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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 ...

February 01, 2017

Becoming a Disciple

By Hal Knight At the end of Matthew’s gospel, the risen Jesus tells his disciples to go and make more disciples, from people of all nations. The current mission of the United Methodist Church echoes this: “to make ...

February 01, 2017

Conference Awards Call for Nominations

Unity Award Call for Nominations The Values Team of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church is now receiving nominations for the Unity Award. The Unity Award celebrates the spirit and work of an individual...

February 01, 2017

Gardens, Grants and Grace

Manchester UMC Ministry Grant of $1,000 The Young Adult Ministry at Manchester United Methodist Church has worked to switch its mission focus from working “for” persons in need of assistance to working “with” those same...

February 01, 2017

Letter from the Editor: Missed Opportunity

Now that we’re nearly a year past the first parts of last year’s General Conference, I’m going to share with you what was, for me, the low point of the whole thing.      The delegates were on break. I was in the lobby, ...

February 01, 2017

Lifting Up Downtown

Resurrection Downtown moving forward with building new church.

February 01, 2017

New Boundaries Video Resource

There is a new free, downloadable learning resource available that has been produced for Pastor Parish Relations Committees on clergy boundaries. The resource is designed specifically with lay leadership and paid and ...

February 01, 2017

Onward in God's Name

Some of you know that I’m a big Francis Asbury fan. Asbury was America’s first Methodist Bishop. In fact, he was ordained, made deacon, made elder and commissioned a bishop all in three days. (The procedures were a ...

February 01, 2017

Opportunity Missed

Now that we’re nearly a year past the first parts of last year’s General Conference, I’m going to share with you what was, for me, the low point of the whole thing.      The delegates were on break. I was in the lobby, ...

February 01, 2017

Parting Shot

Street photography is about building an intentional bridge into the human experience, about engagement between artist and life. As with all bridges, the photographer must cross over and stand on the other side with the ...

February 01, 2017

Rural Ministry in Missouri

By Karen Shearer, Mark Twain District Lay Leader A pastor friend of mine recently sent me some statistics that may be surprising: 77 percent of our United Methodist churches here in Missouri have weekly attendance of ...

February 01, 2017

Safe to Sleep

Romona Baker has been working with Safe To Sleep to provide emergency shelter to homeless women in Springfield for five years. Yet, during a routine interview with reporter asking basic questions about the program, she...

February 01, 2017

Small Church Baptizes a Dozen

Prairie Chapel celebrated the baptism of 12 into the universal church on November 6th. It was years in the making.       Claire and Cody biked past the church one Saturday, looked for information on the web only to find ...

February 01, 2017

Social Issues and the Rural Church

This story is the final installment of a four-part series exploring ways the University of Missouri-Columbia Rural Sociology Department has been and continues to be engaged with United Methodist Churches in rural ...

February 01, 2017

Sound Advice

By Ryan McLouth I hope your new year is off to a great start, and that your Christmas season was fantastic. Heading into the new year, I am reminded of things that I told myself I would focus on to facilitate successful...

February 01, 2017

Sound Advice

By Ryan McLouth I hope your new year is off to a great start, and that your Christmas season was fantastic. Heading into the new year, I am reminded of things that I told myself I would focus on to facilitate successful...

February 01, 2017

The Four Corners: Northeast

St. Francisville is on the river that makes the eastern border of Missouri. No, not the Mississippi River, it is further north than that. It’s on the Des Moines River. Sure, Iowa is to the north, but it’s also...

February 01, 2017

Warrensburg Youth

A Risk-Taking Mission! That is what a group of United Methodist youth from the Warrensburg, Missouri, First United Methodist Church have been doing over the past six years. The youth have conducted mission projects at a ...

January 26, 2017

Missouri Annual Conference Chooses New Center Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770     Missouri Annual Conference Chooses New Center Director   COLUMBIA, Mo. – January 26, ...

December 23, 2016

Christmas in Beige

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 heart ...

December 20, 2016

Bishop Farr Reaches Out to Connect to Communities

Last fall Missouri Bishop Bob Farr announced his desire to dedicate one day per month for intentional prayer within a community standing on the cusp of the great social challenges of racial justice, poverty and violence....

December 20, 2016

Branson ... with Benefits!

With the summer crowds gone, October can be a lovely time to visit Branson. This year, United Methodist clergy had the opportunity to combine a visit to this Ozark retreat with some timely education and professional ...

December 20, 2016

Called to Lead

By Amy Thompson When we turn to scripture, we find numerous examples of God calling persons into leadership roles. The roles range from individuals involved in one-on-one ministry to specific situations to leading the ...

December 20, 2016

Getting to Know Susan Farr

Many people in the Missouri Conference knew Bob Farr well before he was elected Bishop and assigned to Missouri last summer. In his role as Director of Congregational Development, he visited more Missouri Conference ...

December 20, 2016

Hark! Hear the Affirmations

By Hal Knight Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a favorite Christmas song and one of the best-known hymns written by Charles Wesley. While early Methodist preachers read John Wesley’s sermons, commentary and essays with ...

December 20, 2016

It's the New Drew

Saint Andrew UMC in Kansas City knew it wanted to do a better job of reaching out to it’s community. It also knew that to do that, it needed to look more inviting.       The renovation started in February 2015,...

December 20, 2016

Lasting Lessons

By Amanda Pelletier Ten months ago, I stepped foot into the Missouri Conference Office and began my internship with the Mozambique Initiative. I can still feel the first day nerves jumping in my stomach; I still harbor ...

December 20, 2016

Mainstream, Mainline, Main Thing

The mainstream media has taken a beating from commentators who consider themselves something other than mainstream in the past year. As a journalist and truth seeker, I feel obliged to come to their defense. I believe ...

December 20, 2016

Networking for Productivity

Darren Chapman is a graduate student at the University of Missouri in the Rural Sociology Department. He works with Grow Well Missouri and the Foundation for Health to study ways for food panties to better access to ...

December 20, 2016

Not Too Tired, Two Tires

After a career in education, culminating with serving as superintendent of schools in Cape Girardeau, Dan Steska retired, but then took a job as director of operations at La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau, where he worked...

December 20, 2016

Nursing with Faith

A faith community nurse in your congregation is a member of your church who is willing to share his or her nursing expertise and Christian faith with you.  This role is relatively new for the United Methodist Church and ...

December 20, 2016

Parting Shot

It’s been said, “Romantic visions of courage and heroism are the stuff from which novels are constructed, but the reality of courage and heroism to a firefighter is hard, dirty work.”  The same can be said for the ...

December 20, 2016

The Four Corners: Northwest

The following story is the second in a four-part series on Missouri Conference churches in the four corners of the state. In December we profiled Noel, Southwest City and Pineville in the southwest corner. This month we ...

December 20, 2016

Tis the Season to Make Joyful Noise

I’m always excited by Christmas music and worship, and love talking with people about it. Though you may not read this article until a few days after the 25th, I thought it would be fun to talk about the season anyway.  ...

December 20, 2016

Trinity Receives New Feel in Historic Sanctuary

People who attended Boundaries training at Trinity UMC in Moberly last year may have noticed that the sanctuary felt fresh. The historic church had undergone an extensive remodel earlier in the year.

December 20, 2016

Welcome to 2017!

It’s hard to believe the New Year is upon us! Yet, it’s harder to believe that six months have gone by since my election to Bishop and only four months since assuming the responsibilities as bishop-in-residence for the ...

December 20, 2016

Women in Ministry

Rev. Barbara Phifer first felt her call to ministry while attending Cornell College in the early 1970s. When she later attended seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology and took a fieldwork course, she knew what she ...

November 28, 2016

Overtime rule: Why churches still must comply

By Nate Berneking Early last week, a Federal District Court in Texas halted the application of new overtime regulations. Employers, including local churches, have vigorously discussed the new regulations and the ...

November 21, 2016

Benefits of Bible Journaling

By Lauren Miers Some of us would never dream of drawing and painting in our Bible; For Arden Ratcliff-Mann, the Word of God provided the perfect canvas for creativity and spiritual revival.      In January 2015, in ...

November 21, 2016

Christmas in July

Sometimes when Christmas comes around, people think “Where did the year go? It can’t have been a year since last Christmas. It seems like we just had it.”    If they have that feeling at Stanberry UMC, it’s justified. ...

November 21, 2016

Election Day and the Church

Pastors do a good job of not endorsing candidates from the pulpit and respect the diversity of political opinions in their congregations. But that doesn’t mean that churches don’t have a role – in contrary, many United ...

November 21, 2016

Gateway Central on Wright Track

You may know Rev. Londia Granger Wright from her work on one of the Conference teams or committees. If you’ve been to Annual Conference in the past several years, you know her as a former Conference secretary. In these ...

November 21, 2016

Letter from the Editor: The Four Corners

If you’re at church in Watson, and you decide you’d also like to go to Cooter, give yourself some time. The two Missouri Conference United Methodist Churches are about 8 ½ hours apart. That’s taking mostly four-lane ...

November 21, 2016

Ministry of All

Pinnell installed as Mark Twain District Superintendent

November 21, 2016

Next Generation Leadership Conference

In what has become an annual event, about 100 Missouri Conference leaders came together at Missouri UMC in Columbia for the Next Generation Leadership Conference on November 3.      Keynote speaker Craig Jutila, who was ...

November 21, 2016

Parting Shot

Lenses are of critical importance in the realization of a photographer’s vision. Today’s lenses are designed for a high degree of optical precision with minimal aberrations. Yet, they have gone so far in removing optical...

November 21, 2016

Preacher Kids at CMU

When it comes time to start college, many look to it as a time for a fresh start. For the children of five United Methodist pastors in the Missouri Conference, they left home and left behind their status of PK or ...

November 21, 2016

S'Mores Club at North Cross UMC

By Jen Shelton As part of our Play, Learn and Share Summer Fun, North Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City hosted its first S’mores Club on National S’mores Day, Wednesday, August 10, 2016. In preparation for ...

November 21, 2016

Sharing the Light: 2016 Highlights

By Angie Olsen As we have for 35 years, people from around the state joined together to worship at Festival of Sharing. Becky Matsiga read these words, “The darkness of hunger and poverty seeks to block the light of ...

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