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Church focuses on Sunday school, finds renewal all around

10/22/2010
Something is happening at Grace UMC in Higginsville. It’s not that the church is trying some radical new method of ministry - the church is just being intentional about putting their best effort into something that has always been there: Sunday school. “We made the decision that we were going to put our emphasis on children,” said Katie Wurtz, mid high youth coordinator. “We asked ourselves what it would take to make our Sunday school new, fresh and exciting.” The...

Feature Photo: Talking Shop

10/21/2010
Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase has a casual conversation with pastors from mid-sized churches in the Missouri Conference about various issues that they face. His time was part of a one-day retreat for these pastors in Columbia, which was sponsored by the Center for Congregational Excellence....

Leaders come to Missouri to learn about Healthy Church process

9/28/2010
More than 50 ministry leaders from Oregon to Pennsylvania gathered at the Church of the Shepherd Sept. 14-16 to take a closer look at what is going on in Missouri with the Healthy Church Initiative. The HCI team spent most of three days walking the group through the entire process step-by-step.  Church consultant Ken Willard reminded those gathered about the mission field on their doorstep.  “In almost every community in the country, 70 to 80 percent of the population is...

Church reaches out to KCs growing downtown population

9/24/2010
Guitars, drums and singers signal the start of evening worship. Women and men mingling near the hospitality center start to take their seats. Many are casually dressed; some carry cold beverages. There is no air conditioning at Grand Avenue Temple, but the heat doesn’t keep people away. Electric fans hum in the background, but, for good measure, some parishioners grab cardboard church fans from a basket by the entryway. On really hot evenings, the church gives out Popsicles. Read more...

Pastor plants church in growing suburb

3/16/2010
By Fred Koenig INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—At age 54, the Rev. David Owsley is older than the typical new-church planter. He drives a bright blue convertible and rides a BMW motorcycle. He isn’t trying to project a hip image; he just likes having fun. What he is serious about is starting a new church in Independence, a city near the eastern end of Kansas City that once served as the point of departure for the California, Oregon and Santa Fe trails. Even in the recession, Independence...

Church planters share their stories

2/5/2010
Pastors Shawn Franssens of LifeSpring UMC and Rob Barringer of LifeSong UMC share their experiences as Church Planters for the Missouri Annual Conference. Shawn Franssens - LifeSpring UMC Rob Barringer - LifeSong UMC  ...

Volunteers at Lee's Summit UMC distribute food to needy

1/20/2010
KMBC's Jana Corrie reports on a volunteer project by members of the Lee's Summit United Methodist Church. Click here to watch this story....

Church, music 'Come Together'

1/20/2010
By Deborah Wolfe The Lake Today Beatitudes use Beatles' songs to minister to wider audience "A lot of people put up the manger scene after Christmas and write the message of Jesus' birth off as a cute story," Faithbridge church Pastor Buck Cueni-Smith said, "but the birth of Jesus started a revolution and the Beatitudes are not only the way Christ lived his life but also the way he expected us to follow him." Cueni-Smith was referring to the fact that many people don't...

Eight steps to transform your congregation

4/27/2009
No church today - large or small, local or global - is immune to change. To cope with new technological, competition, and demographic forces, leaders in every denomination have sought to fundamentally alter the way their congregations fulfill their mission.  These change efforts have paraded under many banners - total quality management, re-engineering, restructuring, mergers, turnarounds, consultations, refocus. Yet, despite all of this change, most church fail at managing change. Yet,...

Farrism’s: Principles for Healthy Church Growth

1/23/2009
by Bob Farr Over the years people have heard me say there are no canned answers to transformation of a local church. In fact I often say run when someone tells you “if you do these 10 things you will grow”, because it’s simply not that simple. However these are some generalities that do apply to most churches and guide most church growth, but remember there is always an exception to the rule. Below are what some people call “Farrisms” for church growth. ...

LifeSong UMC

10/28/2008
Good evening everyone!   I wanted let you know that our first preview service took place last night and we had just over 100 people in attendance. There were several families that I know are committed, but just weren't able to make it to the service as well. It started raining around 6:30 and I was really hoping that people would show up. The people starting showing up and we had a great time. We had a few technical issues, but unfortunately those things happen. There were...