CMU Sponsors a MOVE-ing Experience at Leadership Institute

Deadline to register now May 13

"You truly won't want to miss the sixth annual CMU Leadership Institute on Tuesday, May 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the newly renamed Inman Student and Community Center on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette," says Michael Pope, CMU liaison with Missouri's United Methodist Churches." This day promises to be a MOVE-ing experience in more ways than one," he adds.

The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, May 13.

"Stuck" is a word that could apply to Christianity in the Western world, according to Pope. It could apply to many churches, United Methodist and otherwise, in North America. It may even apply to your church, your congregation, your leadership team, and even your personal spiritual journey.

"We all know we need to make the MOVE from maintenance to mission and ministry," he observes, "but how?"

This year's CMU Leadership Institute offers more than an analysis of the condition of being stuck. The theme of "MOVE" offers practical steps forward from three United Methodist leaders with an eye to the future.

CMU's retiring president, Dr. Marianne E. Inman will present the first perspective, "Leadership for Today." She has led Central Methodist University in new and beneficial directions for 18 years.

Two pastors who have been leading MOVE-ment in their congregations will speak, too. Join the Leadership Institute for powerful conversations around MOVE-ing ourselves, our congregations, and our churches into the future God is preparing, Pope encourages church and laity leaders.

Rev. Ron Watts, lead pastor at La Croix UMC, will talk on "From Spiritual Adolescence to Full Devotion."

When Watts first founded that church, there was one family in attendance. That number has grown to 2,000. The church began in a rented movie theatre. It built a church building in 1995. Now there are four additions to that space, with a total of 88,000 square feet.

Rev. Mike Schreiner will discuss "From Maintenance to Attractional & Missional."

Schreiner is the lead pastor of Morning Star Church, which he established in St. Charles County in 1999. It is now one of the 100 largest UMCs in the United States and the fastest growing UMC in Missouri. The church has launched two new congregations, The Word at Shaw in St. Louis and The Way in Wentzville. They also have a multi-site strategy to keep growing.

You may register for the Leadership Institute online at The cost for the day is $10, including lunch, or $25 to include a copy of the recommended book Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley.

For more information, contact Michael Pope, UMC liaison for CMU, at 660-248-6390 or


Originally posted May 07, 2013


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