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Building bridges from individual recovery to restored community

Building Bridges

We know that sometimes life can get messy, confusing and even dangerous. We believe in bridge building—constructing a healthy path through life's obstacles. We do our best to achieve this through worship, classes, and serving.

Individual Recovery

We understand someone in "individual recovery" as a person attempting to regain a healthy life that was stolen or lost. We partner with many local recovery houses and organizations to try and lift people to their highest potential

Restored Community

This is the goal: a fellowship of people maintaining abundant life in Christ. There isn't a well-defined process or program to making this happen, so we start working towards this the moment you arrive. When you step into the doors of this church, you become family.

Service Times

Sundays at 5:00pm | Wednesdays at 6:00pm-8:00pm

In the Outreach Center

Life Change Plan

The Life Change Plan addresses needs holistically through programs, serving, community and—most importantly—mentorship, all in a structured and accountable process.

What is it?

We have worked hand-in-hand with people on the roads to recovery to create a plan for change. Based in Christian spiritual disciplines, this 1-year Life Change Plan asks participants, in a covenant relationship* with us at Schweitzer UMC, to complete the following requirements.

We believe that Christ alone, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, can bring about true life change (Ephesians 2:8-9), but that doesn't mean we can simply kick-back and expect Jesus to do everything while we continue making choices that are displeasing to God (James 2:14-26). Thus, we ask each participant to faithfully complete the tasks listed below because we believe God faithfully transforms us as we do these things (James 4:7-8).

*We understand a covenant relationship to mean the following: All parties promise to uphold their end of the bargain, regardless of whether or not the other party does the same.

Participant Covenant


  • Mentor Meeting (1 hr/week)
  • Worship Service (5:00pm Sunday)
  • Financial Giving
  • Serving the Church
  • Bible Study (not required during Jobs for Life, Faith and Finances or Alpha)
  • Community Service (2 hrs/month)


  • Journaling from time in Scripture and Prayer


  • Jobs for Life (8 weeks)
  • Faith and Finances (12 weeks)
  • Alpha Course (12 weeks)

Church Covenant

  • Up to $50 monthly—amount calculated based on level of participation.
  • Up to $50 monthly in a Life Change Savings Fund
  • Personalized Study Bible after completion of 3 months.
  • Monthly visit to Schweitzer Food Pantry.
  • All courses and classes are free to Participants.
  • Mature Christian assigned as a Mentor to the Participant.

Are you interested in changing your life?

Contact us today!

Worship Service

Our 5:00pm service is a unique experience from our other services. Here's what to expect...


"Come as you are" is a phrase we really believe in, and so we do our best to make Schweitzer a safe place to do just that. We want to do our best to help you experience rich Christian community, but we think that part of the way that happens is by being real and honest with each other.

We also believe that respecting others—especially their differences—is the foundation for making this happen. In that spirit, we ask that anyone who attends be respectful of people with different opinions, beliefs, experiences and worldviews. Silence your phone during service, participate when asked, and above all else do your best to not distract others from what's going on in the service.


We do our best to keep our service to a 1 hour timeframe. During our worship services, there are lots of moments to participate in: music, stories of God at work in your life and Communion—remembering Christ's death, resurrection, and His promise of faithfulness to us. There is also a message given by one of five different preachers on campus.

We typically sing acoustic versions of popular worship songs or modern versions of old hymns. The message usually lasts about 20-30 minutes, and Communion can be taken anyone who seeks to respond to Christ's love and to lead a new life of peace and love. The whole service is kid-friendly, so bring your little ones!


We know transportation can be an issue, but we don't want it to be a roadblock from coming to church! If you need a ride, give us a call at 417-881-6800 ext. 241. Leave your names, phone number, address, and whether or not you need a child seat before 1:30pm on the day of the service.


We have a free meal after the service! Come eat with us! Help us set up the room and serve it to the people.

Got questions?

Contact Krista Rosenbaum today with any questions you may have about Church at the Center!

Krista Rosenbaum

Associate Pastor

"Outreach ministry is where God has called me. I get great joy in seeing God at work in the lives of so many people from all different walks of life."

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