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A Biblical Reflection of Emotional Health

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ABUNDANT Sermon Series

Download these free-to-use sermon series planning materials, based on our 2021 Annual Conference theme, ABUNDANT

Episode 24: Transformational Outreach: Building High Trust Relationships and Shared Leadership with Diane Kenaston and Mary Fox

From a hierarchical system to shared leadership. From helping at a distance to being in proximity with those we seek to serve. Check out this conversation with Rev. Diane Kenaston and Pantry Board Leader, Mary Fox from University UMC in St. Louis where they share how shared leadership and building high-trust relationships has changed the way they do ministry.    

Episode 23: Breaking Bonds with Brandon Murphy

Amid a pandemic, the idea of starting a recovery program for people struggling with addiction in Jackson, MO seems crazy but that’s exactly what the leaders at Breaking Bonds Ministry and New McKendree UMC did.    

LEAP 2021 Fruits of the Spirit Small Group Video Series

Use these teachings on the Fruit of the Spirit as a small group study or devotional series.

Episode 22: How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going with Susan Beaumont

Register now through April 3, 2021 for the April 10 Susan Beaumont online laity event, learn more and register here: How do you lead when you are stuck between an ending and a new beginning-when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Beaumont calls such in-between times liminal seasons-threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it...

Five Quick Tips for Clergy Taxes

Tax Day is quickly approaching. Whether you’re preparing your own taxes using software like TurboTax or are working with a tax preparer, most clergy know that the special rules and exemptions for pastors aren’t always clear. Keep these personal income tax tips in mind when you’re preparing to file your 2020 return.

How Does a Church Become a Supportive Community

To help others through the re-opening of in-person congregational life, it is important to have a basic understanding of what is potentially going to happen when we start gathering face-to-face. Rev. David Howlett and Elain Howlett, creators of The Mourning Center at Christ UMC in Independence, Missouri, offer thought about how to minister with those who are grieving in the attached document.

Episode 21: Tempered Resilience and How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change with Tod Bolsinger

You may not question whether you can lead change, but you’ve probably asked yourself if you can survive it. With so many decisions (and criticisms) coming at our church leaders, how do they prioritize what to do first while simultaneously dealing with the soul-sucking internal resistance they often face when trying to make changes? Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains and his most recent book, Tempered Resilience shares how you can move from surviving in the crucible of change to ...

Sermons for Sabbath Sundays: Amy Thompson

Missouri Conference Lay Leader Amy Thompson preaches on Luke 2:41-48 (NIV) and Philippians 4:6-9 (MSG) and God's hope for the worries and anxieties of daily life. (28:45 min. run time)

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