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by The Des Moines Presbytery Interim General Presbyter Search Committee

We are in every way trying to be transparent with our task. We will continue to keep you informed about where we are in the process.There are times approaching when we begin to relate to candidates that we will be required to hold certain information received from them as confidential in order not to jeopardize their ministry.

It comes as no surprise that all doctors, counselors and church leaders are expected to maintain confidentiality. When this doesn’t happen it’s a major breech of ethics.

But what role does confidentiality play in the life of a search committee? How do its members determine what is appropriate communication with the Presbytery?  When does “confidentiality” become an excuse to keep secrets?

The Presbytery of Des Moines will be sending a delegation to the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium. We are now accepting applications, which should be sent to the Presbytery office at the address listed below. The event registration begins in January 2016 and concludes in early May 2016, so early registrations are encouraged.

Rev. Phil Barrett was elected Stated Clerk and General Presbyter of the Des Moines Presbytery on Feb. 1, 1994 and has continued to serve the Presbytery since that time. During his tenure with the Presbytery, Phil has ministered to many churches, many pastors and a very large number of church members.

A retirement reception for Phil was held on Sunday, Nov. 22, to celebrate with and congratulate Phil on his retirement after nearly 22 years of service. It was held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Indianola from 2-5 p.m. There was a short program at 3 p.m.

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Coming Up

Thu Feb 11 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM)
Sat Feb 13 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
Presbytery Meeting
Thu Feb 18 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Compassion Peace & Justice Task Force (CPJ)
Fri Feb 19 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Leadership Council

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Stated Meeting




Our Next Stated Meeting Is:

Saturday, February 13, 2016  

Our next Stated Meeting, the 503rd meeting of the Presbytery of Des Moines will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016. This meeting will be held at Ankeny Presbyterian Church, 317 SE Trilein Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021-3232.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.