Healthy Church Initiative



The mission of the United Methodist Church from the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:16-20. Our purpose is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (The Book of Discipline, ¶ 120). 

To fulfill this mission, the Healthy Church Initiative focuses on the following skills:

Change Leadership that maintains flexibility and patience in ambiguous situations, responds positively to new demands and challenges, addresses resistance through clear communication, leads with careful attention to the impact change has on people, and understands the difference between technical and adaptive changes.

Communication that encourages an active and open exchange of ideas, openly shares information, creates an inclusive environment, maintains high visibility, and listens actively to all perspectives.

Outreach that focuses attention and resources beyond the church and understands the needs of the community.

Evangelism that reaches out to others with or without experience in the church in a positive way and prays for persons who are not connected to the church

For more information about the Healthy Church Initiative in Iowa, please contact Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson at or the Congregational Excellence team.

Iowa Churches participating in the HCI Process