Have Faith Initiative

The Have Faith Initiative is comprised of Springfield and Greene County Faith leaders who convene virtually to help coordinate the faith community’s response to the COVID 19 health crisis.

This initiative is being led by “Philanthropy Row”: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks. Reverend Mark Struckhoff and Reverend Bob Roberts serve as co-chairs for the initiative

The group was started when City and County requested assistance after an initial Zoom call with around 30 faith-based organizations revealed members of area congregations had a strong desire to work together and participate in the community’s response to virus control and crisis recovery.

Now every Thursday, congregational leaders participate on a Zoom call to discuss how they are serving their membership and various community outreach efforts. During the call, the group hears weekly updates from City and County leaders, including timely information from the Greene County Health Department.

The group then discusses the coordinated effort around four charges:

• Conducting “supplies drives” to collect and allocate items that nonprofits need to best serve the most vulnerable in our community
• Coordinating support for our community’s spiritual and mental health
• Determine how our community can best come together in faith during this time of physical distancing requirements
• Serving as a communication conduit, both from faith leaders to civic leaders and from civic leaders to faith leaders

If you are interested in joining this effort please contact Vickie Hicks, Resource Development Director at the United Way of the Ozarks at [email protected] or 863-7700 ext. 259.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stuff the Trucks Food Drive - Coming Soon

Community wide Healthcare Appreciation Events - Coming soon

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

RECENT NEWS

Church leaders come together to respond to COVID-19 pandemic- Springfield News-Leader -April 17, 2020

CIVIC LEADER RESPONSE

“In times of crisis, it is only natural to look to our spiritual leaders from all faith traditions to help guide us through difficult times. It was very hard for me to ask that we stop congregating, even at places of worship, however, I felt supported and understood by the faith community,” said Clay Goddard, Director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. “To be able to discuss what’s on my mind and hear what questions and advice they have on a weekly basis, is both comforting and helpful. Springfield and Greene County are unique and wonderful places. We will all get through this together.”

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch, himself a former Health Director, said he appreciates the support of the faith community in good times and bad. “In addition to finding innovative ways to minister to their flocks, the faith community has joined in meeting needs of the community at large by individually and collectively providing tons of food and other necessary supplies during this crisis. This group has also become an extension of government and health leaders in implementing the message of the importance of physical distancing,” Bengsch said.

The Have Faith Initiative meets virtually every Thursday. If you would like to see the notes from previous meetings, please click the links

Meeting Notes 4/2/20

Meeting Notes 4/9/20

Meeting Notes 4/16/2020

Meeting Notes 4/23/2020

Meeting Notes 4/30/2020

Meeting Notes 5/7/2020

Meeting Notes 5/14/2020

Meeting Notes 5/21/2020



Faith Communities involved:

If you are interested in joining this effort please contact Vickie Hicks, Resource Development Director at the United Way of the Ozarks at [email protected] or 863-7700 ext. 259.

  • Adolos Campus Ministry
  • Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Assembly of God - Southern MO District Council
  • Baháʼí Community
  • Brentwood Christian Church
  • Calvary Bapitst -Republic
  • Campbell United Methodist
  • Carpenter's Church
  • Central Assembly of God
  • Christ Episcopal Church
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Community Christian Church
  • Connecting Grounds
  • Convoy of Hope
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks
  • Courageous Church
  • Deliverance Temple
  • Downtown Church
  • East Sunshine Church of Christ
  • Ekklesia Campus Minsitry
  • Evangel Temple
  • Faith Tabernacle
  • Faith Voices of SWMO
  • First and Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • First Baptist of Springfield
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Freedom City Church
  • Freshwater Church
  • Glendale Christian Church
  • Grand Oak Mission
  • Greene County Baptist Association
  • Hand In Hand Multicutural Center
  • Harvest Ministries
  • Hope Church
  • Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks
  • James River Assembly
  • Life 360 Intercultural Church
  • Life Church
  • Live Church Republic
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Missouri Faith Voices
  • Muslim Community
  • National Avenue Christian Church
  • North Point Church
  • NorthBridge Church
  • Oak Grove Assemby of God
  • One Community Church
  • Passion Assembly of God
  • Praise Assembly 
  • Red Tree Church
  • Redeemer Church
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Republic Area Churches
  • Restoration Church
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
  • Sanctuary of Praise
  • Second Baptist Church
  • Seminole Baptist Temple
  • South Haven Baptist
  • South Street Christian Church
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton
  • St James Episcopal Church
  • St. John Episcopal Church
  • The Story Church
  • Temple Israel
  • The Venues
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Turning Point Church
  • United Methodist of MO - Southern District
  • Victory Misson
  • The Vineyard Church
  • The Well Church
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Westminister Presbyterian Church