5 Cups of Coffee

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

5 Cups of Coffee Sermon Series

A 5-week series on discipleship and call designed to help us understand who we are individually and collectively as God’s children, how we encounter God and what God calls us to do in response.

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.

Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute

An international bestseller that teaches concepts of reconciliation and conversation to transform personal, professional, and even global conflict through a fictionalized story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Being true to who we are can be difficult in a diverse community, but true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. Learn from Brown’s approach to being authentic without alienating yourself from others, especially those with whom you disagree.

Brianna's Hope

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

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.

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.

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.

Covenant Discipleship and Wesleyan Leadership

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

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson et al

This best-seller has taught millions how to transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue. With practical ideas, this resource imagines it is possible to make it safe to talk about almost anything.

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.

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.

Effective Relationships for PPR Teams and Pastors

Amy Thompson, LCSW, offers insight into building an effective relationship between Pastor Parish Relations Committees and their pastoral staff.

Faultlines: Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

A collection of resources—including small group studies and books—intended to inform the conversations around human sexuality within the United Methodist Church as the denomination prepares for the General Conference.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott

A guide to transforming everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, enrich relationships, increase clarity and improve understanding, handle strong emotions, and connect more deeply with others.

Finding the Sweet Spot: Holy Conversation by The Missouri Conference

Four devotional sessions with video and discussion guide support on holy conversation as a means of grace designed for use with small group or leadership training. Great for church councils and leadership teams.

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.

Freed-2-Lead Sermon Series

Sermon planning materials based on our 2018 Annual Conference theme, Freed-2-Lead.

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.

In the Wake of Violence: Resources for Sunday

ADDRESS AND ACKNOWLEDGE Address God through daily prayer asking for peace and guidance about our continuing struggle to live out the vision of God’s kingdom. Acknowledge through your preaching and teaching our complicity in the sin of institutional racism, which denies the inherently sacred nature of every person. As you seek to lead your congregation through this weekend’s services, you may find the following liturgical resources helpful. Call to Worship and Litany of Lament and Confession ...

Is It Time? Helping Laity and Clergy Discuss Homosexuality One Question a Time by Adolf Hansen

From the Faultlines collection, this resource contributes to the conversation by presenting questions for laity and clergy to explore as they engage in open dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect, even when the conversation partners disagree.

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.

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: 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.

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.

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

From the Faultlines collection, this four-week study will help you grapple with various views about the ministry and teaching of The United Methodist Church around issues of human sexuality. And it will help you discern, in prayer and conversation, how you can respond faithfully in love of God and neighbor.

Missio Day Small Group Discussion Questions

Small group discussion questions set in a PowerPoint slide show for use in aiding discussion and study of Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.

Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness by General Board of Higher Education

Suitable for a six-to-eight week study, the resource will help you take stock of the Wesleyan heritage and ask how we can best participate in God's mission for the church.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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