The School for Practical Ministry will feature Bishop Laurie Haller, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore and Iowa UMC workshop leaders

The School for Practical Ministry will feature Bishop Laurie Haller, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore and Iowa UMC workshop leaders

February 19, 2020

Bishop Laurie Haller, resident bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference, will be the featured speaker on the opening day of the 2020 Iowa School for Practical Ministry. The event registration is now open and is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at the Altoona United Methodist Church.

Bishop Laurie will talk about "The Dark Side of Ministry: Lessons in Self-Care" where she will discuss the importance of taking care of our mind, body and spirit as well as accepting the love and care of others while working in ministry. 

The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore, founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Evans, GA. Her keynote address is titled, "Spiritual Leadership and Your Identity Inside His 'I Am."'

Carolyn Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Her call is to create conversations and communities that expose the Kingdom of God. A two-time graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.), Carolyn has served in the local church since 1998. In June of 2003, she was appointed to Evans, Georgia where she has had the joy of planting and developing a missional community charged with helping people become whole through Jesus.

“I’m convinced we can recover the heart and power of mature spiritual leadership—both personally and corporately—as we embrace core biblical principles," said Moore.

Her teaching includes five sessions that are designed with hope in mind. "Through them, we will steep in the absolute necessity of knowing who we are in Christ; the call to supernatural ministry (beyond good social work); what it means to walk in Spirit-given power and authority; the importance of reclaiming Paul's core offices in structuring the church (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, and Teacher); and the sustaining work of personal holiness rooted in the spiritual disciplines. Our goal will be to remember and rekindle our influence as those sent by God to welcome and advance the Kingdom of God on earth," she said.

Workshops include "Ministry Potpourri" where lay and clergy leaders from smaller churches in Iowa will share information about successful ministries in their churches. Rev. Phil Rogers will lead a workshop called "Seeking Our Excellence For His Glory In Circuit Ministry" that will focus on a circuit model that has already been implemented in Delaware County. Rev. Steve McElroy will talk about creating a process and plan to "Build a Better Welcome Mat". And Rev. Tom Shinkle will lead a workshop titled, "Revitalizing Churches by Revitalizing Leaders" speaking about a D.Min program at the University of Dubuque Theological School that has had a dramatic impact on him as a spiritual and administrative leader and how it has impacted the small group/class meeting ministry at his church.

Registration is $80 in advance and $85 at the door. This includes material and lunch on Saturday.

A block of rooms is reserved at Comfort Inn (2023 Adventureland DR) in Altoona for $99.99 per night. Rooms may be shared. Please contact the hotel directly at 515-967-4412 and tell them you are with the School for Practical Ministry.

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