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Each Life Here Save a Life There

On 11, Mar 2014 | In News | By the Office

Each Life Here Save a Life There is a Southwest District Campaign to involve thousands of our folks in making a major contribution toward the eradication of malaria in a simple way.

How can your congregation help?

The idea is that with a simple invitation that will only take a few minutes in worship, we can save 4000, 5000, maybe even 6000 lives from malaria related deaths. On either March 23 or March 30, whichever works best for your church, let the people of your congregation respond to the challenge to give $10 for every one present that day. Maybe you could widen the impact even more by using your Facebook page to promote this event beyond the walls of the church. Invite your church that day during worship to post an invitation to all their FB friends to make a $10 text donation and save another life!

To make that day even simpler, invite your folks to get their phones out and use the text # to make their donations! Each text is a $10 donation. Already, churches in the Missouri Conference have raised over $580,000 and we are pushing toward the goal of $1M. That would be 100,000 lives saved by Methodists in Missouri! Simply text “malaria mo” to 27722 to make your $10 gift.

Look under the “How can I help” tab at for worship, video, and promotional resources.

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Eval Video Guide

On 20, Aug 2013 | In News, Reminder | By the Office

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Annual Evaluation

On 30, Jul 2013 | In News | By the Office

Thank you everyone for the warm welcome into my new role here in the Southwest District.  I feel privileged and blessed to serve with you for the building of God’s Kingdom in our district.  I look forward to getting to know the churches, laity, and pastors of our district.  And I’m eager to help your church live out its mission for Christ in any way I can.

I have one important item I want to draw to your attention.  This is a required process for all part-time and full-time persons appointed or assigned to a local church.

ANNUAL EVALUATION PROCESS is upon us.  The Evaluation Process is about two things:

First, it is a tool to help your church evaluate your ministry in relation to your mission and the mission field that is your community, and the ways that your pastoral leadership is helping your church engage in ministry in the community.

Second, it is a tool that will help paint a larger picture (along with Charge Conference and Appointment Consultation at the end of the year) of the mission, strengths, and needs of churches and pastors of our district, which in turn will help us make better appointments – matching pastoral vision and gifts for leading congregations with the missional needs and vision of local churches.


Steps to do quickly:

  • Schedule SPR/PPR to meet in August
  • Run a Mission Insight Report and distribute it with the blank Mission Field Study Sheet (new this year) to SPR/PPR in advance.  If you need assistance with the Mission Insight Study, please contact Rebecca Courtney at the District Office (contact info is below).
  • At the SPR/PPR meeting, complete together the Mission Field Study and then allow the team to complete the Pastor Evaluation Form (which should be reviewed together).  Please be sure your SPR/PPR Chair completes and submits the form to the District Office.
  • Complete the Pastor Self Evaluation Form and submit it to District Office
  • Forms are available on the Conference Website and from the Southwest District Website.
  • DUE DATE for forms is ONE WEEK in advance of your interview appointment.  Interview appointment slots are available now from the middle of September into the first week of October.  Contact Rebecca Courtney or Susan Thomas (417-623-2382) to set up your appointment.

Thank you so much for your attention to these things.  I know that sometimes they may feel like more “to do’s” on your already busy schedule, and so I appreciate very much your assistance.  My prayer is that the process also bears fruit for you and for your congregations, helping you and your congregation to bear even greater fruit for the mission of Christ!

God Bless,


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Serving Christ in Marshall

On 22, Apr 2013 | In News | By the Office

Dear Colleagues and Friends, I am now at liberty to announce to you that the Bishop and Cabinet have chosen to appoint me to serve First United Methodist Church in Marshall, Missouri.  Tom and I are looking forward to the move to Marshall as we both enjoy living in smaller communities like Marshall.   It is near the Katy trail which will provide an opportunity for Tom with his interests in repairing and selling used bicycles.  I met members of the Pastor Parish Relations committee last night and am looking forward to joining them in their ministry in Marshall. About seven years ago, the church had the vision to build an addition that includes a gym and additional classrooms and offers a great tool for future ministry

Even as I look forward to serving Christ in Marshall, I want you all to know how much I will miss you.  It has been a blessing to share with you in ministry these last eight years in the Southwest District.   I hope we can make our final weeks together positive and fruitful as we work to prepare the way for our new superintendent to begin his appointment.

Yours in Christ,

Sandy Nenadal

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Leadership and Breakfast is Canceled

On 14, Feb 2013 | In News | By the Office

Both the leadership event and the thank you breakfast have been canceled. There are no plans to reschedule at this time. Please continue to check out this website for any new updates.

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District Email is BACK!

On 04, Feb 2013 | In News | By the Office

Thank you for your patience. Our email is now working. Our new emails are very similar to our previous email accounts, however, our new one ends in .org instead of .net.

  1. To contact Susan, the district secretary:
  2. To contact Sandy, the district superintendent:
  3. To contact Rebecca, the district administrator:

Please update your contacts with our new emails.

Thank you,

The District Office



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The new online office

On 27, Nov 2012 | In News | By the Office

Welcome to our new online office. We will post important updates, inspirational and thought provoking blogs by the DS, upcoming event details, convenient form downloading, online forms for event registrations and other various needs and general communication to the community, congregations, and members of the United Methodist Church.

If there is a better way to serve you through our online office, please let us know by using the contact form below.

Happy Browsing!