To donate by check, make checks payable to the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, note what offering you are donating to on the memo line and mail to 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50323 by June 30, 2023.
Clergy Sustentation Fund
A special fund has been set up to assist clergy with direct financial support from the Clergy Assistance fund when a desperate need does arise. For many years, this fund has been the dedicated offering during the Clergy Session of the Iowa Annual Conferences which is only held once a year.
“The Clergy Sustentation Fund is a means to tangibly care for our clergy and families in a time of need. Your gifts become signs of hope and grace in difficult times,” said Rev. Terra Amundson, from The United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.
Africa University Scholarship Fund
The development of Africa University is a consequence of the growth of United Methodism in Africa. The growth in membership and the emerging socio-economic and political needs in their countries led the African Bishops of the United Methodist Church (UMC) to call on their Church to invest in higher education provision in Africa.
Today, the mission of Africa University is to provide quality education within a Pan-African context through which persons can acquire general and professional knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity, and develop sound moral values, ethics, and leadership qualities.
Iowa United Methodist Camps
The mission of Iowa United Methodist Camps is to provide growth experiences to develop Christian leaders for the transformation of the world. Camp is an introduction and journey toward developing disciples for Christ. By introducing the concepts of care for God’s creation, Christian hospitality, unconditional love, and service to others, campers start and grow, while on their spiritual journey. Every year campers add another level of learning and experiences.
Campus Ministries Offering
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry (BHECM) equips young persons to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ toward becoming spiritual leaders who will transform the church and the world.
The Methodist movement was started on a campus; it was there that John and Charles Wesley formed a campus ministry (the Holy Club) to empower students to develop a relationship with Christ, grow as disciples and combine their Christian service with their vocation in a life-long witness of faith. Though the details have changed due to the needs and demands of each succeeding generation, this process continues to be the primary model through which campus ministries operate in what has now become the United Methodist Church.
In The Book of Discipline, ¶601 reads, “The purpose of the annual conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local churches, all for the glory of God.”
The Diakonos (Greek for a servant) Leadership Development program application is open to high schoolers from around the state to assist during the Iowa Annual Conference. Diakonos will help deliver communications, directions, aide and assist those attending, learn about the United Methodist Church and its processes, have fun, and do lots of other activities.