LENT: Meaningful Ritual vs. Mindless Routine


This is the first in a three-part series of Lenten articles written by Linda Woodson Stout, a graduate of the Iowa School for Lay Ministry, class of 2006. To read the second article, please click here.   Meaningful Ritual vs.  Mindless Routine When does hitting my spiritual stride cross over to developing a spiritual rut? Within the repeating ...

Sacred Chaos-A Retreat for Renewal


A Retreat of Renewal for Religious Leaders in Transition… The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Institute for the Practice of Ministry is offering a unique opportunity for clergy.  Sacred Chaos is a spiritual journey retreat for religious leaders in transition. It seeks to assist in the spiritual and emotional renewal of these leaders as they...

Iowa one of 20 Conferences paying 100% general church apportionments in 2012


The Iowa Annual Conference was one of twenty annual conferences that paid 100 percent of their general church apportioned funds in 2012.   The North Central Jurisdiction increased from 89.76% in 2011 to 95.77% in 2012.  The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) reports that   overall apportionment payouts reached 90%, the highest ...

Iowa Conference Vision Statement being developed


By Phil Carver* “Bless God in the great congregation,” Psalm 68:26 proclaims. Since ancient days faithful people have come together (congregated) to honor God through worship and service. As United Methodist Iowans we have embraced a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are developing a vision ...

UM Student Day Merit Scholarship application


The 2013 Iowa United Methodist Student Day Merit Scholarship criteria and applications are now available on the Youth & Young Adult Ministries page.   Three Iowa United Methodist students were awarded 2012 Merit Scholarships in the amount of $1000 each.  Generous giving by Iowa United Methodists through the Student Day offering on the 4th Sunday ...

2013 School for Ministry


Announcing the 2013 Iowa United Methodist School for Ministry: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World with Brian D. McLaren & Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath April 2-4, 2013 Registration Begins February 1st REGISTRATION: Two ways to register: 1) Online – 2) By Mail – Go to the website and print off the ...

Field Outreach Minister sought for South Central District


The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is searching for a Field Outreach Minister to serve in the South Central District of the Conference. Each Field Outreach Minister (FOM) works cooperatively with the District Ministry Team in order to promote effective ministry and to encourage congregations to pursue the United Methodist ...

United Methodists to receive discounts at Staples


The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has entered into an agreement with Staples, one of the world’s largest office products companies to provide preferred pricing and discounts on purchases. Staples Advantage is the business-to-business purchasing program available to churches, district offices, annual conferences, ...

Joint statement on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade


On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade A joint statement from United Methodist Women and General Board of Church & Society  On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some individuals, organizations and churches are celebrating, while others are protesting. Like many other topics of deep social concern, the church is divided on the issue of ...

Rev. Paul Smith to become South Central Superintendent


Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble has announced that the Rev. Paul Smith will become Conference Superintendent for the South Central District, beginning July 1, 2013. He will succeed the Rev. Bill Poland who will become Assistant to the Bishop for Administration on that same date. Rev. Smith has served as the Field Outreach Minister for the South ...

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