Conference Audio Archive

Morning presentation to Orders/Fellowship gathering


Bishop Ken Carter's opening presentation to the fall 2015 gathering of the Order of Elders, Deacons, and Fellowship of Local Pastors.  The presentation is grounded in Acts 15 and Matthew 13.  Bishop Carter is the episcopal leader of the Florida Area of The United Methodist Church.  He is president-elect of the Council of Bishops.

'Explosive growth' happens with 'diverse people' in the church


Rev. Mark DeYmaz, founder of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, led a retreat with the Ministry Cabinet that focused on multicultural ministry.  He believes that "explosive growth in the church happens with diverse people."  Dr. Art McClanahan has the interview.

ELL 'creates a sense of community'


The Trinity UMC, Des Moines, English Language Learners (ELL) program helps "create a sense of community," Wendy Vazquez reports.  Wendy, who was coordinator from 2009 - 2014, adds that community "is one of the main things that they really need."  Speaking personally, she said, "Nothing has been so meaningful to me in my life as my time with the ELL...

Trinity's ELL program 'changes lives'


The English Language Learners (ELL) program at Trinity United Methodist Church, Des Moines, "changes lives," according to Doris Knight and Merced Cruz.  Together they began what is now a program that serves over 100 learners every Tuesday and Thursday at the church.  Dr. Art McClanahan learns their story.

Orders/Fellowship to gather with “openness and respect”


Rev. Linda Butler and Pastor Jodi Rushing discuss the upcoming gathering of the Order of Elders, Deacons and Fellowship of Local Pastors.  Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., of the Florida area, will be the preacher and speaker.  “In our collegiality we’ll focus our day, regardless of what we thinking we’re bringing in our agenda, open to hear what ...

Doing something in response to domestic abuse


Hear from the four presenters of the UMW-sponsored training on responding to domestic abuse.  Iowa Conference was one of two in which the event was offered.  The four presenters speak with Dr. Art McClanahan in a wide-ranging interview following the first day of the weekend experience.

From beans to mission: the story of an extroverted church


From Rev. Tom Shinkle's special recipe for "cowboy beans," to intentional outreach, the Grand View United Methodist reaches out to the community and the world.  Hear him discuss Food Network’s Carnival Eats  on his beans and how that humorous experience is just one part of Grand View's spirit of being present where the people are in a conversation ...

Thrive’s Food Truck 5K to support Homeless Youth Center


Do you love 5K runs? Do you love food trucks? Do you love to help a good cause? Then you’re in luck, because on Saturday, September 26 Thrive UMC will hold the Food Truck 5k, starting at the Valley View Aquatic Center in West Des Moines.  Rev. Jennifer Hibben of Thrive speaks with Dr. Art McClanahan  

When Difficult Situations Arise


District Superintendent DA Weesner talks about When Difficult Situations Arise

Three Things to Remember as Pastors Move


Rev. David Weesner, Central District Superintendent, offers three things for both churches and pastors to consider during this season of pastoral change.

Conference Artist - additional remarks


Ted Lyddon Hatten, Conference artist, had additional remarks for the Iowa Annual Conference session, which clarified portions of his first presentation

Diakonos skit and witness


The Diakonos, youth assistants, youth in ministry, share their annual skit with members of the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference session.

Imagine No Malaria presentation


“I have an incredible story of celebration for our church that you, members of the Iowa Conference have shaped,” said Sheri Atland, campaign director of Imagine No Malaria. “Today, together, our grassroots actions are uniting and informing the people of our church and beyond our doors to the communities that we serve.” 

Iowa United Methodist Foundation


The annual report of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation

Tuesday morning Bible Study


Listening to the Conference for four days, Rev. Rebecca Fisher, LDM Evangelism & New Ministry Development was led to ask, “How do you make a disciple?”   She posed the question during the Tuesday morning Bible study of the 2015 annual conference session

Adam Hamilton teaching session - 2


Adam Hamilton's focus for the second of his teaching sessions at the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference was "Ideas for Preaching and Worship"

Adam Hamilton teaching session - 3


"Strategies for Reaching the Unchurched" was the focus of Adam Hamilton's third teaching session at the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference session

Black College Fund report


Markus McKinney presented the annual report of the Black College Fund.

Change A Child's Story


Sometimes, when you are living in a rough situation or going through a rough time, you need a good story to take you away, to give you power, to help you dream about changing your own story. The Iowa Conference hopes to help thousands of children do just that through a reading initiative called Change a Child’s Story.

Iowa-Nigeria Partnership celebration


The twenty-five years of the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership were celebrated with music, recollections and images of the world-transforming ministry.

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