Heart For Des Moines

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me…‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

Heart for Des Moines is about showing and sharing God’s heart for the Des Moines metro by rolling up our sleeves and engaging deeply in our local community. We will extend Gospel-centered mercy by moving into the lives of those who need it most.
Each season, Saylorville individuals, families, and groups join teams serving alongside each of our partner organizations. Each Heart For Des Moines team is led by Saylorville members.

Our Partners


The Saylorville Foster Care Team provides respite, resources and support to parents, caregivers and potential guardians of foster children. Their desire is for foster parents to be refreshed, restored, and renewed through regular training, resource sharing and prayer support. They want caregivers to know they are not alone, what they do matters to the Lord and to the community.

If you have wondered if you are called to foster care, the Saylorville Foster Care Team would love to connect with you. If you have a heart for coming alongside families who have been called to foster care, this ministry is also for you. If you volunteer for this ministry, you will have the opportunity to provide support for foster families, including filling tangible needs or providing meals for families who have said yes to foster children.


Alpha Women’s Center is a Christian organization that seeks to help women who find themselves unexpectedly expecting. They see teenage girls and women in crisis situations who are considering abortion or are experiencing trauma from having an abortion. They offer practical, material, emotional and spiritual support to women from a diverse range of cultural and spiritual backgrounds.

If you have a heart for women in crisis, this ministry is for you. If you volunteer for this ministry, you will have the opportunity to meet, support, minister and show love to women who come to Alpha for assistance.


Meals from the Heartland is a faith-related organization that believes in the importance of prayer, volunteer service and financial giving to help save starving children. They show love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters throughout Iowa and the world by packaging meals to be distributed to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.

If you have a heart for the hungry, this ministry is for you. If you volunteer for this ministry, you will have the opportunity to package meals – either with your family, your community group or a team from Saylorville – to help feed people throughout Iowa and beyond.


JOPPA is an organization that desires to prevent and ultimately end homelessness. JOPPA seeks to create communities of unconditional love, support and hope for the homeless by meeting unmet needs in homeless services by building relationships; providing food, water and essentials; and connecting people with resources related to housing, employment, mental health and more.

If you have a heart for the homeless in your community, this ministry is for you. If you volunteer for this ministry, you will be visiting the homeless camps throughout the Des Moines area to provide food and essential supplies. You will also have opportunities to meet, support and show love to the less fortunate in our community.


Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM) comes alongside justice-involved youth and engages them in Christ-sharing relationships, primarily in juvenile facilities. We continue those relationships as they are released through mentoring and connection to churches, organizations and opportunities.

If you have a heart for young people who have experienced brokenness and often a lack of love and guidance in their lives, this opportunity may be for you. When you volunteer with JJM, you will be able to serve justice-involved youth by loving them and pointing them to Jesus through mentoring, Bible discussion groups, working on cars with them, advocating or making connections for the ministry/students, among other possibilities.


The Saydel School District is right down the road from Saylorville Church. It serves pre-K through 12th grade as a part of the broader Saydel Community.

If you have a heart for the local school and its community (teachers, administrators, parents and students), this ministry is for you. This would include service projects, student mentoring, staff encouragement and community involvement. Sign up today to learn more about volunteer opportunities!


The Saylorville Community Closet is a central way for our members to give generously of their resources to help people in need throughout the greater Des Moines area. We believe that meeting physical needs is a crucial part of caring for our community. Each of the organizations we are partnering with have a constant need for various supplies to assist them in coming alongside the people they are supporting. Check here for an updated list of needs.

If you have a heart for giving, this ministry is for you. If you volunteer for this ministry, you will be assisting with sorting, organizing and distributing donations that come in, as well as maintaining a current list of needs among the organizations we are supporting.