View a map of our Presbytery, some FAQs, and some quick statistics; all of which hopefully help you understand more about us.
We are Christians who live in eastern Iowa and are members of 71 congregations called: “Presbyterian Churches.” Presbyterians are characterized by a particular form of church government in which churches elect their pastors and also elders who, together, form a body called the “session” which directs the life of a particular church. Each of the congregations in an area send their pastors and some elders to a body (called the presbytery) which oversees the life and work of the congregations and provides support and encouragement. Presbytery of East Iowa covers 16 counties.
Read about the Presbyterian Church USA by visiting their website.
The Presbytery is currently in a transitional process, looking to how to structure mission and programming moving forward. Some questions being explored are:
- God is calling us to serve in this place as a covenant community of servant leaders. What possibilities for mission and ministry emerge as we think about this specific calling?
- How can we shift our primary collective energy from governance to mission, structuring our lives to be open, accountable stewards of all the resources that God provides?
- How can we value the gifts of covenant community to provide mutual nurture and support?
- How can we find ways to provide greater, more authentic access for younger members who are our emergent leaders?
We currently meet five times per year for stated meetings. From time to time, special called meetings are scheduled for specific items that must be addressed prior to the next stated meeting.
A synod is a regionally based group of presbyteries. We are in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Other presbyteries in our synod are:
- Central Nebraska
- Des Moines
- John Knox
- Minnesota Valleys
- Missouri River Valley
- North Central Iowa
- Northern Plains
- Northern Waters
- Prospect Hill
- South Dakota
- Twin Cities Area
The Presbytery of East Iowa has become a Virtual Presbytery. This means all work, meetings, and minutes are housed online. One can find all information on our website. Up to date news can be found on our Facebook page. We have a bi-weekly newsletter with news, mission opportunities, and ways to connect within the Presbytery.
We still have an office presence, but when possible, we prefer to hold meetings throughout the presbytery. We hope to spur the conversation within our community by leaving the office and going out into the world. It is in this way we hope to commit ourselves to one another through transparent actions that keep faith with one another and foster connections in the communities in which we are located, in the ecumenical church, and in cultures around the globe to share God’s love in concrete actions of ministry and mission
You can always contact us by email, on the website, by phone (319-354-9220), or in person. Virtual does not mean we are not present. Virtual means we are ready to come to you. Virtual means we are better equipped to Think, converse, worship, discern, and work together for the common good of our Presbytery, our Synod, and our world.