, but we keep trying them.       Healthy ...

Proposal to Reduce the Number of Districts

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The Mission Council and the Cabinet have both voted unanimously to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from twelve to nine. A proposal will be brought to Annual Conference, June 6-9, in ...

Conference Lay Leaders Meet in Kansas City

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When the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders came together for their annual meeting in Kansas City March 20 - 23, they weren’t there to reminisce or celebrate. They were there to seek ways to help their ...

Share Your Worship With Us! A Call for Photos

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Share your Worship Experience with us! A call for photos. Our theme for the 2014 Annual Conference is Loving God in Return: Practicing Passionate Worship. We’d like to showcase the many ways in which our Missouri ...

Ashes Outside the Church

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By Fred Koenig The imposition of ashes is a Wednesday evening tradition for many, but others are now embracing the ritual as an opportunity to meet people where they are.       Rev. Mark Harvey of Harmony UMC in St. ...

Coffee Talk

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By Mark Roach If I were being perfectly honest, one of the most effective elements in our entire ministry is a simple cup of coffee. No, I’m not urging the use of caffeine, endorsing any global warm beverage franchises ...

Cultural Trends You May Have Missed: Part 2

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By Darby Jones Due to the popularity of last issue's article Cultural Trends You May Have Missed, we decided to dig a little deeper to uncover and inspire even more progression.  Peer-to-Peer Economy Increases ...

God's Creation in Crisis: Stockton UMC Responds

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By Cheryl Marcum “God’s creation is in crisis.” This emphatic statement by The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church conjures a similar word picture drawn by the prophet, Isaiah (Isaiah 24:5-NRSV) and the ...

HCI Brings Vitality to Wesley in Jefferson City

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By Royal Speidel Wesley United Methodist church in Jefferson City had its commissioning service on January 9, 1966 as a daughter of First UMC in the Capitol City. It is surrounded by homes on 5.2 acres of land in the ...
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