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Hope Evangelical Free Church

Children's Pastor

Hope Evangelical Free Church
Springfield, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 04/25/2013
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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Hope Evangelical Free Church is a forward thinking and growing Evangelical Free Church of America church located in Springfield, Illinois.  Hope Church is seeking a full time Children's Pastor serving children newborn through the 5th grade. We are a community with 16 paid staff members and an average weekly attendance of 850.


The Children's Pastor, reporting directly to the Executive Pastor, will take this already successful growing program and build on the foundations already established. We are seeking a leader of leaders that will bring creativity, innovation and vision to our children's ministry with a shepherd's heart for all children and for Christ. The successful candidate will lead, delegate and organize our gifted volunteer staff of leaders through a shared vision and passion for children's ministry. We are seeking someone with integrity, honesty, grace and who daily exhibits a vibrant relationship with Christ.


The successful candidate will possess knowledge, skills and experience consistent with but not limited to planning curriculum, recruiting, organizing, and collaborating with volunteer staff utilizing their spiritual gifts, developing innovative ways to reach children and families and involve them in the ministry of Christ at Hope Church.


Candidates should posses a relevant undergraduate degree; an advanced degree in a relevant discipline would be a plus. Seminary training is a plus but not a requirement. An outstanding candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in the area of children's ministry leadership.


Salary Benefits – Salary will be within the established range for Children's Pastors serving at similar churches as defined by the Compensation Handbook for Church Staff (published by Christianity Today International). The successful candidate will be placed appropriately within that range considering education, background and experience. Benefits are competitive including family health insurance and retirement contribution.


A full Position Description is available upon request.





About Springfield, Illinois – The Greater Springfield Area is in the heart of the Land of Lincoln. Its world renowned Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, rich cultural history, thriving business community, higher education opportunities, and cutting edge medical facilities are just some of the characteristics that define Springfield. The population of the Greater Springfield Area is 200,000 plus and Springfield itself is growing rapidly to the west which is where Hope's sixty acre campus has been located since 2005.