Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf is sending a team of seven people to the Leadership Institute, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the Kansas City area. These annual events “bring together clergy, church staff, and volunteers who share a passion for renewing churches,” their website explains.
Participants will be equipped, renewed, and inspired to embrace our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. More than 20,000 leaders have attended these institutes in the last fifteen years and returned to their congregations and communities empowered to lead “with impact, vitality, excellence, passion, and boldness.”
Asbury is “a Spirit-led community with every member sharing gifts in ministry,” according to their website. The Rev. Dr. Kerrin Kirkpatrick, the senior pastor of the church, says that they are hoping “to broaden and deepen congregational participation in intentional outreach and growth. . . . Going to the Leadership Institute is a part of a larger process of re–thinking and dreaming” as church leaders.
The Southeast District is providing continuing education grants to members from Asbury UMC to help defray the costs for attending the Leadership Institute. These grants are made possible with the apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches throughout the state of Iowa.