Vision 2032 II conversations begin January 11th

January 15, 2020
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You are invited to Vision 2032 II a follow-up conversation on what was heard during the Fall of 2019 at Vision 2032: All In Visioning Sessions with Bishop Laurie. It will begin with introductory remarks from Bishop Laurie and continue with ideas on plans for the Iowa Annual Conference to move forward in mission and ministry. Your participation is encouraged and you will be able to share in dialogue with those presenting.

During the Fall of 2019, Vision 2032: All In gatherings were held throughout Iowa where attendees were able to share ideas on how to build a future together as Iowa United Methodists.

The sessions were broken into three sections: Visioning, Context and Framing. In the Vision section, Bishop Laurie shared her hope for the United Methodist Church in 2032. The date, 12 years from now, comes from a presentation she gave to the Church of the Resurrection’s Leadership Institute. Read Bishop Laurie’s Vision 2032. In the Context section participants heard about Iowa Annual Conference's challenges and in the Framing section ideas were shared on how to reduce the Iowa Annual Conference's budget through staff realignments, adaptive, and structural changes. After the presentation, participants broke into small groups and were asked to answer the following questions: 

  • What concerns do you have for our future as United Methodists?
  • What excites you for our future as Iowa United Methodists?
  • With God’s guidance, what kind of better, faster, stronger Iowa Conference can we build with a $6 - 8 million budget?
  • What specific recommendations do you have around staffing and ministry needs?

Each table group wrote their answers on a sheet and presented to the full group. Those responses were been gathered and recorded. Read responses from each district.

The first two Vision 2032 II sessions begin on Saturday, January 11, in the North Central District (Story City Grace) at 10:00 am and following that in the North East District (Cedar Falls First) at 2:30 pm. See below for a full list of dates and locations for the remaining January sessions. 

North Central District - 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 11
Story City Grace  

North East District - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 
Cedar Falls First

South Central District - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunday, January 19
 Osceola 

East Central District - 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 25
Shueyville 

UPDATE: Northwest District - 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 25
Sioux City First

Southeast District - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 25 
Washington  

UPDATE: Southwest District - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 25
Council Bluffs Broadway 

Central District - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 26
Walnut Hills