Johnston River of Life (JROL) is a new United Methodist church serving the northwestern suburbs of Des Moines. They put their faith into action by “Being Christ in Community.”
One of their guiding scriptures is James 2:17, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” They put faith into action with their hands and feet to benefit others. They host events for the community to strengthen faith and family and “serve wherever we can find a need.”
They follow two key teachings of Christ, the Great Commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself” and the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
Worship, service projects, and other activities are designed to be relevant to today. They are a casual and caring church, “where people feel at home and comfortable no matter how they show up.”
New Hope United Methodist Church in Des Moines has been an important partner in the development of JROL. In addition, apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa have helped to support this new ministry through the Standing Committee on Parish Development of the Iowa Conference Board of Global Ministries.