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Another Set of Eyes-Due May 1stThe "Another Set of Eyes" form is now available on the Conference

The "Another Set of Eyes" form is now available on the Conference Forms page here.

Statement from the Appointive Cabinet

The Appointive Cabinet of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church has issued a statement in response to the Special Called General Conference of the denomination.

Rev. Moody Colorado appointed Superintendent of SC District

Bishop Laurie Haller announced that Rev. Colorado’s new appointment will begin on July 1, 2019. “I am delighted that Rev. Moody Colorado will be joining the appointive cabinet as the superintendent of the South Central District,” she said. She noted that Rev. Colorado, his wife, Elizabeth, and son John moved from the Philippines to Iowa is presently serving at Wellman, Asbury and West Chester United Methodist Churches.  Please make sure to welcome Rev. Colorado.

Katherine Parker, UMC Missionary Sharing her Program

Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 PM
Loving Chapel UMC Sanctuary - 201 W 1st St, Leon

Katherine Parker, UMC Missionary for 19 years currently serving in Nepal


South Central District Conference & Pre-Annual Conference Gathering - May 4th

At 9:30 am May 4, 2019 at Chariton, First UMC.  All clergy and Lay Members to Annual Conference should plan to attend.

2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences

Nominations for the General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2020 are available and due April 15th.  Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Changes to Thanksgiving Ingathering in 2019

The 40th Annual Mission Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Click here to find out more.

Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith:

Iowa Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

For laity and clergy. Here is the flyer for you to share.

Creation’s Invitation to Holy Ground: Weaving God’s Love and Justice in Community

with Ray Buckley and Susan MacKenzie

September 29-October 4, 2019, Shalom Spirituality Center Dubuque, Iowa


A New Way of Doing Mission:  In Mission Together

During 2018, you’ve donated to projects that will count on the Rainbow Covenant form in January or February 2019. Then, reporting on 2019 giving will use a new program called In Mission Together, to be submitted in 2020.

The In Mission Together approach from the General Board features:

                        Being vs. Doing

                        Long-term vs. Short-Term

                        Shared empowerment

What do these terms mean, and how do they apply to our mission work?

“Being with” rather than “Doing for”

Just showing up to build something for others doesn’t build relationships.  We need to sit with people, ask about their situation, learn their names, understand their circumstances, build their trust.  The “doing” part has to wait until the transformative power of “being” together as the body of Christ empowers the partnership to move forward with a shared vision.

“Long-term” rather than “Short-term”

The short-term approach is appropriate for relief efforts, but once a community is functioning, we need to shift to developmental programs that focus on building local capacity and fostering self-sufficiency.  Engaging members of the local community to learn what their assets are help them to help themselves for the long term.

“Shared Empowerment”

Encouraging local leaders to take ownership of a solution is the most empowering act anyone can engage in.  It benefits both parties, so that each is honored and appreciated.  It takes time, but it rewards all those involved.  Questions?

Contact Beth Odor, Chair, Mission Education Committee,

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders:

Laity Day with Bishop Laurie

Join us for the Iowa Conference Laity Day with the Bishop on Saturday, April 6 at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames.
Bishop Laurie’s sermon, which will be part of Morning Worship, is titled “The Same but Different.” She will also participate in a discussion of General Conference 2019 and an afternoon question and answer session.

For more detail please see this article.

Spring 2019 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, & the Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members Event Tuesday, April 9th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Ames, First UMC, 516 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Online Registration

Printable Registration

General Conference has left our conference frayed.  How do we talk about this together?  Where are we now?  How do we relate to this decision?  No matter where we are at, we need to be healthy.  This time will allow us to Invest in our spiritual and relational connection as the Order of Elders, Order of Deacons and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members.  Full time clergy are expected to attend and part time clergy are encouraged to attend.  Childcare will be provided.

The cost is $25 and lunch is provided.  Contact Lisa Steel at with questions.

Iowa Licensing School

The 2019 Iowa Licensing School will be May 16-May 24 at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA.  The registration deadline for the school is April 20th.  All assignments will need to be completed and submitted by May 1st.

For more information go to: or contact Registrar Lisa Steel ( or 515-974-8939) or Dean of the School Arnette Pint ( with questions.

Looking for VBS help? MUMM can help

MUMM is working on its calendar for Summer 2019. If you’re a church in Southwest, South Central or Southeast district, looking for help, let us know. 

See here to see more!

Enjoy fellowship with MUMM staff and others to ask questions and share experiences over coffee and cookies. Get your VBS plans launched!

Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities

To see a schedule of upcoming trainings and workshops: go to: or call 515-274-4006.



Directing Our Resources to Common Goals:

District Fund Raising Challenge

As you know the Iowa Conference has been a long time supporter of African University.  Students from all over the African continent comes to get a quality education.  Several of our very own Iowa clergy are graduates of African University.  


In response to the Bishop's challenge of $40,000 dollars total,  to help complete the kitchen in the Ubuntu Centre.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 toward furnishing a kitchen for the Ubuntu Retreat Center at Africa University.  Make checks payable to "IAUMC" and note "Project 402: Africa University Kitchen" on the memo line and send to the Iowa Methodist Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, IA 50321.


Would you please convey this challenge to each of your churches and begin to gather the gifts so that at the open worship at Annual Conference, we can get enough money to complete the kitchen!