Why We Love This Opportunity
Plymouth United Church of Christ has been a steady and important part of Des Moines for 164 years that is poised to build into a new season of ministry. The next Senior Minister has a great opportunity to continue the legacy of this church while helping it to navigate the way it continues to move into the future. Des Moines is a growing city, and Plymouth UCC has available resources, a committed congregation, and a desire to expand and grow in new ways. This is a great church for a seasoned pastor to step into.
Church or Org Description
Plymouth United Church of Christ is a traditional church with theologically progressive values. They are a congregational church without a set doctrine or creed, as a part of the United Church of Christ denomination. While there are theological distinctive that is important to Plymouth, their motto of “We agree to differ. We resolve to love. We unite to serve” sets an important posture that describes the way their theology is lived out in the church body.
As one of the larger UCC churches, Plymouth United Church of Christ has a strong history that they are proud of, but are eager to build off of that foundation to take new steps for this next season of the life of the church.
The opportunity to lead this church in Des Moines – one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the US – is a unique opportunity in a city that not only has a budding culture but is a great place to raise a family. The uniqueness of the city is one of the many exciting things about this opportunity.
This is a great opportunity for a pastor who is looking to help an established church move into a new season, with available resources, a committed congregation, and a city that is ripe for the kind of church Plymouth is and desires to be.
The Senior Minister is responsible for engaging members in their spiritual growth, building an inviting church experience that consistently draws new members, promotes a culture of giving and stewardship, possesses proven leadership experience to execute the church’s strategic plan, and strong operational management capabilities. Outstanding preaching skills and delivery of inspiring sermons are critical success factors for this role. The Senior Minister embodies the values of Plymouth Church’s progressive and welcoming reputation and models our practice of love of God and neighbor.