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November 21, 2014

St. Louis area UMC youth workers discuss how to help children and youth during unrest in Ferguson

What do you tell the kids? United Methodist Church children and youth workers in the St. Louis area took up the topic of Ferguson during their monthly meeting on November 20 at Kirkwood UMC. Most hadn’t been asked about ...

November 17, 2014

A Call for Prayer: Bishop Schnase on the church's role as people await the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson

  A Call for Prayer I’ve preached twice in recent weeks in St. Louis, and as I visited in our churches, the tension is palpable as people await the news from the grand jury in the Michael Brown case. Fear runs deep that...

November 06, 2014

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources This is the third in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

October 23, 2014

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ Two: Process and Rationale

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ Two: Process and Rationale This is the second in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp & Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

October 22, 2014

CMU Board Endorses Missouri UMC Programming Focus on ‘next generation’ ministries

Fayette, Mo. – At its quarterly meeting this past week (Oct. 17-18), the governing Board of Trustees of Central Methodist University expressed its unanimous support for new youth ministry initiatives fostered by the ...

October 21, 2014

Discipleship: Where to Begin

Start with a destination in mind. Yogi Berra knew it, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else!” If you don’t know where your spiritual life is going, where might you wind up? The first ...

October 20, 2014

Empowering Parents for Intentional Faith Development of Their Children

In the conversation regarding faith development in children and youth, several important facts bubble to the surface: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 reminds us that discipleship is a parental responsibility Parents have 3,000 hours ...

October 16, 2014

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ One: Camping in 2015

Camping and Retreat Ministries FAQ One: Camping in 2015 This is the first in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camping and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. This...

October 14, 2014

Office Of Next Generation Ministries Welcomes New Staff

The recent shift in the camping division of Next Generation Ministries has created two openings that will be needed to facilitate the new approach to camping and intentional faith development of next generations. Mike “...

October 10, 2014

Information from the Camp Board

Information from the Camp Board Following two years of research and analyzing various options, the Camping & Retreat Ministries Board, over the past month, has outlined a bold new approach to camping and intentional ...

October 08, 2014

Churches Respond to Announcement About Changes to Camps (Missouri Methodist Article)

There will be United Methodists camping ministries in Missouri next summer. They will not be conducted at the four sites owned by the Missouri Conference. The future of those sites moving forward will be determined by a ...

October 01, 2014

Hoosier United Methodist Podcast

  Brad Miller, Bob Farr, Todd Outcalt, Phil Amerson, Indiana, United Methodist Church To download the free podcast click here or on the Hoosier United Methodist website.

September 22, 2014

Chair of Camping and Retreat Ministries Explains the Changes in Camping Ministries

Chair of Camping and Retreat Ministries Board provides detailed information about process that led up to recent changes in camping ministries in Missouri.

September 18, 2014

An Open Letter from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board

An Open Letter from the Camping and Retreat Ministries Board September 18, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Missouri Conference, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! As events have unfolded in the past couple ...

September 17, 2014

Discipleship: Growing in Grace

Most local congregations in Missouri have made great progress in internalizing the church’s mission of creating disciples for the transformation of the world, yet according to a recent survey conducted by the Core ...

September 12, 2014

NOMADS Gather in Missouri

The KOA campground at Branson looks like a busy holiday weekend this week, with spots filled and people sitting up camp in an overflow parking lot. A closer look reveals that most of the vehicles there are sporting a ...

September 05, 2014

Camping Board Announces New Direction for Conference Camping

After two years of information gathering, conversations, visits to all camp sites, a financial and property analysis and prayerful discernment, the Missouri Annual Conference Camping and Retreat Board will be shifting ...

August 18, 2014

Bishop Schnase's Statement on Ferguson

Dear friends, People have asked about what the United Methodist Church is doing in response to the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri, and so I’d like to lift up a few significant points of engagement and ...

August 01, 2014

C2 Connects College-age to Local Congregation

When Joy and Elliot Gonzalez came to Liberty UMC as youth directors a few years ago, their job description included one line about young adult ministry. When they turned their attention to that area, they found an ...

July 02, 2014

Saint Paul UMC Maintains Focus on Disaster Response

The landscaping at Saint Paul UMC is maturing and has filled in nicely. The surrounding neighborhood resembles a big-city suburb boom town – all new houses and only young trees. Three years after F5 tornado ripped apart ...

June 18, 2014

Ground Breaking - Conference Center Building Addition

On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were members of the ...

June 09, 2014

Young Clergy Meet with Adam Hamilton

When Adam Hamilton spoke to young clergy from the Missouri Conference, he didn’t start by painting a rosy picture. Instead he went over some of the grim statistics of decline in the United Methodist Church. He said to ...

April 24, 2014

Proposal to Reduce the Number of Districts

The Mission Council and the Cabinet have both voted unanimously to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from twelve to nine. A proposal will be brought to Annual Conference, June 6-9, in ...

April 08, 2014

Conference Lay Leaders Meet in Kansas City

When the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders came together for their annual meeting in Kansas City March 20 - 23, they weren’t there to reminisce or celebrate. They were there to seek ways to help their ...

April 08, 2014

Share Your Worship With Us! A Call for Photos

Share your Worship Experience with us! A call for photos. Our theme for the 2014 Annual Conference is Loving God in Return: Practicing Passionate Worship. We’d like to showcase the many ways in which our Missouri ...

March 21, 2014

Bishop Schnase's Latest Book: Seven Levers

Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase’s newest book, 7 Levers, addresses how we must pry loose the many ‘stuck’ places in our connectional system, so that the church structure supports positive movement. He here answers several...

February 27, 2014

Sociology Professor Talks about the Rural Difference

Rural sociology Professor Dave Ruesink grew up in Michigan, and is now at College Station, TX, part of Presbyterian Church. He knows that more than half of seminary graduates go to rural areas for their first fulltime ...

February 27, 2014

The Mission Field: Urban & Rural Settings

How well do you know your mission field? Should mission strategies differ in rural and urban settings? As I considered these questions I realized that much about mission service and outreach is the same regardless of ...

February 27, 2014

Asking the Tough Questions - 10 Points for the UMC to Thrive

Joe Connelly ran with the shift analogy, telling those gathered that if they have automatic, you just get in the car and go, and churches can run the same way. “The pastor opens the church, the choir sings, and the ...

February 27, 2014

Love Period

Rudy Rasmus grew up near the restaurant where Bishop Swanson recalled working in Houston, but it was an earlier time. He remembers when oil money transformed that neighborhood, and it was time for all the black people to...

February 27, 2014

Preaching Hope in the Midst of Transition

In 1968 James Swanson worked in the Tokyo Gardens Japanese Steak House in an all white neighborhood. Working late, he had missed the last bus home. A police cruiser approached him as he walked down the sidewalk, and the ...

February 27, 2014

Seeking Help for Ministry as a Non-Profit

When Diane Johnson was director of Metro Ministry (now Shalom House) in St. Louis, she partnered with the city of St. Louis, three universities and a shelter for men, and was able to leverage that partnership to receive ...

February 27, 2014

Shift Happens: A Time of Change

The first iRun Conference was conducted January 16 – 18 in Houston, Texas. The International Rural and Urban Network is a new combination of ministry put together by the General Board of Global Ministries. It opened with...

February 05, 2014

Snow Day

The snow was so powdery that in places on the church lawn you could still see the grass, and in other spots it was drifting three feet deep,” Osiel said. “That’s something we’re not used to here in Southwest Missouri.” ...

January 15, 2014

Faith Vessels

A full-time potter and part-time pastor, Parnell crafts pottery for sacred moments. Hue Parnell, pastor of Fairview UMC near Springfield, found the vessels being used by many churches to be lacking. When it comes time ...

January 03, 2014

Imagine No Malaria via Basketball

“I started going to the YMCA about four months ago, and asked them what I could do to prepare,” Rawley, pastor of Rogersville UMC, said on the day of his event. They were helpful at the Y, and put Rawley on a regime of ...

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Mozambique Initiative Support Prenatal & Maternal Health The Center of Hope is a faith-based community health promotion program located across from the Chicuque Rural Hospital and has active grants from the Imagine No ...

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Helping someone through the day is one level of ministry. Helping someone make a change is another. Jobs For Life isn’t about helping the masses, it’s about transformation of the individual.       Schweitzer UMC in ...

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Building Dedication at Conference Center

We are excited to announce the Mission, Service & Justice Building Dedication and OCM 50th Celebration. This new addition to the Missouri Annual Conference Center houses MSJ ministries, including Festival of Sharing. The...

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