On April 23 every parking spot was taken and people were parking on the street at the Missouri Conference Center. Most of those present had never been there before, and weren’t United Methodist. They were members of the Columbia Area Chamber of Commerce, and were there to celebrate a ground breaking for an addition to the Missouri Conference Center.
Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase explained to those gathered that the Missouri Conference Center is like the corporate office for the 855 local churches and 170,000 United Methodists who are in Missouri.
The addition to the building will provide space to locate the Mission, Service and Justice ministries at the Missouri Conference Center, as well as space to lease to the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. He views this as the final step in the merger of the Missouri East and Missouri West Conferences, which began in a leased office building in the south part of Columbia, then purchased property and constructed this building.