The Minister to Children and Their Families is responsible for the development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of a comprehensive strategy of Christian education and spiritual growth for children from birth through those completing 5th grade. The Minister to Children and Their Families will also supervise the Preschool Director, the Children’s Administrative Assistant, and the Childcare Supervisor.
Qualifications for the Position:
The individual must have a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There also must be evidence of a calling to the ministry. The individual must have a loving relationship with her/his own family and church family. Also, the individual must have educational and hands-on experience with project/program management, outreach, assimilation, leadership, and supervision, and have knowledge of spiritual, physical, emotional, and developmental needs of preschoolers and children. It is preferable that the individual have a seminary/master’s level degree in Children’s Ministry or related studies, but this person must have a Bachelor’s degree. (However, not having an advanced degree does not exclude an individual from consideration.)
This position is full-time and exempt (salaried).
The Minister to Children and Their Families is responsible to the Interim Executive Director and will consult with other staff and program leaders concerning activities in ministry areas where children and their parents are involved.
• Build on God’s vision to equip families for ministry,
• Direct these ministry efforts and support the “doers” of ministry,
• Communicate the vision and provide leadership and support to Children’s Ministry teams,
• Provide spiritual guidance to families, their children, and workers,
• Oversee programming that reaches families, teaches God’s word to children, and demonstrates discipleship for parents,
• Supervise personnel in the Children’s Ministry.
• Identify the needs of children and their families, design ministry activities that will address these needs, and develop leadership to implement the ministries,
• Develop a comprehensive strategy of Christian education, discipleship, and assimilation for children and their parents that supports the overall vision and mission of the church and the Children’s Ministry.
• Lead, supervise, and coordinate the activities of paid and volunteer staff in the Children’s Ministry to include:
• Director of Weekday Preschool
• Administrative Assistant to Children’s Ministry
• Childcare Supervisor
• Extended Teaching Care Coordinator
• Sunday School Coordinators
• AWANA Commander and Leaders
• Supervise and coordinate the childhood educational programs and ministries by providing vision, leadership, direction, support,9 and encouragement to include but not limited to the following:
• Bible study,
• Special needs ministry,
• Children’s Vacation Bible School,
• Weekday Preschool,
• Extended Teaching Care (ETC),
• Children’s Church,
• Childcare events.
• Coordinate Children’s Family Ministry programs, activities, events and training in conjunction with other ministries.
• Meet with ministry leaders to identify and plan the development and enhancement of Children’s Family Ministry initiatives,
• Research trends in Children’s Family Ministry and share with church staff and leadership,
• Encourage family-oriented discipleship, outreach, fellowship, mission opportunities and worship through activities such as calendaring, event planning, budgeting, etc.
• Provide spiritual counseling, guidance, and support to children, parents, and others who serve in the Children’s Ministry,
• Constantly review and recommend revisions to the policies, procedures, and systems that ensure a safe and healthy environment,
• Develop and implement effective volunteer recruiting and enlisting methods,
• Establish and administer effective, systematic training and development for Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers for leadership skills, teaching skills, effective outreach methods, decision counseling, and safety and hygiene issues,
• Lead the Children’s Ministry team to evaluate, plan, coordinate, and conduct special events for Christian growth and development of preschoolers and children such as mission trips, camps, retreats, fellowships, community outreach events, etc.
• Participate in and promote involvement in a continuous outreach ministry to families with preschoolers and children in support of the outreach program of the church,
• Initiate a parent outreach and support program to include spiritual counseling and training, fellowship opportunities, encouragement, and involvement in the Children’s Ministry,
• Oversee administrative responsibilities of the Children’s Ministry such as budgeting, purchasing, Childcare Team personnel issues, etc.
• Represent the Preschool/Children’s Ministry in annual planning activities such as budget development, church calendaring, and facilities development.
• Serve as the liaison to other church committees and/or programs that involve children as directed by the Interim Executive Director,
• Maintain professional awareness in the field of Childhood/Family Education.
• Attend all staff meetings and follow through with all assignments given by the Interim Executive Director,
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Interim Executive Director.
Skills and Attributes
• Passion for spiritual growth and development
• People oriented
• Strong leadership skills
• Good administrative skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to listen
• Detail oriented
• Good presentation skills