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Senior Minister

Des Moines,


Why We Love This Opportunity

Located on a hill west of downtown Des Moines, Plymouth Congregational UCC has been a prominent faith community in the city for 164 years. Now, the next Senior Minister has a tremendous opportunity to build on the deep legacy of this vibrant and beloved church, helping it navigate the future and implement a recently crafted strategic plan. Plymouth Congregational Church has a talented, energetic, and committed congregation, and the desire to expand and grow in new ways. This is a special opportunity for a seasoned pastor to step into.

Church or Org Description

Plymouth 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. Plymouth’s long-standing motto of “We agree to differ. We resolve to love. We unite to serve.” seems newly relevant today and is how the church tries to live out its theology through its members and deeds.
As one of the larger UCC churches (some [2,500] members, worshipping [700] on average weekend), Plymouth has a rich history. Yet the church is eager to build on that foundation to take new steps for this next season of the life of the church.
Des Moines, Iowa is one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the Midwest—a wonderful place to live and adds to the appeal of this opportunity.

Position Description

The Senior Minister is responsible for engaging members in their spiritual growth, building an inviting church experience (“all are welcome here”) that consistently draws new members, and promotes a culture of giving and stewardship. Outstanding preaching skills and delivery of inspiring sermons are critical success factors for this role. So, too, are strong operational management ability and proven leadership to facilitate and guide the implementation of the church’s recently adopted strategic plan. The Senior Minister embodies the values of Plymouth Church’s progressive and welcoming reputation and models our practice of love of God and neighbor.


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