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GUIDANCE for Returning to In-Person Worship

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The Missouri Conference will revisit in-person worship guidance on or around May 1. As we’ve entered a new year, we encourage our churches to remain vigilant in their safety precautions related to COVID-19. Even with ...

Black Genius School: Learning At Home

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By Lauren Miers Parents of school-aged children know keeping kids motivated to continue their online distance learning schoolwork is difficult. Rev. Charity Goodwin and her sister Tramaine Williams encouraged their ...

Pastoring While Positive

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Several pastors in the Missouri Conference have experienced the coronavirus first-hand.

A Day On

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Church of the Resurrection puts people to work serving the community on the MLK Day holiday.

Statement By Bishop Robert Farr On Insurrection At The Capitol

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 What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was un-American. It was not okay. Even as we affirm the rights of freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble, the peaceful transition of power is a pillar of a democracy and...

A New Year in Unusual Times

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The year 2020 was full of many “firsts” and a season of “we’ve never done it like that before.” Sometimes the changes were easy and sometimes they were extremely hard and long. It was certainly a year of adjustments. Now...

Open Door Food Pantry Video Story

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Hear how University UMC in University City, Missouri, is reaching out and empowering its neighbors through the Open Door Food pantry.

Unity UMC Micro-Loan Program

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Hear how Unity UMC is building bridges in and impacting its community through a micro-loan program.  

Free Pre-Recorded Sermon/Worship Service for Dec. 27

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Looking for a biblically-based sermon in order to take a Sunday off following Christmas? Rev. Dr. Bruce Baxter, Southeast District Superintendent, has made his sermon, Finishing Well (2 Timothy 4:6-8, Philippians ...

I Claim Christ

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Fall and spring are my favorite seasons of the year. In spring,everything comes back to life from a season of cold, darkness and dormancy. New life begins to spring forth and baseball begins. In fall, the colors change; ...

Not Alone

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The Caring People ministry provides community and support for single mothers.

Young and At Risk

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The Rare Breed ministry in Springfield provides a help to homeless and at risk teens.

Extending A Hand to Louisiana

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By Scott Burdin, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Seeing a street lined with refrigerators is always surprising the first time you notice it. Our Disaster Response team deployed to Louisiana early Oct. 27 from ...

Turning Internships into Jobs

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Two Crossroads interns how worked through the pandemic have stayed on the job at their churches after their internships were up.

Missouri Conference COVID-19 Update

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Dear Missouri Conference Clergy and Laity,   As we live into our first General Rule of doing no harm, I strongly encourage that in-person worship services be suspended until further notice for congregations located in ...

Bishop Farr Encourages Voting

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Missouri Bishop Bob Farr issues a statement encouraging people to vote, assist others in voting and do what they can to support fair elections.

Nurturing Your Mental Health

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Written by Robin Ewy, LPC The year 2020 has taken a toll on most of us. God made us for community, and the political/social climate and Coronavirus have thrown us for a loop. We are not meant to be alone yet social ...

Pray for Election Day 2020

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Lay pastor Ivan James has been watching with concern the national dialogue as the country nears the November 3 election. Deepening political divisions in America and the fear that votes won’t get counted, has eroded ...

Be Fed to Feed Others

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A monthly drive-through event offers communion and mission opportunities.

Bishop Leads Ride for Mozambique Motorcycles

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Missouri Bishop Bob Farr led motorcycle riders on ride hundreds of miles around the state to raise awareness and money to provide motorcycles for pastors in Mozambique.

Annual Conference Goes On, Online

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After a summer of Annual Conference related learning opportunities and reports online, the Missouri Annual Conference Session was held as an online event on August 22.

Church Helps Students During Shutdown

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Elsberry UMC upgraded it’s Internet service and opened its facility to be used as a socially-distanced learning center while the high school is online only due to the pandemic.

Diversifying the Pastor's Study

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Barth, Bonhoeffer, Brueggemann, Calvin, Craddock, Luther, Moltmann, Tillich and Wesley. These are the names that line many pastors’ studies. They are the standards or “classics” of seminaries and theological education ...

On Their Way

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Important milestone passed as clergy are commissioned on the path to the ordination.

Deacons, Elders Welcomed into Full Connection

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A sacred moment of the Service of Ordination is the Laying on of Hands by the bishop, as he prays for God to pour the Holy Spirit upon the person being ordained.

Vital Signs Data Entry Suspension

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Friends in Christ, This year, COVID-19 changed our means of doing ministry in ways that we could not have imagined. Many of our churches have developed new and creative ways to engage their congregations, communities, ...

Introducing NextGen Conversations

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NextGen Conversations is a podcast that seeks to empower children’s, family, youth and college-aged leaders to create dynamic, Christ-centered ministries. Local church leaders often don’t have the time, energy or ...

Bishop Farr Check-In

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Bishop Farr offers a reflection after a difficult week and encourages Missouri pastors and lay leaders to listen and take action. See more from Bishop Farr here.

Bishop Farr Expresses Outrage, Need to be Antiracist

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Missouri Bishop Bob Farr expresses outrage over death of George Floyd and calls for United Methodists to do some homework to help them see their own bias and move to be anti-racist.

Laity Voices: The Sunday Drive

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 Have you ever been on a Sunday drive?   When I was very young, once a month, my family’s Sunday drive activity included a trip to Hiawatha, Kansas to see my grandfather.  There were many of these trips where I was the ...
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