Updates

Announcements

2018 Charge Conference Schedule
The fall charge conference schedule has been posted here.  Charge conference forms are available on your Church Dashboard.  You can access the Church Dashboard from the Central District's home page, here (scroll down the left column).  Those forms requiring signatures can be downloaded from the Conference's "Forms" page - either click on the '2018 Charge Conference Forms" link in the right column or click here.

PLEASE NOTE:  The 2019 Form I has been completely revised.  Please read the 2019 Pastoral Support Guide or the instructions before completing.

*Retired and Extension Ministry Clergy - your report forms are now on the Conference website, here.

**The 2019 Annual Conference Equalization Information is available here.  Please check the list to determine the number of Lay Members to Annual Conference to elect during your charge conference.

***You can find the 2018 Central District Charge Conference Minutes Template here.

Central District Clergy Day Apart - October 23rd, 10 am - 3 pm, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
We will be focused on how to practice a "Convicted Humility" that might bring us together as one body of Christ for the sake of God's mission and how to care for our souls in the midst of chaos.  Click here for more information and to register.
Fall 2018 Orders and Fellowship Event - October 30th, 9:30 am - 4 pm, at First UMC in Marshalltown
Click here for more information and to register.

2018 Professional Interview Schedule
Professional interview forms are now available on your People Dashboard. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the District Office for your log-in details.  You can access the People Dashboard from the Central District's home page, here (scroll down the left column).

GENTLE REMINDERS: 

-  It is suggested that you begin completing your form by entering your identifying information, then something
   (letter, number, symbol) into each required space, then save your form before responding to each question.  This will
   enable you to return to your form before final submission.  You MUST enter something (letter, number, symbol)  into
   each required space before saving your work.  If you fail to do so, you will lose everything you have entered to that
   point.  

-  Please bring with you a completed copy of your Clergy Appointment Consultation and Limited Itineracy for 2019
   form.  Alternatively, you may scan/email the completed form to the District Office prior to your interview.

The fall professional interview schedule has been posted here, along with a note from your Superintendent.

Praying Our Way Forward
Click here for information on Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward.

Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith

Curious Church - October 9th-12th, in Des Moines
Where curious people engaged in faith formation go to connect, learn, worship, and discover.  Featured speakers include Brian McLaren, John Roberto, Mary Scifres, Bishop Laurie Haller, Bishop Cynthia Ferraro Harvey, and Bishop Tracey Smith Malone with a concert by Carrie Newcomer.  Check out the details and register, here.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

School for Lay Ministry - New Des Moines Location
This fall, the School for Lay Ministry will be offering courses in Des Moines at the Iowa United Methodist Conference Center.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities
Here is upcoming opportunity offered by the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling:
Fall Day Apart Workshop

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Opportunities
Click here for information on upcoming classes and events.
Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection - September 26-28, 2018
Check out the details here.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

2019 Central District Askings
The 2019 Central District Askings information is available here.  Thank you for supporting Central District ministries by including them in your 2019 budgets!
World Hunger Education
If your church is involved in feeding ministries in an effort to end world hunger, the Conference Coordinator for World Hunger Education/Advocacy would like to know.  Please contact Rev. Cephas Davis at epumcpastor@hotmail.com with a brief description of your ministry.
Thanksgiving InGathering 2018
There have  been some changes to kits this year.  Please click here for specific details or here to go to the UMCOR site.

Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in serving the youth of central Iowa?  Check out the listings on our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Local Events

Conference Calendar
Please check out the many events listed on the Events Calendar on the Conference website. (You may filter the list by clicking on the various buttons at the top of the page.)