Faith Communities

Resources for Starting and Building Communities of Faith 

MissionInsite - Serving your community begins with understanding your community. Easy-to-use map based data analytics tools have established MissionInsite as the preferred choice for current community information.

Parish Development & Evangelism - Resources for natural church development.

Builder's CallUnited Methodist Builders have helped new congregations buy land or build their first church facility. United Methodist Builders have provided funds to help established congregations update their facilities or build new additions.

Local Church Resources - The materials on this page are recommended to you by the Field Outreach Ministers of the Iowa Conference. They are listed by category. Contact your district's FOM for more information about these resources.

Hispanic/Latino Ministries -  The Iowa Conference is a church ministering to, for and with its Latino/Hispanic communities. The mission and vision of Hispanic/Latino Ministries is to:

  • Mobilize the church at local, district and conference levels to be in ministry with Latino/Hispanic people in all areas of significant Latina/Hispanic population concentration.
  • Identify and equip leadership to start new ministries, as well as to strengthen existing ministries with Hispanic/Latino communities.
  • Identify and develop fiscal resources necessary to support Latino/Hispanic ministries and to help them become self-sustaining.
  • Walks with Hispanic/Latino communities of faith providing them with support and resources.

Co-Missioned - “God has a mission, and God’s mission needs a church!” The Missional Transformation Process provides an intentional, systematic way for congregations to embrace their future. The process is a two-year journey that assumes that God is at work in the world and that the task of the church is to participate faithfully in what God is already doing. 

 

Stories about New and Existing Communities of Faith

Read about Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis

DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF AN URBAN CHURCH

For an idea of how Broadway United Methodist Church is turning the model of the urban church inside out, look for a moment at its food pantry, clothing ministry and after-school program.

They’ve been killed off.

In many cases, they were buried with honors. But those ministries, staples of the urban church, are all gone from Broadway. Kaput. Read more—click here!