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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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Subscribe to the Northwest District News

posted on January 27

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 ...

Preaching Academy with Nikki Lerner

posted on January 18

In a world filled with divisions, the Gospel can connect with God and one another. One way that we can bridge the gaps within our congregation is by sharing our stories and the stories of Christ. This...

Virtual Discussion Course on Theology of Place

posted on January 18

Home and Away: A Christian Theology of Place “There is a day when the road neither comes nor goes and the way is not a way but a place” (Wendell Berry). With some recent exceptions, a Christian ...

2022 Mileage Rate

posted on January 12

2022 Mileage Rates Attention Pastors, Treasurers and Local Church Admins:  The mileage rate for 2022 is 58.5 cents per mile

Connecting New People to Christ Online Course

posted on January 10

Would you like to include a large number of new people in your church? It’s easier than you think. But you need to know the secret. Although very few people talk about this, it is the basic ...

2022 Parsonage Inspection Form - Due March 1

posted on January 05

The Parsonage Inspection Form is due March 1. All churches that own a parsonage are required to complete this form, even if your pastor does not live in it. A blank copy of the form can be found on ...

GC Lay Servant Ministry Class: Intentional Discipleship

posted on December 20

Title of Event GC Lay Servant Ministry Class Intentional Discipleship Online Title of Class Intentional Discipleship Online Summary of class Based on a series of works from Junius Dotson and the ...

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...

Prayer, Reflection & Renewal Event

posted on December 08

Clergy and laity are invited to a time of prayer, reflection and renewal on Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. The Northwest District is creating some time and space to come sit with God. ...

Giving Tuesday Focus: Mozambique Initiative

posted on November 16

For teenage girls in Mozambique, marrying before age 18 isn’t uncommon. With no economic opportunity outside of marriage, many young girls find themselves in early and often difficult marriages. ...

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 ...

NW Lay Servant Ministry Course, Called to Preach, Online

posted on November 02

Registration has closed. The course has reached capacity for the online format. If you would like to be placed on the waiting, please contact Morgan at 816-649-5028 or Title ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...