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St. Louis Churches Put Strong Emphasis on Urban Ministry

St. Louis Churches Put Strong Emphasis on Urban Ministry

Story and photos by John Coleman

The Revs. Conway Briscoe (left) and Tom Fogarty outside Centenary UMC, St. Louis, MO. Read the story...

Bishop Robert Schnase reads commissioning charge as members of Union Memorial UMC respond. Bishop Robert Schnase reads commissioning charge as members of Union Memorial UMC respond.


Members of Lafayette Park UMC proudly receive their Holy Boldness commissioning after the final session of the Urban Academy. Members of Lafayette Park UMC proudly receive their Holy Boldness commissioning after the final session of the Urban Academy.


The Revs. Monica Jefferson, dean of the St. Louis Urban Academy, and Joe Connelly, Urban Academy consultant and trainer, talk with Diane Johnson after the commissioning at a Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module in St. Louis. MO. The Revs. Monica Jefferson, dean of the St. Louis Urban Academy, and Joe Connelly, Urban Academy consultant and trainer, talk with Diane Johnson after the commissioning at a Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module in St. Louis. MO.


Diane Johnson gives HBUA certificate to Rev. Lisa ScottJoiner and members of North Park UMC at Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module. Diane Johnson gives HBUA certificate to Rev. Lisa ScottJoiner and members of North Park UMC at Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module.


Members of Lafayette Park UMC proudly receive their Holy Boldness commissioning after the final session of the Urban Academy."Holy Boldness has given us a shared language and a challenge to find out what God is calling us to do individually and together, and I'm thankful for that."

Gateway Central District (metro St. Louis) Superintendent, the Rev. Nancye Dunlap, speaks at the final St. Louis Holy Boldness Urban Academy training..


Mr. Schnase speaking at a Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module."This is a very positive experience for us and makes us all rethink the purpose and practice of our various ministries."

Missouri Area Bishop Robert Schnase speaking at the final St. Louis Holy Boldness Urban Academy training.

The Rev. Monica Jefferson at a Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module."Our design team began preparing a year in advance. The pastor's role is key; so all pastors had to participate in months of small-group studies to get them talking to each other."

The Rev. Monica Jefferson is Dean of the Urban Academy and Missouri Conference Coordinator for Urban and Intercultural Ministries.

The Rev. Kevin Kosh, Union Memorial UMC at a Holy Boldness Urban Ministry training module."People are grasping a new vision of what 'church' can mean. We can't keep doing things the way we used to."

The Rev. Kevin Kosh, Union Memorial UMC at the final St. Louis Holy Boldness Urban Academy training.