Strategic Initiatives

An outgrowth of the “season of discernment” in 2010 that affirmed our core values, we have also made a commitment to engaging four strategic initiatives as a congregation. Each initiative has been developed with detailed goal statements and responsibilities. Here they are in brief summary.

Small Groups

Through our self-study we discovered a heartfelt desire for deeper relationships with one another and with God. We envision a church in which every person has the opportunity to connect to others, engage in mission, and grow in faith by belonging to an intentional small group. By offering resources and support to foster a significant small group experience, Plymouth will provide a place where people can belong.


Our relationship to our possessions is one of the most challenging spiritual issues of our lives. We envision a church in which every member, family and participant understands and embraces the joyful responsibility of sharing our gifts. By grounding our giving in the recognition of God’s abundant grace, we will create a culture of extravagant and joyful generosity.


It is a challenge for all of us to talk about our faith with passion and clarity. We envision a church in which every member is encouraged and equipped to share the good news about God’s work in our midst. The people of Plymouth will be empowered to carry our distinctive message beyond the walls of the church, letting our light shine and drawing new people into our community.

Families with Children

The success of Stepping Stones has whetted our appetite for faith practices, particularly worship, in which families can engage together. We envision a church in which children are cherished: nurtured in faith, encouraged to share their gifts and integrated into the life of the congregation. Plymouth will enable parents to practice their faith with their children and will welcome children’s contribution to the life of the church.


News Digest for June 4

  When the foundations are being shaken…what are we to do? We are living in tumultuous days: newly urgent calls for racial justice, a global pandemic, economic uncertainty. And it can feel so overwhelming. But there is one thing that we can and will do at Plymouth Church this summer: we will take these days... Read More

A Pastoral Response to the Events of the Past Week

  Dear People of God at Plymouth,   Your pastors have been holding you and our whole community in especially deep prayer over the last week. Our nation rages and grieves as we have been forced once again to confront our original sin of racism.   Last week an unarmed black man named George Floyd... Read More

DM Register Op-Ed: The conversation about faith we should be having (instead of the one about reopening)

Did you see Matt Mardis-LeCroy’s op-ed in the Monday, June 1 Des Moines Register? Read it here.    ... Read More

Plymouth Goes Solar

Plymouth Church is looking on the sunny side. Solar panels may be installed in the coming months on the south-facing roof that overlooks the driveway between our church and St. Augustin’s Catholic Church. This solar array is a landmark in our church-wide effort to live more sustainably and protect God’s creation. As heard from the... Read More

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