Conference Audio Archive

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  

Clear Lake UMC food pantry and HCI


Rev. Katharine Yarnell, Field Outreach Minister for the North Central District, speaks about the new food pantry at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church and how it grew out of a Healthy Church Initiative process that the church experienced.  She also talks about the benefits of HCI for other congregations and ways other congregations could ...

Bishop's Mission projects at Annual Conference


The Bishop's Mission Projects at the 2015 Annual Conference are described by Jena Manchester in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan.  She invites everyone to pray and to support UMCOR and other missions of the Iowa Conference.

'Every church can have an impact'


"Every church can have an impact," says Rev. Clint Twedt-Ball, "when it comes to helping children to learn to read."  He spoke about the Poverty and Opportunity task force focus on literacy and how everyone and every faith community can make a difference in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan.

500 dresses for girls in Nigeria - 'it's worth it!'


Hannah Curtis sewed 500 pillowcase dresses for girls in Nigeria.  The sixth grader from Jefferson UMC and her Dad, Kent, brought them to the Conference Center recently to send them on their way.  Hannah encouraged others do to something similar - "It's going to be a lot of hard work, but in the end it's worth a lot, it's worth the effort put into ...