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January 5, 2019

Lay Servant Interviews to be held at Chariton, First UMC

Budget Team Listening Sessions

The Budget Team has scheduled listening sessions around the Conference to gain feedback regarding their recently released recommendations. To read their recommendations, click 2018+November+30+Budget+Team+Update.pdf

Dates and locations for these meetings are;

January 13, 2019 ~ North Liberty UMC from 2:45 pm-4:15 pm (85 N. Jones Blvd, North Liberty IA)
January 20, 2019 ~ Carroll, First UMC from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm (1621 N Main St., Carroll IA)
January 26, 2019 ~ Ames, First UMC from 10:30 am-12:00 noon (516 Kellogg Ave, Ames IA)

Resolutions to the 2019 Iowa Annual Conference due February 1, 2019

Every two years the Iowa Annual Conference receives and acts upon resolutions. The 2017 Book of Resolutions is located on the Conference website at book of resolutions.pdf.

At the 2019 Session of the Iowa Annual Conference, lay and clergy members of the Annual Conference will consider and act upon resolutions submitted no later than February 1, 2019. Resolutions may be submitted by individual persons, congregations, districts, or agencies of the Iowa Conference. Both resolutions or recommendations for the repeal of existing resolutions are accepted. The Resolutions Committee of the Iowa Annual Conference will receive and review submissions and present them to the 2019 Session of the Annual Conference based upon the procedures defined by the Conference Rules Order.  The Procedures for Submission and Processing of Resolutions and the form for submitting a resolution are found at on the Conference Website. The form for submission provides guidance for composing resolutions. 

Resolutions may be submitted by email attachment to Harlan Gillespie, Assistant to the Bishop, at by 4 pm on February 1, 2019 or by post mail to Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church, Attention: Harlan Gillespie, 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50301 postmarked no later than February 1, 2019.  

Statistical Reporting

Statistical reporting is due on Feb. 14, 2019 this year and not the end of Feb. 

Mark your calendars as this date is very important.  Letters have been sent to all Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairpersons and Church Secretaries.  If you did not receive this letter you can go to the web page of: 

Evangelism and New Ministry Development

Our method to developing new ministry is an indigenous approach to the mission field. By using this approach, we aim to:

  • Participate in God's plan to reach people with the message of Christ.
  • Model and teach what Christ has commanded—to Love God and Love People.

In doing so, we envision grace-filled (favored by God), healthy, vibrant communities of faith all over Iowa from North, South, East, and West!

New ministry development includes both brand new ministries and those birthed from existing ministries.

See more HERE.


School for Lay Ministry - New Des Moines Location
This fall, the School for Lay Ministry will be offering courses in Des Moines at the Iowa United Methodist Conference Center.  Click HERE for more information.

Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities

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


Mission Moments

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