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2017 Professional Interviews and Charge Conferences
Professional Interview forms are now located on the People Dashboard.  The Charge Conference forms are located on the Church Dashboard. 

Clergy: you should have received an email containing a link to your unique People Dashboard.  If you did not receive this link, please contact the District Office. 

Churches: you should have received an email containing a link to the Church Dashboard.  If you did not receive this link, please contact the District Office.

Charge Conference Minutes

The People Dashboard and Church Dashboard can be accessed from the South Central District's homepage, here, you can also locate the Professional Interview and Charge Conference Schedules from the homepage.

Please plan to submit your paperwork online two weeks prior to your professional interview.

Reminder:  If you are unable to complete your form, please place a letter, number or symbol in each box marked with an asterisk (*) in order to be able to save your work.  Failure to do so will result in loss of work.



Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Chariton, First UMC 10 am - 2:30 pm. Please see the flyer and more information on the South Central calendar here. Registration is a MUST by the deadline of September 26 please see the flyer for details.

Fall Order's Retreat - October 3-4, 2017

Click here for more information.

You are invited to the 

Iowa Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation: 

Planted Beside Still Waters - Leadership That Lasts with Roger Owens and Grace Imathiu 

Oct. 8-13, 2017 

American Martyrs Retreat Center Cedar Falls, Iowa

The 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation provides opportunities for: • Balance in one's day and life • Worship-filled moments • Learning and Reflection • Covenant friendships • Self-reflective prayer • A closer walk with God If you feel a need for clearer focus in your walk of faith. Strength to move through the hard, dry spells. Spiritual renewal and meaningful Christian connections. Then God may be calling for you to experience what the Academy can offer. 

Go to for more information, a brochure, and to register.

Please act soon, the deadline is fast approaching!

Benefits Open Enrollment and Pension Presentation- October 17, 2017

Please all mark your calendar for October 17, 2017 at Chariton, First UMC from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm for Joni Mardesen, Director of Human Resources and Benefits Officer to share with you the process for rolling out the new Health Plan that will go into effect on January 1, 2018 also information on Open Enrollment and the Pension Plan.

Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training - October 21, 2017

Both Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training will be held this fall. Registration is due to the District Office by October 9, 2017. See the flyer here
2017-2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering

Click here for more information about this year's Thanksgiving Ingathering.

Iowa UMC Clergy Women's Convocation

Sunday, November 12, 6pm-Tuesday, November 14, 11am. First United Methodist Church of Ames 

Bishop Laurie Haller preaching: "The Annunciation: Celebrating our Call" see flyer here.

SC District Mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training 2017

Facilitators from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center will be inviting reflection and conversation around the challenges for clergy in setting boundaries during our upcoming quadrennial mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training. Recognizing that laity are important partners in establishing healthy boundaries, we are asking that each charge bring their chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee or a lay leader to the training. There will be two trainings held in our district and you will be required to attend one of the two.

Click here for registration.

Justice For Our Neighbors
Click here for JFON's July newsletter.

Mission Moment
Click here to view July's "Mission Moment".

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center-Fall Opportunities

Click here for the Fall 2017 schedule of opportunities.

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center-Leadership and Spiritual Life

The Center's Leadership and Spiritual Life programs offer opportunities for individuals, faith communities, pastors, professionals, and others who seek to enhance career goals, deepen spiritual lives and serve in various forms of ministry. For more information visit their website or upcoming events page

"We Are Called!" - 2017 United Methodist Women's Mission U

Ask anyone who's attended: it's a wonderful experience to spend a couple of days learning, singing, worshiping, and eating delicious food with United Methodist Women from around Iowa.  You are called!  Please answer!  Click here for more information.

Spiritual Leadership Incorporated

As the Iowa Conference continues to work through the coaching tips of Spiritual Leadership Inc. (SLI), participants in the program are getting out to the districts to begin grassroots organizing.  

“We have been learning about our ministries and where mission and ministry need to get realigned,” said Rev. Lanette Plambeck, Broadway UMC in Council Bluffs. “We have been learning, leading and loving together.”   Plambeck is part of the Bishop’s Operational Team.

The Bishop’s Operational Team consists of the Bishop, two assistants to the bishop, the conference treasurer, the communications director, the human resources director, two clergy and two lay leaders. It focuses on looking at the processes in the conference and strategically aligns what it’s doing with focusing on creating new faith communities and renewing congregations. 

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