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October 31, 2014

Beginning Again

By Fred Koenig The old wives may tell that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but no one ever said it couldn’t follow a tornado. For the second time in less than a decade, severe weather completely destroyed...

October 31, 2014

Camping: A Future With Hope

By Brian Hammons The future of Camping ministries in Missouri has generated a lot of discussion in the past few weeks. I’ve heard from several folks concerned about the changes and the process, read many e-mails and ...

October 31, 2014

Conference Trustees, Mission Council and Finance and Administration Team Affirm Proposal to Sell Camp Properties

By The Camping and Retreat Ministries 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 ...

October 31, 2014

Coverage: A Retreat by Pastors for Pastors

By Fred Koenig The annual Converge event returned to one of its churches of origin this year, and was hosted by Saint Paul’s UMC in Joplin September 8 - 10.       Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase opened the event, talking...

October 31, 2014

Do It Yourself

By Mark Roach I don’t know about you all, but I have had plenty of experience with well-intentioned expedience that has backfired. Let me elaborate by way of example: You decide you want to do that cool pop tune as a ...

October 31, 2014

Home Church

By Fred Koenig You may have heard of Calhoun UMC as being a different kind of church, in that it’s growing at a time when many are fading. One might think that Calhoun UMC is special in some way, and that wouldn’t be ...

October 31, 2014

I Am the Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig When you look over Paul Derks’ resume, it looks like a course catalogue of all the available extra-curricular activities in high school. On the sports side, you have football (senior captain), basketball,...

October 31, 2014

Intentional Faith Development

By Mitch Ross 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 ...

October 31, 2014

Ironclad Internet Security Software for Church & Family

By Gavin Richardson The Internet is a vast ocean of information and people. It is easy to find oneself in a trouble spot on the web. What are the best options for a church to protect its congregation and visitors from ...

October 31, 2014

Learning to Walk in the Dark

By Bruce Jeffries As a participant in the 2013 Festival of Homiletics, I heard a lecture by Barbara Brown Taylor as she shared some of the research and reflections she had engaged in preparing to write Learning to Walk ...

October 31, 2014

Letter From the Editor

By Fred Koenig I was in a worship service recently, and halfway through the first verse of a song, I could not get over the thought that, “Wow, this song is really terrible.” Musically, it didn’t make any sense to me. ...

October 31, 2014

Office of Next Gen Ministries Welcomes New Staff

By Fred Koenig 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 ...

October 31, 2014

Publication for Camping & Next Generation Ministries

By Fred Koenig The mission of Next Generation ministries is to lead local churches of the Missouri Conference in intentional faith development that shapes next generations into mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the ...

October 31, 2014

The Tension in Ferguson

By Jeff Baker It always interests me how certain dates will remain with us as days and times that mold our future. September 11, 2001 has a very real image for many of us as we watched live video of the Twin Towers ...

October 31, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight For the last three months I have been discussing “Moralist Therapeutic Deism,” an alternative to historic Christianity that studies show to be the dominant understanding of God in mainline Protestant ...

October 31, 2014

Woodlandville Stepping Up to Support the Community

By Fred Koenig When Woodlandville UMC became involved in the Conference SERVE day of mission a few years ago, it started a relationship with the Harrisburg school that continues to grow stronger.       “This school is ...

October 31, 2014

Working for Redemption in Ferguson

By Heather Hahn The Rev. F. Willis Johnson runs toward death to ponder life. Before worship most Sundays, the pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, runs more than 2 miles to the spot where Michael Brown ...

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 30, 2014

Candidacy Summit

By Fred Koenig Rev. Bruce Baxter discerned his call to ministry when he was painting a house. He immediately came up with three good reasons why a career in ministry was not for him, but his pastor recommended that he ...

September 30, 2014

CRM Announces New Direction

By Fred Koenig 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 ...

September 30, 2014

Disaster responders are at it again!

By Dan Steska Why would someone travel hundreds of miles to a very small town in southern Missouri in the heat of August to work on moldy sheet rock and rotted floors? How does anyone adequately thank the unselfish ...

September 30, 2014

I am the Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig Some women from Taylor Chapel in Sedalia invited Elaine Ray to church for the Easter program. Then she started going to Sunday school, then youth choir, and MYF. That was more than 60 years ago.       “...

September 30, 2014

In the Conversation Regarding Faith Development in Children and Youth, Several Important Facts Bubble to the Surface

By By Andrew Jones & Patty Waterhouse 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 ...

September 30, 2014

Letter From the Editor

By Fred Koenig My son Henry started at rocket camp at Jo-Ota. He went for the rockets, and he got plenty of rocket time, but also had a faith-enriching experience. He was excited to return the following year. The next ...

September 30, 2014

Mission U

By Fred Koenig The theme of Mission U had a familiar ring to it this year: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World, combining the United Methodist mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the ...

September 30, 2014

Nomads Gather in Missouri

By Fred Koenig Even though it was a week before Labor Day, the KOA campground at Branson looked like a busy holiday weekend this week, with spots filled and people sitting up camp in an overflow parking lot. A closer ...

September 30, 2014

Parsonage vs. Housing Allowance

By Fred Koenig The Sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and the Education Building are all familiar structures for many United Methodist churches.  In addition, most United Methodist churches also maintain a house for the ...

September 30, 2014

Smokin' With Woods BBQ Cook-Off

By Fred Koenig Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Odessa sponsored its first annual Smokin’ with Woods Charity Barbeque Contest at the Country Gardens RV Park this past weekend. It was proclaimed a Missouri State ...

September 30, 2014

The Way

By Kelly Hartnett Jimmy Cooper was serving as an associate pastor at Morning Star Church in Dardenne Prairie, and from the start of his appointment, he knew he would soon be leading their second church plant. (The Word ...

September 30, 2014

Think You Know the Web? Think Again: Web Myths Debunked

By Darby Jones If you click on a link to this article and share it on social media, should we think that you have actually read it? That’s what previous best practices would lead us to believe. Google was founded on the...

September 30, 2014

Thirty Year History of Church Planting

By Bob Farr The Missouri Conference has a 30 year history of new church planting. Most people date the modern day church planting movement from 1990. That’s the year Bishop W.T. Handy appointed four pastors to plant ...

September 30, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight We’ve been looking at “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” an alternative to historic Christianity that Kenda Creasy Dean has shown is the dominant belief of American teenagers and their churches in mainline ...

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 21, 2014

Going Pro

By Fred Koenig “Let’s leave this one to the professionals.”      It’s a call everyone makes at some point. Sometimes it is for easy things, and you go with the pros because even though you may not have much money to ...

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 ...

August 01, 2014

Office of Mission, Service & Justice Welcomes New Staff

By Fred Koenig In early spring, Terri Williams announced she would be stepping down as the Festival of Sharing Coordinator to enter into a new phase of personal ministry. Terri had served as the coordinator for seven ...

July 31, 2014

An Observation: 3 Areas for Focus

By Brian Hammons It’s summertime! Annual conference is over, the fall activities haven’t started yet (including charge conferences), and some folks are still on vacation. While the pace is maybe a bit slower around most...

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