AC2022 Town Hall Meetings

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TOWN HALL - Priority 1:  Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders (Development)

The Saturday, January 8, 2022, Town Hall meeting was from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. The topic of this meeting was center around Development.

Rev. Bill Poland, Director of New Communities of Faith and Director of Connectional Ministries, and Amanda Thompson, chairperson of the Connectional Ministries Council, reported on the reimagining of Conference Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC). Last July, their work focused on forming two pillars within CCMC: Justice and Advocacy and Formation and Outreach.
Bryan Johnson, Director of Camping and Christian Formation, and Rev. Ryan Russell, chair of the Board of Camps reported on Iowa UMC's Camping and Retreat Ministries. 


 TOWN HALL - Priority 2: Directing Our Resources to Our Common Goals (Alignment) 

The Saturday, February 12, 2022, Town Hall meeting was from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. The topic of the meeting was centered around Alignment.

Maggie Biggs, Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, and Norlan Hinke, President of the Council on Finance and Administration, presented an update on the financial health of the Iowa Annual Conference. 

Rev. David Peterson, Chairperson of the Board of Pensions reported on the Iowa Conference staffing, benefits, and investments and Elizabeth Bell from the Board of Trustees, reported an update on the bankruptcy of the Boy Scouts of America.


 TOWN HALL - Priority 3: Creating World-Transforming Communities of Faith (Deployment)

Fall 2022 - More information TBD

TOWN HALL - April 2, 2022 - Information from the North Central Jurisdiction in response to the delayed General Conference

The Saturday April 2 Town Hall was not recorded for legal reasons.

You can find information presented at the meeting here: This is the information that is currently available to churches. On this page you will find five items. There is a cover letter that contains important dates. There is a link to the actual disaffiliation agreement, this is a legal document between the local church and the Conference Trustees so it is filled with legal language. Rev. Ron Carlson briefly reviewed paragraphs 1-4 and read verbatim 5-12. There is a link to paragraph 2553 which is the approved process for disaffiliation in regards to actions/inactions around same sex marriage. There is a link to Westpath’s (the pension fund company) page on the subject, their FAQs are very helpful in understanding what they can and can’t do at this time. And finally, there is also a link to a form that is used to request an estimate of the church’s unfunded pension liability and apportionment obligation.