Transformational Leaders

Iowa UM College and Campus Ministries are off to a great start!

Iowa UM College and Campus Ministries are off to a great start!

Submitted by: Julie Poulsen, Chair, Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries Our college chaplains and Wesley Foundation directors had a busy week last week as students moved in and classes started. If you have students from your church or town who are United Methodist or are looking for a place of faith and acceptance, please let the chaplain/directors know.  On freshman move-in day at Morningside University, there was a "Family Blessing & Sending" service to name God's promises and ...

Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula named By Faith Magazine Emerging Leader

Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula named By Faith Magazine Emerging Leader

Emerging Leaders — By Faith Magazine Reprinted with permission   In most of our UMC conferences, there are young (primarily but not exclusively) persons who show great promise as future leaders for their churches and/or communities. Their ability to get things done and inspire others cannot be ignored. In a time of uncertainty as the UMC faces schism, membership and a growing skepticism, gifted, high-performing leaders will be mandatory. We are providing space in our magazine to honor these ...

United Methodist Communications to Host Podcast-a-thon

United Methodist Communications to Host Podcast-a-thon

United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2022  Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist Communications has announced plans for the inaugural United Methodist Podcast-a-thon event to take place on August 2, 2022. The day-long event will showcase eight podcasts from the United Methodist general agencies delivered via Facebook Live on the ResourceUMC Facebook page. “One of the wonderful aspects of podcasting relates to the independence of the medium: ...

Ministry Action Plan strategy leads to a decrease in short-term appointments

Ministry Action Plan strategy leads to a decrease in short-term appointments

As a result of a strategy implemented by the Iowa Annual Conference's Appointive Cabinet, the number of short-term pastoral appointments has decreased radically over the last three years and continues to improve. The percent of full-time appointments that have turned over within three years has gone from 27% to 13% and continues to decline. "The cabinet has always strived to appoint the best pastoral fit for every congregation," said Rev. Ron Carlson, Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. "We are ...

Candidacy Summit still spirit-filled in virtual setting

Candidacy Summit still spirit-filled in virtual setting

The pandemic didn’t stop the Board of Ordained Ministry’s Candidacy Advising and Mentoring, Recruitment Encouraging (CARE) Committee from hosting its Candidacy Summit Retreat for those reflecting on pursuing ministry. A virtual event was held Saturday, February 6, with almost 20 people in attendance.   “It was a delight to see so many varied persons considering a future in ministry in our annual conference,” said Mara Bailey, CARE Committee member. “Given all the limitations of a virtual event, ...

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

A message from the Simpson Youth Academy Hello friends - As your communities embark upon uncharted territory, doing ministry with youth in the context of COVID-19, SYA wants to support you in your efforts. We are therefore pleased to share with you a FREE 30-MINUTE VIDEO recording of four of our gifted SYA alumni and staff reflecting upon faith and leadership in this challenging time. This panel was recorded during our recent youth leaders training. (Note that the first 60 seconds are spotty ...

Rev. Douglas Cue installed as new SE District Superintendent

Rev. Douglas Cue installed as new SE District Superintendent

Lay and clergy of the Southeast District celebrated the installation of Rev. Douglas Cue as their new Superintendent on Sunday, October 13. Gathering at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, the significant presence in that congregation’s sanctuary vocally expressed the commitment to “put one foot in front of the other and lead with love.” Bishop Laurie Haller asked the community, “Are you ready for the journey?” Together they declared, “We are ready! We gather as the people who are ...

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

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 ...

Register Now for Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection

Over the past 15 years, more than 20,000 leaders have returned to their congregations and communities ready to "Go and Lead" with impact, vitality, excellence, passion and boldness after participating at Leadership Institute. This year's Leadership Institute takes place at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Oct. 1-2 (Pre-Institute Sept. 30). Bring your ministry leaders to the largest mainline church training event, bringing together clergy, church staff and volunteers who share a ...



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