Connecting and Empowering


2018 Professional Interview Schedule

This year, you will have the opportunity to pick the date, time and location that fits with your schedule. Please note, if you are an Associate Pastor, Kiboko would like to meet with you before meeting with the Senior Pastor. Please review the schedule and if you do not find your name, find a date and time that works with your schedule and contact Ann. To review the dates, times and locations, click here.

Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

June 27-28 – Young Preachers Festival – Leawood  KS
Know a young adult considering ministry? Share this invitation to participate in the Young Preachers Festival June 27 - 28, with young adults discerning or pursuing a call to ministry. The Festival is a fantastic opportunity to hear some of the denomination's leading preachers, learn some "tricks of the trade" and give a sermon and receive feedback. Find details at: It's $69 before May 16, $79 after and has an opportunity for people to preach and receive some high quality feedback in a small setting (for $20 extra). We send all kinds to this event, from discerning high school students to young clergy with a decade of experience and they all report that it's helpful.

The Church of the Resurrection will host the Young Preachers Festival June 27 – 28 at their Leawood, KS campus. The Festival is designed to:

  • foster a call to ministry
  • provide networking and support to those discerning and pursuing a call to ministry
  • provide practical tools and training in sermon preparation and presentation
  • provide guidance to hone these skills through the opportunity to give a sermon and receive feedback
  • target young adults age 18-34
July 21-29th - Hope for Harvey 2018
Senior High to Senior Citizen North East and East Central Districts of the Iowa Annual Conference Mission Work
Camp, July 21-29th to the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to help survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Click HERE for the UPDATED Hope for Harvey 2018 information packet. Please print it off and have it available for your church. Email or call Rev. Keith Pitts, East Central Disaster Response Coordinator with any questions; (319)361-4255 (Cell) or (319)363-2058 (Office);

August 10-11 - Candidacy Retreats Begin Again in August

Candidates for ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference will once again have the opportunity to participate in a candidacy retreat as part of the updated candidacy process. Retreats will be held in August and January annually with the first scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2018, at Pictured Rocks UM Camp. All candidates who enter the process as of January 1, 2018, will be required to attend though any candidate in process is welcome, regardless of when they began their candidacy journey. The January retreats will be held at Camp Wesley Woods.

Per the updated process, the following steps are required before attending the candidacy retreat:
Step 1: Inquiring Phase

  • Contact the pastor of your local church or campus ministry, another elder or deacon, or the District Superintendent (DS): read and discuss The Christian as Minister.
  • With your pastor, or designated elder/deacon, put into writing a first draft of your statement of call. Submit this call story to the DS and request an introductory meeting with the DS for the purpose of admission to the candidacy process. Copy Lisa Steel, Director of Ministerial Services, at
  • Introductory meeting with SPPRC or equivalent encouraged to discuss initial sense of call
  • Apply to attend candidacy retreat

For more information, please read the candidacy flyer.

Directing Our Resources To Common Goals

2019 Unified Grants
The 2019 applications are now available.  Click here to be directed to the "Forms" page of the Conference website, then scroll down to find the information sheet and application form.  Applications are due in the District Office by June 30th.
2019 Matthew 25 Grant Application - now available
The application is available by clicking here and due in the District Office no later than September 15, 2018. Please note the cover sheet added this year showing the due date and where to either mail or email your application.

Discipleship Pathway Processes
Here is a link to the slides used at the Discipleship Pathway Day Apart on February 1,!Ageazcp5AwPRhAryx69cpmRvzRkr. (If you have not registered before on OneDrive, you may do so for free to access the file.) Please let Phil Carver, (, know if you have any questions about the material or if you would like further support in working on your church’s pathway.

2018 District Askings
Please click here to view your church's suggested giving amount 

Mission Moment
Click here to read the June Mission Moment.

Local Events

Saturday, June 23 - Food-Faith-Climate Workshop: Connecting the Dots – Iowa City First UMC – 9:30 – 11:30

“Climate change is related to our food choices. At every meal we can make a real difference that ensures a more climate-friendly food system.”

The workshop is presented by Sarah Paulos from Iowa Interfaith Power and Light and is free to participants thanks to a grant from Iowa City Partnership Climate Action Fund. Pre-registration is required at Click on “Upcoming Events.”