Iowa-Nigeria Partnership: For twenty-five years the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church in Nigeria shared resources and people to further the cause of Christ in both countries. Typical projects in Nigeria have included education, health and agricultural projects, Village Well Projects, EmpowHer (microfinance), village partnerships and support of Banyam Theological Seminary. The official partnership agreement between the conferences has expired and is under review, yet the relationships formed over the past 25 years have encouraged the continuation of partnership activities. Iowa partnerships completed a medical clinic in 2015, and BTS Provost visited Iowa churches in 2016. Our relationships and our efforts at combined ministry are alive and well.
The BTS Advisory Committee (BTSAC) owns and maintains this website. BTSAC was formed as a sub-committee of the Iowa - Nigeria Partnership, focusing on assisting Banyam Seminary with its immediate goals and visions for the future of the institution. In the church, as in the secular world, education is a key component of progress, and the BTS Advisory Committee believes that investment in Banyam Theological Seminary is as important to development as any other infrastructure project. The BTS advisory committee remains an active body of Iowans outside of the INP.
Action Form: A convenient synopsis of our current funding initiatives is available on our BTS Action Card. You're welcome to download and print it and use it as a guide for your personal contributions or those of your church's mission-giving team. <get Action Card>
Contributions: If you feel led to contribute to any of the seminary's needs, in any amount, you may do so through your local Iowa United Methodist Church. Simply make the the check payable to the Iowa Conference Treasurer with this notation: Banyam Seminary __________ (your designation).
Contributions may also be mailed to the headquarters of the Iowa United Methodist Church at:
Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
2301 Rittenhouse St
Des Moines, IA USA 50321