Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation

The Rev. David R. Hobbs supports the ministry of Christian education in local churches across the state as the Iowa Conference Leadership Development Minister (LDM) for Camping and Christian Formation.

His work supports of leaders in Christian education and spiritual formation. “I have found the quality and depth of our educators to be some of the best across the country,” he wrote after returning recently from a national gathering of Christian educators. Whether professionals or volunteer servants in local congregations, our teachers “are of critical importance to the [United Methodist] Church and how we see the future lived out for Christ.”

Along with his other LDM colleagues, he regularly writes articles in Stirrings, an online publication that features new resources and training events that are available for use by local churches as well as conference leaders. He also has related responsibilities with the Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries. He provides leadership for strategic planning and policy making to grow and strengthen the camping program as an essential part of the disciple-building work of the Iowa United Methodist Church.

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