Redistricting Proposal


The Missouri Conference Mission Council voted unanimously in January 2021 to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from nine to five beginning July 1, 2022.  The resolution, RESOLUTION TO THE 2021 SESSION OF THE MISSOURI ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ON DISTRICT RE-ALIGNMENT, passed 600-44 on Sunday, June 13, in Springfield, by clergy and lay voting members during the 18th Regular Session of the Missouri Annual Conference. Please see the 2021 Journal for more information.

Implementation Timeline:

  • Fall 2021 - Bishop and Cabinet to clarify district lines, district office locations, and district names
  • Feb. 15, 2022 - New district lines and names announced
  • July 1, 2022 - Five districts take effect with the appointive year
  • Jan. 1, 2023 - District apportionments end, One Conference apportionment begins, UMW units align to the new district lines

Background:

Town Hall Dates

To address questions related to the proposal, we have scheduled several virtual town hall events. Any Conference member can attend any town hall date. The events are not district-specific, but a District Superintendent will be present at each town hall.

Tuesday, March 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. Bruce Baxter (Southeast District), Tasha Stephens (Lay representative)

 

Thursday, March 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. Jon Thompson (Ozarks District), Randy Biggerstaff (Lay representative)

 

Tuesday, March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. Steve Pinnell (Mark Twain District), Rev. Robin Bell (Gateway Central District), Brad Kurz (Lay representative)

 

Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. Linda Harris (Gateway Regional District), Randy Biggerstaff (Lay representative)

 

Thursday, March 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. Melissa Dodd (Northwest District), Rev. Alice Fowler (Southwest District), Mitch Ross (Lay representative)

 

Tuesday, March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. David Gilmore (Heartland District), Mike Sykuta (Lay representative)

 

Thursday, March 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Bishop Farr, Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee (Mid-State District), Jai Vaughn (Lay representative)

 

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