The churches of Christ Community United Methodist Parish have been involved in a pilot project to expand the impact of the Healthy Church Initiative in Iowa. HCI is an intentional development process designed to enhance the skills of church leaders to grow vibrant, spirit-filled congregations.
Pastors and laity from Allerton, Lineville, New Zion, Millerton, and Corydon met with other church leaders in their area of south central Iowa for a series of classes over the course of the last year. They studied the nature and mission of Church and explored ways to practice ministry in the 21st Century.
Upon completing their studies, the parish was invited to schedule a consultation weekend on October 7-9. A single church typically participates in such a consultation. However, in this case, all of the churches of the parish were involved. Leaders were interviewed about God’s hopes and dreams for their ministries. On Sunday morning the consultation team presented a report of strengths, opportunities and prescriptions for the parish to pursue together.
HCI addresses one of our conference’s strategic priorities: “Creating World-Transforming Communities of Faith.” In particular, HCI is designed to increase vitality in our existing churches. Apportionment gifts of more than $40,000 from United Methodist churches across the state are being invested in 2016 for consultation weekends to support local church ministries in Iowa.