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Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol

Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s classic book on life and death in the South Bronx—the poorest urban neighborhood of the United States.

AmeriCorps – Education

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps play a vital role in helping communities design and implement results-driven, cost-effective solutions, that support students from cradle-to-career.

Bright Futures

Bright Futures is a grass roots, community-based program that creates partnerships and utilizes community resources for the common goal of helping our kids and strengthening our families and community.

Census Bureau Poverty Data

A map that can be broken down by small geographic areas, such as counties, then searched by year.

Center for Family Policy and Research

A report on the state of poverty, education, and health of Missouri children in 2017.

Christian Community Development Association

A Christian organization dedicated to sharing the journey of seeing Christians fully engaged in the process of transformation in their communities.

Early Warning!: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

A report showing the effects of illiteracy entering fourth grade on high school dropout rates, America’s workforce, and the economy.

EdGap Map of ACT/SAT Scores

This map is a visualization of average high-school SAT and ACT scores, median household income, and other socioeconomic indicators.

Flood Gates by Sue Nilson Kibbey

Flood Gates is a practical “how-to” guide for pastors and church leaders who dream about releasing holy momentum in their current setting.

Free/Reduced Lunch Statistics and Percentages per County

A breakdown of statistics showing the number of children on free or reduced lunch plans in each Missouri county.

Just Say Yes!

Written for people whose passion has been simmering for years, who yearn to be told Yes! This resource examines the systems and attitudes that restrain and control ministry with real-church examples show how every church can unleash its people for ministry—encouraging, emboldening, and equipping them.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Discipleship - Why and How to Create a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church

Shares the process of developing a discipleship pathway that meets individuals where they are with practical instruction on how to plan, implement and sustain a discipleship pathway based on Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church.

Missourians to End Poverty: 2018 Missouri Poverty Report Download

This report is a comprehensive and concise snapshot of poverty in Missouri.

NAACP Quality Education for All: Once School at a Time

A report created by the National Association for The Advancement of Colored People’s Quality Education Task Force promoting an action plan to save America’s public schools through quality education for all children.

Nominations Portal

Connect missional leaders beyond the local church by adding them to the Missouri Annual Conference pool of discerned potential leaders for Conference boards, committees, teams and work areas.

Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty

The Pan-Methodist Campaign began in 1998 after the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church voted to launch a dramatic demonstration of their solidarity in commitment to children in poverty.

Poverty and Education: Finding a Way Forward

In this report, information is provided that deals with issues such as home factors, food security, availability of health insurance and child care, and comparisons are made between poor and non-poor children.

Remarkable Sermon Series

Tools to plan a 5-week series on “Remarkable: A Wesleyan Way of Discipleship” including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

Schooled Out of Poverty

An article written by Debra Viadero about one school’s fight against poverty by improving education.

Slow Kingdom Coming by Kent Annan

Kent Annan shares practices he has learned that will encourage and help you to keep making a difference in the face of the world's challenging issues.

SoulConnections

A series of opportunities hosted by the Center for Leadership Excellence tailored for Missouri United Methodist laity and clergy with the intent to deepen and resource spiritual conversation and connection.

Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle

Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle.

The Call to Ministry

A resource portal for those exploring vocational ministry.

The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships by Jake McGlothin

The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships offers practical steps congregations can take to make a difference with the children in their community.

The Wealth of the Poor by Larry M. James

The Wealth of the Poor is a compelling memoir by an urban minister and community development practitioner with more than thirty years of experience in the field.

Touch by Pastor Rudy Rasmus

Touch is the amazing story of Rudy's life and ministry of grace that is changing lives daily.

Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton

In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches and organizations to step away from spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development.

U.S. Department of Education Title 1 Program

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

Undivided (Movie)

Undivided documents the true story of how a suburban church unites with at-risk Roosevelt High School - once Portland, Oregon’s most outstanding but now failing and slated for closure - to create a beautiful transformation for students, the school and the volunteers serving it.

5 Cups of Coffee

Simple and practical discussion starters for asking questions about calling and discipleship for use with youth through adults.

Brianna's Hope

A participant driven, faith-based, and compassion filled addiction support and recovery group with a variety of resources.

Building Worship Bridges by Cathy Townley

Together with the workbook, this practical resource help you and your team create a competent, compelling worship service called forth by God.

Building Worship Bridges Workbook by Cathy Townley

Together with the book, this practical resource help you and your team create a competent, compelling worship service called forth by God.

Celebrate Recovery

A Christ centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.

Covenant Discipleship and Wesleyan Leadership

Extensive resources and guidelines for helping disciples make disciples in the 21st century including children and youth discipleship.

Discipleship Toolkits

Simple and practical toolkits on the nature of discipleship in whatever format best fits your need – sermon starters, small group leader training, a one-time group study, or a small group study series.

Fresh Expressions

The original resource for the international movement called Fresh Expressions – missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society.

Fresh Expressions Video Channel

Multiple short videos on Fresh Expressions concept and ideas.

How to Start Small Groups: Growing Larger by Acting Smaller

A 22-page guide to building a small group system complete with the biblical and practical mandate to multiply.

Launch by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas

Practical how-to strategies for creating a team, planning worship, fundraising, effective outreach in the ever-changing landscape of church planting.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Experiencing Transformational Community in a Band

Why and how to lead someone to follow Christ for the first time and rediscover relational discipleship in transformation community led by the authors of The Band Meeting.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Why and How to Start a New Small Group

Why and how to start a new small group with Angie McNeil and Robyn Miller of Woods Chapel UMC

Learn + Lead Webinar: Why and How to Start a New Worship Service

Brad Kalajainen of Cornerstone UMC, a popular multi-site church of three campuses in Michigan, offers practical advice on why and how to start a new worship experience.

Learn + Lead Webinars: Exponential - Why and How to Multiply Your Ministry

A practical webinar led by Rev. Dr. Ken Nash is the lead pastor of Wesleyan Church of Hamburg in Hamburg, NY on the concept of multiplication and the “art of reproducing yourself” including the simple and effective FAN method.

Missouri Conference Planting Academy

An 11-month intentional community of potential and existing planters for shared worship, learning, accountability and discernment infused with coaching and mentorship with the intended goal that 100% of participants begin a new faith community within 1 year to reach new people.

New Pathways

A week-long conference designed to help newly appointed/assigned church planters devise a working plan to launch a new site in the next 12-18 months.

New to Five: Starting a Level 5 Multiplying Church by Ralph Moore and Jeff Christopherson

Provides a practical language of progressive levels of involvement to help your church become more effective in partnering with the Holy Spirit in the exponential movement toward multiplication.

Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im

A guide to laying a missional foundation for any new community, choosing the right model and developing the appropriate systems so you can multiply the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church by Mike Schreiner & Ken Willard

The process of developing a discipleship pathway that meets individuals where they are with practical instruction on how to plan, implement and sustain a discipleship pathway.

The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community by Kevin Watson and Scott T. Kisker

Demonstrates that the band meeting model is the basic transformational community that enables us to grow in our holiness.

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