Friends in Christ,
I give thanks to God for your faithful and effective ministries led by the Holy Spirit for the sake of Jesus Christ. You continue to find ways each day to share the love of God in Jesus Christ with your neighbors here and around the world encouraging growth in discipleship.
By December 30th of this year, the physical office spaces that have been used for district superintendents and district administrative assistants will be closed. This transition is taking place to lower administrative costs that require Apportionment funding.
District Superintendents and District Administrative Assistants will continue to have their regular phone number and email addresses as well as access to all the technology to support you in your ongoing mission and ministry for the sake of Jesus Christ. This transition will include some new way of supporting you electronically. We invite your patience and your helpful comments as we continue to improve together.
We expect that the transition to the virtual offices for the district superintendents and district administrative assistants to happen around the first of December.
The virtual offices for the district superintendents will also be mobile offices. Bishop Laurie Haller expects the superintendents to make regular and frequent visits with clusters of pastors and churches on their districts so they may fulfill their role as district missional strategists. This will provide your district superintendent intentional time and effort to connect pastors and churches with each other for prayer, mutual support, encouragement, and sharing best practices for connective ministry. Please contact your superintendent directly for messages, questions, and setting up an appointment with her or him:
Terra Amundson: 712-227-1126 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Carlson: 712-227-1351 | email@example.com
South Central District
Moody Colorado: 641-328-5814 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Cue: 319-382-0621 | email@example.com
Heecheon Jeon: 515-974-8910 | firstname.lastname@example.org
East Central District
Kiboko Kiboko: 319-382-0072 | email@example.com
North Central District
Carol Kress: 515-297-8580 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Wilcox: 319-382-0079 | email@example.com
District administrative assistants are, as required by Federal Law, hourly employees. Traveling would unnecessarily restrict their work hours for administrative support of the districts. Their virtual office hours will be Monday through Thursday and average 10 hours per day. This will provide focused time for district administrative assistants to work together as a team to connect superintendents, pastors, and lay leadership for effective ministry. Please contact them with any messages, questions, or information that pertains to their work with you; and remember, they will be available by phone or email to assist with all of their pastors’ and churches’ needs.
Central District and South Central District
Sue Booth: 641-342-1644 | Sue.firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest District and Southwest District
Judi Calhoon: 712-732-0812 | Judi.email@example.com
North Central District and Northeast District
Alanna Warren: 515-832-2784 | Alanna.firstname.lastname@example.org
East Central District and Southeast District
Ann Zeal: 319-365-6273 | Ann.email@example.com
What does this mean for clergy, laity, churches, and the ministries of the districts?
Much of what is happening now will continue with intended improvements:
These two functions make up most of the work of the district administrative assistants and are the major pieces of record keeping that directly affect appointment making, church revitalization, and starts of new communities of faith.
Clergy and laity are key partners with your district administrative assistants to make sure that these records, along with pastoral evaluation forms, salary forms (Form I), and local church ministry plans are completed in full, accurate, and turned in on time with no delays. This, along with the face-to-face visits of district superintendents and the directors of new faith communities, clergy and leadership excellence, and congregational excellence, has the greatest potential to resource the mission and ministry of the local church in partnership with area United Methodist churches and their communities.
There will be some changes to strengthen leadership.
Life, as well as the church as the body of Christ, is always full of transitions. Transitions can be seen as interruptions to cherished routines; yet, the simple and profound transition of the act of breathing is essential for our personal lives, like the transitional “breathing” that is prayer is essential for our lives in Christ, personally and as the church.
Jesus encouraged his followers and us with a ready way to transition in daily faith: Ask, Seek, and Knock (Matthew 7:7-12). Jesus taught us to be curious rather than curt, search rather than subvert, and knock to open the door of communication.
I invite your comments and questions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 515-974-8903. I am sure that there will be adjustments to what I have written in this note that will provide for more improvements and corrections.
Thank you for your faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the mission and ministry we share.
Assistant to the Bishop for Administration and Connectional Ministries
What do live music, dancing chickens and iced coffee have in common? RAGBRAI and United Methodists of course! Simpson College Chaplain Mara Bailey chats with us about the space the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop provided riders to get away, and the team at Indianola First UMC talked about how RAGBRAI brings the congregation together.