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May 10, 2017

Muzzling the Axe

By Ryan McLouth Help! I’ve done everything that everyone has suggested, but my electric guitar player is still too loud! This is the number one frustration that I hear from worship leaders, music directors, and music ...

May 10, 2017

Now Read This: The Vile Practices of Church Leadership: Finance & Administration

Nathaniel Berneking grew up in Herculaneum, Missouri, a small town on the Mississippi River about 35 minutes south of downtown St. Louis. He graduated from both the College of Arts & Sciences (’98) and Law School (’01) ...

May 10, 2017

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Are you awake? My photography increasingly becomes an act of silent worship in which my aim is to notice the creative face of God. Looking at the world through my lens helps keep my soul awake to what ...

May 10, 2017

Passing the Baton

We are in the season of moving time for United Methodist clergy. Many of our clergy are in the process of receiving the news of a new appointment and churches are receiving the news of a new pastor.  All of this is a ...

May 10, 2017

Responding to Disaster

When Missy Lindner was asked to help with the Volunteer Reception Center following the tornado that struck Oak Grove on March 6, she said sure. She hadn’t been told that “help” meant she would be responsible for ...

May 10, 2017

Small Church Next Gen Ministry

By Katie Nix Remember, back in the day, when we use to have a ton of kids at church? I wish we could be more like the big church down the street that has a million teenagers in youth group. Sunday used to be church day,...

May 10, 2017

Walking in Eternity

By Hal Knight What is “true religion” for Wesley? In his sermon “Walking by Sight and Walking by Faith” he describes it as “no less than living in eternity, and walking in eternity,” and thereby “walking in the love of ...

May 10, 2017

Women in Ministry

Being a woman in ministry often means being the first; the first woman pastor a church has received ever or in a while; the first to pioneer and pave a new way, standing on the shoulders of the many who went before in ...

May 08, 2017

Mission, Service and Justice Team Partners with Kingdom House in Addressing Issues of Injustice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Mission, Service and Justice Team Partners with Kingdom House in Addressing Issues of Injustice...

May 03, 2017

Spring Flooding Update

Missouri has experienced flood damage in multiple parts of the state with anticipated impact still to come as rivers continue to crest. Missouri state officials are asking that the UMC not send volunteers at this time ...

April 25, 2017

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. You can read the full letter sent to the ...

April 20, 2017

Award Night Honors 2017 Conference Winners

On April 19, award winners, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Champagne Ballroom for awards night. The Missouri Annual Conference honored the winners of the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award; the Unity ...

April 11, 2017

Baxter to be Appointed to Cabinet

Rev. Bruce Baxter is about to make a big move in one sense, but geographically he isn’t moving at all. He will be the next Southeast District superintendent. “The district office is about a mile from my house. My ...

March 24, 2017

2017 Annual Conference Offerings

Sunday Morning Worship  The Chicuque Rural Hospital (CRH) is a United Methodist supported hospital with more than 150 beds in Mozambique. CRH provides healthcare services to more than 500,000 people in the Inhambane ...

March 24, 2017

A Night to Shine

Three years ago the Tim Tebow Foundation launched at Night to Shine, a formal dance for people with special needs. This year First UMC in Sedalia hosted the event for a second time. More than 150,000 volunteers in more...

March 24, 2017

Arriving in Style

When you see a stretch limo cruise by, you probably wonder who is inside. A celebrity, a CEO of a large company, a foreign dignitary? For people in the know in Peculiar, they are more likely to think, “Probably some kids...

March 24, 2017

Christian

My Dad once said I should be a preacher. His advice wasn’t based on my oratory skills. I couldn’t have been worse in that area. I’m also sure he didn’t think I was in possession of some wisdom that needed to be bestowed ...

March 24, 2017

Cyclone Dineo in Mozambique Prompts Lenten Giving Campaign

On February 15, Cyclone Dineo devastated Methodism’s heart in Mozambique. More than 100 churches and their parsonages were impacted. The historic mission stations of Cambine and Chicuque also sustained significant ...

March 24, 2017

Deny Thy Self

By Hal Knight While John Wesley used the term “disciple” rarely, the great exception is his sermon on “Self-Denial.” There Wesley explores the meaning of the words of Jesus in Luke 9:23: “If any want to become my ...

March 24, 2017

Global Mission Fellow Works with Jubilee Initiative to Combat Predatory Lending

By Larry R. Hygh, Jr. “I was born and raised a Methodist and had this feeling from when I was little that I wanted to do something cool when I grew up,” says Margaret “Maggie” Lohmeyer. That “something cool” for ...

March 24, 2017

Lent: A Journey in Preparations

We all know the experience of getting ready for something: Getting ready for a trip, for a birthday party, for Christmas, a big meal or company.       What does it mean to get ready when you don’t know for what you’re ...

March 24, 2017

Love and ... Gift Annuities

On paper, Deane and Fancine Thompson might not seem to have a lot in common.  She grew up in University City in St. Louis; he grew up on a farm in Indiana.  He is an engineer and number-cruncher by training; she is a ...

March 24, 2017

Notre Maison: Our House

Gertrude Bein-Aime was a nun with Missionaries for Charity. The organization, founded by Mother Teresa, has two facilities in Haiti, a home for children, in which they provide care to children who are malnourished and ...

March 24, 2017

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Art drew me into photography, and photography has shaken hands with my ministry. Modern photographers tend to care about things like technical mastery, creative composition and lighting, originality and ...

March 24, 2017

Reaching Youth Via Tech

By Ryan McLouth The last few weeks we’ve been talking about technology, sound production and notation—all practical components of worship. This month, let’s talk about getting youth involved with worship.      I think ...

March 24, 2017

Respire

In January of 2011, 24-year-old Megan Boudreaux went to Haiti committed to help and trusting that God would guide her to a way to do that.      What started out as a small feeding program quickly grew to be a school ...

March 24, 2017

Show No Mercy in Doing Justice

By John Miller When Methodists met, and John Wesley was in their midst, he often took special offerings for the poor, including five in one day from what his brother Charles called the “same poor exhausted people!” ...

March 24, 2017

Soul Connections

Soul Connections is a Missouri Conference retreat that aims to help clergy and laity take spiritual conversations deeper than they have an opportunity to do in their typical day-to-day life. It is structured so the ...

March 24, 2017

Summer Fun with the Bible

Spring has sprung, which means summer is just around the corner. For many churches, summer means Vacation Bible School. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on with VBS at a few of our local churches around the ...

March 24, 2017

Transformational

What does a church do when it has a small lot in front of it that accumulates trash and debris? One young woman at Jefferson Avenue had a vision of establishing a Memory Garden to honor individuals in a pleasant, serene...

March 03, 2017

10th Annual Leadership Institute Featuring Popular Speaker, Reverend Dr. Mike Slaughter

On April 27, 2017, Reverend Dr. Mike Slaughter will present “The Passionate Church: Ignite Your Church and Change the World” at the 10th Annual Leadership Institute at Central Methodist University, sponsored by the ...

March 03, 2017

5 Things You Missed at WOW17

At WOW17, speaker Rev. Telley Gadson had the crowd shouting “WOW!” in awe of what God has done; and what an awe-filled weekend it was. In late January, youth from the state gathered in Springfield for a WOW weekend ...

March 03, 2017

Education and the church in Mozambique

By Craig Stevenson 2016 proved to be a wonderful year. Thanks to the generosity of our congregations and people within Missouri, the Mozambique Initiative provided $670,271.56 in ministry support last year. We drilled...

March 03, 2017

Four Corners: Southeast

Ask someone in mid-Missouri to name a town in the southeast corner of the state, and the answer you’ll probably get is Cape Girardeau. That answer would probably get a chuckle out of someone in Pemiscot County, where ...

March 03, 2017

Getting Closer to God During Lent

By Amy Thompson Well, Missouri Methodists, we are entering the season of Lent. Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter, excluding Sundays. It begins with Ash Wednesday. If you have attended an Ash Wednesday service then you...

March 03, 2017

Missouri in Haiti

Last year the Missouri Conference celebrated 200 years of Methodism and recognized churches that had been around since the beginning. Haiti celebrated 200 years of Methodism last month. The current relationship between ...

March 03, 2017

Motivation Behind Discipleship

By Dr. Hal Knight What motivates someone to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? While not using the term “disciple,” John Wesley identifies two types of motivations to follow Jesus, both of which are in response to God and ...

March 03, 2017

New Conference Directors

Bishop Bob Farr announced his intent to appoint Rev. Tina Harris as Director of Mission, Service and Justice and Rev. Jeff Baker as Director of Next Generations effective July 1.      These Cabinet-level appointments ...

March 03, 2017

Notes on Notation

By Ryan McLouth I’m excited to be back with you again this month, continuing the discussion about practical and technical components of worship. Last month we discussed how to get the best sound from your worship team ...

March 03, 2017

Parting Shot

Ansel Adams said “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” From ...

March 03, 2017

Roger Ross Named Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence

Bishop Bob Farr announced his intent to appoint the Rev. Dr. Roger Ross as Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence. Ross is currently serving as senior pastor of First UMC in Springfield, Illinois, in the ...

March 03, 2017

Supporting the Connection

The churches of the Missouri Annual Conference again paid Conference apportionments at near-record levels. Conference leadership and Bishop Bob Farr are especially grateful to the churches that paid 100% or more. The ...

March 02, 2017

Marching in Unity

  Missouri Bishop Bob Farr opened the Martin Luther King Day Unity Walk in Wentzville this year as part of his pledged monthly effort to engage with African American communities across the state.       “If there’s ...

February 17, 2017

Bicentennial of Methodism in Haiti

It has been 200 years since Methodism first came to Haiti, at the request of Francis Reynalds, captain of the ship Hebe. You can read about that, and how Methodism has developed since, in Leslie Griffith’s ...

February 17, 2017

Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Impact Assessment Taking Place

On Wednesday, Feb. 15th, Cyclone Dineo made landfall with the worst of the storm hitting the historic and heart of strong United Methodist areas in Mozambique. With sustained winds of 70 MPH, gusts of more than 100 MPH, ...

February 17, 2017

Haiti is complicated

If you want to know more, I’d suggest trying the library. The one down the street from my house has about 120 books and videos on Haiti in the nonfiction section. Many are about natural disaster. Some focus on political ...

February 17, 2017

Listening and Taking Action

Over the last four months, I’ve had the privilege of traveling the Missouri Conference and engaging in 33 listening session across seven of our nine districts. Over 300 clergy and lay persons have come together around ...

February 13, 2017

Bishop Farr Lifts up Social Justice and Next Generations as Priorities Moving Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Bishop Farr Lifts up Social Justice and Next Generations as Priorities Moving Forward   ...

February 01, 2017

A Light in the Darkness

We hear Jesus say, “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35), and it sounds simple. Yet, to fulfill his call to be with “the least of them” in prison is a little more complicated and a whole lot more ...

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