Warrensburg's Methodist Church has embraced 21st Century technology and the ways of the digital world. Not only can Pastor Steve's parishioners hear his sermon at the church every Sunday, they can log on to the church's Facebook page to read the sermon and get important updates on community events and church activities.
This summer, the church will be hosting students from Youth Works, a nationwide program that helps community members with indoor and outdoor household projects, such as yard work, window repairs, painting, etc. About 10-12 youths and two to three leaders will be in Warrensburg - a week at a time - all summer long to complete the local projects, starting in June. Youth Works sends students in grades 9-12 to locations around the United States each summer for these youth missions trips. Residents are encouraged to fill out project applications, which are available at the First United Methodist Church, 3890 Main St., Warrensburg, or by calling 623-9334.
"We've already got some projects for them at the church," Pastor Steve quipped.
For Pastor Steve, his religious education is not yet complete, and he's still settling into his new home in Warrensburg. He plans on earning a master's degree from the Asbury Theological Seminary, based in Wilmore, Ky. And he's addressing the many challenges that face a small-town church, meeting the needs of his parishioners, and living the dream as a preacher, all the while spreading God's word.
"I want to reach as many people as I can with the gospel," he said. "We have the answers to most of the world's problems within these walls."
The Rev. Stephen Andrews - aka Pastor Steve - at the First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg
Photo by Andy Flynn