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April 10, 2018

Bishops seek declaratory decision from Judicial Council on Special Session

WASHINGTON –  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination’s Special Session of General Conference...

April 09, 2018

Missouri Faith Leaders oppose proposed change to state law allowing concealed weapons in houses of worship

IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED IN ST. LOUIS for 11:15 AM, April 11, 2018 Missouri Faith Leaders oppose ...

April 01, 2018

Barn Find

I love old cars. I try not to make idols out of them. Sometimes I’m successful. Among car lovers, there’s a certain mythology around barn finds. The tale goes like this: A young man took all of his earnings from the ...

April 01, 2018

Coming Clean

Laundry ministry is the newest service that Grace and its partners offer to impoverished people in community. People in need in Springfield now have a new place to get their laundry done: Grace United Methodist Church. ...

April 01, 2018

Hurricane Maria Relief

Imagine this... the sunshine with rays reaching far and wide. As you are walking, you look to your left and see the beach with debris, broken palm trees. Your eyes move slowly to the many shades of blue in the water that...

April 01, 2018

Mission Field: Rural Missouri

Trying to expand a ministry in a community that is showing declines in small business and other institutions can be an arduous task. When Rev. Andrew Coon of the Shelbina/ Honeywell charge introduced the speakers at the ...

April 01, 2018

Mozambique Initiative: Stepping Up to Partnership

Asmall church can be impactful on its members, it’s community – and it can also use the United Methodist connection to make a difference for people thousands of miles away. Scott’s Chapel United Methodist Church is ...

April 01, 2018

Nurturing Musical Gifts

“If the music is too good then we aren’t worshiping God, we’re worshiping the music.” This is a phrase I’ve heard uttered on occasion. There are many variations on this statement including, but not limited to, “If we ...

April 01, 2018

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Some blessings in life don’t require us to wrestle. We love those. Those things connected with God’s grace are given to us as gifts out of God’s love for us, our salvation included [Ephesians 2:8-9]. ...

April 01, 2018

Reaching for Community

Connection Through Preserving History When Aryana Rosen saw a small notice in the paper about an upcoming meeting regarding what to do about Brighton Methodist Church, she felt compelled to check it out. “I thought ...

April 01, 2018

The Heart of the Matter

According to some psychologists, most people lean toward being either rule-followers or rule-breakers. I tend to lean toward rule-breaker. Until recently in my new role, where I am supposed to be a rule enforcer; mostly....

April 01, 2018

The Love of God

Commenting on I John 4:19, which reads “We love him, because he first loved us,” John Wesley wrote “This is the sum of all religion, the genuine model of Christianity. None can say more: why should any say less...” ...

March 23, 2018

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

LOS ANGELES – Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los ...

March 20, 2018

Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

DALLAS - Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a result of the Special Session of the ...

March 14, 2018

Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

WASHINGTON D.C. – The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for consideration by the bishops at their ...

March 13, 2018

Bishop Ough, thousands of United Methodists to join in rally against racism

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United Methodists will unite with members of the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C.,...

March 05, 2018

Managing Multiple People in Music Ministry

By Ryan McLouth So you have a lot of people interested in serving on your worship team, but you don’t know what to do with all of them? This is an excellent problem to have, and there are plenty of solutions. The only ...

March 05, 2018

New Americans

Missouri clergy couple share their immigration story.

March 05, 2018

Preaching on Faith and Money

Rev. Mike Slaughter approaches the topic of preaching on faith and money with a simple and hard to argue with reasoning: We should talk about money because Jesus did. “If money was 40 percent of Jesus’s teaching, it ...

March 05, 2018

Youth Urged to Seek Something Greater

Sunday morning at WOW always brings hundreds of bleary-eyed middle school and high schoolers back to the Expo Center floor for one more worship experience before heading home. This year, Bishop Bob Farr was intent on ...

March 01, 2018

Begin With Knowledge

By Jeff Fothergill At our Church Council meeting a couple of months ago, we spent time discussing what it means to be a “sent” church. I’m not sure if we touched all the bases, but it was clear that we couldn’t get ...

March 01, 2018

New Tax Rules & Charitable Giving

The new tax reform legislation will take effect for the 2018 tax year. If members of your church have questions about charitable giving and the new tax rules, your Missouri United Methodist Foundation is here to help. ...

March 01, 2018

The Need for New

When Rev. Roger Ross told his former district superintendent he felt God was calling him to plant a new church, the District Superintendent laughed out loud and advised him that they don’t really do that kind of thing. ...

February 28, 2018

Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

DALLAS - What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received ...

February 26, 2018

Holiness & Happiness

By Hal Knight Happiness is something everyone wants but no one can adequately define. One internet site had over 13,000 quotes from famous people on what brings happiness. Suggestions include having enough money (but ...

February 26, 2018

Let’s be open to Christ changing our minds, Bishop Ough tells fellow bishops

DALLAS - Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has urged his fellow bishops to be open to Christ changing their minds as they counter disagreements and to be prepared to lead The United Methodist Church into ...

February 26, 2018

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson  Images change the photographers who capture and create them. Photography as a spiritual discipline asks many contemplative questions at various points we won’t flesh out here. What’s important is that ...

February 26, 2018

Unleashed for Ministry

Luke 10:1-9 Luke 10:1 (The Message) Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. Key Verse: Luke 10:9 (The Message) ‘God’s kingdom is right on ...

February 23, 2018

Bishops to receive, discuss updated report from Commission on a Way Forward

With attention on the missional and theological foundations of The United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops (COB) is preparing to receive an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward on possible models ...

February 19, 2018

Reimagined Communitites

I recently heard a presentation by Dr. Richard Flory, the senior director of research and evaluation at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He is a sociologist whose research focuses on religious and cultural ...

February 05, 2018

Rev. Melissa Dodd Named Next Northwest District Superintendent

Rev. Melissa Dodd   Rev. Cindy Buhman Rev. Melissa Dodd has been named as the next Northwest District Superintendent. She will replace Rev. Cindy Buhman, who will be returning to serve as a local church ...

February 02, 2018

2018 Mozambique Initiative: Celebrating and Adapting Ministry

Last month, I shared successes of our Mozambique ministry in 2017. I didn’t have final giving support numbers at that time. In 2017, we concluded the highest giving toward the Mozambique Initiative in our history. Total ...

February 02, 2018

Focus on Education: Opportunities Abound

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation continues to bring outstanding educational opportunities to Missouri in 2018. Look for these programs in the next few months!

February 02, 2018

Is it the Spirit, or is it just me?

By Hal Knight We have been looking at dangers to the Christian life, those things that can draw us away from God and our neighbor. The last of these, enthusiasm, may not sound like a danger at all. We might think that ...

February 02, 2018

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson My photography waits for the coming resurrection. What beauty I see reminds me that Christ brings light into darkness. Darkness cannot overcome that light. Those who live in Christ are not swallowed up ...

February 02, 2018

Robert & Martha Marble Mission Award Criteria

Each year the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award is given to an individual in the Missouri Annual Conference who exhibits outstanding commitment to mission. This award is given in honor of the Marbles, who served for...

February 02, 2018

The Power of Encouragement

By Cody Collier God calls us to encourage people! Who are those in the New Year you are encouraging with your presence, actions and spiritual practices to live out their faith and invite others to become disciples of ...

February 02, 2018

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 in light of the values of the ...

February 02, 2018

Vulnerable

By Fred Koenig The Light at Joplin is drawing a big crowd for a new church start in the middle of a town that already has several outstanding churches. I don’t think it’s because of the name. When I did an internet ...

February 02, 2018

What to do with #metoo.

By Jennifer Moxley The pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault that last fall’s #metoo movement uncovered has left the Church wrestling with how to minister to those women and men who carry stories and bear wounds in...

January 30, 2018

Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving ...

January 29, 2018

Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee to Be Next Mid-State District Superintendent

Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee   Rev. Sherry Habben   Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee has been named as the next Mid-State District Superintendent. She will replace Rev. Sherry Habben, who will retire after Annual Conference Session ...

January 26, 2018

Communicate Boldly

Rev. Stephen Handy has a criticism of the church: It has stopped telling stories well. Sometimes that may come from a lack of courage.       “God, I’m reporting for duty today. Where would you have me go?” Handy said in ...

January 26, 2018

She Who Rises: Releasing the Warrior Chick Within

Lia McIntosh grew up in North St. Louis county, attending Lutheran elementary and high schools. She earned a BA in marketing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, an MBA from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and ...

January 25, 2018

Christmas Cheer

If you’re looking for an example of a community that rallies around the spirit of giving during the holidays, Clinton has Christmas Cheer. Christmas Cheer is an ecumenical event, and Clinton UMC is at the heart of it. ...

January 25, 2018

Dawning of The Light at Joplin

Resurrection in the Southwest. Two new churches in two new buildings. Both are in the same location as previous United Methodist Churches that were struggling. With former buildings destroyed by wind and fire, new ...

January 25, 2018

Fresh Start

Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Joplin has an understanding at its core that part of its purpose—is to help start and restart new faith communities. It has recently leaned into that role in a big way by ...

January 25, 2018

Preparing to Plant

By Roger Ross The Missouri Conference leadership agrees that The Missouri Conference leadership has identified many places in Missouri in need of a new United Methodist Church. Through generous support and careful ...

January 25, 2018

Presence

By Ryan McLouth What kind of presence do you portray when you lead worship? Are you a participant, a performer, a director  or something else? Sometimes we focus our attention on the music and text so much, we forget to...

January 25, 2018

Rural Ministry: Matching Assets to Opportunities

By Lori Kiehl As the Mark Twain District Lay Leader, I want to invite you to North Missouri to engage with problem solvers of small rural churches. The Mark Twain District’s Rural Ministry Now conference is meeting the ...

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