From: Iowa UM Delegation 2020 website
The North Central Jurisdiction’s Mission Council brought together General and Jurisdictional conference delegates to hear from various agencies and to talk together about where we as a jurisdiction moving into 2020.
Iowa’s Ryan Russell is the chair for the Mission Council and Lanette Plambeck was part of the planning team for the gathering. She helped to organize and preached at the closing worship for the event, with other Iowans part of the communion serving team.
Through small group discussions and open conversations delegates also crafted a statement that was released. It reads as follows:
Gathering on November 8 and 9, 2019, in a crucial moment in the life of The United Methodist Church, we, 140 members present and voting from the North Central Jurisdiction’s Annual Conference delegations and the North Central Jurisdiction’s Mission Council, through honest, prayerful dialogue, discerned the following:
- We as NCJ delegations acknowledge and apologize for the harm that is being done and the escalation of potential harm that will begin January 1, 2020. We repent of the ways we have abused our privilege and the ways that it has harmed the marginalized.
- We witness the Holy Spirit moving in our midst. We witness God’s seeking, saving, healing and liberating grace at work in our communities. We renew our commitment to follow the Spirit’s leading and joining in God’s gracious work.
- We believe that God is not finished with the people called United Methodist. We renew our commitment to lead our conferences, congregations and ministry settings in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” in just, compassionate, creative, equitable and innovative ways.
- We call NCJ laity, clergy, Annual Conferences and bishops to covenant to a moratorium on complaints, charges and trials related to officiating same gendered weddings and LGBTQIA+ identity and credentialing.
- We call laity, clergy, Annual Conferences, Boards of Ordained Ministry and bishops to covenant for greater freedom and diversity for ministry with LGBTQIA+ people.
- We will hold accountable and support laity, clergy, Annual Conferences and bishops in these commitments and calls.
- When we gather for the 2020 NCJ Conference, we desire to elect bishops who will join us in these commitments and calls.
ADOPTED November 9, 2019
80% support, 18% does not support, 2% abstain
In January, our Iowa delegation will gather for two reasons: we will hear updates on what proposed legislation is available (the Advanced Daily Christian Advocate – with hundreds of pages of legislation may not be available until mid-February) and will spend time in conversation with potential episcopal candidates.
From October – November, we requested nominations from the Iowa Annual Conference and have two nominees who have submitted materials to the delegation. Delegates are now reading through their materials and are using our discernment guidelines to evaluate potential candidates. There are five areas of evaluation of leadership: spiritual, transformational, administrative, adaptive, and connectional. When the delegation evaluations are compiled, if a candidate scores in at least the “adequate” range, we will invite them for an interview at this January meeting.
These interviews will help us determine if the Iowa Delegation would like to endorse any candidate and if we are willing to offer their name for endorsement to the Annual Conference as well.