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Second Presbyterian Church of Knoxville

Director of Children and Family Ministries

Second Presbyterian Church of Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Date Posted: 12/13/2013
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Second Presbyterian Church (Knoxville, TN)

2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919



Purpose:  Lead and advance a ministry where children (birth thru 5th grade) and their families of Second Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community are living lives for and with Jesus Christ.


Position:  Full-time


Compensation:  Negotiable, depending on experience, with flexible benefits


Accountability:  Senior Pastor/Head of Staff and Children and Family Ministry Committee


Measurable Criteria:

?              Agreement with our church's vision, Reformed theology and statement of beliefs

?              At least a Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with formal training preferred in either the fields of child development, education, family, leadership

?              At least three years of experience leading a growing children and family ministry preferred

?              Experience recruiting, developing and equipping volunteers

?              Communicate effectively the Gospel of Jesus Christ by a variety of means to a variety of audiences

?              A solid understanding of the ORANGE family-centered ministry, preferred but not essential


Observable Qualifications:

?              A leader with a strong walk and personal relationship with Jesus Christ

?              Approachable, with the ability and desire to foster strong relationships with parents/families

?              Teachable, with a desire to grow in his/her faith and abilities and humble, able to set up leaders to lead

?              A highly-energetic self starter motivated and organized with an entrepreneurial and pastoral spirit

?              Has a passion for children and family ministry:  Love Christ and Love Kids!

?              Understands children and family culture today, with a desire to become personally invested in the membership of 2PC

?              Strong verbal, written and technological communication skills

?              Team player with effective relational skills

?              Gift of "hanging out with children and parents" while maintaining appropriate boundaries of ministry and able to have fun in a setting full of enthusiastic children

?              Able to engineer the logistics and implement a safe environment for all children’s events

?              Able to laugh and pray with, instruct and converse with, encourage and walk alongside with parents in and out of the church setting



?              Recruit, and train volunteers (currently 90+) and ministry staff (currently 4 part-time)

?              Consistently communicate with families, church staff, volunteers and congregation

?              Implement worship and sacrament education

?              Lead and execute weekly ministry activities with a continuity between Sunday morning and Wednesday night

?              Equip parent(s) to be the "spiritual leaders" of their kids

?              Manage ministry budget, oversee nursery ministry and serve as a liaison the 2nd Presbyterian Church Preschool

?              Work with volunteers in conducting large outreach experiences including, but not limited to :  Vacation Bible School (90+ volunteers and 180+ children), Mission Kids, Fall Festival, Christmas and Easter worship services

?              Serve as an active member of the 2nd Presbyterian Church executive team, staff and congregation

?              Execute additional duties as assigned by Senior Pastor and/or Children and Family Ministry Committee


Desired Deliverables in 3-5 years:


?              Design and lead a children and family ministry for the future

?              Parents drawn to the Second Presbyterian community because of what God is doing in the lives of their children

?              20 adult leaders effectively recruited and trained to lead in children ministry

?              Passionate children and family leadership committed for a minimum of six years

?              Children and their families making commitments to living lives for Jesus Christ

?              Ministry "off the hill" and "into the city" by creating platforms or venues into neighboring schools and communities


About Second Presbyterian Church:


?              A growing church of 600 members with a missional vision for renewal located on the edge of the university/downtown district of Knoxville, TN

?              There are currently 90 children (birth thru 5th) involved in the 2PC Children and Family Ministry.  80 of the 90 children (89%) are birth to 2nd graders, and are recent members (24 months or less) to the 2PC community

?              Two years ago 2PC started a special worship experience for children and families called "Second Street" with music, teaching and live drama by the 2nd Street actors!

?              A significant piece to 2PC's resurgence has been its comprehensive commitment to making "Children 1st at 2nd!"

?              Adopted West View Elementary-an inner-city, at-risk school

?              Current Children’s Ministry curriculum in place, Orange

















Adopted by the Leadership of 2nd Presbyterian Church (November 2013)


OUR VISION:  Children are 1st at 2nd!

An effective Children's Ministry will nurture all children in the Christian faith.  Our prayer is that each child will grow in knowledge of God as their Creator, friend, and Lord of the life.  Within our programs, we will create an environment for children to celebrate God through active worship, grow in knowledge and love for God through meaningful interaction with adults, and participate in missions.  Beyond our programs, our mission is to partner with parents, serve our church body, and reach out to the community.



Seeks Christ First:  Above all things, Christ will be the center of what we do (Matthew 6:33).


Celebrate Children:  Our Children and Family Ministry will love and celebrate all children.  We will provide for physical, spiritual, emotional, and practical needs, in order to bring the fullness of Christ into daily lives of kids (Matthew 18:14, John 10:10, Mark 9:37).


Blessing to All:  We will put people first.  Involvement in the Children's Ministry will be a blessing to volunteers, parents, children, staff, the congregation and community (Romans 12:10).


Missional:  The Children's Ministry will be a missional entity in two ways:  (1) children will be encouraged to serve as a manifestation of Christ's love, (2) the Children's Ministry itself will be an outreach to the local community, visitors, and the church body as a whole (John 13:34, Ephesians 5:1, Matthew 25:40).


Honor Families:  In the way we use our time, activities, and resources, the Children's Ministry will be a blessing to families.  We will partner with families to actively participate in and lead the spiritual formation of their own children (Deuteronomy 6:7).


Big Picture:  A successful Children's Ministry must be a part of an integrated approach to Christian education and discipleship (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).


Excellence:  We believe that all our endeavors are opportunities to honor God and are therefore worthy of our best efforts.  The Children's Ministry will approach every task with professionalism, compassion, energy, and attention to detail (Colossians 3:17).