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Discipleship: Where to Begin

The first question on the mind of a disciple must be, “Where am I going?” Churches that develop a discipleship process ask the same question but with a “body of Christ” perspective: “In whose image are we making disciples?” What is the destination of a disciple? And where do I begin?

Empowering Parents for Intentional Faith Development of Their Children

A new culture of ministry is evolving that requires a different approach in the discipleship of youth and children. Many churches have placed a bigger emphasis on Family Ministry because they realize that unless parents are learning along with the children, effectiveness of teaching Biblical truths is reduced dramatically. Use these tips and resources in your local church or home.

Fair Labor Standards and the Church Webinar

Director of Finance & Administration, Rev. Nate Berneking, discusses changes related to overtime pay requirements. In this hour-long webinar Nate walks churches through the new rules, attempt to clarify who might be exempt and who must be paid overtime, and answer any related questions.

Faith Formation Learning Exchange

LifelongFaith Associates, in partnership with Vibrant Faith Inc., developed The Faith Formation Learning Exchange, which is "dedicated to helping leaders in Christian ministry develop lifelong faith formation for all ages and generations that is informed by solid research, effective practices, cutting-edge thinking, and real-world models and tools." The site is organized by different intended audiences (ex. children, young adults, families) with articles, reports, research, and books recommended for faith formation.

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase

Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference from 2004 to 2016, highlights key areas of both congregational and personal spiritual life in the Five Practices series: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission Service, and Extravagant Generosity.

Global Connect

This site is a training and resource tool for individuals and groups preparing for mission. Individuals wishing to lead a team should complete the training modules found in the prepare section of the site. This will give you resources and ideas for how to best engage in mission whether locally or in an international context.

Highest Ideals Brochure

A helpful guide regarding expectations related to clergy sexual ethics in the Missouri Annual Conference.

Housing Allowance Case Information

Learn more about the court decision affecting clergy housing allowances.

Implicit Bias Workbook

Implicit Bias is all about ‘what we don’t think we think’ — wait a minute, what?!? As each of us experiences life — in school, at home, in church, at work, watching T.V. — we are surrounded by a number of biases. Some of these biases we consciously accept as our own, some we consciously reject, while many more fall into the subconscious level. Even though we are not aware of implicit biases, they constantly help to form our beliefs, values, ideas, and actions every day. As followers of Jesus, we are created and called by the God who consistently questions beliefs, values, and motives. By taking an intentional look at implicit bias and the ways it works in our brains and in our actions, we commit to rooting out the biases that are corrupted by stereotype or prejudice and separate us from the Beloved Community. Use this workbook to learn more about one of the significant barriers to reaching our true goals of diversity, community, and equity.

Knowing Where to Begin: An Assessment Tool

Knowing Where to Begin is an assessment tool courtesy of First UMC (Jefferson City). This tool is meant to be one of those guides that can offer you a path for “next steps,” a call to discipleship from Jesus Christ.

Leaving Well Webinars: Pastoral Transitions for Spouses with Elizabeth Cassidy

Elizabeth Cassidy, a psychologist and clergy spouse, offers her insight on strategies for grief and transition during a pastoral change as part of the Leaving Well Webinar series, examining how pastors and churches can best navigate pastoral transition.

Leaving Well Webinars: Pastoral Transitions for the Family with Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson, a licensed clinical social worker and the Missouri Conference Lay Leader, walks through transitions by developmental stages incorporating real stories of MO clergy and their families as part of the Leaving Well Webinar series, examining how pastors and churches can best navigate pastoral transition.

Leaving Well Webinars: Pastoral Transitions for the PPRC

Rev. Nate Berneking, Rev. Bruce Baxter and Conference Lay Leader Amy Thompson share specifics for PPRCs during a pastoral transition as part of the Leaving Well Webinar series, examining how pastors and churches can best navigate pastoral transition.

Leaving Well Webinars: The Change-Over Zone with Rev. Jim Ozier

Rev. Jim Ozier shares how to prepare for pastoral transition as part of the Leaving Well Webinar series, examining how pastors and churches can best navigate pastoral transition.

Local Church Board of Trustees Presentation

Learn more about the duties of the Board of Trustees in the local church with Director of Finance & Administration Nate Berneking's presentation.

Local Church Finance Committee Just Finance Presentation

Learn more about the duties of the Finance Committee in the local church with Director of Finance & Administration Nate Berneking's Just Finance slides.

Missouri Department of Education Comprehensive Data System

Use this state database to learn more information about the schools near you and your church.

Morning Star Discipleship Pathway

This graphic shows Morning Star's broad overview of the discipleship process.

Navigating Clergy Forms, Addenda and Compensation Webinar

Director of Finance & Administration, Rev. Nate Berneking, discusses clergy compensation forms while also clarifying the interplay of secular law with United Methodist policy and practice and addresses the role played by the local church in budgeting for clergy compensation and correct withholding from a pastor’s paychecks.

Our Kids Florida

Our Kids Florida is a website created by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church to link churches conference-wide to help them build or expand church and school partnerships.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

Professional Boundaries "At Risk" Inventory

Do you wonder how close you are to blundering over professional boundaries in ministry and possibly harming someone? This inventory may tell you.

Reimbursement for Moving Expenses Video

Any pastor who moves will now be required to pay federal and state taxes on reimbursements they receive for those. Churches are required to report them on the pastor’s W-2. And, all of this affects a pastor’s pension. This video summarizes the changes and requirements to the tax code affecting reimbursements for moving expenses.

Sample Boundaries Training for Local Churches

A complete presentation on "Maintaining Integrity & Boundaries in Ministry" for conducting boundaries training in the local church. Great for use with church staff and leaders and the greater congregation.

Sexual Ethics Policy of the Missouri Annual Conference

The sexual ethics policy for clergy in the Missouri Annual Conference.

Standards and Guidelines for Church Parsonages

These standards are intended to provide for housing that meets safety, codes, good building practices and comparable community living standards in church parsonages.

STEP Spiritual Gifts Survey

A spiritual gifts survey with questions and definitions of each gift, courtesy of Good Shepherd UMC.

The Gathering CoreGroups Overview

This document explains vision and goals for discipleship and identifies the current programming that meets The Gathering's discipleship pathway goals.

The Gathering Discipleship Process

This document explains vision and goals for discipleship and identifies the current programming that meets The Gathering's discipleship pathway goals.

The Journey: Personal Spiritual Assessment

This tool is useful to any and all Christians seeking to examine their spiritual health and areas of potential growth. Use these 15 questions to assess where you are at honestly and prayerfully.

The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults: A Research Study Executive Summary

Results of a national survey on the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct.

The Way of Integrity

The Way of Integrity is a small group curriculum about living in right relationship with self, others, and God.

UMC Discipleship Ministries

"An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples." Children's, youth, and adult materials are available, along with resources for worship, discipleship, stewardship, and evangelism. Webinar training sessions are provided through the World Service Fund. Most webinars are recorded and available in the webinar archive for those who cannot attend the live event.

UMC Ministry in Children

This site contains a blog and a variety of other resources to equip those engaged in ministry with children.

W2's and Local Church Taxes Webinar

Director of Finance & Administration, Rev. Nate Berneking, discusses W-2 completion and employer tax reporting for local churches

What Every Child Should Experience

What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations is a resource developed by Melanie C. Gordon through Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to assist leaders and teachers of children in United Methodist Congregations in the area of faith formation. You will find this guide useful in choosing and studying scripture, selecting and writing curriculum, offering parents and guardians useful developmental information, and addressing issues facing today’s children.

What is Discipleship?

Many problems in the church today can be understood when we realize that so many church members have not yet decided to follow Christ. The discipleship path is a journey that results from every Christian’s answer to the call, “Follow me.” Use this guide with your small group to consider what discipleship means.

#MeToo Toolkit

A #MeToo Toolkit to engage with the #MeToo movement with ideas for the pulpit, liturgies to small group discussions.

Clergy Tax Webinar

Director of Finance and Administration Nate Berneking covers common clergy tax questions in this one-hour webinar.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? This episode of Pastoring in Partisan Times seeks to answer that question in discussion with Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas.

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality is a video study course for small groups in congregations, campus ministries, and local and regional church leadership teams.

Action Plan Kick-Off Videos

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Action Plan Kick-Off: Missional Leaders

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Action Plan Kick-Off: New Places for New People

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Action Plan Kick-Off: Pathway Out of Poverty

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Pathway Out of Poverty Webinar: Rev. Jose Nieves

Discussion with Rev. Jose Nieves from the Florida Annual Conference. Rev. José Nieves has been working in school partnerships for over 12 years. He currently serves in the Florida Conference’s Our Kids Initiative, seeking to connect every church in the conference with a local school. Rev. José Nieves is the Senior Pastor at First UMC of Kissimmee, Florida.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Dr. Tex Sample

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? This episode of Pastoring in Partisan Times seeks to answer that question in discussion with Rev. Dr. Tex Sample.

5+ Cups of Coffee Small Group Study

5+ Cups of Coffee Small Group Study Courtesy of Jennifer Chirillo from Community UMC (Columbia). Week by week facilitator guide to walk deeply through the 5 cups of coffee questions with a small group. Works great for a brand new group or a group that has been meeting for a long time together. View the small group study

Pastoring in Partisan Times Reflection with Revs. Fred Leist and Dale Stone

Join retired District Superintendent Dale Stone and Rev. Fred Leist, pastor of Missouri UMC in a Facebook Live conversation about pastoring in partisan times as they answered audience questions and reflected on the webinar series.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Innovative Mission

Rev. Luke Edwards leads our conversation on why and how to innovate mission through Fresh Expressions of the Church.

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