This week marks the yearly gathering of United Methodist leaders across the state of Iowa. Formally, it is called the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference. But for clergy and many laity who have studied and served together over the years, the event often has the spirit of a family reunion.
“The purpose of the annual conference,” according to The Discipline of The United Methodist Church, “is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God.”
Budgets, policies, and practices that support local church ministry and the Church’s witness to the world are the primary topics for discussion each year. We will recognize educational achievements of laity and clergy, highlight mission emphases shared by the churches of Iowa, participate in inspirational worship events, and confirm our plans for ministry in the coming year.
This annual meeting is made possible through apportionment gifts from the local United Methodist churches of Iowa. Guests and observers are welcome at the event. More information about the agenda and schedule for the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference can be found at http://www.iaumc.org/2015iowaannualconferencesession.