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Save the Date:

Bishop Laurie Haller Special Presentation/Conversation about the Proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward with Bishop Laurie Haller and members of the Iowa Conference Delegation to the Special Session of General Conference.

Bishop Laurie Haller and members of the Iowa Conference General Church Delegation will lead a special presentation and conversation about the Commission on the Way Forward proposals. These proposals address the way(s) in which we might maintain church unity concerning human sexuality issues. 

Sites dates, times, and locations:

  • April 15: Central at Des Moines, New Hope from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
  • April 21: Northwest at Cherokee, St. Paul's from 9:30 am to noon
  • April 22: Northeast at Cedar Falls, First from 2:30 to 5:00 pm

SC District Mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training 2018-April 14, 2018

Facilitators from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center will be inviting reflection and conversation around the challenges for clergy in setting boundaries during our upcoming quadrennial mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training. Recognizing that laity are important partners in establishing healthy boundaries, we are asking that each charge bring their chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee or a lay leader to the training.  You will be required to attend.

Special Missions Day April 15 at Jerusalem UMC

SC District 2018 District Conference-PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION

District Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Knoxville, First UMC 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The location was changed due to being more centrally located.

Spring 2018 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members

Will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Ames, First UMC 516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA 50010 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Click on REGISTRATION if you would like more information.

Another Set of Eyes - Due May 1st

PLEASE NOTE:  The "Another Set of Eyes" form was updated on 1/30/18.  If you downloaded the form prior to that date, please do so again.  You'll find new information on the "Wildly Important Goal".

All clergy appointed to the local church and their S/PPRCs are to complete this evaluation form and return it to the District Office by May 1st.  This includes those clergy who are retiring or moving this year.  The form  is located on the South Central District "SPRC Resources" page.  You'll also find the updated S/PPRC Resource Guide there, for your convenience.

2018 Annual Conference Hotel List-You can book your room now!

Annual Conference 2018 will be held on June 9-11 with Clergy and Laity Sessions on Friday evening, June 8. Hotel registration is now open. Use the following link to access the list of hotels for which we were given group rates: 2018 Annual Conference Hotel Information. Grandview dorm housing will be available at a later date in 2018. If you have any questions regarding hotel accommodations, please contact Sara Carlson at

Creating World Transforming Communities Of Faith

Active Shooter Training/Resources-Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

There is no way that we can be prepared for everything that "could" happen.  We can discuss and be ready for many things.  In 2017 a total of 108 fatalities happened in places of worship, in the United States.

There is no "one" training or Plan that will work for every church/community.  Here are some resources, others are available online, through your insurance agency and through your local law enforcement agencies.

Click HERE to read more about these resources.

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.

Equipping Ourselves And Others As Transformational Leaders

SC District Lay Servant Ministries Training-April 28, 2018-Chartiton, First UMC-This class was originally scheduled for February 10, 2018 but due to weather was postponed until April 28, 2018.

Chariton, First UMC 923 Roland Ave, Chariton, IA

9:00 AM-5:00PM
REGISTRATION is $30.00 payable online. Deadline for registration is April 6, 2018. 

Basic Course-Foundational course for all other courses.  This course is the first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant and must be completed.

Text: Lay Servant Ministries Participant’s Book by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

Advanced Course-This course focuses on preparing  participants for effective missional engagement within their communities and beyond. It’s goal is to help participants have a better understanding of and develop a more holistic approach to participating in God’s mission for the world.

Text: A Mission Journey A Handbook for Volunteers by Douglas Ruffle



Need help with VBS? Try MUMM!

I know it’s early. It’s been snowy and icy, and you may not be ready to think about summer and Vacation Bible School.  However, it’s never too early to plan.

 “But we don’t have kids!” you may say.  You may not see them in church, but there are kids in your community, and they need you.  And because of their energy, imagination and hope, we need them. So now is definitely the time to think about Vacation Bible School.  And MUMMs can help.

 Let us know if you’d like to hold a Vacation Bible School in your community.  Because we have to plan and set our schedule, contact me via call or text at (712) 370-5068, or e-mail me at now to ensure a spot on our calendar.  We’ll partner with you to plan a program that works for your community.

 Or if you’d like to learn more about how we do VBS, catch us at one of our VBS Fairs:

             2-4 p.m., Sun., March 4 at Atlantic First UMC

            2-4 p.m., Sun., March 11 at Mount Pleasant First UMC

 I’d also be happy to share the MUMMs story and let you know how you can support our ministry. There are many ways to get involved if you’d like to be part of it.  

 Blessings and Shalom,

Cherie Miner

Curious.Church Conference

CEF ( is a professional association for people in faith formation roles, whether as volunteers or as full-time. Most of the members are United Methodist. This year, we will celebrate our 50th anniversary during the event. CEF was originally started at the General Board of Discipleship to connect people in Christian education positions, and our core audience continues to be people like Christian educators, children’s ministers, and Directors of Discipleship.

Curious.Church will be held October 9-12, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Marriott Downtown Hotel. In addition to nearly 100 workshops, the conference will feature:

  • Brian McLaren, a popular author and speaker
  • John Roberto, one of the foremost experts on intergenerational faith formation
  • Mary Scifres, a worship and leadership author, speaker, teacher and coach
  • Three United Methodist Bishops – Bishop Haller (Iowa), Bishop Fierro Harvey (Louisiana), and Bishop Smith Malone (East Ohio)
  • Carrie Newcomer, a popular Christian musician

Directing Our Resources To Common Goals

Mission Moments

Click HERE

Thanksgiving Ingathering Booklets

One copy of the Ingathering booklet was mailed to all churches on January 29.  Pastors, please give the booklets to your mission leaders.  Additional copies are available on the conference and district websites.  Please note the UMCOR changes.

Jim Tussey, Greenfield Ingathering site co-chair

Special Missions Day April 15 at Jerusalem UMC

Drs. Lynn and Sharon Fogelman, will be with us for our morning worship at 9:00 am on April 15th and will also be the honored guests at 2:00 that afternoon for a district-wide Missions Rally.