Clergy Orders and Fellowship

Fall 2019 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Event

Tuesday, October 1st at 10 a.m.  through Wednesday, October 2nd at 3 p.m.

Ankeny, First UMC Christian Life Center (710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, IA 50021 

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.8 CEU's have been approved for this event. In order to receive the CEU's you must be present for the whole event on both Tuesday and Wednesday. You must check in and out each day and you will receive a certificate at the end of the event.

Preacher, teacher, and author Lillian Daniel will be the featured present at our Fall 2019 Order of Elders, Our focus will be about how to be spiritual leaders in the unknown and she will be helping to nurture us spiritually around worship and preaching. All clergy should attend this event.

Lillian Daniel is a preacher, teacher, writer, and speaker whose honesty and wit have taken her from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. to the Festival of Homiletics in Denmark. Wherever she goes, Lillian brings a deep understanding of scripture and how it can be practically applied to everyday life.

Featured in the New York Times and on PBS, her words have been described as biting, hilarious, pitch-perfect, tender, and often stunningly beautiful.. In her most recent book, Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong to: Spirituality without Stereotypes, Religion without Ranting (FaithWords, 2017), Lillian urges open-minded Christians to explore ways to talk about their faith journeys that are reasonable, rigorous, and real. And her earlier offering, When Spiritual But Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church (Jericho, 2014), Daniel invites all of us to step out of ourselves, dare to become a community, and encounter a God greater than we could ever invent.




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


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."