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Disciples See God. Everywhere.

Disciples See God. Everywhere.

3/29/2018
Iowa United Methodists: if you need more ideas for designing your Discipleship Process, contact a Field Outreach Minister. From: Bread and Wisdom seeking the Way of Jesus By: Jaymee Glenn-Burns, NE District Field Outreach Minister Seeking better ways to make disciples, I find myself asking, “What does a disciple look like?” “How do I know a disciple when I see one?” Of course, there are many answers to these questions. One answer is that disciples see God everywhere, in the good times and the ...

Johnson, Plambeck named directors

Johnson, Plambeck named directors

3/20/2018
In a move to align resources and talent in the Iowa Annual Conference, Bishop Laurie Haller has appointed Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson as the Director of Congregational Excellence, and Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as the Director for Clergy and Leadership Excellence.   Johnson, the South Central District Field Outreach Minister since 2013, has effectively served congregations in Iowa through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI).   “I can’t wait to work collaborative with the other directors, the cabinet, ...

Four approaches to Discipleship Pathways

Four approaches to Discipleship Pathways

11/14/2017
By: Jaymee Glenn-Burns There is an influx of roundabouts in my town requiring many of us to learn some new driving skills. Iowa United Methodists are learning some new skills around designing discipleship pathways for their churches. There are many ways to begin. Here are four possibilities. Begin with a template. One of the most straightforward models comes from Jorge Acevedo in his book, Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World. He identifies four key steps in growing disciples of ...

Discipleship practices

Discipleship practices

11/13/2017
By: Phil Carver The Northeast District sponsored a training event last month at First United Methodist Church in Jesup. Jackie Bradford, the superintendent, announced that Dr. Lilian Gallo Seagren and Dr. Gideon Gallo, a sister and brother team, would be coming to the district on Saturday, October 14 to “help us explore the Gospels to discover what we can learn about making disciples.” The Iowa Conference has embraced a Wildly Important Goal (WIG) to see that “All United Methodist churches in ...

Discipleship Pathways presentations offer challenges, hope

Discipleship Pathways presentations offer challenges, hope

10/3/2017
In the opening days of October, Ken Willard led “Discipleship Pathways” presentations in the Southwest, North Central, Northwest and South Central districts. Designed in part to further the conference’s “Wildly Important Goal” to see every community of faith develop a discipleship pathway by 2020, Willard’s workshops attracted hundreds of clergy and lay people eager to learn the process for developing a discipleship pathway. Making the Connections For those who don’t quite know what to make of...