The pastors of the United Methodist Church have been living through one of the most difficult times in our denomination’s history. We have been seeking to be faithful leaders in the midst of arguments, debates, and a politicized pandemic. Many of us have experienced friends and beloved churches leaving the connection and we have many strong feeling about this. At the same time we might also be thankful for a chance to put the battles behind us and look toward a new future. As leaders, it is important that we are aware of our own thoughts and strong feelings related to this difficult time. This is essential if we wish to lead our congregations through this time or transition and change.
During the morning session of our Orders & Fellowship Event, we have invited Chris Waddle from the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center (formerly the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center) to lead us in a time of reflection, and conversation, around our experiences of grief, anger, fear, and frustration, as thankfulness and hope.
In the afternoon, Rev. Dr. Tex Sample will speak to the future of Wesleyan theology as he shares how John Wesley read the Bible—specifically the meaning and experience of grace and justification and the implications for the future of the church and its witness. You are encouraged to read The Future of John Wesley's Theology: Back to the Future with the Apostle Paul by Rev. Dr. Tex Sample. There will be time for discussion and questions.
For this event there are multiple location options, choose the location you would like to attend when you register. Locations are: Atlantic, First UMC; Cedar Falls, St. Timothys UMC; Cedar Rapids, Lovely Lane UMC; Council Bluffs, Broadway UMC; Davenport, St. John's UMC; Des Moines, Immanuel UMC; Dubuque, St. Luke's UMC; Jefferson, First UMC; Mason City, First UMC; Grace Ottumwa: A United Methodist Church; Sioux City, Grace UMC; Spencer Grace UMC; and Storm Lake - Buena Vista College.
CEU's will be available for this event. You must attend the whole event in order to receive CEUs. The cost for this event is $30.