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Missouri Conference Action Plan

On 07, Aug 2018 | No Comments | In Events, From Mark, Laity, Ministry Spotlight, News, Reminder | By Rebecca

MISSOURI CONFERENCE
ACTION PLAN

MISSION: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

VISIONThe Missouri Conference will relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers.

 

Upcoming Events

https://www.moumethodist.org/actionplan

01

Aug
2018

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In From Mark
Laity

By Rebecca

A Recap of Annual Conference 2018

On 01, Aug 2018 | No Comments | In From Mark, Laity | By Rebecca

A recap of Annual Conference 2018 and goal moving forward for the year to come.

31

Jul
2018

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In Laity

By Rebecca

Which Relationship Do You Choose?

On 31, Jul 2018 | No Comments | In Laity | By Rebecca

Which relationship do you choose? Reflect with Mark on time away, how you observe a personal Sabbath, and whether a relationship with the world or a relationship with God is more important.

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Jun
2018

In Laity

By Rebecca

5 Cups of Coffee

On 11, Jun 2018 | In Laity | By Rebecca

Southwest District United Methodist Church: 5 Cups of Coffee
As we return from Annual Conference this week, reflect with Mark on this video blog on how you can start conversations on calling and discipleship.

22

May
2018

In Laity

By Rebecca

Annual Conference Info ’18

On 22, May 2018 | In Laity | By Rebecca

Mark overviews some info regarding changes for Annual Conference in 2018.

https://youtu.be/nMfY5avezLg?rel=0

Links mentioned in the video:

Annual Conference Website:
https://www.moacinfo.com/

Conference Vimeo Channel:
https://vimeo.com/channels/moac18

13

Apr
2018

In From Mark

By Rebecca

Info regarding pastoral evaluations

On 13, Apr 2018 | In From Mark | By Rebecca

A brief overview of the pastoral evaluation process.

06

Apr
2018

In From Mark

By Rebecca

Easter Week Reflections on the Cross

On 06, Apr 2018 | In From Mark | By Rebecca

What comes to mind when you see the cross? Challenge yourself to a new perspective.

06

Apr
2018

In From Mark

By Rebecca

Intro to our “Vlog” Video Blog

On 06, Apr 2018 | In From Mark | By Rebecca

We’re excited to launch our video blog this week! Check out Mark’s introductory video below.

23

Oct
2017

In Events
Laity
News

By Mitch

Charge Conference + Holy Momentum

On 23, Oct 2017 | In Events, Laity, News | By Mitch

Charge Conference for churches in the Southwest District is at St Paul’s United Methodist Church on November 4th. The usual charge conference business is planned during a working lunch hour, but the highlight of the day is a class by Sue Nilson Kibbey beginning that morning.  She is the author of Flood Gates, Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church and is best know for her breakthrough prayer initiative. Her book makes an urgent case for change in our prayer lives and shifting each congregation’s culture toward omnipresent discipleship. In other words, this is an opportunity to hear how to transform your church into a congregation of daring, Spirit-driven disciples. Sue Nilson Kibbey never disappoints to deliver a compelling message about the power of prayer.

Flood Gates begins at 9:30am (gathering at 9am), Saturday 4 November at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th Street in Joplin. Registration is $20 which includes materials and lunch for those attending the charge conference. You may register by going directly to the Southwest District Facebook page and selecting “Events.” All training materials and lunch will be provided with your registration.  Notify your pastor you want to attend before you register. 

Churches attending charge conference must have all paperwork approved by their respective church councils with proper signatures.

NOTE:  The Sue Nilson Kibbey event has minimum attendance requirements per church.

  • For churches under 30 – 2 laity and the pastor
  • For churches 30-90 – 3 laity and the pastor
  • For churches greater than 90 – 4 laity and the pastor

28

Jul
2017

In Events
Laity

By Mitch

The First Earthkeeper in Missouri is from the Southwest District

On 28, Jul 2017 | In Events, Laity | By Mitch

Full disclosure: I am married to Cheryl Marcum, a candidate for Earthkeeper, scheduled for commissioning on August 6.  

Maybe you’ve heard of Earthkeepers.  They are United Methodists who discerned a call from God to a vocation of caring for God’s creation. They help us understand how caring for God’s creation is a core part of our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

The first Earthkeeper in the Missouri Conference will be from the Southwest District, Stockton United Methodist Church.  Cheryl Marcum will be commissioned an Earthkeeper at the commissioning ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, upon completion of the August 1-6 Earthkeepers Training Conference at Mount Sequoyah Retreat & Conference Center in Fayetteville. 

Earthkeepers is the inspiration of Rev. Pat Watkins, a recently retired missionary for God’s Creation with the General Board of Global Ministries.  His successor, Rev. Jenny Phillips, will lead this new, globally-focused ministry, based at the new Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation in Atlanta.  

Earthkeepers can be laity or clergy.  Each Earthkeeper is required to participate in four days of intense training in creation care theology, best practices in climate conversations, UMC resources for advocacy and action, and then commit to 10 hours per month of providing leadership for a community project or advocacy campaign.  An Earthkeeper selects her or his own focus area, for example: creating a community garden, advocating for climate action or renewable energy policies, working for environmental justice by cleaning up toxic waste sites, or creating a green team within a church, district, or conference.  These actions connect the local church directly to community concerns.

Do you have someone in your congregation who is called to to become an Earthkeeper, to serve as a caretaker of God’s good creation?

Many people have thought of God’s creation in terms of advocacy but not as a valid mission of the church. God’s creation is as appropriate a mission field as Nigeria or the Philippines or wherever else. In order to be in mission to God’s people, we have to be in ministry to God’s creation.” – Rev. Pat Watkins

Read more at:

Innovative Program Aims to Commission 500 Earthkeepers, The Missouri Methodist, August 2017, page 9. http://www.moumethodist.org/files/tables/content/8734864/fields/files/3338dfdfe6054cf5a1600fd56200db9d/august+fk.pdf

New Earthkeepers Program Aims to Commission 500 for Creation Care Work  http://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2016/april/0422newearthkeepers

Caretakers of God’s Creation is a grassroots community of United Methodists.  https://www.umccreationcare.org/