Urbandale UCC


3530 70th St., Urbandale, Iowa 50322 | ph 515.276.0625
fax 515.276.2451 | email: staff@urbucc.org | how to find us
Rev. David Sickelka, Senior Pastor

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Our Ministry Team Structure

Ad-Ministry | Christian Growth | Outreach & Nurture | Small Group | Worship & Music | Leadership | Pastor | Pastor-Congregation Covenant | Personnel | Staff

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the church. It defines policies, implements programs, and conducts all other necessary business of the church. The Leadership Team meets regularly each month or more frequently as it determines. All meetings are open to allow any interested persons to attend.

The Leadership Team consists of these officers elected by the congregation,

  • Moderator
  • Vice-Moderator
  • Treasurer
  • Financial Secretary
  • Recording Secretary

three at-large members elected by the congregation,

and liaisons* of the following teams:

  • Ad-Ministry
  • Worship Ministry
  • Christian Growth Ministry
  • Small Group Ministry
  • Outreach and Nurture Ministry.

The pastor serves as an ex-officio member of the Leadership Team.

*One member each from the Ad-Ministry, Christian Growth Ministry, Outreach and Nurture Ministry, Small Group Ministry, and Worship Ministry Teams act as liaison to the Leadership Team. The Liaisons attend and participate in the meetings of the Leadership Team, All Team Night, and are available to sub-teams for advice, counsel, communication, and agenda setting. The Liaisons serve two-year terms and may be re-elected.


Ad-Ministry Team

The Ad-Ministry Team cares for the physical and the fiscal aspects of the congregation, and consists of the following sub-teams:

The Building and Grounds Team:
  • supervises the care and upkeep of the building
  • arranges for the beautification and upkeep of the grounds
  • keeps the Leadership Team informed about special building-related needs or concerns
  • is responsible for the opening and closing of church building for worship services
  • consults with custodial staff regarding building needs
  • supervises the lawn mowing and snow removal.
The Kitchen Team:
  • organizes the church kitchen
  • purchases kitchen supplies
  • establishes kitchen use policy
  • coordinates with the Building and Grounds Team and Social Team.
The Stewardship and Mission Interpretation Team:
  • oversees the financial needs of the congregation, including planning and implementing annual opportunities for renewed stewardship
  • coordinates any additional fundraising efforts on the part of other teams
  • keeps the Leadership Team informed of any concerns for the fiscal life of the congregation
  • performs, as a minimum, an annual audit of the financial records of the church
  • keeps the congregation informed about special funds and opportunities (e.g., endowment fund or building fund)
  • keeps the congregation aware of OCWM
  • selects and implements special offerings
  • appoints a memorial task group and endowment task group as needed
  • contacts new members about serving opportunities.
The Technology Team:
  • provides support for the operation of church software,hardware, networking and web site
  • consults with the Church staff regarding new equipment purchases
  • gathers input from the entire congregation regarding church technologies needs
  • advises the leadership team regarding hardware and software expenses


Christian Growth Ministry Team

The Christian Growth Ministry Team administers life-long Christian education, and consists of the following subteams:

The Children's Ministry Team:
  • studies and makes decisions about curriculum
  • plans and carries out teacher training at least twice per year
  • evaluates the program each year
  • recruits teachers
  • makes arrangements for summer activities and vacation Bible school
  • is responsible for decisions about class size, location, and ambiance
  • ensures availability of needed supplies
  • supports any staff or volunteers assigned to Children's Ministry.
The Youth Ministry Team:
  • is responsible for designing and implementing the youth program
  • plans any summer work/service trips, youth rallies, opportunities for general synod, and other possibilities that may arise
  • consults with the pastor(s) about the confirmation program
  • provides a Sunday morning educational opportunity for youth, as well as fellowship and service times
  • supports any staff or volunteers assigned to youth.
The Adult Ministry Team
  • plans, implements, and evaluates a varied Sunday and weekday program for adults, taking into consideration the variety of needs and levels of faith development.


Outreach and Nurture Ministry Team

The Outreach and Nurture Ministry Team reaches out to prospective new members and visitors, and nurtures current members. The Outreach and Nurture Ministry Team consists of the following sub-teams:

The Membership Team:
  • provides opportunities for visitors to learn more about the church
  • offers new members classes a minimum of four times per year
  • assists the appropriate staff member in keeping membership records and in publishing the annual church directory
  • records and tracks visitors.
The Community Concerns Team:
  • plans and implements the special Christmas offerings
  • researches and identifies possible service projects for the congregation
  • identifies and organizes ministry projects to serve needs within the congregation
  • keeps the congregation informed about opportunities for service in the wider church.
The Social Team

The Social Team provides regular intergenerational opportunities for fellowship, such as: the all-church picnic and karaoke night.

The Social Media Team:
  • Manage use of social media tools as needed to reach out to visitors and current members at UUCC
  • Maintain an updated church Social Media Policy
  • Monitor social media outlets for UUCC to ensure adherence to the policy


Small Group Ministry Team

The Small Group Ministry Team facilitates the creation, support, and evaluation of small groups within the church.


Worship & Music Ministry Team

The Worship & Music Ministry Team is responsible for the spiritual life of the church. The members of the Team study themes and plans for worship, and work to implement the different parts of the worship.

The Music Team:
  • advocates and supports a strong music program within the church
  • recruits a variety of small musical groups to aid and support worship
  • encourages the development of enrichment options for the congregation, including a wide variety of music styles and groups.
The Liturgy Team:
  • provides support and planning for special services during the year
  • explores options for additional worship times, including weekday or evening opportunities or vesper services
  • oversees the decoration and set-up of the sanctuary
  • works with the pastor(s) to plan, prepare for, and deliver effective Sunday Worship services
  • inventories and purchases necessary worship supplies.
The Service Support Team:
  • recruits and trains those helping with the worship services
  • prepares for communion services held at least once each month
  • invites participation in and support for the LEARN program, the pilgrimage program, and any special training programs in ministry
  • offers care to seminary students and candidates for ordination.



The pastor has charge of the spiritual welfare of the church. The pastor seeks to enlist persons as members of the church, preaches the Gospel, coordinates the ministry of the church in cooperation with the various organizations thereof, serves as an ex-officio member of the Leadership Team, and serves as an ex-officio advisory member to all other organizations within the church. The pastor also invites participation in and supports the CENTER/LEARN programs (Christian Educators Nurtured, Trained, Enriched and Resourced / Lay Education for Adults in Religion for Now and the future). The pastor encourages participation in and supports the Pilgrimage program, and any special training programs in ministry, including serving as a mentor and source of support for seminary students and candidates for ordination.


Pastor-Congregational Covenant Team

This Team serves to foster healthy relationships between a pastor and members of the congregation. Members serve terms of indefinite length.

A follow-up to the Lombard training, this Team is designed to help us all function in a more healthy way. Team members are available to listen to your concerns and coach us all into addressing them.


Personnel Team

The Personnel Team develops and maintains organized, written employment policies and job descriptions for church employees other than the pastor, and assists the pastor and Leadership Team with personnel matters on an as-needed basis. The Personnel Team also handles other personnel-related issues, such as studies of salaries and benefits.


The staff consists of the pastor, office coordinator, music program director, ministry program coordinator, organist and children/youth choir director, custodian, and adjunct minister for community concerns.