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Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 – offered in three Iowa locations this fall – register today!

Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 – offered in three Iowa locations this fall – register today!

9/8/2022
Conflict happens.    It is a reality in every church and every relationship—even when they ARE healthy! Being equipped with the skills to respond to and resolve conflict more effectively happens when you have a plan and the expectation that there is a way through it.    The Iowa Conference’s Office of Congregational Excellence offers three Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 workshops across Iowa that will help you form a plan and manage your expectations through Biblically grounded ...

Developing Digital Faith Communities with Cathy Townley

Developing Digital Faith Communities with Cathy Townley

9/15/2021
The Congregational Excellence team invites you to join two webinars to continue learning about Developing Online Faith Communities. The webinars will be hosted by Cathy Townley, who has years of experience coaching churches through the digital age. Developing Online Faith Communities - two-part webinar. Get some basics on what’s involved in developing a digital campus, and why you should want to. In addition, the Congregational Excellence team and Townley are offering:   Launching New Faith ...

Jason Moore event offered encouragement, ideas

Jason Moore event offered encouragement, ideas

7/23/2021
The Offices of Clergy and Congregational Excellence hosted Jason Moore's two-day workshop, "Worship in the Post Pandemic World." About 80-100 individuals and church groups joined during the two-day event. "I am thankful for the workshops with Jason Moore, who brought his insight, engagement, and experience as a seasoned professional with worship, hospitality, and online ministry," said Rev. Ryan Christenson, Associate Director for Congregational Excellence. "His four workshops over two days ...

Christ the King Sunday greetings

Christ the King Sunday greetings

11/24/2019
Christ the King Sunday - Lanette Plambeck from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo.  

Announcing new Associate Directors of Congregational Excellence

Announcing new Associate Directors of Congregational Excellence

1/23/2019
Christenson, Drake to be Associates for Congregational Excellence   Bishop Laurie Haller has announced that Rev. Ryan Christenson and Rev. Melissa Drake will be the two new Associate Directors for Congregational Excellence.   Describing the role, Bishop Laurie Haller said, “the Associate Directors for Congregational Excellence are of critical importance for our conference because they will be working directly with local congregations around vital ministry. These churches, in return, will be ...

Two Conferences Offered by ShareChurch Conferences at Church of the Resurrection April 4-5

1/14/2019
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is excited to announce registration is now open for two conferences hosted by ShareChurch Conferences on April 4 – 5, 2019. Participants may select to attend either The Art of Radical Hospitality Conference or the Empowered: A Model of Care Conference. The conferences are hosted concurrently at Church of the Resurrection’s Leawood, KS Campus and feature combined opening and closing sessions, with distinctive sessions in between. Churches are ...

Creston UMC grows congregation, ministries

Creston UMC grows congregation, ministries

3/3/2017
by Roxanne Strike Creston is a rural town located in the South Central District of the Iowa Conference. In churches of all denominations, rural churches can have trouble with growth, but the Creston First United Methodist Church experienced the opposite. In just a year, the church has had 4 baptisms, 17 new members, created new instrumental groups, hired a new choir director and nursery director and raised money for veterans.   “It’s hard to put into words the energy and passion people have,” ...

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