January 01, 2016

A New Year for Lasting Legacies

“How can my church better inspire legacy giving?”

January 01, 2016

From NFL to UMC

Brown in training for the other side of Sundays

January 01, 2016

General Conference Prayer Observance Begins January 1

January 1 will lead off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (#UMCGC), which meets May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The quadrennial legislative event begins 131 days ...

January 01, 2016

Historic Methodist Colleges in Missouri

In 1999 the General Commission on Archives and History was compiling a list of institutions of higher education founded by the United Methodist Church and its various predecessor bodies. Joy Flanders, Director of Student...

January 01, 2016

How To Recruit Volunteers

[when begging doesn’t work]

January 01, 2016

Letter From the Editor: Getting Some Help with History

“The reason I (Helen) am in this world today is because my parents met one another around 1914 at Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri; my brother also attended that college from 1937-1939.”      This was an ...

January 01, 2016

mungo ni mwema

refugees from congo follow faith find community in kansas city church

January 01, 2016

Next Words for a Fruitful Lay Ministry

For this first month of 2016, we explore three more of the “Ten Words for a Fruitful Lay Ministry.” As you recall, the ten are: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, and Spirit. ...

January 01, 2016

Parting Shot

As the sun set, I dropped to my knees and reached into my camera bag. Looking up, this image took my breath away. Framing the image in my viewfinder, my mind jolted back to the fresh excitement from when I was a kid in ...

January 01, 2016

People of Faith Call for Greater Compassion for Syrian Refugees

On December 3 leaders from various faith traditions conducted a news conference at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City to urge elected officials to warmly welcome – not fearfully turn away – thoroughly vetted ...

January 01, 2016


St. James has new community presence with South Campus

January 01, 2016

Sticky Faith

By Kim Parker Now more than ever teen culture is constantly changing. What may be culturally relevant for today may not be the reality tomorrow. What may have been effective for youth and college age ministry yesterday ...

January 01, 2016

Strangers' Friends

Recently Bishop Schnase noted that several churches in the Missouri Conference have been providing radical hospitality for refugees from different nations. What many may not know is that this is a practice that goes back...

January 01, 2016

The Season of Ephiphany

By Kurt Schuermann The phone rang at 4 a.m. I wasn’t really asleep—that night, sleep came only fitfully. It was the early morning before I was to preach at my new appointment, and I was a bit restless.     Nevertheless,...

January 01, 2016

Uplifting Experiences in Worship

By Ryan McLouth As we end our first semester with our new program at CMU, I find myself considering what processes lead us to the most uplifting experiences in worship. No matter our role in the worship experience, be ...

December 30, 2015


  Dan Steska, Associate Director for Disaster Response for the Missouri Annual Conference, called Missouri Methodists into action due to the recent flooding throughout the state. United Methodist Disaster Response has ...

December 28, 2015

Missouri Flooding and Storm Damage Resources (Dec. 2015)

Updated December 28, 2015 Missouri UM Disaster Response is in contact with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) now that a state of emergency has been ...

December 01, 2015

A Call for Nominations of New Leaders

The Missouri Conference needs new leaders. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the old ones, but there are many leadership opportunities at the Conference level, and the committee that is tasked with filling those ...

December 01, 2015

Bishop Schnase Encourages Planters to Keep Up The Hard Work

Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase addressed the new church planters in Missouri on November 9 for the last time. For the past couple of months, he’s been doing a lot of things for the last time.       “People keep saying I ...

December 01, 2015

Disaster Response Summit "2"

The Mission of Disaster Response is Alive Well

December 01, 2015

Festival of Sharing

By Angie Olsen In a recent phone conversation, a woman who runs a not-for-profit daycare here in Missouri told a familiar story. She started working there hoping to help people in desperate situations find ways to ...

December 01, 2015

Former Conference Camps Have New Owners

Thirteen months of discussion were concluded with a 30-minute auction on October 21, as three Missouri Conference owned camps were sold for $1.75 million.       The auction was conducted at the Courtyard by Marriott ...

December 01, 2015

Free Tools to Help Manage Small Groups

One of the most important aspects of church life is a vibrant small-group and Sunday school ministry. You can find many free tools to help leaders increase their effectiveness in facilitating these vital programs.

December 01, 2015

General Conference 2016: Our Delegation Begins Preparing

Have you been wondering what our Missouri Conference delegates to the 2016 General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference have been doing since they were elected in June?       Even though the conferences are still ...

December 01, 2015

Getting Something Started

Twice a year the Congregational Development Team has a very busy day. This year one of those days came on November 9. They heard presentations from 20 new church starts, asked them questions, and spent 90 minutes with ...

December 01, 2015

Letter from the Editor: 'Tis What Season?

Never is the time-warp of a monthly magazine schedule more pronounced than it is in late October.       The November issue of The Missouri Methodists was sent to press October 16. For me, that means I was hard at work on...

December 01, 2015

Making God's Love Alive and Real

By Jim Simpson In the Heartland, in our charge conferences we enjoyed learning how congregations just say yes to God’s invitation to make the love of Jesus alive and real in the world. People are responding to Christ’s ...

December 01, 2015

Parting Shot

This photograph was taken at a Dig for Life charity tournament I covered as house photographer for the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. As their house photographer, I shoot mostly concerts and events. Here, I was ...

December 01, 2015

Secular Music

By Ryan McLouth Friends, I am so happy to be here for the third installment of Music Matters! Things are going so well for music ministry this year at Central Methodist University, and I hope things are great in your ...

December 01, 2015

The Message Inside: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

By Hal Knight During the Christmas season congregations everywhere in America will be singing Charles Wesley’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” It is a familiar hymn with a profound message. Not only does it celebrate ...

December 01, 2015

The Necessary Nine Offers Advice on Effective Leadership

Bob Farr likes to keep moving. During recent travels, while changing from one plane to another, he picked up a small book on things a leader must do. He’d read it before his next flight was over. A few weeks later during...

December 01, 2015

Wise Gifts: Follow That Star

Picture three robed, bearded, crown-clad Bedouins jumping into a Yellow Taxi – one leans out the window and yells, “Follow that star!” Obviously, that is a Christmas image more suitable for a ‘wise guy’ than a ‘wise man....

October 23, 2015

A National Conversation on Church Repositioning

Bob Farr and Jim Ozier had been getting a lot of questions from their colleagues around the country. Many Conferences were dealing with all of the aspects of closing churches that had faded, while trying to start new, ...

October 23, 2015

Looking at the Life Cycle

Church consultant Jim Ozier view churches on a continuum of a life cycle, and breaks that cycle down into the stages of birth, growth, maturity, maintenance, decline and death. “It’s important to have a Conference ...

October 23, 2015

Resurrecting Dying Churches to New Life

One thing Bob Farr is certain about – when it comes to repositioning a church, the future is uncertain. There is no step-by-step formula with guaranteed results. “Our process is firmly in jello,” Farr said. “Every time ...

September 16, 2015

Mozambique Initiative Welcomes New Associate Director

The Office of Mission, Service and Justice and the Mozambique Team are excited to announce Craig Stevenson as the new Associate Director for the Mozambique Initiative (MI). Upon accepting the position Craig shared, "I am...

September 01, 2015

The Missouri Conference Delegation endorses Rev. Bob Farr

Report of the Missouri Annual Conference GC/JC Delegation   COLUMBIA – After a period of intentional prayer and discernment, Rev. Robert “Bob” Farr has been endorsed by the Missouri Conference delegation as a candidate ...

June 15, 2015

Delegate Elections 2015

During Annual Conference Session the Missouri Conference elected a delegation to attend next year’s General Conference in Portland, Oregon in May and the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas in ...

April 28, 2015

UMCOR Response - Nepal Quake

As many of you know, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara, on Saturday 25 April 2015, at 11:41am Nepal local time. It is the most powerful ...

March 30, 2015

District Superintendent Announcement

Bishop Robert Schnase has announced the appointment of Rev. Cindy Buhman to serve as District Superintendent of the Northwest District “Rev. Buhman has offered excellent pastoral leadership in the Northwest District, ...

March 25, 2015

New District Superintendent Announced

Bishop Robert Schnase has announced the appointment of Rev. Jim Simpson to serve as District Superintendent of the Heartland District, which includes churches of the former Heartland Central and Heartland South ...

March 17, 2015

Growing in Grace

This year’s Missouri Annual Conference theme is Discipleship: Growing in Grace. It will be an opportunity for clergy and lay members of the Conference to engage in meaningful and intentional faith development - which ...

March 11, 2015

Appointment Changes Announced

It is the beginning of the season in which the Missouri Conference Cabinet works with Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase on making new clergy appointments. The first appointments for the year, all of which are cabinet level ...

March 03, 2015

Update on Core Camping Locations

In order to provide a more excellent experience for Core Campers, we will be moving the following camps to a different location. Because the registration for our Core Camp is rapidly increasing, we want to give even more...

February 11, 2015

Experience God's Creation: Camping 2015

Encountering Christ, Developing Leadership, Independence, and Spiritual Awareness are foremost in creating Christ centered camping opportunities for children, youth, and young adults, thereby offering support and ...

December 08, 2014

Administrative Shift

In order to best meet the needs of Next Generation camping and retreat ministries, The Missouri Conference announced an administrative shift in the oversight related to these ministries for youth and young adults. This ...

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. ...

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