North Central District "Crossroads"

June 27, 2018
"Soul Talk"  June 27, 2018 Edition-
- written by: North Central District Rev. Harlan Gillespie


March 1, 2018 - 2017 Fund Balance Report were DUE - - Click HERE for the 2017 Fund Balance Report - Thank you to those who have sent in their Financial Audit Reports. If this has not been taken care of - please do so ASAP!

May 1, 2018 - 2018 Another Set of Eyes were DUE

To date (5/16/2018) we have received Another Set of Eyes from: Michael Adedokun, David Arulnathan, Anita Bane, Leila Blackburn, Steve Campbell, Brian Cushman, Fred Darbonne, Debra Devine, Alberta Ervin, Paul Evans, Cynthia Finn, Jeff Flagg, Dawn Freese, Sandi Gobeli, Les Green, Mike Gudka, Steve Hansen, Todd Hartsock, Jen Hibben, Beth Justice, Pat Landers, Rob Lanphere, Carol Myers, Dave Peterson, Julie Poulsen, Steve Ransom, Ward Richards, Susan Rohden, Dan Rogers, Jill Sanders, Dale Schoening, Sue Simmons, Michael Slininger, Rochelle Swenson, Chris Waddle, and Alaire Willits.

REMINDER:  Another Set of Eyes is yearly evaluation that is a part of each Pastor/Churches file.  It’s helpful information that Cabinet reads and uses during the appointment making process that helps them identify what kind of support a Pastor and/or Church may need. Another Set of Eyes is used to strengthen relationships and developing skills for the sake of Jesus Christ.
If you and/or your SPRC Committee has not completed Another Set of Eyes - Please do so ASAP
Click HERE for the 2018 Another Set of Eyes.
July 15-17, 2018 Summer Mission u - Learning Together for Transformation of the World - For more information and registration information - Click HERE
2018-2019 Pastoral Interviews -  The schedule is now available! Thank you to those who have signed up upon registration at Annual Conference! The schedule filled up fast. For those who have not signed up yet - please contact the District Office ASAP! To see the schedule and/or more information in regard to the Pastoral Interviews - Click HERE.
2018-2019 Church/Charge Conference  Orientations/Trainings - There will be 4 Orientations/Trainings held again this year! Click HERE for dates, times, and locations!
2018-2019 Church/Charge Conferences - There will be 4 Charge Conferences held again this year! Click HERE for ALL of the details including dates, times, and locations!
October 9-12, 2018 - National Christians Engaged in Faith Formation "Curious Church" Conference - Des Moines Marriott Hotel (700 Grand Ave) Click HERE for more information and to register.
October 13, 2018 - Basic & Advanced Lay Servant Training - Clear Lake UMC - 8 AM-6PM - Click HERE for more information and registration information.
October 19-21, 2018 Fall Mission u - Learning Together for Transformation of the World - For more information and registration information - Click HERE
Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith

People of Constant Prayer

June 26, 2018

God, as Jesus and his followers crossed over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, they encountered a great crowd of people with great needs. There are great crowds of people with great needs in our world, in our communities, and in our households today. May your love given in Jesus Christ increase our faith and generosity in such a way that we live into the healing and reconciliation you desire for the world and all people.  Hear us, we pray, and allow your grace in Christ Jesus to heal us and inspire us as we pray for:


  • The communities and households who have been impacted by the flooding here in Iowa and the region;
  • Randy Thayer and his family on the death of his spouse, Rev. Connie Thayer; and the congregations she served;  
  • Congregations, pastors, and their families who are transitioning appointments;
  • The families who were separated on the southern borders of our country and all of us on all sides of the issue of immigration to seek a humane way for us to live as a people of many cultures, nations, races, and creeds;  
  • Those who are celebrating the joy of new life, baptisms, confirmations, graduations, and significant markers along the journey of faith and life.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.


Equipping Ourselves and others as Transformational Leaders

Candidacy Retreats Being Again In August
Candidates for ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference will once again have the opportunity to participate in a candidacy retreat  as part of the updated candidacy process. Retreats will be held in August and January annually with the first scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2018 at Pictured Rocks UMC Camp. All candidates who enter the process as of January 1, 2018 will be required to attend though any candidate in process is welcome, regardless of when they began their candidacy journey. The January retreats will be held at Camp Wesley Woods. Click HERE for more information.
Des Moines Pastoral Care & Counseling Opportunities
To see a schedule of upcoming trainings and workshops: go to: or call 515-274-4006.
Curious Church - October 9th-12th, in Des Moines
Where curious people engaged in faith formation go to connect, learn, worship, and discover.  Featured speakers include Brian McLaren, John Roberto, Mary Scifres, Bishop Laurie Haller, Bishop Cynthia Ferraro Harvey, and Bishop Tracey Smith Malone.  Check out the details and register, HERE.
Directing Our Resources to Common Goals


Help Wanted:  Iowa Falls and Alden United Methodist Churches seek part-time musicians for choir director and Sunday pianist, respectively. Could be a combined position. Send resume and cover letter to or call 641-648-4607. 

Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

Camp registration for the 2018 season is officially open! Come join us at Lake Okoboji, Pictured Rocks, or Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Centers for an Adventure of a Lifetime! Registration information can be found at, or by calling the camp registrar at 1-800-765-1651.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission - North Central District Jurisdictional Upcoming Trainings: CLICK HERE for more information on upcoming trainings and dates.