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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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Responding To Gun Violence

posted on May 25

At least 19 children and two teachers were fatally shot at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook nearly 10 years ago. Often, we feel at a loss as to what ...

Job Opening- District Administrative Assistant- North Central District

posted on May 16

We are looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. The duties of the Administrative Assistant include providing support to our ...

NW District Open House Celebration

posted on May 11

Please mark your calendars to come by and say Thank You to Melissa, Megan and Morgan as they each embark on new adventures! The Northwest District Open House celebration on Thursday, June 16, 2022 ...

Faith and Race Podcast Season 3

posted on May 09

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help faithful people host conversations about race, faith and the Church. Every episode has a specific focus to help listeners intentionally think about the ...

Subscribe to the Northwest District News

posted on May 02

Stay updated on all things in the Northwest District by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. You get weekly updates on resources, grants, deadlines and much more.  How to sign up: Click the link ...

Learn More About CIY MOVE

posted on April 29

Join Rev. Angel Garcia for a virtual info session and Q-and-A about this summer’s Christ In Youth (CIY) MOVE event, July 18-22 at Central Methodist University. The Missouri Conference’s CIY MOVE ...

Mid-State and Mark Twain(West) Lay Leadership Course: Laity Leadership For The Local Church

posted on April 05

 This course has broad application for ALL United Methodists, but especially those who are stepping into a new leadership role within their local church. This basic course is strongly recommended ...

Jesus Size Dreams For The Small Size Church With Rebekah Simon-Peter

posted on April 04

We heard you! Join us for the dynamic Rebekah Simon-Peter - a day of learning and fellowship.  All size churches are encouraged to attend Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:00pm at Community UMC, ...

NW Lay Servant Ministry Class: Leading Worship, Online

posted on March 10

Title of Class: Leading Worship- Advanced, Virtual via Zoom Summary of Class:  This online course will be led by Rev. Fabian Gonzalez from Good Shepherd UMC.  Those taking this class will benefit ...

Letter from Bishop Farr on the Postponement of General Conference

posted on March 04

Last night, we learned that the Commission on the General Conference announced that the 2020 General Conference cannot be held in 2022 due to COVID-related and governmental policies/constraints. The ...

2022 Pastoral Evaluations

posted on February 24

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 ...

New District Boundaries and District Office Locations Set

posted on February 17

At the annual conference session on Sunday, June 13, 2021, the Missouri Annual Conference voted to reduce the number of districts from nine to five, effective July 1, 2022. The history and process of ...

Prayer, Reflection & Renewal Resources

posted on February 09

The Northwest District office held a Prayer, Reflection and Renewal event on February 6, 2022, for the clergy and laity of our district. The event created space and time for attendees to visit ...

2021 Fund Balance Report

posted on February 01

All churches are required to complete a fund balance report every year. The deadline to submit the report  to the district office is May 1st.  Completed reports may be emailed to Morgan Scott or ...

Tornado Relief

posted on December 16

At least 90 people were killed by last Friday night’s tornados, with at least 80 of the deaths in Kentucky. United Methodist Churches were in the path of destruction. Photos of them can be seen at htt...

Year-end Statistics & Apportionments

posted on November 16

Year-end Reports Data entry for your 2021 year-end reports will reflect a similar format as last year, see link below for more information. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!! We understand that it takes time ...

2021 Consultation Forms: Due Nov. 1st

posted on October 27

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

Simplified Structure Refresher Training

posted on January 31

The Northwest district hosted a virtual training for simplified structure churches with Kay Kotan on Sunday, January 31st 2:00 – 4:00 PM. This virtual training was required for each pastor of a church...

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....

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Mission InSite/People Plot Website and User Guide

posted on April 17

New to MissionInSite? Here are some helpful links to get you started. QuickInSite Worksheet-needed for your evaluation: https:...

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 ...


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...