Ankeny First United Methodist Church
Category: Church Planting
Posted on: April 28, 2012
Discipleship Church is an outreach initiative of Ankeny First United Methodist Church (AFUMC), a large suburban church located near Des Moines, Iowa. This outreach congregation is designed to involve new people from the rapidly-growing West Des Moines metropolitan area in a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ.
PRIMARY MISSION DIRECTOR FUNCTION
This full-time position is responsible for the initiation, development, and on-going ministry operation of Discipleship Church as a new United Methodist congregation.
Discipleship Church is theologically grounded in the mainstream Wesleyan approach to the faith as expressed by those authors most_noemailmonly published by the United Methodist Publishing House. Primary among those would be works by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
-Contact the existing United Methodist churches in the target area to explain this ministry initiative and solicit support.
-Devise a marketing plan to create general_noemailmunity awareness of Discipleship Church.
-Develop a prospect list of potential participants and personally inform them of this new church opportunity.
-Arrange for mission projects and_noemailmunity events which will create interest in Discipleship Church.
-Form small groups to nurture interested parties in their_noemailmitment to Christ and Discipleship Church as a creative aspect of Christ's Body.
-Work toward the initiation of a worship service which will serve the evangelistic purpose of strengthening and increasing involvement in Discipleship Church.
-Create a_noemailwork of interested parties to assist in carrying out the above functions.
-Be in close consultation with the leadership at AFUMC regarding ministry strategy and execution.
-Perform such other functions as are appropriate and necessary for a new church start.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
-Enthusiasm for the Christian faith which expresses itself in a strong desire to invite others to know Christ through the ministries of the Church.
-Informed theological grounding_noemailpatible with mainstream United Methodism (i.e. a Wesleyan generous orthodoxy)
-Gregarious and engaging interpersonal skills appropriate for a church focused on evangelism ministry.
-Ability to helpfully relate to the spiritual struggles and life stages of the target population.
-Strong_noemailanizational and administrative abilities sufficient to develop and oversee full-spectrum ministry offerings.
-Exceptional gifts in the design and leading of corporate worship.
The Mission Director is a hired employee of AFUMC. Compensation includes a cash salary appropriate to the ministry expectations, a benefit package for pension and health insurance, allocations for travel, continuing education, and professional expenses.