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Alice Fowler
District Superintendent
Alice Fowler

Rebecca Courtney
Executive Assistant
Rebecca Courtney

Lauren Ferguson
Administrative Communication Coordinator
Lauren Ferguson

(417) 623-2382
2517 E 20th
Joplin, Missouri 64804-1037


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Counting Online Worship Attendance

posted on March 26

Friends,   If you’re wondering how to count your online viewers right now, this file has the protocol:   https://www.moumethodist.org/files/tables/content/12662354/fields/files/3661852668c14417bd9847d...

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Episcopal Address - March 29, 2020

posted on March 25

Bishop Bob Farr of the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church offers a message of hope, perseverance and encouragement on Sunday, March 29, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, ...

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

posted on March 24

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the legislation can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6...

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Quick Guide for shooting video from phone or iPad

posted on March 24

Linked below (Click View File) you will find a Quick Guide for recording and posting video messages from your phone or tablet on your church's Facebook page. You can use Facebook to post daily prayers...

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Southwest District Churches Online: Live Streaming

posted on March 24

You can join one of our district congregations online for worship Sunday mornings. While each of these churches has suspended in person gatherings, they will offer worship services each Sunday. Go to ...

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Office Closed

posted on March 23

Starting March 23, 2020 the Southwest District Office will be working virtually from home and coming in to collect mail as needed. This is following the conference guidelines. Our office will continue...

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HealthFlex's EAP

posted on March 18

SELF CARE FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS "It’s normal to feel anxiety and stress in this season of exponential change. Taking care of yourself is essential when you care for others. The HealthFlex plan offered...

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The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted on March 18

March 18, 2020 Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Due to the strong restrictions related to public gatherings issued by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

posted on March 16

  Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced last night (3/15/20)that public gatherings of 50 or more individuals should be suspended. We want to support our civic and public health leaders during this ...

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New Missional Leader Toolkits

posted on March 04

Want to help others grow spiritually or create missional leaders? Announcing two new free (and downloadable) resources just for you!  Learn how to create a transformational discipleship culture in "...

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NextGen Academy: Wonderfully Made - April 25

posted on March 04

Registration is now open for April's NextGen Academy! This NextGen Academy will focus on how God created you and desires a relationship with you. We will explore how we perceive and love ourselves and...

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Festival of Sharing Annual Conference District Challenge

posted on February 24

We are bringing back the district challenge for AC 2020! Each district has been assigned an item that belongs in a Missouri Personal Hygiene Pack. The idea is that each district brings as many of ...


2020 Evaluation Forms Due April 13

posted on February 20

The 2020 Evaluation Forms ready for download on the Forms page of the district website. There are 3 forms: 2020 Pastor Self Evaluation - To be completed by all Pastors 2020 PPRC Evaluation - To be ...

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A Class on General Conference

posted on February 13

Does your congregation need a better understanding of the function of General Conference? Turn to the Exploring General Conference online training course from United Methodist Communications. During ...

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Annual Audit Form - Due June 1

posted on February 12

All churches are required to complete an audit every year. The deadline to submit the completed form to the district office is June 1.   Blank copies of the form can be found on the Forms page of the ...

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Kindom: 2020 Annual Conference

posted on February 12

The 2020 Annual Conference Session is quickly approaching. We are continuing with the three-day format, beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 5, and ending by 4 PM on Sunday, June 7, during which we ...

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New Mozambique Initiative Website

posted on February 10

The new Mozambique Initiative website launched today, and engaging with their work has never been easier. The new site features mobile donations, current MI project pages with goal tracking, a map of ...

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Host a Mobile Camp Next Summer

posted on January 09

Next Generation Ministries still has a limited number of spaces remaining for churches to host Mobile Camp in Summer 2020. Mobile Camp is a fantastic opportunity to invite the children of your ...

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Puerto Rico Mission Trip

posted on January 09

The offices of NextGen Ministry and Mission, Service and Justice are excited to be partnering to offer a mission trip opportunity to Puerto Rico from May 23-30, 2020. This trip will be open to high ...

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Keeping Your Church Safe From Violence

posted on January 06

In the wake of recent church shootings, the calm and sense of security of sanctuaries across the country have been shattered. Church leaders find themselves grappling not only with the pastoral and ...

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Training Material from Laity Courses

posted on December 05

This is the Powerpoint File for the Lay Speaking Students. 

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Breaking Ground

posted on December 03

As a member of Habitat for Humanity in Joplin, Barbara Huff knows the town has a housing shortage. The answer is more housing. But what if the housing was built as affordable rental housing? What if ...

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Seminary Internships

posted on December 03

There are three seminary internships opportunities open for applications, you can find all the details at the link below. 

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Open Hearts, Open Books

posted on November 12

Open Hearts, Open Books website is up and ready for submissions! This program is developed with the purpose of connecting 100,000 children with 100,000 books. Find all the details on their website. 

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Planting Academy

posted on November 12

If you think God may be calling you to start something new, getting equipped and discerning your call through the Missouri Planting Academy is a great place to start. The Planting Academy is designed ...

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NextGen is hiring for Ignite Mobile Camp Counselors!

posted on November 04

Do you know any young adults looking for the summer of a lifetime?    NextGen is hiring now for Ignite Mobile Camp Counselors! Counselors will travel all over the state and build their relationship ...

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Southwest's Spotlight Ministries: Theology on Tap

posted on October 01

In this series of our Spotlight Ministries, we are featuring Neosho United Methodist Church and their Theology on Tap ministry. This is held at Indian Springs Brewing Company on the Neosho Square the ...

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Southwest's Spotlight Ministries: Jasper UMC's Back to School Bash

posted on August 27

In this series of our Spotlight Ministries, we are featuring Jasper United Methodist Church and the Back to School Bash they host annually. These questions are answered by Rev. Robert (Bob) Howard who...

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Southwest's Spotlight Ministries: Neosho UMC's Blessing Box

posted on August 20

In our second series of our Spotlight Ministries, we are featuring Neosho United Methodist Church and the Blessing Box they provide, plus the support of the local Help Center and serving at Hope ...

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Southwest's Spotlight Ministries: Cassville UMC's Food Pantry

posted on August 19

In our first series of our Spotlight Ministries, we are featuring Cassville United Methodist Church and the Community Food Pantry they provide. These questions are answered by Janet Mills who is ...

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Conference Priorities 2019

Please take a look at the 2019 Conference Priorities video below.  

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Help Us In Welcoming Our New DS!

Help us in welcoming our new DS, Alice Fowler!  If the name “Rev. Alice Fowler” sounds familiar, it may be because she was the preacher for the Sunday morning worship service at Annual Conference ...

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