Updates

Announcements

2018 Charge Conferences
The 2018 Charge Conferences page of the website has been updated to include a list of both required and optional forms and how they are to be submitted (electronically or on paper).  Please review the list 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.  Please email a copy (signed or unsigned) to the District Office for review prior to your charge conference. This review is to prevent inadvertent errors that would require a follow-up special charge conference to correct.)

*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.

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

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

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Lay Servant Ministries Courses - November 10th
Both Basic and Advanced courses will be offered.  Click here for more information and to register.
Mental Health Initiative Training in the Central District - November 10th
Please click here for more information and to register.
Central District Retired Clergy Gathering - November 12th
Please join us at the Pizza Ranch (4954 86th Street, Urbandale) at 11:30 am.  Dick Pipho will speak about the Gideon Society.

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.

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Opportunities
Click here for information on upcoming classes and events.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Seminary Scholarship Applications Now Available
Are you a seminary student from Iowa?  Check out this scholarship opportunity! Please click here for more information and here for the scholarship application form.  The application deadline is November 15th.
Thanksgiving InGathering - November 3rd, at Greenfield UMC
Join other United Methodists in a day of fun, fellowship, Christian Education, and celebration.  For event information, please click here.  For detailed Greenfield site information, please click here
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!

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.)