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Pastor of Children, Youth, & Families – Des Moines, IA


Position Description:

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Des Moines, Iowa, seeks a full-time pastor of children, youth, and families. This is a senior-level leadership position, with the successful candidate working closely with the senior pastor to build on Plymouth’s strong children and family ministry. We desire to have a premier program, creating and implementing successful ministry initiatives in Greater Des Moines and the wider United Church of Christ. Attention will need to focus on a holistic and robust theological formation program from birth through high school while also extending pastoral care to the adults walking alongside children and youth. Additionally, special care should center on developmental transitions with a goal of increased incorporation into the shared life of the congregation. Plymouth seeks a person who is passionate about engaging social justice issues, and empowering children, youth, and families to embody a progressive framework that is both theologically informed and relevant. Intergenerational connections and formation are important to the fabric of Plymouth’s community and will be an essential ministry component. Additional attention should focus on developing a program that offers a range of engagement opportunities, providing low-entry and accessible avenues of involvement for time-pressed families while simultaneously providing avenues where sustained growth and theological development can occur. The successful candidate will understand pedagogical goals, the importance of habits and rituals, and how to successfully integrate students and families into the broader life and ministry of Plymouth. Crucially, the successful candidate must be able to work with and value the many diverse family structures that are represented at Plymouth. We seek to be a place where children can grow, learn, and ask questions in a faith environment that is loving, accepting, and fully inclusive.

Position Qualifications:

Plymouth is an actively growth-seeking congregation and would welcome candidates from various denominational backgrounds. Plymouth values diversity in all facets.
  • Seminary education (MDiv, MTS, MA, MAR, etc.) and ordination are strongly preferred
  • At least three years of experience in a mid-to-large-size congregation
  • Openness to the United Church of Christ and progressive theology
  • Commitment to an intergenerational ministry model
  • Organizational and administrative skills
  • Strong influence and communication skills
  • Experience with staff supervision, reporting, and administration
  • Fluency with current technology, social media trends, and digital media best practices
The priority deadline for this position is June 15, 2022. If you sense this role and church culture could be a good fit for you, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman, emailing these materials to