Re-Formation of the Congregation


You are invited to join Presbyterians from across Iowa to a four-part seminar on revitalizing and reforming our congregations. The purpose of the seminar is to equip church leaders and pastors for ministry in this rapidly changing time, and help them strengthen the local church’s worship, witness, and engagement in God’s mission. Ministers and members are invited, although the program is directed at the ministry of the laity.

The four sessions will include intentional study, worship, and fellowship. Participants are encouraged to commit to attending all four sessions and a limited amount of reading.

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First Session: The Church and Its Witness

Why local congregations? In this session, we will discuss the nature of the Body of Christ and its vocation. We will also explore the marks of a vibrant congregation and its witness.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Speakers: Rev. Ian McMullen & Elder Amgad Beblawi



Second Session: Biblically Grounded

As Presbyterians we affirm that the scriptures are “the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the church universal and God’s Word to [us],” and we pledge to do all ministry “under the authority of scripture.” In this session, we will discuss the gift and meaning of biblical authority for the life of the church.

Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, Ames, and Zoom

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, Professor of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Third Session: The Dangerous Act of Worship and Its Implications

What impact should encountering God in authentic worship have on our lives as individuals and faith communities? And what can we learn from the faithful generations of Christians who have gone before us as we respond to difficult and contentious issues in our society?

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, Ames, and Zoom

Rev. Erica MacCreaigh & Rev. Dr. Annika Lister Stroope

Fourth Session: The Cost of Discipleship – The Radical Nature of Following Jesus

What does it mean to follow Jesus, to be disciples of Jesus? What does it mean to be the sent ones to our society?

Friday-Saturday, November 18-19, 2022

Location: Lakeshore Center at Okoboji

Speaker: Rev. Clint Loveall & Rev. Michael Gewecke


You can register online here or contact the presbyteries office at (319) 233-1747. There is no registration fee. However, participants will be asked to contribute toward lunch cost and, for the fourth sessions, pay for their own room and board at Lakeshore Center.

This seminar is a collaborative effort of and subsidized by The Ministry Collaborative and the three presbyteries of Prospect Hill, Des Moines, and North Central Iowa. Participants will be asked to cover lunch cost for the first three sessions and their own room and board for the fourth sessions.