The Conference Center of the United Methodist Church of Iowa is located at 2301 Rittenhouse Street just south of the Des Moines airport. The building provides office space for 24 staff members, all of whom work to support the ministries of local churches and agencies of the Iowa Annual Conference.
Various groups use the facilities to gather from across the state in a central location. Last Saturday, for instance, both the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership coordinating team and the delegation to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences met in the building. Other examples include a Healthy Church Initiative training event in two weeks and an extended meeting for Program Review, a committee of the Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC), at the end of the month.
The Iowa Conference Board of Trustees has responsibility for maintaining the building and grounds. The Trustees in partnership with the Conference Treasurer has dramatically reduced the annual expenses of the Conference Center. In 2015 the facility was refinanced to significantly reduce annual expenses, and building services have all been evaluated and “right-sized” to reflect a significant cost savings to the Iowa Conference.
The operating budget for the Conference Center is $193,000 in 2016, and an additional $95,000 goes toward the loan. Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa provide these financial resources.