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Alice Fowler
District Superintendent
Alice Fowler

Rebecca Courtney
Executive Assistant
Rebecca Courtney

Tiffany Freeman
Administrative Assistant
Tiffany Freeman

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


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Lay Ministry Class 2021

posted on November 23

On November 13th, laity attended classes at First United Methodist Church in Monett to improve and broaden their ministry skills.  Students from the Southwest and Ozarks Districts in Missouri and from...

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Spotlight Ministries and Events

posted on November 23

Please join us in recognizing the ministry of The Noel/Pineville/Southwest City Charge in their community! We are so thankful for all they do in the name of furthering the Kingdom in their ...

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Charge Conference

posted on November 10

Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Lamar UMC at 3pm Please be reminded that BOTH clergy and laity must be in attendance for the Charge Conference to count. Any exceptions ...

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Consultation Forms

posted on November 03

CONSULTATION FORMS are now available. They are due to District Office by December 06, 2021.

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Southwest District's Got Talent

posted on November 03

WHO: Musicians, Singers,Choirs, Actors, Comedians, Magicians, etc. WHERE:   Upload your video through Google drive and email the link to Tiffany at  swdistoffice@gmail.com , or you can download your ...

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2022 Annual HealthFlex Election Information

posted on October 15

2022 HealthFlex Annual Election is November 3-18, 2021. Here are some resources you may find helpful this annual enrollment season: 2022 Pastoral Support Addendum (EXCEL) UMPIP form (PDF) Plan ...

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Copyright-Related Resource

posted on September 21

Have you ever thought twice before ripping a video from YouTube or saving photos from Google Images to show in worship on Sunday? You might be surprised to know that those actions violate copyright ...

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COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Resources for the Local Church

posted on July 12

FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccines and the Local Church With outbreaks persisting and vaccines on the rise, several questions are coming up with respect to our churches and vaccines. The Missouri Conference...

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Emotional Health Small Group Resource

posted on July 12

What does the Bible have to say about feelings? Using the Pixar movie Inside Out as a guide, this resource explores what scripture has to say about the emotions personified in the film: joy, anger, ...

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RE: Flourishing in Ministry 2021-2022 Cohort Now Open

posted on July 07

Ministry is constantly challenging and changing.  Re offers space to reflect on the presence of God in our lives and ministry. Re allows reflection on our gifts, strengths and challenges in ministry. ...

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Redistricting Proposal Details

posted on February 18

The Missouri Conference Mission Council has voted unanimously to recommend that the Missouri Conference reduce the number of districts from nine to five beginning July 1, 2022. A proposal will be ...

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Wellness Resources

posted on February 05

Wellness might feel like the latest buzzword, but now more than ever, it’s important for each of us to be intentional in how we’re maintaining our well-being. Wespath defines wellness as encompassing ...

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Pre-Recorded Sermons Available for Download

posted on January 28

In December, the Missouri Conference recorded four sermons by Rev. Nate Berneking, Rev. Dr. Kate Hanch, Rev. Hank Jenkins and Bishop Farr with plans to make them available for use in the local church....

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GUIDANCE for Returning to In-Person Worship

posted on January 26

Dear Southwest Pastors and Churches,  There have been many questions regarding returning to in-person worship.   The following has been issued from the Missouri Annual Conference.  Pastors, please be...

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Digital Church: Reaching an Online Mission Field

posted on January 07

How do we minister when we can’t meet in-person? Learn how to connect new people to Christ in this virtual workshop, a learning experience designed to inspire and educate on how to approach digital ...

Updated Safe Sanctuaries Policy

posted on September 24

The 2020 Pandemic has given cause to communicate with church members and youth through a digital church format. The Mission Council recently approved an addendum to the Conference’s Safe Sanctuaries ...

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Amplify Media

posted on June 17

Amplify Media is a streaming service allowing churches large and small unlimited video access in order to discover, customize, and share diverse resources that encourage deeper discipleship and equip ...

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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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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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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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