New forms of local church outreach are the focus of a training event for lay and clergy leaders of the East Central District at the Shueyville United Methodist this January 27th.
The Rev. Christian Coon will present a address at the gathering called “Key Things That I Needed to Know about Creating New Places for New People I Learned (Growing Up) in Iowa.” He is the son of the Rev. Denny Coon, who pastors the Walnut Hills United Methodist Church in Urbandale.
Chris is one of the founding pastors of the Urban Village Church in Chicago, an experiment in outreach that looks very different from a typical congregation. He doesn’t have a church office, so he does a lot of his ministry in Chicago’s many coffee shops (more than 100 at last count).
His leadership will help participants at the training event learn how doing ministry outside their church’s walls, both literally and digitally, can help their faith communities bring the timeless Good News of God to a generation that desperately needs to hear it and know it.
Gifts from local church apportionments around the state of Iowa are helping to make this event possible.