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Teaching Sessions

Sunday, June 5, 2016: 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Click here to register

All Teaching sessions will be held at the Iowa Events Center – Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

  •  Rooms 304-305 - Social Media and Web Ministry: "Communicating Faith in the 21st Century" Jenn Rodia
    Communicating Faith in the 21st Century will teach how to effectively communicate in today’s society and to equip the faith community to share transforming stories.  This workshop focuses on going beyond just having a church website to effectively implementing a broader online presence. We will cover the basics of launching a successful online strategy that helps people connect with your church in a new way. This workshop will also focus on implementing a broader online presence, using the social media tools.  By engaging your audience online first, you extend your reach beyond Sunday services and expose your audience to your message before they visit your church.
  • Rooms 314-315 - Change a Child's Story: Erin McGargill, Allison Engel
  • Rooms 312-313 - Women at the Well: "And Who is My Neighbor" - Rev. Lee Schott
    Breaking down walls with Women at the Well
    Join representatives of Women at the Well, our sister congregation inside the prison, as we think about our neighbors inside prison walls as well as the hidden neighbors right next door.  We'll think about the kinds of life experiences that lead some people to prison, and the ways we can make a difference by reaching out to make connections.  We'll also learn about the reentry team ministry that offers support and encouragement to women (and men) returning from prison. 
  • Rooms 316-317 - Healthy Church Initiative: Jaye Johnson & Phil Carver
    This workshop will provide an overview of Healthy Church Initiative, offer an opportunity to learn together about some of the key aspects, and give you an opportunity to ask questions about how this revitalization process can transform your congregation. We will also discuss plans for the next versions of Healthy Church Initiative soon to be launched. 
  • Rooms 318-319 - Spiritual Leadership, Inc.: Lay and Clergy Ministry Partnership:  Greg Servant
    Partnership in Ministry: Developing a greater partnership between the pastor and laity in ministry.
  • Rooms 302-303 - Tips and Techniques for Increasing Financial Stewardship in your Congregation: Katherine Yarnell
    Keeping the “Fun” in “Fun-draising” is 90% common sense and 10% counter-intuitive.  We will look at how to avoid the common traps, share a list of recommended resources, and learn the foundations of successful financial stewardship.

Transportation by Bus


True Vine Ministry Clergy Spouse Tea

Saturday, June 4th, lunch meal break, Room 8 Clergy Spouses Welcome Center - Click here to register

Join First Lady Racelder Grandberry Trimble and Clergy Spouses for discussion of clergy life's joys and hardships as we remain safe in the work God has for us. Bring your lunch and connect with us in the Clergy Spouses Welcome Center Room 8 where we will gather for fellowship, singing, crafting, encouragement and prayer. 

Contacting us

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
2301 Rittenhouse St. Des Moines, IA 50321 | (515) 974-8900 | communications@iaumc.org