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New pastor leads the development of Iowa UMC's latest community of faith—Nourished

New pastor leads the development of Iowa UMC's latest community of faith—Nourished

10/19/2021
By: Liz Winders, Director of Communications Rev. Kristina Roth-Klinck, who splits her time equally between being an Associate Pastor at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and Nourished, one of Iowa United Methodist Churches’ newest communities of faith, was interested in creative ways to do church differently even before going to seminary.  Growing up as a pastor’s kid (Rev. Jim Roth is her father), going to both small and large churches, and knowing how expensive it is for upkeep on older ...

Fresh Expressions—taking the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves

Fresh Expressions—taking the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves

2/16/2020
Over ninety people gathered at First United Methodist Church in Ankeny on Saturday, February 15, for the first Iowa Fresh Expressions Vision Day.  The gathering, clergy and lay, came to discover what it means to be the church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through Fresh Expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for their region, community, or neighborhood. Presenters were Matt Lake, Lead Pastor of the ...

Creating new faith communities through Fresh Expressions

Creating new faith communities through Fresh Expressions

12/16/2019
“Because I didn’t grow up in the church, it’s always been important to me to go to those who are outside of the church,” says Rev. Bill Poland, Director of New Communities of Faith for the Iowa Conference. One of the newest ways he has found of doing that is through the worldwide movement Fresh Expressions of Church, or Fresh Expressions for short.  “It is a missionary-oriented movement that recognizes in today’s increasingly secular world that folks are less likely to make the entrance into the...

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