Over the last 9 years at Soul City Church, Soul City Kids + Students has grown from a few families to now serving on average 265 kids and students each weekend. As part our church’s vision for 2020, we are focused like never before on partnering with parents to raise the next generation of Jesus followers. With a core of fantastic volunteers, newly renovated ministry environments, healthy ministry budgets, and a growing summer camp we are positioned for an incredible future with the right leaders in place.
Soul City uses Orange curriculum with the core strategy of combining the two influences of the church and unconditional love from parents as the most catalytic way to reach families. While we have been primarily focused on our offerings as a church for families, in the next season we will look to take big strides in how we partner with parents outside of Sundays.
One of the ways we best partner with parents is through providing Soul City Kids Camp. Each June we host a 5 day a week summer camp that we are expanding this year from 7 weeks to 10 weeks to not only serve the families at our church, but our community. We want our church to be for the community, and this is the best way we do that all year. In addition, we host Chicago’s largest Easter egg hunt, The Big Find, in a local West Loop park where we have hundreds of families attend.
The Family Pastor we are looking to hire will be able to lead with vision and strategically align Soul City Kids, Soul City Students, and summer camp, providing a comprehensive strategy for birth through high school at Soul City.
They will also play a significant role in the day to day leadership of all three parts of family ministry, primarily Soul City Kids. On a typical Sunday, the Family Pastor will attend one gathering, and spend the other two gatherings leading either in Soul City Kids (large group teaching, small group leading, Family Connections team) or in Soul City Students (being present with students and coaching the Student Coordinator).
This Pastor will be responsible to set the direction, vision, goals, and initiatives of our mission of partnering with parents to raise a generation of Jesus followers from birth through high school. The Family Ministries Pastor will lead and direct the weekend SCK + SCS ministry providing creative, engaging, safe, and age appropriate teaching for all children from birth through high school as well as create ministry opportunities for families outside of Sundays.
The person in this role will be able to both lead with vision and jump in and serve on Sundays, a true leader of leaders who wants to build family ministry culture.
Lead, develop & shepherd 2 staff and 100+ volunteers of Soul City Kids & Students 30%
Lead, cast vision, and direct the ministry, including budgeting, operations, family connections, strategic planning.
Champion the value of kids, students and families at SCC. 30%
Weekend gathering leadership – uphold the values of Soul City Kids and Students, ensure safety and correct ratios, and deliver fantastic customer service. Lead environments when necessary. 20%
Oversee and innovate with curriculum implementation and activities for each area of ministry including new ways to partner with parents. 15%
Lead special events (Big Find, Family Christmas Party, family dedication, summer camp) 5%
Building Effective Teams-creates strong morale, defines success for the whole, fosters open dialogue, creates a feeling of belonging
Customer Focus-dedicating to meeting expectations of kids, parents, volunteers. gets first hand information, gains trust, acts with customers in mind.
Managing Through Systems-can design practices and processes which allow managing from a distance, can make things work for others without being there
Managing Vision and Purpose-communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose, talks beyond today, inspires and motivates entire ministry
Strategic Agility-can see beyond today and neccessary steps in order to get to where we need to go.
Children’s ministry/Student Ministry
Leading and training volunteers
Leading through change/transition
College degree preferred
POSSIBLE SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Reports To: Executive Pastor
Category: Full Time Staff