EC SE News & Information

Updated 1/21/2021

Bishop Laurie Haller's Conversations on the Ministry of Local Church and Conference Finances

As a follow up to Bishop Laurie Haller’s Epiphany Address, she will be hosting virtual conversations on the ministry of local church and conference finances. 
These conversations will be held at four different times on two Saturday mornings. Please choose the time and date that works best for your attendance:

 These conversations are for all local church pastors and lay members of local churches, especially for lay members who are key leaders in their churches.   READ MORE

Candidacy Retreat Registration - February 6, 2021

The online candidacy retreat will be February 6, 2021 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. You will need to register in order to attend this event.

All candidates who enter the process as of January 1, 2018, are required to attend a candidacy retreat though any candidate in the process is welcome, regardless of when they began their candidacy journey.  Registration Form

2020 Annual Statistical Reports

Along with the winter holidays comes the report of the local church statistics. The 2016 Book of Discipline ¶ 340.2c(2)(f) states that a pastor's responsibility is "to care for all church records, and local church financial obligations, and certify the accuracy of all financial , membership, and any other reports submitted by the local church to the annual conference for use in apportioning costs back to the church." A pastor may fulfill this requirement by ensuring that all statistical information for tables one, two and three are completed. As we have done in past years, we are asking all churches, to submit their statistical tables on-line by Monday, February 15th, 2021. Please visit the Statistics page on the conference website for directions. 

In Mission Together Report Forms Due February 15
Churches will use the same report form as last year. Please refer to the In Mission Together webpage ( for the report form and links to mission projects. If you prefer to send your report by regular mail, the contact person and their information is also found on the In Mission Together website.

Ingathering Hunger Grants for the Southeast District Due February 28 (FIRM Deadline)

Each district in the Iowa Conference has been given $2500 to be used in the district for grants to various hunger projects. The only stipulations are the money is used in the district and the money is used only for hunger causes. Please fill out the application and return to Judy Brotherton, Southeast District Ingathering representative either by mailing to 2512 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine IA 52761 or emailing Be sure to include contact information for the person filling out the application. The deadline for the application is February 28. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Getting the application in before the deadline is much appreciated. New projects not connected with a United Methodist Church will need to fill out a W-9 form if the organization has not received Hunger Grants in the past; contact Judy for the form. If you have any questions about the Hunger Grants, please contact Judy by email or call 563-264-5372.   Hunger Grant Application

Annual Conference 2021 - June 4-6

After careful consideration and consultation we've made the difficult decision to move forward with a virtual conference for the 2021 session. Production of the annual conference session involves countless staff and volunteers and begins several months prior to the event. With all the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic a virtual conference allows us to begin planning while honoring our commitment to Do Not Harm, Be sure to subscribe to receive AC2021 Updates and to stay up to date on all the details as they become available. We hope to see you all in person for 2022.

2021 Equalization Information for 2021 Annual Conference
Lay Equalization Intro

2021 Lay Equalization List

2021 Lay Equalization Conference Leadership List

The 2021 School for Lay Ministry registration is open
The School for Lay Ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a three-year program to facilitate the growth of Iowa United Methodist Churches and their Christian ministry by providing an alternative, supplemental source of educated leadership to local congregations and communities.   READ MORE

Simpson Youth Academy
We welcome youth formed in all Christian denominations, youth from other religious traditions and youth who have no specific faith tradition.  See more about Simpson Youth Academy Here

 To see a breakdown of Apportionments for the year please see the Apportionment Calculator.

2020-2021 Regions Map
Effective July 1, 2020 - READ MORE