The Iowa Conference received support from two general church agencies in developing a strategic plan for creating world-transforming communities of faith. Apportionment gifts from the churches of Iowa help to support the work of these agencies.
The Council of Bishops commissioned the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) and the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) to partner in providing the Iowa Conference with a Financial Advisory Consulting Team—known as FACT. Bishop Donald Ott led the FACT team as they worked with Iowa leaders in July through September of 2012.
Three strategic priorities for ministry in Iowa have been identified for the Iowa Conference session to consider when it meets next month in Des Moines. All three priorities focus on supporting local, face-to-face ministry, where the best opportunities are for cultivating disciples of Jesus Christ.
Communities of faith include local churches as well as emerging experiments to bring people together in small groups for devotional life as well as service to the world around them. The Iowa Conference supports communities of faith by equipping transformational leaders, both lay and clergy, and directing our resources to our common goals for the sake of our shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. More details can be found on the conference website at http://www.iaumc.org/pages/detail/2178.