Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering



Agenda is available; 2018+CHARGE+CONFERENCE+AGENDA.pdf
Charge Conference Minutes template is available, 2018+Charge+Conference+Minutes.doc

Lay Member to Annual Conference, the equalization information for 2019 has been published on the conference website:

All reports/forms needing signatures are located on the conference forms page and should be sent to the District Office the day after your charge conference. The reports can be scanned and emailed to Charge Conference Reports

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Conversations on the Way Forward Gatherings

Bishop Laurie along with General Conference Delegates will be visiting the Northeast District on November 18 and Central District on December 2. They will be present to worship, answer questions, and be in dialogue together around the pros and cons of each of the three COWF plans.

Northeast District on November 18 at Cedar Falls, First from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Central District on December 2 at Ankeny First’s Christian Life Center (710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, IA) from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

If you have been unable to attend any of the Conversations On A Way Forward Gatherings, please watch this video recording from the Knoxville gathering.

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

Developed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Resources for a faithful response.
Download the kit HERE
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website - click HERE

General Conference Special Session 2019
Pre-registration for guests and observers is now open.  Click here for more information.
From Rainbow Covenant to "In Mission Together"
The Rainbow Covenant will be filled out one more year, the next January 2019. After that, we will be using the In Mission Together. If you would like a training your Mission Education Secretaries would be more than happy to do that for you. Contact Beth Odor, Pastor at Langdon UMC; or 712-363-6048.

Simpson Youth Academy
At the Simpson Youth Academy we believe that young people have power and gifts that are essential for the healing of the world, not just in the distant future, but now. Grounded in the Christian tradition and utilizing resources from the United Methodist Church, we are an ecumenical community of youth and adult mentors who explore deep theological questions and take action, in order to equip youth to live into their vocations as agents of peace and justice in the church and world. A flyer and information about summer residency is available, 2018+Youth+Academy+Brochure.pdf 

2019 Iowa Licensing School - May 16-24th - Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA
Here is a link where the registration form, brochure, basic information, emergency contact form, and assignments
. The deadline for registration is April 20th and all assignments will need to be submitted by May 1st. Individuals are encouraged to start working on assignments as soon as possible and get registered. They do not have to be a certified candidate to register, but they do need to be a certified candidate to attend. In addition to English, our Licensing School is also offered in French. Contact Lisa Steel ( or Dean of the School, Rev. Arnette Pint ( with any questions.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

November 25 - United Methodist Student Day
Think about the young people in your congregation. Maybe some are venturing away from home for the first time as college freshmen. Perhaps others are pursuing graduate studies. Put names and faces to those students as you prepare for United Methodist Student Day on November 25.
Learn more about United Methodist Student Day by clicking HERE.

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.

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