The Conference Center in Des Moines played host to a national gathering of United Methodist leaders earlier this month. Route 122 is a network of practitioners directly involved in local church development. Participants meet annually to share resources and explore best practices for the future of transformation in the United Methodist connection.
This year’s event, for instance, featured a workshop on Fresh Expressions, a movement to create new or different forms of church in this time of tremendous cultural change. The Rev. Paul Brunstetter, the Director of New Church Development in the Kentucky Conference, shared more than a dozen examples of creative ministry, ranging from youth groups and house churches to retirement centers and midnight discussion groups for young adults.
Jaye Johnson, the Field Outreach Minister for the South Central District, serves on the coordinating team for Route 122. He expressed appreciation for the ministry of hospitality offered by the Iowa Conference through both its facility and staff. “I am so please to be part of this Iowa Annual Conference team who know how to welcome people in Christ’s name.”
The Iowa Conference is budgeting $432,119 to cover operational costs and mortgage payments for the conference center in 2017. These funds are made possible from the apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches across the state.