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 Jenn Simmons and Reverend Bob Roberts serve as co-chairs for the initiative.  The City of Springfield and Greene County participate in each call.

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 Cora Scott, Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement with the City of Springfield, [email protected]



“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.

Faith Communities involved:

If you are interested in joining this effort please contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement w/the City of Springfield, [email protected]

  • Adolos Campus Ministry
  • Anitoch Methodist Church
  • Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Assembly of God - Southern MO District Council
  • Baháʼí Community
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
  • Brentwood Christian Church
  • Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Calvary Baptist -Republic
  • Campbell United Methodist
  • Carpenter's Church
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri
  • Central Assembly of God
  • Central Christian Church
  • Chinese Baptist Church
  • Christ Community Church
  • 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
  • empower Abilities
  • 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
  • Holy Trinity
  • Hope Church
  • Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks
  • James River Assembly
  • Kings Way United Methodist Church
  • 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
  • Salvation Army
  • Sanctuary of Praise
  • Second Baptist Church
  • Seminole Baptist Temple
  • SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging
  • South Haven Baptist
  • South Street Christian Church
  • Southwest Missouri Assembly of God Office
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton
  • St James Episcopal Church
  • St. John Episcopal Church
  • Temple Israel
  • The Heart Church
  • The Story Church
  • The Venues
  • The Well Church
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Turning Point Church
  • United Methodist of MO - Southern District
  • University Heights Baptist Church
  • Victory Mission
  • The Vineyard Church
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Westminister Presbyterian Church