Connecting and Empowering the EC District

Connecting and Empowering the EC District

Updated 1/21/2020

2020 Apportionments are available. To read the letter from Maggie Biggs, Conference Treasurer and review your church share please CLICK HERE.

January 2020 Local Church Leadership Trainings
Are you a member of your church leadership? Do you know what your role is as a member? There will be a training offered January 26th. This is a mandatory training for all church officers. This training will include the following: Administrative Council; SPRC; Finance; Trustees; The role of the Lay leader

Time is 3:00 to 5:00 PM

  • January 26, 2020 - REGISTER; Grand View UM Church, 3342 John Wesley Dr, Dubuque IA 52002

Vision 2032 Round Two Conversations - Locations and Times
You are invited to a second round of district gatherings in January, where Bishop Laurie will share introductory remarks, and present a plan for the Iowa Annual Conference to move forward in mission and ministry for the sake of the gospel. You are invited to attend whatever session is most convenient for you.

East Central District - Saturday, January 25 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Shueyville

Southeast District - Saturday, January 25 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Washington

Northwest District - Saturday, January 25 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Sioux City Grace

Southwest District - Saturday, January 25 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Council Bluffs Broadway

Due to the change, the plan is to send two teams, one to the East and one to the West. Bishop Laurie's schedule will continue as planned on January 25 with her traveling to the East Central and Southeast Districts.

Central District - Sunday, January 26 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Walnut Hills

February 1 - Candidacy Retreat - Conference Center - 10 AM - 4 PM-2301 Rittenhouse St, Des Moines

All that are considering ministry are encouraged to attend and those that are in the candidacy process that have not yet attended a retreat are required to attend.

Registration link:

Please contact Ann Trimble-Ray at with questions.

February 14 - Submission deadline for 2019 Statistical Report Collection
Letters were mailed/emailed to all church Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairs, and church Secretaries/Office Managers the week of December 2nd, 2019 regarding the collection of Statistical Information from local churches for calendar year 2019. Please watch for this letter and keep it on hand as it contains vital information regarding the access to the Ezra system for reporting your information. The submission deadline for this year is Friday, February 14th, 2020. If you are not the person entering this information, please pass this letter along to whomever will be doing the on-line entry of the data.

March 1 - Fund Balance Report Due
The report can be found on the Conference website under Forms or use this direct link;
2017-2020 Fund Balance Report- (Audit Form) DUE MARCH 1st
This report can be scanned and sent to me at; I do not need a hard copy of the report.

June 5-7 - 2020 Annual Conference Dates
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference is being planned to begin early Friday afternoon, June 5 and close late Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2020. This change responds to one of the more often named requests in annual conference evaluations, which asked that the length of the annual conference session be shortened. This change will have the effect of reducing expenses incurred by Annual Conference lay and clergy members and their local churches and lowering the cost to hold the Annual Conference Session, something that is funded through Conference Apportionments.

Follow updates through the Conference website: Annual Conference 2020 Planning