Assistant Pastor Residency

The Assistant Pastor Residency at Waukee Community Church is a 4-year, full-time, paid pastoral position that allows an individual who is called into pastoral ministry to gain the real-world experience necessary for the position of Lead Pastor – with preference given to those who are considering church planting at the conclusion of their residency.


Position Description

Title: Assistant Pastor

Accountable to: Lead Pastor

Ministry Focus: Pastoral Leadership and Care

Passion for: Jesus, the Word of God, Prayer, Identifying People's Needs, Identifying Gifts of Service, Equipping Others for Service

Spiritual Gifts Desired: Leadership, Preaching & Teaching, Shepherding, and Administration

Desired Characteristics: Filled with integrity and conviction, Teachable, Self-Motivated, Humble, Discerning


Waukee Community Church is an evangelical church associated with the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA) committed to making disciples by “bringing people together to Live like Jesus, Love like Jesus and Give like Jesus.”

The Assistant Pastor Residency is a position for someone who desires to gain competence in his pastoral skills, preferably in preparation for a calling as a Church-Planter.  As an assistant to the Lead Pastor, his job will be to (1) engage in many areas of this pastoral calling, (2) build up the body of Christ at WCC and (3) gain competence in the necessary skills for the position of Lead Pastor.  


Qualifications and Requirements:

  1. Faith:  A growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. CallingA personal calling to serve the local church in pastoral ministry and a willingness to explore church planting as a part of that call.
  3. EducationAt minimum, an Undergraduate Degree.
  4. Theological Convictions:
    •    Affirm the EFCA Statement of Faith.
    •    Affirm the EFCA Resolution on Biblical Sexuality and the Covenant of Marriage (2017).
    •    Affirm the Biblical conviction of Complementarianism.


  1. Life Group (LG) and Life Transformation Group (LTG) Coordinator
    • Provide direction and oversight to Life Groups (adult small groups).
    • Learn the importance of intentional disciple-making by participating in a Men’s LTG (Men’s Micro-Groups that focus on reproducing disciples).
    • Recruit future leaders and equip all leaders.
    • Develop a LG or LTG for Junior High and High School Students.
  1. Connections
    • Meet with new individuals/families.
    • Oversee their assimilation into the body of Christ at WCC.
  1. Provide Oversight and Support for Deacons
    • Schedule regular 1-on-1 meetings with all deacons.
    • Work with Deacon Chairperson to schedule quarterly meetings.
    • Work with Missions Team to coordinate efforts with Strategic Partners.
    • Coordinate a yearly Faith-In-Action Event.
  2. Preaching
    • Develop preaching skills with increasing opportunities to preach.
    • Receive direction in preparation and constructive feedback.
    • Attend Bible Pathways Training.
  1. Community Representation
    • Represent Christ and WCC to the community.
    • Participate in a local non-profit or community organization (as a volunteer or member of a governing board).
  1. Future Development
    • Meet weekly with the Lead Pastor.
    • Pursue licensing with the EFCA.
    • Develop a written plan for church planting.
    • Grow by developing skills in many areas of pastoral service including:

            -  Pastoral Counseling

            -  Wedding and Funeral Preparation

            -  Developing, Recruiting and Leading Elders

            -  Staff Leadership

            -  Church Finances

            -  Personal Spiritual Disciplines

Anticipated Time and Salary Commitments:

  • Core hours: 45 hours per week along with additional meetings as required.
  • This residency is a salaried position with appropriate pay and benefits.
  • This residency is designed to last 4 years.

Our Church

Waukee Community Church is an Evangelical Free Church (EFCA) and is committed to making disciples by “bringing people together to Live like Jesus, Love like Jesus and Give like Jesus.” We are an elder-led congregational church and have a dynamic group of elders, deacons and staff who lead and care for our church family. 

WCC is located in Waukee, IA a western suburb of Des Moines. In 2005, we were planted by Valley Church, West Des Moines, IA, with the goal of making disciples of Jesus in the growing western suburbs of Des Moines. You can read OUR STORY elswhere on our website but, in short, we believe that God uses relationships to make disciples of Jesus who, in turn, make more disciples. Relationships, not programs, are what God uses to make disciples. Our philosophy has resulted in the steady, vibrant growth of our church family.

For the past few months our Sunday morning attendance has averaged about 160.  That represents a 60% growth in the past 6 months.  Our church reflects the demographics of our community with many young families with young children. We also have a good balance of empty-nesters in our body. This serves to create a well-rounded church.

Our Sunday morning ministry to children (birth-6th grade) is bursting at the seams. We also have a small group of Middle School and High School students who recently started to meet on Sunday mornings. We are actively making disciples through 5 Life Groups (adult small groups), 5 Life Transformation Groups (men's/women's micro-groups), and an active women's ministry. We have 103 members.  Our annual budget is $390,000 and we have a solid financial reserve.

Our Missions Team is very involved in the work of our strategic partners. We have a yearly service project in a local neighborhood in need and we care deeply about our community.

In 2016, we purchased a strip mall and have been expanding into the facility as the leases of our tenants expire. In 2020, we completed Phase 2, and we are excited to begin Phase 3 in the next few years. As our church grows, we want to ensure that we continue to be committed to relationally driven disciple-making ministry.  You can take a virtual tour of our facility.  Just click on the door that says "welcome" and come inside for a tour!

our story

our beliefs

strategic partnerships


Our Lead Pastor: David Brooks

Pastor Dave was born and raised in the Des Moines area where he graduated from Urbandale High School. As a child, he placed his faith in Jesus Christ and began his life long journey as a Christ-follower. At the age of 16, Dave experienced a clear call to full-time ministry in the local church. Eventually this led him to pursue ministry training at the Moody Bible Institute where he met his bride, Clorrisa. After they were married, Dave and Clorrisa stayed in the Chicago area where they served a local church and Dave pursued his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Upon his graduation in 1999, God brought them back to Iowa. Dave served as the Associate Pastor of Student Ministries at Indianola Community Church, in Indianola, Iowa. God led the Brooks family to Waukee in November of 2005, just a few short months after the public launch of WCC. For the past 16 years, Dave has seen the faithful hand of God in ministry at WCC. 

"God has solidified in my heart a clear call to develop leaders who make disciples who make more disciples of Jesus Christ." (2 Timothy 2:2)

Dave and Clorrisa have 6 children. Nicolas and his wife, Natalie, live in St. Louis. Kaelyn and her sister, Anna, are both in the Denver area. Benjamin is a Freshman at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Olivia (10) and Malachi (9) are in grade school in Waukee. Dave has a heart for making disciples of Jesus. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs and loves "dad jokes." Dave thinks he has a fantastic sense of humor.  

Our Community

Waukee is located within Dallas County and is a growing suburb just west of Des Moines, IA. Through the past 10 years Waukee, originally a small coal mining town has grown at a rate of 94.58%, reaching its highest population of 26,833 in 2021 with the growth rate currently at 5.39% annually. Waukee spans over 21 miles and with approximately 6 new residents moving in daily the population density is 1,293 people per square mile.

Drawn by affordable housing, extraordinary schools and exceptional community involvement, Waukee’s workforce enjoys a quality of life unmatched by any other city. Engaged primarily in finance/insurance, healthcare, education, retail and professional services

The average household income in Waukee is $119,170 with a poverty rate of 3.18%. Dallas County’s cost of living index is 100. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,300 per month, and the median house value is around $235,000. The median age in Waukee is 33.2 years, 32.5 years for males, and 34.1 years for females. About 70% of those living in Waukee are Iowa natives. 

Waukee Community School District is a highly rated, public school district. It has 11,518 students in grades PK-12 and presently encompasses 14 different schools with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. Waukee just opened their 2nd state of the art high school the fall of 2021. According to state test scores, students are in the 80+ percentile in math and reading proficiencies and has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. WCSD has invested in The Waukee Innovation and Learning Center (WILC) as a hub for creativity and innovation for WCSD students and surrounding businesses. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students, educators, and business partners unite in one building to create professional work through Waukee’s APEX program

Waukee is the home to 23 miles of the larger Des Moines area trail system that serves as a nucleus for the entire state, with connectivity to over 550 miles in Central Iowa; 96% of households are within a 5-minute walk to a paved or nature trail.

June, August and September are the most pleasant months in Dallas County, while January and February are the coldest months. 

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