View a map of our Presbytery, some FAQs, and some quick statistics; all of which hopefully help you understand more about us.
Presbyterians live in community within a particular form of church government in which ordered groups or “councils” make decisions about mission and ministry. The central council is the Presbytery, which discerns the mission and ministry God calls it to accomplish in this geographic area. The 70 congregations within the Presbytery of East Iowa are then sent out as expressions of the Presbytery’s mission and ministry, formed to live out this shared calling in the neighborhoods in which they are located. Pastors are the minister members of the Presbytery that serve as the presence of the Presbytery, moderating the ordered councils of congregations, which are called “sessions.” Sessions hold collective responsibility for “governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness.” (G – 3.0201)
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?
The Presbytery Office location and our mailing address is:
1700 S. 1st Ave., Ste. 23
Iowa City, IA 52240
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