We Are Connected
United Methodist churches are connectional in nature, meaning that each church is part of a larger network of UMCs, all members of The United Methodist Church. This connectionalism is seen at the local, regional, and global levels of The UMC.
One clear example where the benefits of our connectional nature is on full display is through the work of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR provides effective humanitarian aid in places throughout the world that have experienced crisis; they are only able to do so because of the broad connectional support provided within The United Methodist Church.
Connectionalism is also an important part of how we make decisions. We believe in the importance of listening to one another and making decisions after conversation and discernment.
At the local level, St. Paul’s, like all United Methodist churches, has an annual Church Conference to clarify and affirm its mission, vision, ministry, and business of the church. At the geographical level, all United Methodist Churches in Iowa meet each June to do the same thing for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Jurisdictional Conferences pick our top leaders, and the General Conference meets to make decisions that impact the UMC across the globe.
The Church Council is the governing body of the local churches, making decisions regarding the short- and long-term directions and stewardship of the ministries of the church. The Council works with the recommendations of the various committees in following the call to be a faithful United Methodist congregation.
Throughout the year, the St. Paul’s Church Council makes sure that all our unique ministries are guided by the mission and vision of our church. Church Council is made up of lay leadership as well as pastors serving our church. Regular meetings of the Church Council are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Church Council Membership