Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Ankeny Presbyterian Church

Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Ankeny Presbyterian Church

Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Ankeny Presbyterian Church

Ankeny Presbyterian Church, a 185-member congregation of the PC(USA), is seeking a full-time Director of Outreach and Discipleship (including Christian Education).  This person will guide us in reaching new people and developing innovative discipleship strategies.  Ankeny is one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest and offers plentiful opportunities for ministry.  APC is located in a stable neighborhood with an excellent facility, strong financial resources, and committed leadership with a vision for sharing God’s love in our neighborhood and beyond. The starting salary is between $36,000 and $40,000, commensurate with experience.  We offer paid vacation, medical expense assistance, flexible hours, and multiple paid holidays.  We are open to negotiation. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Eric Pasanchin.  To learn more about the church, visit



Pastor of Care and Visitation | Waterloo, IA

Westminster Presbyterian Church – Waterloo, IA
Contact Pastor Dan Voigt at 319-234-5501 or email

Title:  Pastor of Care and Visitation
Reports To:  Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Status:  25% Time (on average 10 hrs/week annually)
Purpose:  Provide pastoral care to church members and leadership in congregational care to the members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.


  • Possesses a strong commitment to God through Jesus Christ
  • Three references and background checks
  • Ordination would enhance the performance of this position
  • Able to move freely in and out of different care settings (homes, churches, nursing homes, and hospitals)
  • Able to speak in a public forum

Preferred Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Spiritual Maturity: Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by walking the talk, and by responding with constancy of purpose; is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a rich spiritual life; seeks wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; and ability to articulate a clear and consistent theology.
  • Pastoral Care: Demonstrates the ministry of presence; creates a spirit of openness that invites those who are spiritually or emotionally troubled to confide in her/him; demonstrates appropriate pastoral care boundaries; recognizing his or her on limitations as a care provider; respects confidences; and appropriately refers congregants to other professional care providers as warranted.
  • Visitation: Moves comfortably and easily around those who are ill or suffering; generates a sense of calm, hopeful presence; offers appropriate prayers and facilitates rituals that invite healing; demonstrates appropriate personal boundaries when caring for the ill and dying; and stands as a calm, sure presence in the face of death.
  • Developing Others: Provides others with information and tasks that develop skills for congregational care; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress, and results; able to motivate volunteers and members; empowers others; invites shared input and decision making.
  • Preaching/Worship Leadership: Is a consistently effective preacher; able to inspire from the pulpit; communicates a clear, consistent, and relevant message; crafts worship flow that reinforces a theme or purpose; fosters worship moments that invite participants into an encounter with the divine; creates liturgical moments that embrace the world of the people in worship.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Visit members who need care (i.e., hospital visits, nursing home visits, home visits, home communion). Visits will be coordinated with Senior Pastor/Head of Staff.
  • Act as staff liaison to the Deacons.
    • Attends meeting of the Deacons.
    • Develops a board of Deacons who can offer helpful care to church members in times of need.
    • Informs staff and church leadership of ministry programs of the Deacons.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Occasionally preach and lead in worship services; particularly when the Senior Pastor is away.
Video: Checking In and Checking Up with Immunocytochemist Lisa Allgood

Video: Checking In and Checking Up with Immunocytochemist Lisa Allgood

Ruling Elder Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Cincinnati and immunocytochemist by trade gave an update on COVID-19. Lisa’s experience in the pharmaceutical industry has been an invaluable gift to her colleagues across the PC(USA), and she has been generous with her time in providing information and updates as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc.

Lisa provided information on the Omicron variant of the virus and what that might mean for group gatherings, especially for congregations heading into 2022.


Johnston Alternative Gift Market

Johnston Alternative Gift Market

St Paul Presbyterian Church in Johnston is hosting the eighth annual Johnston Alternative Gift Market online this year and will be open through the Holiday Season! This unique shopping experience offers shoppers the ability to purchase a “gift” that directly benefits a local or international organization, in honor of relatives and friends. In total, sixteen local non-profits will be offering holiday alternative gifts. Gifts from 30 international non-profits will also be available. Last year over $7,000.00 worth of life-changing gifts were given!

Shoppers can purchase polio vaccines for children, veterinarian care for animals, meals for the homeless, school supplies for local children and many other options. Loved ones who are honored can receive an attractive holiday card and an insert explaining how their gift helped someone in need.

“During the Christmas season, we all get so much stuff…who needs another sweater?” said Bill O’Connell, pastor at St. Paul. “This is a chance to give a gift to someone who truly needs it.”

Visit and shop online. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the organization.

We are excited to partner with the following organizations participating in the Alternative Gift Market: Alternative Gifts International, Animal Rescue League, Central Iowa Shelter Services, ChildServe, Count The Kicks, CROSS Outreach, Ellipsis, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Hope Ministries, Genesis Youth Foundation, Johnston Partnership, Many Hands For Haiti, Ronald McDonald House, Rotary Club of Johnston, Self-Help International, Nature Bags, and Veterans in Agriculture.

Honor those who have enough by giving to those who have too little. Add the Alternative Gift Market to your shopping list!


Potatoes…Potatoes…And More Potatoes!

Potatoes…Potatoes…And More Potatoes!

Potatoes…Potatoes…And More Potatoes!

Submitted by Jessica Paulsen

This past spring the Mission Committee of First Presbyterian Church in Corning decided to try something the church had never done before…grow potatoes!

The idea began with a discussion of how the local community might be more fully supported, especially those who are food insecure and seek food and assistance from the local food pantry. The church has an empty lot and so it was proposed we use part of that as a garden and this first summer try growing something that is fairly easy and requires little attention, which is how potatoes came about. 5 rows of seed potatoes were planted the middle of April and then, at the beginning of October, over 200 pounds of potatoes were harvested.

The majority of the crop was given directly to the local food pantry with the bruised and misfit potatoes used as part of a baked potato bar during the church’s harvest celebration. Everyone was thrilled to celebrate that the foray into growing potatoes was a success!


2022 Per Capita for Des Moines Presbytery

2022 Per Capita for Des Moines Presbytery

2022 Per Capita for Des Moines Presbytery

Per Capita is the primary source of funding for the Presbytery, as well as the Synod and General Assembly, and is how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs that belong to the whole church. It is also an expression of the interdependent nature of the Presbyterian Church. 
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Des Moines

8.98  GA

5.50  Synod

30.52  Presbytery

45.00  Total