Grinnell, IA UMC is hiring a director of congregational discipleship


A well-established United Methodist Church in Grinnell, Iowa is seeking a full-time director of congregational discipleship. This missionally-minded congregation engages over 350 in worship weekly and is adding a leader to their staff who will oversee the programs, experiences, and events that are a part of the discipleship pathway for children, youth, and adults. A priority of this role is to build relationships with both those who currently are a part of the congregation as well as those who are in the community. An organized, connectional, energetic leader with strong communication skills and a passion for reaching people would be ideal. This position reports directly to the senior pastor. Interested candidates should have completed their undergraduate degree and have a knowledge and acceptance of United Methodist polity. Other areas of responsibility and qualifications include the following:


  • Coordinating, training, and resourcing volunteers for all discipleship ministries.
  • Creating an atmosphere of belonging and fellowship.
  • Growing weekly programs in participation, enthusiasm, and excellence.
  • Connecting with first-time guests and visitors.
  • Designing curriculum for the GUMC discipleship pathway.
  • Ensuring Safe Sanctuary Policies are known and adhered to.
  • Preparing and overseeing the annual budget.
  • Championing spiritual milestone celebrations including: baptisms, confirmation, promotions, and graduations.
  • Being present and actively participating in the life of the church and community.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university (Master of Divinity Degree or Masters in Christian Education preferred.)
  • Knowledge of the Bible and theology.
  • Acceptance of United Methodist polity.
  • Ability to provide pastoral care.
  • Ability to provide professional level spiritual formation opportunities.
  • Strong initiative.
  • Ability to connect well with youth and adults.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to growing as a disciple in Christ.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.
Qualified candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter to

Contact: Renée Wilson

Address: 916 5th Avenue Grinnell IA 50112

Phone: 614-323-8262

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