Ministry Highlights

Find the details of Vision Weekend!


Help us pause to reflect on how God has moved during the
2016-2017 ministry year. As you read, let's celebrate!


Children's Ministry - as told by amy natzke

  • 6000+ attendees and 600+ volunteers showed up over three nights of the Great Pumpkin Party/Harvest Hoedown.
  • Hundreds of boxes were donated for Operation Christmas Child including 22 filled by our Sparks and 34th Street kids using the shares they earned for learning verses.
  • Over 400 kids heard the Good News at a special Easter with Kids service on Easter Weekend.
  • This was our third year of building bridges to Chapel Ridge West apartments, and we have seen families from Chapel Ridge begin to attend church or participate in opportunities at the Valley Community Center.
  • We provided backpacks and school supplies to 46 children living at Chapel Ridge West and deepened our connections to families through this endeavor.
  • 10% growth in registrations for Wednesday night programming.
  • Continued growth on Sunday mornings at all hours of Children’s Programming with record numbers in 1st-3rd grade (110) and 4th-6th grades (105) at 9:30 am.
  • 35-50 4th-6th graders gathered weekly for eight weeks over the summer to study God’s Word and do service projects around the church.
  • Partnered with Valley Community Center to provide a rocket-making and launching class, and we had over 60 kids participate.

Creative Arts Ministry - as told by Tim Yates

  • Our team led the church in heartfelt worship in over 216+ services in two venues. This included leading over 1,100 worship songs this past year.
  • We have begun the process of identifying and filling our Leadership Pipeline and empowering volunteers with more responsibility.
  • We established better communication with our team through the use of Facebook and have created an online information site for the Creative Arts Team.
  • The Creative Arts Department hosted concerts by All Sons And Daughters, Denver And The Mile High Orchestra, and Geoff Moore.

Global Outreach - as told by Don Long

  • Valley faithfully gave monthly support to 36 strategic individuals and agencies through generous giving.
  • 106 people served on our short-term trips and 31 people served our community through Explore & Serve Des Moines.
  • We sadly had to transition from sponsoring children in India to sponsoring children in Honduras. Almost 400 children are now being sponsored by Valley families through Compassion International.
  • Our forst Walk With Compassion raised $7,414 for the ministry overseeing our sponsored children in Honduras.
  • Through Project 12:21, we contributed $228,800 towards our partnership with LePhare Church in Brussels

Life Groups - as told by Jon Fontenot, Jordon Korell, and the Life Group Team

  • Godly Examples - Our leaders dedicated themselves to personal leadership development and spiritual growth. Getting to know them means being challenged to live like Christ, know God, and walk in the Holy Spirit. These men and women can say with humility and integrity; “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” They are the first to say they are not perfect but they walk with God by digging into the Word, praying, and fighting sin…and they lead well.
  • Dedication and Loyalty - Our groups grew in all four aspects of the Life Group strategy: Share, Study, Support, and Serve. Leaders dedicated themselves to group development of sharing and supporting each other’s hearts, needs, and joys. They walked alongside each other through death, job and health loss, family difficulties, and pain. They also had fun and celebrated God’s goodness together. They faithfully studied the Word (see below). They served local homeless people together, raised money for local and international ministries and missions, helped clean up the Valley Church parking lots, assisted with Valley Church Children’s ministry, and more with dedication and faithfulness all for the glory of God!
  • Bible Centered – Life Groups remained rooted firmly in God’s Word. Many groups commented that the 1 Peter study helped them see God’s perspective on suffering. Everyone enjoyed studying the Psalms as we kicked off 2017 with honoring God, Hebrews chapter 10 for being near God and each other, and the Romans study has people being challenged with what the Gospel means in their daily lives. Keeping God’s Word at the center of Life Groups is a huge win for our ministry! Without God’s Word as the focus, we just have a religious country club. With God’s Word we have life transformation.
  • The Church Gets It - With over 900 adults listed as being in a Life Group, we know that members are embracing the vision that groups are essential to one’s faith journey. 
  • New Leadership – At the beginning of 2017, Jordon Korell became interim Director of Life Groups and did a phenomenal job at building relationships with our Life Group leaders. Susan McClure, the Life Groups Assistant, coordinated events with excellence, helped newcomers get connected to Life Groups, and kept each of our Life Groups information up to date. At the end of August, we welcomed our new Director of Life Groups Jon Fontenot and his family to Valley and are excited about what God will do through his leadership!
  • Life Groups at Valley Church are the place where we CULTIVATE AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIPS BY LIVING OUT GOD’S WORD TOGETHER. May the coming year be even more fruitful!

Mapelnol Cafe Worship Venue - as told by Andy Johnson

  • Valley Church launched a new venue in Fall of 2016: Maplenol Café!
  • Maplenol Café attendance has been steadily growing this year and is now averaging 75 per weekend!
  • Families have been serving together at Maplenol Café by being greeters, baristas, and serving weekly breakfast.
  • The Maplenol Café hosted the first Turbo Next, a 4-hour course unpacking the mission, vision, and values of Valley Church.
  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been central at each worship service, and by his grace, lives are being transformed!

Operations Team - as told by Tony Stec

  • Outstanding administrative support by our office staff and volunteers.
  • Volunteer-led landscaping projects to beautify the property.
  • New hire of our Office Manager Ashley Quick.
  • Completion of the first phase of the Chapel remodel.
  • Excellent behind-the-scenes ministry support provided by our Servant Team volunteers.

Student Ministries

High school Ministry - As told by Brandon Early

  • The Valley's High School ministry recently hired two, brand-new team members. We are excited to have Dan Rozga and Mackenzie Brown here leading students.
  • At this year's Great Pumpkin Party, we saw over 100 teenaged volunteers serving and loving our community.
  • It's been exciting to see Keri Early, one of our high school volunteers, develop our Student Leadership Team and invest in and grow young leaders. This high school ministry has grown to more than 30 teens who are making great investments in their peers and our ministry. We look forward to their input and leadership in the coming year.

Junior High Ministry - As told by Joe Budish

  • The Valley Junior High Ministry hosted more than 700 junior high students and leaders from all over central Iowa at the Blitz All-Nighter in November. Students stayed up from 8 pm-8 am and had fun at locations like the Valley Community Center, Sky Zone trampoline park, Air Lanes bowling, Metro Ice skating rink, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and the Skate West rollerskating rink. 190 students made a significant spiritual decision to follow Jesus at the event.
  • In January, 72 Valley Junior High students and leaders attended the Winter Blast Retreat at Hidden Acres. Students enjoyed the snow, went sledding, played dodgeball, and swam in the indoor pool while building friendships with one another. During chapel sessions students were challenged to join God’s Kingdom movement in their schools and cities and throughout the world.

Valley Community Center - As told by Mike Klenk

  • Summer Celebration – an all-church party with the community invited to celebrate our 4 years here and kick off the summer season.
  • Valley Classic Car Show –  120 vehicles + 250 pounds of smoked pulled pork +1,000 guests = another fun, community friendly event!
  • Upward Sports – 700+ kids & 80+ teams for yet another year of sports and cheer with an intentional Christ-centered message.
  • Kids Classes and Play Area – hundreds of kids every month are participating in our various classes and using the Play Area as we serve the young families in our community.
  • Served many new organizations including many who serve the community as first responders – local fire, police and EMS groups.

Women's Ministry - As told by Debi Lydic

  • New Mentoring Program for Women - We experieece a growing and successful second year of mentoring for Thriving Together, the Valley Church Mentoring Program. Enrollment came very close to doubling in 2016/2017. In October 2016, we had Nancy Lingren from MORE Mentory come to do a training weekend for our mentors. Val Bantz stepped off the Valley Women’s Ministry Coordinator Team to give leadership to the Valley Mentoring Program.
  • Missions Trips:
    India – Two Valley Women attended and gave leadership to the Women’s Conference at the LOGOS Conference in January 2017.
    Kenya – A team of 12 women from Valley Church led the African Inland Missions Women’s Retreat in January 2017.
  • IF Gathering - Weekend simulcast for women. Great leadership and participation.
  • Connecting Women to Women - Two connecting events enabled women new to Valley Church to meet other Valley Women and find out about Bible Studies and Service Opportunities. Under the leadership of Women’s Ministry Coordinator Shari Hudson, this team is expanding and growing to provide additional connecting activities for women. 
  • Valley Quilters/Valley Hooks & Needles - Made and gave over 25 quilts to women experiencing illness or difficult time. Also started Valley Hooks & Needles under the leadership of Cindy Barnett. This group is knitting and crocheting prayer shawls for women going through difficult times or illnesses.
  • Care & Compassion Team - Under the leadership of Valley Women’s Ministry Coordinators Cyndi Miller and Crystal Tommingo, a prayer group formed to pray specifically for the women of Valley Church. The group prays on the third Thursday of each month. In addition the Care & Compassion Team now has two women on the team who are regularly making hospital and home visits to women.
  • Surrendering the Secret - Post-abortion Bible Study held in the Spring. Led by two newly trained teachers who have previously gone through the Surrendering the Secret study themselves.
  • Le Tour de Bible Overview & Read Through - We had over 75 women participate in the Bible Study.