Healthy Church Initiative

Twenty-two churches in north central Iowa are participating this spring in Healthy Church Initiative groups.

The Healthy Church Initiative is an intentional leadership development process designed to enhance the skills of pastors and laity to lead growing, vibrant, spirit-filled congregations. Participants gather in continuous learning communities to pray and study together throughout the process. Every meeting results in a self-selected action step for each participant and congregation. This cycle of action and reflection, similar to the class meetings in the early Methodist movement, strengthens leaders and produces the fruit of ministry God desires.

The North Central District has organized a northern tier and a southern tier of churches for their group meetings – many of which are facilitated by leaders living in the district. Participating churches include Forest City, Titonka, Swea City, First UMC in Mason City, Clear Lake, Colo, Ventura, Calvary UMC in Ames, Sheldahl, Slater, First UMC in Nevada, Huxley, Cambridge, Rockwell City, Dayton, Harcourt, Marion Street UMC in Boone, Riverside UMC in Fort Dodge, Ellsworth, Radcliffe, and Grand Junction.

Iowa Conference apportionment gifts from United Methodist congregations throughout the state help to underwrite the expenses of the Healthy Church Initiative. For more information about the Healthy Church Initiative, visit

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