On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. you are invited to attend one of eight workshops being offered. Please register by May 31st if you are planning on attending so that we are able to plan for a proper amount of seating.

Workshops Registration


A multiethnic movement has already begun, and the church is primed to lead the way. This workshop will focus on how to build healthy multiethnic congregations for both church planters and those seeking to transform ethnically homogeneous churches. If you’re looking to build a multiethnic ministry and don’t know where to start, you’re not alone—this is church on the cutting edge! Attend this workshop and get a glimpse of God’s vision for the future.

About Pastor Eric Mulanda

I am Eric Mulanda Nduwa, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that was formerly known as Zaire. I am married to Corinne Mafo who is also a Congolese and she is a nurse by profession. We have two blessed boys name Blessed Mulanda and Jossiah Mulanda. I am an ambassador of Jesus Christ who is driven through this scripture from the book of Acts 1:8 “to go and be witnesses …to the end of the Earth. So, I am still going and witnessing Jesus Christ in this world.

I serve as an associate pastor at Mount Hope United Methodist which is a multi-ethnic Church (http://www.mounthopeumc.org) where we welcome people around the world. We are a church growing younger and more diverse in the Michigan Area. I have been serving as an ambassador of Jesus Christ reaching people in the community and beyond the community for Jesus Christ in different countries such as Congo-Kinshasa, Zimbabwe, Germany and the United States. “To serve yourself, use your head; to serve others, use your heart.” Rev. Eric Mulanda and Corinne Mafo

About Pastor Rob Cook

Rob Cook is a pastor serving at Mount Hope UMC (www.mounthopeumc.org), a church that welcomes people from all over the world.  He is developing cultural competency the best way, by experiencing it firsthand.  Long an ethnically homogeneous church, Mount Hope is growing younger and more diverse.   Also a member of the Michigan Area Multiethnic Team for New Church Development, Rob has learned that this movement transcends churches, denominations, and even theological persuasions.


During the 2019 Iowa Annual Conference you are invited to attend an educational mental health breakout session focused towards building community coalitions. Attendees will discover past and current mental health efforts and how communities are uniting to build a decisive and tactical strategy to address mental illness in their community. The session includes specific building blocks in the formation and creation of an effective and strategic community action coalition, building synergy and compassion for those suffering. 

The presentation helps to build community action through powerful and compelling coalition building through community unity, corroboration and trust. The session describes historical and key components to an effective mental health coalition and how mental health unity is achieved through the collective energy of a coalition. The session creates a road map to success. Additionally, the session fosters a common bond of understanding, admiration and mutual respect for those willing to meet the mental health crisis and embrace critical challenges in creative ways to help others and serve their communities. Please join us.

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On behalf of the Bishop’s Mental Health Task Force, Rev. Paul Daniel will provide an introductory workshop that is intended to provide an overview of mental health and mental illness. Rev. Lee Roorda Schott, co-vice-chair of the Task Force, will host and assist.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by the terms mental illness and mental health.
  • List the risk factors that may contribute to the development of a mental health problem.
  • Identify the most common mental health diagnosesRecognize some of the symptoms of the most common mental illnesses
  • Discuss recovery for those experiencing mental illness
  • Challenge some of the stereotypes and stigma associated with the term mental illness
  • Identify ways of looking after your own mental well-being.


Many churches are afraid of conflict and avoid it at all costs, but conflict is a gift! Conflict is simply the presence of two or more ideas occupying the same space. A congregation must have some conflict to be a healthy, vital congregation. If there is no conflict it means there is nothing worth being passionate or excited about and apathy is a bigger stumbling block to vitality than conflict! How a church chooses to handle conflict however can either be constructive or destructive to our life together in faith. This teaching session will outline some of the critical concepts of effective conflict management and offer some techniques to transform the struggle from something to be feared into the gift it can be for your congregation. The workshop will be led by members of the Iowa Conference Conflict transformation team coordinated by Rev. Dave Crow, Chairperson & Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence.


Rev. Willam Poland

We will explore methods of creating new places for new people in your area. All start with a pathway of following Jesus as a growing disciple. It is possible for every congregation to start of New Community of Faith no matter how small or large you may be.


Rev. Clinton Twedt-Ball

Many of our Iowa communities are struggling economically, relationally and spiritually. Strong faith communities are needed as much as ever to give people hope and direction. Discuss practical guidance and strategies on how to connect with the community around you in a way that sets the spirit of God free to do amazing work. Matthew 25 has grown from a start-up twelve years ago into an organization that has grown dramatically and guided investments of more than $10 million into the neighborhood where they work. All of this has been done through foundational practices of listening, discerning and building upon the spirit’s leading.


More info to follow.


Joni Mardesen

What steps should I take to prepare for my retirement? What pension and retirement benefits will I receive after retiring from ministry? What healthcare options are available to me if I’m 65 when I retire?  If I retire at 62? If you have been asking these questions, please join us for this learning session as we touch on the basics of retirement readiness.  All participants registered for the workshop will receive their personal pension projection from Wespath,  resource materials, and a retirement checklist to assist in their retirement planning process.