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The Iowa District (Church of the Nazarene) Ministerial Credentials pages now have their own blog. Click here or cut and paste this address in your browser:

See you there!

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Written by Monte

April 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Posted in IDMCB Archive

Iowa District Ministerial Studies and Credentials – Next Meeting

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Hello dear friends:

If you are a minister-in-training registered with the Iowa District of the Church of the Nazarene, please keep Saturday, May 19, 2007 penciled-in on your calendar for your annual meeting with the Ministerial Studies and Ministerial Credentials Boards in Des Moines. Further details will appear here as the day comes closer. Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to drop by here with questions or comments any time. Anything you write here posts to my email as well, so you can be sure I’ll see it.

With respect and goodwill,
Monte (Secretary, Iowa District Board of Ministerial Credentials)

Written by Monte

February 9, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Posted in IDMCB Archive, Nazarene

Iowa District Ministerial Credentials Report ’06

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(As approved by the Iowa District Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene in July of 2006. This report will also be published in the 2006 Journal of the Iowa District.)

Dear Iowa Nazarene Ministers:

It still thrills me to realize that God would want me to serve him as a pastor, and that others would recognize the validity of that call. I hope the magnificence of his call on your life – and the recognition of it by your peers – is thrilling and humbling to you, as well. Congratulations to all!



Ministerial Credentials Board

Partial Report No. 1

We, your Board of Ministerial Credentials, submit the following:

We recommend that the following ministers Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

August 14, 2006 at 4:10 pm

New Oaks Church

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This blog is my own – I’m not speaking for New Oaks Church when I share blogged opinions. But since it is my privilege to serve as one of New Oaks’ pastors, people sometimes pop up here who are curious about it. Here’s just a little.

Mission Our Mission and Values

Seems to us that Jesus Christ is about extending relationships: from God to us, from us to us (as I come to understand myself through God’s eyes), and from us to others – those who know him well, only a little, or not at all. We keep calling ourselves back to growing relationships in what we do, how we interact, and how we give and spend.

Authenticity in that mission, for us, comprises four values – you see them on the tree. Pursuing the mission needs to be beautiful, and we hope to keep it that way.

Those happiest here are people who assume they will find God changing them into someone they like more and more, and who expect their church to be an aid to that process.

Getting together

We gather to worship on Sundays at 10:30. Same purpose as above: Growing relationships with God, self, and others.
Many of us gather in small groups at different times through the week. Same purpose as above.
And children and their parents gather on most Wednesday nights at 6:30 for Creation Station. Guess what its purpose might be.


If our purpose seems like it might be useful to you, too, you are so welcome at our gatherings.

We do not dress up – for the gospel is for people who have no dress up clothes at least as much as it is for those who do.

In addition, there are many Mexican and Guatemalan families in our town, some of whom wonder if they are welcome at Washington’s mostly-white churches. My answer is Estan Uds. en su iglesia aqui.

Finding us

New Oaks’ building is located at 1506 N. 5th Avenue in Washington, IA, USA. Follow 4th Avenue north about 1 mile from Iowa Highway 92. Turn right at E. 15th. You’ll see it. Click here for a map. Washington is about 35 minutes south of the Iowa City area’s Interstate 80/380 interchange.

Is it part of a denomination?

New Oaks’ full name is Washington New Oaks Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene is an international body that seeks to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world. More details on the COTN worldwide are available at

Contact Us

Any comment left on this blog posts to my email as well.
For more private communication, you may email me at
And you may leave a message for me at the church’s office: 319-653-4649 (though most of my work is done away from the building and it may take me a few days to get back to you. Email works best.)

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Written by Monte

August 4, 2006 at 12:10 pm

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2008 Ministerial Credentials Interviews

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Hello, Iowa District ministers and candidates!

Our Credentials and Studies Boards will meet on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Eastside Church of the Nazarene, 1541 E. 25th St., Des Moines, IA. Applications are due May 1.

Please request your meeting time by leaving a comment below. I will confirm your time by return email and write your name on the chart.

If you are:

  • an applicant for your first Iowa District License, please request two 20-minute white blocks, making a single 40-minute appointment.
  • an applicant for renewal of your Iowa District License, please request one 20-minute white block.
  • an applicant for ordination, please request one of the 60-minute blocks so marked.







Board Members Convene


Ordination candidate: Jeff Jewett


Adam Jantz

Celeste Norman

Tammy Gauer

James Gauer

Dick Allen


Victoria Hagedorn

Scott Landon

Josh Vance

Ben DeLong

Zach Pogemiller


Elizabeth Messamer

Chapain B. Tosingilo

Jose Segura

Brandon Shotten

Zach Pogemiller


Paul Gabbard

Chapain B. Tosingilo

Jose Segura

Kyle Haafke


Paul Gabbard

Dan Hardcastle

Kyle Haafke


Ordination candidate: Dana Jurgens


Ordination candidate: James Leatherwood


Credentials Board meets

Please note that the 2008 info letter is also online: click here to see it. If you did not receive it, please contact me right away.

It’s an honor to serve you, and we’re looking forward to sharing in your journey.

Rev. Monte Asbury, Secretary
Iowa District Board of Ministerial Credentials
Church of the Nazarene

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Written by Monte

April 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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