Children’s Ministry Coordinator Part time

@ Grace Meridian Hill Church
  • Washington, D.C View on Map
  • Denomination: Presbyterian - PCA
  • Job Category: Children’s Ministry
  • Date Posted: 17 August 2021
  • Application closes: 30 November 2021
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    Job Description


    Provide relational, spiritual, and logistical leadership to Grace Meridian Hill’s children’s ministry.
    Create a joyful, gracefilled environment for kids, parents, and member volunteers

    Provide oversight and a welcoming presence to our Sunday ministry

    Build ministry programming in accordance with the development of our children and families

    Job Type: Parttime (1518 hours/week)

    1. Sunday Oversight (4 hrs)
    OBJECTIVE: Provide organizational direction and relational care as the primary point person on Sundays

    Prepare: Be ready with the day’s lineup of volunteers, lessons, etc.

    Set Up: Manage the setup of tables and classrooms (coordinating with Mei Yong, Ministry Coordinator)

    Checkin: Promote a sense of readiness, teamwork, and accountability by:

    o Checkingin teachers, assistants, nursery volunteers, large group leader, paid childcare workers

    o Leading Morning Huddle to inform, envision, equip, and pray with volunteers

    Welcome: Serve as “front face” of ministry; facilitate parent checkin process

    Support: Support weekly “Sunday Supervisor” and serve “on call” for major decisions/troubleshooting

    Note: The “Sunday Supervisor” role will be filled by a rotation of 35 highly trained individuals for teacher support, supplies, and minor
    troubleshooting during class time. The Coordinator will be “on call” for major needs.

    2. Teacher Training and Administration (46 hrs)

    OBJECTIVE: Provide care for our members, fostering a joyful serving environment and providing them with
    gospelcentered confidence (encouragement) and competence (training) to instruct our children

    Prepare weekly lessons/materials for teachers:

    “Edit” weekly lessons as needed

    Print/distribute lessons, notes, plans to teachers/assistants

    Gather supplies for classroom activities

    Communicate: Encourage and inform teachers, assistants, and leaders (weekly)

    Train: Equip and empower teachers/members/volunteers (re: responsibilities, expectations, how to teach, behavior management, child protection policies, etc.):

    Lead Morning Huddles (see above)

    Lead at least two (2) trainings for teachers/members (can be led together with Committee members)

    Write and communicate clear job descriptions

    Organize: Ensure that basic administrative systems are orderly and effective:

    Maintain basic teacher/lesson supplies

    Determine classroom setup details

    Keep class rosters and child information updated

    Ensure that public ministry is visible and welcoming (visible signage, welcome table, traffic flow)

    Encourage: Provide encouragement and accountability to teachers/volunteers (e.g., regular gestures of gratitude, at least one (1) thank you event per year). 

    Note: Initial scheduling and management of volunteer calendar will be provided

    3. Parent Care/Liaison (2 hrs)
    OBJECTIVE: Provide care for parents, primarily by keeping them engaged and informed and promoting a spirit of
    encouragement and parental involvement

    Communicate: Keep parents informed/engaged through regular communication and interpersonal

    o Weekly parents’ email re: Sunday preview/followup, lesson/activities, etc.

    o At least one (1) parents’ meeting per year (together with Pastor and Committee)

    Walk with parents regarding child/parentspecific needs (e.g., concerns, disciplinary, etc.), triaging to
    Children’s Committee members or Pastor as needed

    Resources: Occasionally provide “tips” or resources on how parents can support their children’s spiritual growth at church or at home (together with pastor)

    4. Special Events/Activities (varies)

    OBJECTIVE: Help lead and organize children’s ministry events and childcare support

    Spearhead special opportunities for children in main service: Christmas/Advent, Holy Week/Easter

    Plan and implement childcare/activities for special ministries and events: Fall Retreat (3 sessions), Member/Parent meetings (23 annually), GraceDC Network Service/Meeting (June), Moms Group childcare

    Support baptism of children (scheduling, gifts, certificates, etc.)

    5. Ministry Development (24 hrs)

    OBJECTIVE: Provide leadership for specific areas of ministry improvement and development, collaborating with pastor and members of the Children’s Committee

    Children’s Ministry Committee: Meet with Children’s Ministry Committee (at least monthly) for feedback, collaboration, and program implementation:

    Feedback & Collaboration turn to Committee as a “sounding board”; seek feedback on ministry needs and ideas (e.g., behavioral standards, room setup, curriculum), while retaining authority to lead/make final decisions

    Training and Program Implementation Invite Committee members to help with or support (a) teacher/leader training, according to their areas of strength/expertise; (b) implementation of new programs or events (e.g., Communicants Class, Christmas choir, etc.).

    Parent Care Ask Committee members to help promote specific ministries, encourage parents, or address specific child/parentspecific needs as “peerliaison” if needed

    Supervisors Committee members may also serve in rotation of Supervisor/Rover role

    Communicants Class: Collaborate with Pastor on developing an approach to confirming, improve training and support systems for our members (see above)

    Child Protection Policy: Help implement new policy via communication, training, and enforcement

    Additional Projects: as determined by Coordinator, Pastor, and Children’s Ministry Committee


    Strong relational skills; personable demeanor/style; able to set an encouraging/joyful “tone”

    Organized and detailoriented; strong administrative skills

    Strong leadership skills; problemsolver; able to make decisions confidently/independently

    Able to communicate vision and logistics clearly and compellingly in verbal and written form

    Prior experience with children and local church children’s ministries

    Flexible, able to adapt quickly within a growing/changing church environment 

    Embraces, and able to articulate, Grace Meridian Hill’s mission and values 
    Background check required; experience in infant/child CPR certification preferred

    Please submit your cover letter and resume to the email.

    Application closes: November 30, 2021

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