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Iowa Annual Conference

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a connection of some 158,000 people who gather in 760 communities of faith across the state, and as people of "open hearts, open minds, and open doors" are committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

  1. 'It's been a fruitful experience'

    "It's been a fruitful experience," said Rev. Dr. Lilian Gallo Seagren, speaking of the SLI process in the Iowa Conference. "It's given up the opportunity," she added, "to be a community." Rev. Dr. Lilian Gallo Seagren is the Conference Superintendent for the Southeast District

  2. 'We can all learn how to focus on the needs of our communities"

    For Bishop Laurie Haller, the SLI process will be helpful "for all to learn how to focus on the needs of our communities and be able to transform them for Jesus Christ." She reflects on her three months experience SLI since her arrival in Iowa in September. "I'm really excited to see where God is going to lead us," she said, "as we continue this SLI process."

  3. 'Building a team that has love, trust, and respect...'

    Rev. Paul Smith, Conference Superintendent for the South Central District, describes the SLI (Spiritual Leadership Incorporated" process as one that helps to "build a team that has love, trust, and respect for one another." Rev. Smith is a member of the Appointive Cabinet Operational Team.

  4. 5 Borough Bagels

    Owners Toney and Sarah Chem talk about 5 Borough Bagels and how their New York Style bagels are different than any other bagel in the area. Their cream cheese spreads are made in-house from their own secret recipes.

  5. 'From Everywhere to Everywhere'

    Rev. Katie Dawson's sermon for the 2016 Iowa Conference Thanksgiving Ingathering, at the Greenfield UMC site.

  6. 'The Terror of Ministry'

    "The Terror of Ministry" was the title of Bishop Laurie Haller's sermon for the fall 2016 gathering of the Order of Elders, Deacons, and Fellowship of Local Pastors. The event was held on October 4 at First United Methodist Church, Ames, IA

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