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Director of Discipleship and Christian Education

About West Des Moines United Methodist Church

At West Des Moines United Methodist Church (WDMUMC), our vision is to change lives in the name of Jesus Christ. We accomplish our mission by creating a welcoming atmosphere, inviting others to join our faith journey, involving all in worship, service, mission, small group participation, tithing and prayer to connect our faith in Jesus with our daily lives.

Position Overview:

The Director of Discipleship and Christian Education is a full time position whose primary goal is to provide opportunities for members of our church family to grow as disciples by becoming more connected to God, to one another and to our community. This person is responsible for the vision, growth, generating creativity, enthusiasm, and participation in discipleship and Christian education programming for all ages. This person is responsible for a continuing program of education, fellowship, service and faith formation, and fostering discipleship in church members and friends. The Director of Discipleship and Christian Education will work closely with volunteers on implementing programs and will also support and advise the applicable committees in meeting the goals of their respective areas. This person will work in collaboration with the pastor, the Congregational Care Leader and the Christian Education Coordinating Council to develop a vision for our discipleship programming and plan and implement discipleship and Christian education experiences for all ages.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent work experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability in resourcing volunteers and working with adults, children, youth, and families.
  • A lively and joyful commitment to the Christian faith.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with staff and be a team player.
  • Possess strong computer skills (including MS Office products, Internet, e-mail).
  • Possess a strong ethical foundation and be able to effectively manage confidential information related to church activities and members.

Job Responsibilities:
To build a Christian community where children, youth, adults and those in relationship to them are becoming deeply committed Christians with a focus on spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health.


  • Comply with policies of West Des Moines United Methodist Church, the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
  • Establish regular office hours to incorporate the hours needed for evening and weekend responsibilities.
  • Respond promptly to communications through personal interaction, email, telephone, and social networking contacts.
  • Meet regularly with the Pastor to plan, review, evaluate and coordinate activities and programs.
  • Communicate regularly with the church staff and leadership regarding program needs, goals, plans and resources. Work regularly with staff and lay leaders to integrate educational offerings and opportunities into other ministries of the church.
  • Be alert for pastoral needs in individuals and families served and communicate those needs to the appropriate persons.
  • Responsible for oversight for Safe Sanctuary policies and all church procedures to ensure the safety of children and of all persons who participate in our discipleship and educational programming.
  • Strive to create a welcoming environment for congregation members and families.

Job Specific:

  • Collaborate closely with Christian Education Coordinating Council to achieve discipleship and educational goals and objectives and develop budget.
  • Provide leadership and supervision for religious education activities and to ensure that programs are operated under Safe Church guidelines. Be present on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings to interact with members and visitors. Plan for Sunday morning or Wednesday evening supervision when absent.
  • Assess current educational needs for all ages. Develop innovative plans and goals for the discipleship and Christian Education programs at all levels in line with any church strategic plans.
  • Communicate regularly with participants, parents and teachers. Promote awareness of discipleship and Christian Education activities, including the nursery program, to the congregation, visitors, and community using a variety of means, including the church newsletter, brochures, pamphlets, bulletin boards, mail, email, website and social media tools.
  • Initiate, coordinate, and evaluate a variety of discipleship and Christian Education activities for all ages, including weekly programs and special programming such as Vacation Bible School, Advent studies, and family opportunities. Develop and implement an annual calendar of activities and programs that are inclusive and that promote relationship development and discipleship at levels appropriate to each age group.
  • Administer resources for discipleship and Christian Education programs within allocated budget, including the research, evaluation, and recommendation of resources and maintaining resources such as books, videos/DVDs and other materials.
  • Cultivate volunteer leaders for children, youth and adult ministries. This includes recruitment, training, and support of teachers and leaders for all discipleship and Christian education programming as well as recommendations to the Leadership Development Committee for the age-level advisory teams.
  • Supervise all aspects of childcare for church programs throughout the week, including recruitment and training childcare staff and volunteers.
  • Encourage adult, children, and youth participation in worship.

Professional Growth:

  • With the support of the church, pursue educational opportunities in order to keep one’s own mind and spirit fresh and creative.
  • With the support of the church, attend conferences and participate in education training events to strengthen knowledge and skills in one’s respective area of ministry.