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Rules of Order

Conference connection ministry council, planning and research.


JFON-Justice for Our Neighbors
At Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), we work on behalf of the Iowa Annual Conference United Methodist Churches to transform the lives of immigrant and refugee families with high quality immigration legal services that are free to our low income clients in the tradition of UMCOR, the agency which started JFON here in Iowa 17 years ago. 

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"Something Bigger Than Ourselves" - A Statement from the Appointive Cabinet

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The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness holds first retreat in October

July 12, 2018

The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness will be holding their First Retreat (Track 1) October 29-31 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church.

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, or Karen Garrison are some 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.

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.

Be proactive in your ministry rather than using a bandage later. Create an immune system now. Join the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness in October.

To register, contact Bill Selby, Center Mentor at or by calling 303-521-3850. Visit for more information.