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Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Director of Christian Education for Chidren and Youth

Immanuel Presbyterian Church
McLean, Virginia, United States

Date Posted: 12/18/2014
Categories: Christian Education
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth will provide enthusiastic leadership for the Children’s and Youth Ministry Programs of the church, through developing caring relationships with children and youth and their families; facilitating their growth in faith and involvement in the life of the church; planning and implementing educational, fellowship, and service opportunities (including mission trips); and recruiting, supporting and training volunteers.   The D.C.E will work as part of a team of staff and volunteers.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop, oversee, coordinate, and actively participate in programming involving children, youth, and their families—including Sunday Christian Education, Summer V.B.S., youth groups, summer mission trips, retreats, and fellowship activities.
  • Develop meaningful and caring relationships with children, youth, and their families through engaging in a ministry of presence.  Advocate for children and youth.
  • Recruit and/or coordinate recruitment of lay leaders and volunteers lay leaders involved in programming for children and youth. 
  • Provide training, support, and resources for lay leaders and volunteers involved in programming for children and youth.
  • Select and/or develop curriculum and plan special events for children and youth, working, in cooperation with the Children’s and Youth Ministry Committees, with an eye to continuity across all age groups pre-K-12 and integration into the life of the whole church.
  • Communicate effectively with children, youth, volunteers and the wider congregation to promote intergenerational awareness and visibility among the congregation and community.
  • Plan, co-teach (with the Senior Pastor) and attend to administrative details for the yearly confirmation classes for 8th graders.
  • Facilitate participation of children and youth in worship services throughout the year, including helping to coordinate children’s messages, Youth Sunday services, and involving children and youth in worship in various other ways.  Interface with children’s music program/staff.
  • Plan and oversee (in conjunction with Children’s and Youth Ministry Committees and other participants in those ministries) the annual budget and calendar for Children’s and Youth Ministry, including maintaining and ordering supplies.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in staff meetings and other committee and task group meetings as necessary
  • Attend worship services
  • Ensure that the nursery is appropriately staffed.  Oversee volunteer assistance in nursery.
  • Ensure that all volunteers are trained in Sexual Misconduct Prevention Policy
  • Other duties as assigned/necessary

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Christian or General Education
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • A deep love for working with children and youth
  • Technologically savvy
  • 3 years of experience in Christian Education or a related field preferable



Physical Requirements:

  • Able to move freely in and out of different group settings (homes, church, etc.)
  • Able to speak in a public forum



Core Competencies:


  • Mission Ownership: Demonstrates understanding and full support of the mission statement and beliefs of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, especially the importance of embodying God’s love in the world and other aspects of the Reformed Tradition.  Embraces and can teach those values to others.   


  • Passion for and Patience with Helping Children and Youth Grow in Faith:  Possesses a strong desire to encourage the spiritual growth of children and youth, advocates for them, and feels passionately about that importance of that task, while exhibiting patience.


  • Spiritual Maturity: Demonstrates awareness of and is intentional about meeting expectations of Senior Pastor, Session, and Personnel Committee regarding interactions with staff and church community.   Possesses a  good sense of his/her own theological beliefs and can articulate them to others, while at the same time being open to dialogue about faith perspectives.


  • Enthusiasm:  Possesses an obvious excitement about relating to children, youth and adults, serving in a congregational setting, and sharing the stories and insights of scripture and our faith in the God made known in Christ.


  • Organization:  Is able to structure his/her time, plan of work, the program calendar, and budget in an organized fashion.  


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to lead others. Demonstrates the skills of active listening and openly accepts criticism. Productively engages and resolves interpersonal conflict. Holds others accountable in a spirit of love. Engages people positively, with a demeanor of optimism and abundance.


  • Recruitment, Delegation, and Leadership Development: Is a good judge of talent and spiritual giftedness. Can accurately project how people are likely to perform in a variety of settings. Provides a variety of engaging tasks for volunteers.  Is unafraid to ask people to serve and proactive about doing so.


  • Verbal Communication: Is able to deliver a message clearly, articulately and with appropriate emotion in a variety of settings; demonstrates communication styles appropriate to the situation at hand; adjusts the message, without losing the essence of the message, depending on the circumstance and the listener.


  • Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action-oriented and energetic about worthwhile activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding and achievable objectives for self and others.


  • Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.