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2017 Rainbow Covenant Reports - Due February 15th
All churches of the Iowa Annual Conference are encouraged to complete the annual Rainbow Covenant form, even if they did not make First Mile last year.  All of the congregations are involved in missions through various avenues and they are worthy of being made known.  Rainbow Covenant seeks to help churches to develop an international approach to missional giving.  Travel the road to the rainbow and remember that each mile means service with more of God's people.  Remember, too, that each color of the rainbow represents a different aspect of mission.  A road and a rainbow help us keep track of where we are and where we're going in mission giving.  Completed forms are due February 15th.

2017 Statistical Reporting
Click here for information on the 2017 Statistical Reports.  Statistical Reports are due February 28th.

Local Church Audit - Due March 1st
The Local Church Audit is due in the District Office by March 1st.  Please use the following link to access the form and/or supporting documents:

Fund Balance Report (Local Church Audit Form)

Bishop Laurie Haller at Chariton, First UMC-March 10, 2018

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 will be at Chariton, First UMC on March 10, 2018 9:30am to 12:00 to discuss the work of The Commission on The Way Forward.

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. 

Other sites dates, times, and locations:

  • March 4: North Central at Garner from 2:30 to 5:00 pm
  • March 11: Southwest, time and place TBD
  • April 7: East Central & Southeast at Iowa City, St. Mark's from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
  • 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.

Registration will be available approximately February 1st.

SC District 2018 District Conference

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

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 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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

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

Active Shooter Preparedness Training - February 17th, 1 pm, at the Conference Center
Please click here for more information.

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

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. It is an opportunity for education and mutual guidance and support in developing spiritual awareness and life-sustaining spiritual practices.

The 2018 - 2020 class will start in September 2018.

We invite you to consider if this program is right for you.  Come to an informational open house at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.  Visit with PrairieFire staff alongside current and past participants. We encourage those who are interested in applying to attend one of these opportunities

·  Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

·  Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

You may also contact Diane McClanahan, the Center's Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life and co-director of PraireFire, to discuss your discernment process:, tel: 515-251-6667.

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 1st 2018.


School for Lay Ministry

The SLM Commission is offering an Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College in January.  Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested so please get the word out.  We hope many can take advantage of these opportunities.  If you are interested in attending this class, additional details and the registration form is posted on the SLM Website within the purple SLM at Cornell College box.  If you are interested in attending and need assistance or have questions, please contact Barb Mann at or 515-974-8905.  We hope to see you there!

Directing Our Resources To Common Goals

Rainbow Covenant

Rainbow Covenant Forms are due each year by February 15th.  Click here for more information.

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