Join the #MoreThan Movement

In Springfield, where the poverty rate has more than doubled over the past 10 years, so many of our neighbors are labeled as failures, as lazy, as people to be fixed, as those who shouldn’t be seen or heard, as “less thans” who need our charity, but who don’t deserve our most precious gifts: our time, our love, and our own vulnerability.

Through the lens of John 17 and Matthew 25, We believe Jesus is talking about the complete disappearance of our labeling of who is first and last, who is right and wrong, who is in and who is out.

We see the mission of the Council of Churches as a means to raise a vision of true compassion – a Christ-centered compassion that is born out of our personal identification with our neighbors, a love for our neighbors that lives into the truth that God is with us, that our labeling and judging comes to an end, that there is no difference between the first and the last, that we are ONE body, ONE human family in Christ.

Regardless of if you live in the Ozarks or half-way around the world, we want this #MoreThan initiative to be a movement that spreads across our community and the world. A movement to look past the labels placed on us by ourselves or others, a movement to see each person as #MoreThan what meets the eye.

Community Members Who Have Committed to #MoreThan Initiative

Paula Gronniger
Pepi Wallace
Rachel Sanders
Rhonda Galbraith
Rich Callahan
Richard Virnig
Rick Casey
Rick George
Ricky Faulkner
Rob Hulstra
Robin Parker
Robyn Hall
Romona Baker
Ron Wingo
Ronda Calfee
Rosemary Cologna
Sam Coryell
Sandy Johnson
Sandy Lance
Sarah Derr
Sarah Marcum
Scott Callaway
Scott Casey
Scott Johnson
Shannan Logsdon-Jump
Sheila Pippin
Shelby Lingo
Shelley Claxton
Shelly Farnan
Sherry Ward
Shiela Turner
Stacey Johnson
Stacy Boysen Krauck
Stacy Gertner
Susan Schmalzbauer
Susie Williams
Tami Brown
Tara Smith
Taylor Marcum
Terry Lawrence
Thomas Appleby
Thomas Ryan
Tiffany M.
Todd Ghys
Tom Boone
Tom Faulkner
Trey Marcum
Van Gertner
Verla Fleetwood
Vicki McMillen

Can you make a commitment to the #MoreThan Initiative?

If yes:

  • You are committing to spread the word about the #MoreThan initiative.
  • You are committing to make a conscious effort to resist labeling others and see every person as a child of God – no matter their race, gender, socio-economic standing, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation.
  • You are committing to stand up for others when social injustice is occurring around you.

It will take a conscious effort to turn around prejudice and stereotyping in our community, which we believe will help swing the pendulum of poverty in the other direction.

#MoreThan Initiative

#MoreThan Initiative

I commit to breaking down barriers and ending labeling others in our community. *
I would like a #MoreThan window decal to place on my car. *

Address to send car decal