Iowa Conference clergy converse on congregation reentry

Iowa Conference clergy converse on congregation reentry

May 21, 2020

About 400 Iowa Conference clergypersons joined a Zoom meeting focused on reentry plans for Iowa United Methodist congregations addressing the concerns surrounding reentry into churches during and after the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
“Have you ever heard the words, ‘We’ve never done this before,’?” asked Bishop Laurie Haller during her opening devotion. “No, we haven’t done this before, but this evening we’re doing something new. We’re gathering as clergy in a way we have never gathered before.”


Recorded on May 19, 2020, Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, director of clergy and leadership excellence, spoke about the Crisis Response Reentry Plan and answered questions from clergy about how we can lead with wisdom and care during the pandemic.
 
“I am so proud of each one of you for stepping up to the plate, for the many ways in which you are engaging your congregations in creative ministry and are reaching out to your communities and the world with the good news of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Laurie.
 
More resources to help guide churches, families, and communities through the pandemic can be found on the Iowa Conference Disaster Ministries Webpage. The conference is also producing more frequent Weekly 360 email newsletters during the pandemic, that you can sign up to receive here.
 
The clergy Zoom meeting was a joint effort of the Appointive Cabinet, the Communications Ministry Team, and the Information Technology Department.