2017 Missouri Annual Conference
The Missouri Conference met June 9-12 in Springfield, Missouri.
Bishop Robert Farr presided, and guest speakers included the Rev. Junius Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, the Rev. Ron Watts of La Croix United Methodist Church and the Rev. Charity Goodwin.
Ordained – 10
Recognition of Orders – 3
Average age – 47
Commissioned – 14
Average age – 40
Associate Member – 1
Average age – 57
Retiring – 26
Membership stands at 155,158, down 2,624 from the previous year.
Worship attendance stands at 72,858, down 2,021.
Church school attendance stands at 22,676, down 114.
Professions or reaffirmations of faith for 2016 was 237, down 59.
Adults and young adults in small groups for 2016 was 72,081, down 3,175.
Worshippers engaged in mission for 2016 was 57,959, up 3,591.
Bishop Farr introduced the Four Areas of Focus during his opening State of the Conference address, and said they would become part of the conference's mission and vision.
— Submitted by Fred Koenig, publications editor.