Clergy Orders and Fellowship

Fall Event - October 19th & 20th 

The Fall 2020 event will be virtual with small group work with socially distanced in person and virtual opportunities. All registered will receive more details. 

You may register for $30 to cover the cost of the event or $45 which includes a $15 donation for Derecho relief.

Online Registration

Our country grows more polarized and divided every day: in how we think, the words we use, our political system, and much more. Instead of The United Methodist Church showing the light of Christ to the world and demonstrating a way through the divisiveness of our present time, we are as polarized and divided as our nation.
Since we were scheduled to have our Orders event in March our divisions, our pain, our wish to dismiss others, our dividing into “we” and “they” has only increased. We as Christians need this Orders event desperately!

How did The United Methodist Church get to this point? Why was the “connection” not able to hold us together? Were our prayers unanswered? Though there are individuals in the Iowa Conference who are “connectional” with people who disagree with them, as a whole, the connection has not functioned well for years. 

The Orders event October 19 and 20 will help us see the causes of our division and why our best efforts created more division instead of helping us come together as the Body of Christ. No matter how many pieces the UMC breaks into, we will need to know the causes in order to keep these “new” organizations from the same fate. All Christians need to grow and learn how to connect and live with those with whom they disagree.

Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School, will be joining us via Zoom to help us understand some of the issues that have caused us to split apart: Confirmation Bias, Fundamental Attribution Error, Interpretive Loathing, and more. He and the Orders team is designing an event which is connectional, focused on discernment and cultivating relationships even in a time of COVID restrictions. Rev. Dr. Jones will share about aspects of our humanity which work against the Connection, then we will discuss together in small groups. As we learn together we will be participating in the first step of rebuilding connection and our witness of Jesus Christ in our world. We will grow in our relationship to Christ and each other. Rev. Dr. Jones will also explore what it would mean to “rediscover the heart of Methodism.”



Whether the United Methodist Church ends up in one, four, or even more pieces, we must admit that the Connection has not been functioning well in the Iowa Conference. Join us as Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School, helps us begin to rebuild the Connection as we look at reasons why the Connection has suffered and how every United Methodist pastor in Iowa can, by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit, look at themselves and others in ways which can help us better function as the Body of Christ.




Order of Elders

Order of Deacons

Paragraph 306, The Book of Discipline 2016

"All persons ordained as clergy in The United Methodist Church upon election to full membership in the annual conference shall be members of and participate in an Order appropriate to their election. An order is a covenant community within the church to mutually support, care for, and hold accountable its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church. These orders, separately or together, seek to respond to the spiritual hunger among clergy for a fulfilling sense of vocation, for support among peers during this stressful time of change in the Church, and for a deepening relationship with God."

Chair, Order of Elders

Sean McRoberts

Eric Schubert

Chair, Order of Deacons

Chris Humrichouse


Co-Chairs, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members

Jodi Rushing 

Michael D Stevens


Paragraph 323, The Book of Discipline 2016

"Each annual conference may organize a Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. All licensed local pastors and associate members may be members of and participate in the Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide mutual support for its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church."