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Melissa Dodd
District Superintendent
Melissa Dodd

Megan Hayes
Executive Assistant
Megan Hayes

Morgan Scott
Administrative Assistant
Morgan Scott

(816) 649-5028
Fax: (816) 649-5015
401 B East Grand Ave.
Cameron, Missouri 64429


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Blurring Lines: Being Brave and Relevant

posted on September 27

Some popular culture like television show, theater and movies have incredible lessons of faith. However, the language or adult themes caution us against referencing them in worship. How can we be ...

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2021 Consultation Forms: Due Nov. 1st

posted on September 22

As we prepare to think about the next appointment year, it is time to hear the congregation’s and pastor's perspective of whether the pastoral/congregational relationship is one that should be ...

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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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EMERGE: A Soul Connections Retreat - Oct. 28-30

posted on September 15

EMERGE invites you to rest and renew your sense of connection and community as we emerge together from this difficult season. Using the story of Lazarus as our guide, we’ll reflect on the challenges ...

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Food Box Challenge

posted on September 14

Get out your thinking cap and tie on your favorite apron, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen! Join Festival of Sharing as we kick off the Sharefest season with the Food Box Challenge. Using ...

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Host an Ignite Camp

posted on September 09

Interested in hosting an Ignite Mobile Camp? Through partnerships with Eagle Lake and Heartland Camps as well as a unique program by NextGen Ministries, we bring the excitement of camp to your church ...

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Walk Justly Conference - October 22-24

posted on September 07

Building on our rich Wesleyan heritage of social holiness, this new, two-day conference is all about missions and is for those who are dedicated to creating change in their local communities.  Both ...

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MUMF Fall Ministry Grants - Deadline October 1

posted on September 03

The Foundation grant program continues to grow in size and service  thanks to the generous gifts of donors across our state. Gifts ranging from large estates to modest memorials continue to build the ...

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Fall Coach Training Opportunities

posted on September 02

In partnership with Rev. Val Hastings and Coaching4Clergy, the Missouri Conference is offering the three steps of training required to become an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International ...

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Costner-Fulton Mission Grants Available

posted on September 02

What would you do with a Costner-Fulton missions grant? The Conference Mission, Service and Justice Team is offering grants for new, innovative, or one-time mission programs or events. Past recipients...

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Disaster Response Updates: Louisiana, New Jersey and New York

posted on September 02

Many of you have graciously asked how you can help our Louisiana neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Scott Burdin, Missouri Disaster Response Coordinator, has been in close contact with ...

2021 Charge Conference Information

posted on August 30

Charge Conference Season is quickly approaching. The Northwest District wants to make sure you and your church are working on nominations and have all the information needed for charge conferences. ...

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Thinking Theologically Discussion Courses

posted on August 30

Thinking Theologically provides intellectual renewal through small group, discussion-based courses focused on a single concept, theory or reading. Together we’ll connect these theological thoughts to ...

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Update: Free Online Learning Event

posted on August 10

Is your church making a significant difference in relevant mission or ministry?  As a leader, are you seeking to know how to lead into the future? What would a fresh wind that rejuvenates a declining ...

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Nominations Committee Training

posted on July 14

The Northwest District is excited to bring Kay Kotan back for another virtual leadership training on the Nominations Committee. Over the lunch hour (12-1 PM) on August 11, participants will discover ...

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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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Manchester's "Walk Justly Conference" - Oct. 22-24

posted on July 01

Building on our rich Wesleyan heritage of social holiness, Manchester UMC will host Methodists from across the connection in a two-day conference dedicated to the topic of “Just Missions.” The Walk ...

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Leadership Institute 2021

posted on June 23

One Conference, One Schedule All times are Central Daylight Time. Whether online or in-person, all participants will have the same schedule. Nationally renowned speakers will bring their unique ...

FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccines and the Local Church

posted on June 03

In the last few months, nearly half of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine protecting against the SARS-COV2 virus and COVID-19. Studies suggest the vaccines ...

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PPR Resources for Pastoral Transition

posted on May 20

Annual Conference is just around the corner and so is the season of pastoral transition. While there are resources available for pastors on the move, the Conference offers guidance for churches in ...

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NW Lay Servant Ministry Course, Leading Prayer, Online

posted on May 11

Title of Class: Public Prayer, Virtual via Zoom Summary of Class:  Praying in public can be daunting, but prayer is something one learns. This course on praying in public will help the participant ...

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Cyber Crime News for May

posted on May 06

In the last month, there have been several email scams going around. At the District and Conference level, we have a company called JS Computek that keeps up to date on how to keep ourselves and ...

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Pastoral Evaluations - Due May 10th

posted on May 06

It is pastoral evaluation time! Every pastor appointed to a church must complete an evaluation, no matter if they are full-time, part-time, licensed, lay or an elder. Please fill out the appropriate ...

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COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship (May 1, 2021)

posted on April 30

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that may allow reducing restrictions on gatherings particularly in outdoor spaces.  In the spirit of doing no harm, Bishop Farr...

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NEW Clergy and Laity Newsletters

posted on March 09

Have you signed up for our new clergy and laity newsletters? We wrap up everything you need to know about what's happening in the Missouri Conference into one weekly email with tailored content. Sign ...

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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Opportunity: Children, Family & Youth Ministry

posted on February 01

Richmond United Methodist Church is seeking an individual to work in Children, Youth and Family Ministry to develop and implement a well-rounded program for children, youth, and connecting families in...

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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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COVID-19 Guidance: Returning to In-Person Worship

posted on January 21

Dear clergy and leadership of NW churches, I know this has been and continues to be a time of the unknown, yet still there are hard decisions to be made around the safety of each other. Please know I ...

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Save the Date! Susan Beaumont: Leading in A Liminal Season

posted on January 15

April 10, 2021 Virtually join consultant, coach, author and spiritual director Susan Beaumont for a laity learning event on April 10, 2021. This teaching session will focus on helping leaders identify...

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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 ...

Online Emergency Response Team Training

posted on January 06

Deadline to register: Jan. 25 Deadline to complete background check: Jan. 27 In order to receive an UMCOR ERT Badge, registrants must attend the following sessions and complete a background check by ...

Breath of Life Class

posted on December 07

Clergy, come take a deep breath of the Holy Spirit and start the new year with a commitment to develop a deeper prayer life. Beginning with breath prayer, the class will explore a full array of prayer...

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Pastoring in Partisan Times Podcast

posted on September 23

The Pastoring in Partisan Times Podcast is now available! This podcast seeks to gain insight into pastoring purple in red and blue churches. Every episode offers insights and practical tips for ...

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2020 Consultation Forms: Due Nov. 1st

posted on September 22

It is the start of consultation season. Thank you for serving the congregation in leadership. The collaborative work between laity leadership and the clergy of a congregation makes all the difference ...

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District Office Closed to Visitors

posted on March 24

The Northwest District office staff will continue to serve the Great Northwest. We are available to receive phone calls, emails and mail during this season of social distancing. However, the district ...

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Resources for Churches

posted on March 19

Collaboration Chat Recordings & Tutorials To help the collaboration grow in our District, we have created four online chat opportunities for pastors to  share ideas and learn together. Below are the ...

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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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Electronic Giving Resources

posted on December 12

Winter weather is quickly approaching and the district would like to send you some resources about how received online giving when church is cancelled. Please let us know if you have any questions. ...

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Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think - Free Course

posted on September 26

The Implicit Bias Workbook from the General Commission on Religion and Race is now available as a free on-demand online course designed for you to take at your own pace. By taking an ...

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United Methodist Communications Training Center

posted on August 26

Meet your community where they already are online. The new Digital Media for Ministry online training course is an in-depth guide to the most effective ways to communicate using technology. Nourish ...

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Let's Unpack That Podcast

posted on August 06

The Northwest District is excited to launch the Let's Unpack That! Podcast. We will upload two podcasts a month celebrating what is happening in local churches around the district. Topics will include...

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Learn + Lead Podcast

posted on June 11

The Learn + Lead Podcast features pastors, church planters and lay leaders from churches of all sizes who share their stories of growth and provide tools that you can use in your congregation. With ...

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Mission InSite/People Plot Website and User Guide

posted on April 17

New to MissionInSite? Here are some helpful links to get you started. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mi-docs/Staring+Point+v5+09+27+16.pdf QuickInSite Worksheet-needed for your evaluation: https:...

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Welcome Rev. Melissa Dodd as District Superintendent

posted on July 09

Rev. Melissa Dodd is the new District Superintendent for the Northwest District as of July 1, 2018. She has a degree in elementary education from Missouri State University and a Masters of Divinity ...

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Pastor Parish Relations Committee Resources

posted on February 03

Communication Policies Conference Guidelines for Use of Social Media Dealing with News Media for Church Staff Dealing with News Media for Conference Staff McClintock Sample Confidential Communication...

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