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/
On 19, Sep 2016 | In Events | By Rebecca
2016 Charge Conferences have been scheduled. All conferences will be held from 3-5 pm. We are planning to hold several one hour breakout learning sessions for both clergy and laity on a variety of topics. More details on those will be coming as we finalize plans. We would ask each church to bring several laity to take advantage of the training that will be offered. Please watch for more information on that as we finalize details.
Please also remember that in order for group conferences to run smoothly you must get your salary information into the district office for review and then meet with your ad council to get prior approval for items requiring a vote. Please see the dates below so that you may begin to prepare for your conference. Dates are finalized though there may be some change in host churches.
Forms are available at
Oct 23. – Nevada UMC
Nov 6 – Monett UMC
Nov 13 – Byers Avenue UMC, Joplin
The Installation Service for our ‘new’ District Superintendent Mark Statler will be held this Sunday, October 20th, at the Saint James UMC at 4pm. Please announce this to your churches and invite your congregations to come and share in this time of worship and fellowship. Bishop Schnase will be present to officiate the service. A meet and greet fellowship time will be held immediately following.
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On 13, Feb 2013 | In Events | By the Office
The Missouri Annual Conference is pleased to announce the MO EXPLO one day event for persons of all ages exploring their Christian vocation.
The onday event starts at 9AM, March 9th, 2013 at the Fairview UMC, 3200 Chapel Hill, Columbia MO. The event only cost $10 and you may register online at moumethodist.org.
Questions? Call Karen Hayden at 877-736-7806.
This event is canceled. Nothing has been rescheduled at this time.
A “Thank You Breakfast” for all churches in the Southwest District that paid 100% of their conference apportionments will be held at Pathways UMC on February 19th. We will begin to gather at 9:00am with breakfast being served at 9:30am. Each church may bring up to 5 people from your church with prior registration. Please let our office know by Thursday, February 14th how many will be attending from your church. You may call Susan at 623-2382 or respond via Facebook with a comment to our post!
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On 17, Dec 2012 | In Events | By the Office
Join with 1,000 United Methodists on January 14th, 2013 at the first ever CONVERGE ONEDAY on the edge of the Mizzou Campus in the beautiful Missouri Theater. You won’t want to miss this. People will be talking about this experience for years to come! You could be one of them.
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On 14, Dec 2012 | In Events | By the Office
All youth and adult sponsors/mentors, grades 6 through 12. are invited to WOW on January 26-27, 2013 located at Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St. Springfield, MO. For housing: Local churches included in the cost and assigned by WOW committee or
in hotel you arrange. University Plaza rate: $89/room. Identify that you are attending WOW. Some will commute or make own arrangements with friends.
The two day event cost $60 per person if register before Dec. 13, 2012. $75 per person if register between Dec. 14 and January 17. Online registration will remain open through Jan. 21. Cost includes: t-shirt, lunch and supper on Saturday, housing in a local church, all activities, concerts
The events schedule is:
- Saturday Registration: 10 am to 1 pm.
- Lunch 11 am to 1 pm.
- Inflatables: 10 am to 1 pm
- Workshops: 11 am and noon
- Mission opportunities: 10 am to 1 pm.
- First General Session (speaker Faith Fowler): 1:15 pm
- Workshops, inflatables, zumba: 3:30 pm
- supper: 4:45 pm to 6:30 pm
- Evening General Session (Jeff Dunn-Rankin speaker): 7:00
- SEABIRD in concert: 10:15
- Report to local churches, lights out: 11:30
- Out of local churches: Sunday: 7:15am
- The Great Romance Concert: 8
ARTISTS AND SPEAKERS: Speakers: Faith Fowler, Jeff Dunn-Rankin, Jason Gant, Artists:
Worship band: The Great Romance, Concert Band; Seabird, Slap Happy Comedy, DJ Promote
NEW THIS YEAR “FOR SENIORS ONLY”
This year there will be a focus for graduates of 2013. If you have seniors interested in
participating in this option, please indicate on the registration form. Seniors will gather for
lunch at noon in the Convention Center with a keynote speaker on issues of transition. There
will be a “swag bag” for each with “needs to graduate.” The Seniors will have special seating at
the General Sessions. During the afternoon workshop time, there will be specific workshops for
seniors on a variety of topics from leaving home or staying home and having freedom, to
continuing your faith journey, to managing time and money, to relationships.