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District Fundraising Challenge

District Fundraising Challenge

published 11/12/2018

DISTRICTS CHALLENGED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR KITCHEN AT THE UBUNTU RETREAT CENTRE AT AFRICA UNIVERSITY

 Several weeks ago, a group of eleven clergy and laity from Iowa visited Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. Africa University (AU) was founded in 1992 as a United Methodist-related university and draws students from countries all over the African continent. Several of our Iowa clergy are graduates of AU.

We stayed at the Ubuntu Retreat Centre, which was completed several years ago and was funded by United Methodists in the West Michigan (now Michigan) Conference. The Ubuntu Centre houses visiting professors, mission teams, AU board members, conference attendees, and other visitors. 

Upon our arrival, our team noticed that the room designated as the kitchen in the Ubuntu Centre was not finished, which means that all meals have to be transported from the main university kitchen to the Ubuntu Centre. We were so impressed and blessed by our time at Africa University and the hospitality of the Ubuntu Centre that we decided to challenge our eight districts in Iowa to help raise money to furnish the kitchen at an estimated cost of $40,000. We are inviting each district to raise $5,000 by the time of the Iowa Annual Conference in June. We will then offer our gifts together at one of our worship services. 

Please feel free to be creative in your fundraising! To begin our challenge, Gary and I have donated $1,000, which will be split across the eight districts. Thank you for your continuing support for AU.
 
Bishop Laurie and Rev. Gary Haller
Rev. Darline Balm-Demmel
Rev. Ron and Beth Carlson
Rev. Lilian Gallo-Seagren
Rev. Kiboko Kiboko 
Rev. Carol Kress
Rev. Ben Wedeking
Rev. Paul and Rev. Gayle Wilcox

 

DATE CHANGE for The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness

DATE CHANGE for The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness

published 8/23/2018

IMPORTANT: DUE TO CLERGY ORDERS THE CENTER FOR PASTORAL EFFECTIVENESS WILL BEGIN NOVEMBER 14-16 RATHER THAN IN OCTOBER

The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness has moved their First Retreat (Track 1) from October 29-31 to November 14-16 still meeting at Ankeny First United Methodist Church. Originally scheduled for Oct 29-31 that conflicts with next Clergy Orders Event Oct 30.  The Orders Event is very important and we encourage everyone to attend it in October than please join us at the Center in November.

The Center includes six 3-day retreats that are spread out over three calendar years that were created by clergy who know what it feels like to be in the midst of reactive emotional pressures as well as the joy of ministry. The Center's programs go deep into clergy lives, their family of origin and use a Family Systems as its core to understanding how clergy can become healthier in their lives and leadership.

Mike Janes, Angie Loomis, Lee Schott, Nan Smith, Karen Garrison, Alberta Ervin, Leila Blackburn, Doug Harding, or LaTonya Calderon are just a few of the over 900 clergy alumni who say attending the Center was one of the most important continuing education experiences they have attended and wish they had done it long before they did. 

"Those retreats lead by Bill Selby were hands down the best retreat and ongoing continuing education experiences I had in 18 years of parish ministry,” said Rev. Jay Green from Nebraska.

We encourage clergy to be proactive in their leadership.  Rather than using a bandage after negative reactivity undermines their ministry, we help to create an immune system now.  Join us at the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness in November.

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Center but it didn’t just start in 1999. It took four years of listening, reflecting, studying, and discussing what was happening in churches that was causing clergy to burnout and lose the joy in their calling. What was found is there is no quick-fix but an emotional process.

To register, contact Bill Selby, Center Mentor at integrity4u@comcast.net or by calling 303-521-3850. Visit pastoraleffectiveness.org for more information.