Circuit Ministry


Currently, Circuit Clergy Leader and Circuit Lay Leader Training events are taking place to help churches engage more fully in our mission to inspire, equip, and connect our communities of faith to cultivate world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Circuit Ministry Development Documents for the trainings are available here.

The Circuit Ministry team will organize each church into a circuit ministry and roll out and trainings will happen throughout 2021. Each circuit is made up of 10-12 churches and will be co-led by this circuit team of two—a clergy and lay leader. 

“We heard you say at the Vision 2032 gatherings that you desired a connection through authentic and faith-filled relationships. We also heard you desired the autonomy to build mission and ministry programs to address your critical community, regional, and worldwide needs. You seek to have deeper spiritual learning, more leadership development, a way to share best practices, and authentic and meaningful ministry partnerships,” said Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence. “The desire for the creation of circuits is to increase clergy and lay leadership development and help churches create ministry opportunities tailored to their unique missional needs.”

Circuit Ministry — Reclaiming our Past and Leading us Forward.

  • From the early days of Methodism, all the way back to John and Charles Wesley, circuits have been vital in spreading the Gospel. 
  • Circuits multiplied when the number of leaders supervised exceeded the capacity to manage them. These relationships of ongoing support and accountability to a life in Christ was what defined the “Connexion.” The circuits structure in the Iowa Annual Conference will be in place for many of the same reasons. 
  • At the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference, the body voted and approved decreasing districts and district superintendents from eight to five. This reduction increased the number of churches superintendents will be overseeing.  
  • Circuit ministry is also rooted in the IAUMC’s strategic priorities to create world-transforming communities of faith, equip ourselves and others as transformational leaders, and direct our resources to common goals.

“Circuits not only help the superintendents, clergy, and laity to work together collectively but also give the Iowa Conference a way to seek new ministry opportunities and revitalization,” said Rev. Bill Poland, Director of New Communities of Faith.
Members of the IAUMC Circuit Ministry Transition Team

If you would like more information about circuit ministry formation for the Iowa Annual Conference, please contact any member of the IAUMC Circuit Ministry Transition Team.