The United Methodist churches of the Northwest District were invited to observe a Vision Day on Sunday, September 27. The event had two main purposes: (1) to focus on a shared vision for the churches of the district, and (2) to help congregations develop a vision for their own ministry.
Tom Carver, the Conference Superintendent for the district, narrated a video produced with the assistance of the Iowa Conference Director of Communications, Art McClanahan, to explain the hopes for Vision Day. The video, entitled “God’s Vision: A Preferred Future,” takes a journey from Storm Lake, where the district office is located, to Hawkeye Point, the highest elevation in the state of Iowa. Along the way, the 11-minute video explores the importance of vision in helping our churches thrive.
Ryan Christenson, the Field Outreach Minister of the Northwest District, prepared worship resources for Vision Day, including suggested scriptures, songs, and prayers. In addition, churches received a bulletin insert with highlights of the video message, a core values survey, and other vision resources for working with local church leaders.
Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa helped to fund this effort to equip the churches of the Northwest District in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.