Adults

Cultivating a Life of Discipleship

What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? How do we know if we’re getting it right? Walking through a park recently, I stared up at a beautiful, towering tree. I marveled at the beauty of God’s creation and began to wonder if this image might also be a beautiful picture of our life journey with God, a journey that provides space...

Summer Travels

Summer brings a unique opportunity for travel and great explorations. One aspect of travel I appreciate is engaging historical sites.As a child, I enjoyed the forts my parents took me to; as an adult, I look for stories of faith embedded in the places we visit. In the past few summers, my family has traveled east. In those pilgrimages, we have encountered a history of...

Encouragement for Life’s Challenges

by Pastor Sheila Pippin. In the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey becomes overwhelmed by the circumstances of his life and is...

New Staff Spotlight: Shoji McGhee

The beginning of 2024 has been exciting as we expanded our staff team. In late January, Shoji McGhee joined our staff as our Director...

Strengthening Your Marriage (Fall Marriage Class)

by Mark MildrenWhen I was in seminary at Southern Methodist University, Pastoral Care and Counseling was a required year-long class. That was a very...

A Legacy of Generosity: Launching the Schweitzer Foundation

Faithfulness and generosity have always been central to the Schweitzer Church story. With God’s leading, an acre of land on the edge of Springfield...

Exploring Faith Honestly with Alpha

Most of my life I was afraid to ask questions . . . especially about the really hard stuff. Sure, I was curious about...

Outdoors in the Ozark

God’s creation is often on full display as we enter spring and summer. The Ozarks is filled with places to explore – including many...

Caring For Real Life Needs

Life is hard. Every day, we experience real challenges. In some way or another, we encounter the unexpected – a bad diagnosis, job loss,...

One Year of Second Season

When the Second Season ministry launched in the fall of 2021 as a ministry for people 55 and up, we had no idea how...

Healing Prayer Training & Service

Prayer is literally built into the core of our church – from the prayers written on the back of the wood planks in the...

Navigating Grief

When someone dies, oftentimes people say, “Sorry for your loss.” As the receiver of these words, we typically respond with, “Thank you,” but step...

Why Small Groups?

Not many years ago, I had a lot of acquaintances, but hardly any who were truly close to me. I floated between different groups...

Diving Deeper Into God’s Word

When Pastor Jim headed off to “mostly retire” in spring, we knew in the midst of boating, spending time with Roxanne and playing pickleball...