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Riverside Church

Children's Pastor/Director

Riverside Church
Ft. Myers, Florida, United States

Date Posted: 09/16/2015
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

To develop and lead the overall vision, direction, and implementation of ministries for children from Birth through 5th grade, including equipping, empowering and resourcing the parents. 



The Children's Pastor/Director is accountable to and reports to the Executive Pastor.



Children’s and Preschool Ministry Development (60%)

  1. Cast and implement clear vision and values that align with and support the mission of Riverside Church and are consistent with the core values
  2. Oversee and implement all programming (Birth-5th) including choosing and implementing biblically sound and culturally relevant curriculum
  3. Develop and implement a theme (brand) for children’s ministry with cooperation and approval from the executive pastor
  4. Set direction and staff children’s ministry both paid and volunteer (including training)
  5. Develop and manage the children’s ministry budget
  6. Coordinate family events and camps for parents and families
  7. Develop and implement all safety and security processes in cooperation with the church’s safety and security team
  8. Connect with parents developing relationships and the moral authority to speak into their lives and the lives of their children
  9. Identify and effectively communicate the missional living (serving and outreach) opportunities in children’s ministries 
  10. Coordinate and partner with the Student Pastor/Director on a cohesive transitional experience (5th to 6th grade) for kids and their parents 
  11. Oversee the games for the annual Candy Carnival

 Leading and Training (30%)

  1. Recruit, train, build relationship with, and empower adult and student volunteers to serve in Children’s Ministries
  2. Equip, empower and resource parents to be the primary disciple-maker in their homes
  3. Lead, manage, coach, and mentor a part-time paid assistant and volunteer staff
  4. Develop into and assume a role in DS1 trainings

 Administrative (5%)

  1. Develop communication plans to keep staff, volunteers and parents informed including social media and website content and updates
  2. Participate in collaboration with the staff; manage communications between ministries that interact with children’s and preschool ministry


General Pastoral Responsibilities (5%)

  1. Provide biblical counsel to individuals and families with children Birth-5th grade including talking parents and children through salvation and baptism
  2. Provide general pastoral care by assisting the pastors/directors to render visitation, counseling and prayer for hurting members and regular attendees of the congregation
  3. Respond to crisis situations which arise in the congregation



Education, Experience and Skills

  • Graduated from an Accredited College/University
  • Bible and/or Seminary training preferred
  • Previously led a children’s ministry of 100+ children and 40+ volunteers
  • 3-5 years of children’s ministry experience (Paid or volunteer, Church or Para church)
  • Desirable skills include: Leadership, Administration, Evangelism, Serving
  • Passion and calling to lead/develop leaders and to see children grow in their faith