Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering

Updated 1/17/2019

Annual Conference 2019 will be held on June 8-11, with Clergy and Laity Sessions on Friday evening, June 7.
Hotel registration is open. Please be sure to book your hotel room as soon as possible, as there are several events scheduled in Des Moines the same weekend as our conference.
Please use the following link to access the list of hotels for which we were given group rates:

2019 Annual Conference Hotel Information
Grand View dorm housing information will be available at a later date in 2019.

January 2019 - Save the Dates - 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 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)

January 25 - Registration Due for The Pause.learning to Seek God-Youth Conference February 2
Center Point UMC, 275 Green Street West, Center Point IA

Doors open at 7:00 AM

CORRECTION - times are 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM - registration and flyer updated with correct times.

As the parent of a teenager, I'm sure you're well aware of the frantic pace of your child's life. (In fact, you're probably the leading expert on it!) Today's teenagers are constantly engaged in activities. And when they aren't, virtually every "free" moment is packed with media or entertainment of some kind. READ MORE and to register

Click here for a flyer to share with your church.

February 14 - 2018 Annual Statistical Report Due
This is earlier than previous years. If you need more information, please click here. If you have questions, contact Roland Minshall, Statistician, at
February 15 - Thanksgiving Ingathering Hunger Grant Applications Due
Following the 2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering, each district was given $2,000 for Hunger Grants. If your church is involved with a hunger project, you may apply for a portion of these funds. Please complete the application form and submit it prior to February 15th. Click HERE for the application form.

March 1 - Fund Balance Report Due
The 2017-2018 Fund Balance Report form can be found on the Forms page on the Conference website, here.

May 16-24 - Iowa Licensing School - Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque IA
Here is link for the registration form, brochure, basic information, emergency contact form, and assignments Deadline to register is April 20 and all assignments will need to be submitted by May 1st. Contact Lisa Steel ( or Dean of the School, Rev. Arnette Pint ( with any questions.
General Conference Special Session 2019
Pre-registration for guests and observers is now open.  Click here for more information.

District Fundraising Challenge
Districts have been challenged to raise funds for a kitchen at the Ubuntu Retreat Centre at Africa University. Several weeks ago, a group of eleven clergy and ... READ MORE

Discipleship Pathway Processes
For the slides used at a Discipleship Pathway training held on February 1, 2018, click!Ageazcp5AwPRhAryx69cpmRvzRkr.
to watch the video that was produced and used at District Conference, click;
Phil Carver, ( is available to answer your questions or help you in working on your church's pathway.