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Mars Hill Bible Church

Kids Ministry Pastor

Mars Hill Bible Church
Grandville, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 10/06/2015
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 3001 to 4000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Kids Ministry Pastor serves as the pastoral leader of Mars Hill’s [MH] Kids Ministry, and collaboratively creates, develops, implements and assesses a theologically sound, developmentally appropriate and missionally focused formational vision that unifies the MH Kids Team [babies, preschool and elementary] and is integrated into the broader Mars Hill Ministry Vision.

The Kids Ministry Pastor leads the MH Kids Ministry staff, directs MH Babies and Preschool ministries, serves young children and their families, and informs the broader community of adolescent issues.


  • §  Minimumof5yearsofpastoralexperienceinchildren’sministry[EarlyChildhoodexperience preferred]

  • §  PassionforprovidingcompellingopportunitiesforchildrenandfamiliestolearnaboutGod

  • §  Servantleaderwhoiseffectiveandenjoysidentifying,developing,equippingandencouraging


  • §  Passionforexcellenceandcontinuousdevelopment,aswellaslearninginallaspectsofchildren’s

    ministry [kids, families, volunteers, leaders, teams, ideas, programming]

  • §  Demonstratedspiritforstrategicexploration,innovation,andchange

  • §  Provenabilitytocreateandsuccessfullyimplementnewprograms

  • §  Highlyrelational,derivingenergyfromanddrawingothersintocommunity

  • §  Abilitytoengagedifficultissuesandindividuals,courageouslyshepherdingpeopletoward


  • §  Abilitytoequipandencourageparentstospirituallynurturetheirchildren

    Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a ministry, education or related field required, Master’s degree in a Theological field preferred [MA, MTS, ThM, MDiv]

  • Conversant in faith formation of children with an emphasis on Early Childhood issues [spiritual, theological, sociological, developmental, cultural]

§ Knowledgeofandexposuretoadult-relatedpastoralcareministries[topastorallycareforparents and families]


§ Aworldviewthatisalignedwiththevision,mission,directions,andnarrativetheologyofMarsHill § Abletosynthesizeandthinkcriticallyaboutspiritual,theological,developmental,andsociological

issues associated with the church and Mars Hill Kids ministry, emphasizing Early Childhood


§ Demonstratesadeepandconsistentruleoflifeforallthingsformational
§ Modelsawayoflife[philosophiesandconduct]thatinspiresotherstofollow § Practicesahealthyandholisticlifestyle


1. Provide Leadership for MH Kids Ministries [Babies through 4th grade]

  • §  Engage and oversee MH Kids Ministries Staff in the development of theologically and

    developmentally sound content [curriculum and programming] and contexts [small groups, large

    groups, discipleship]

  • §  Ensure alignment of the Kids Ministries’ vision with the larger missional identity and formational

    vision of Mars Hill

  • §  Present Mars Hill Kids Ministry and its vision to staff, volunteers, students and parents, talk about

    it directly and indirectly, formally and informally in every possible situation, continually invite and

    challenge individuals to be fully invested in the ministry

  • §  Create and promote a culture and mindset which embraces and upholds the significance of


  • §  Lead efforts to recruit, connect and shepherd volunteers serving in the ministry

2. Collaboratively Lead, Coach, and Develop the MH Kids Ministry staff



  • §  Develop the Kids Ministry Team [individually and as a team] for the Ministry, accurately assess skills and experience and place individuals in roles and on teams according to abilities and passions

  • §  Invest in each Kids Team member, provide vision, direction, standards, and knowledge

  • §  Regularly evaluate individual performance in informal conversation and formal performance

    reviews, provide opportunities for growth and train and coach individuals in areas where performance improvements are necessary

  1. Lead, Develop and Nurture the MH’s Kids Ministries Volunteer Culture

    • §  Foster and model pastoral relationships and leadership for kids, parents, families and volunteers

    • §  Collaborate with MH Kids Staff and other MH Staff in designing and delivering on a yearly volunteer

      training arc

    • §  Collaborate with MH Kids Staff to create, implement and monitor strategies, processes, and

      policies for the development for safe relational environments for kids, families and volunteers

  2. Lead MH’s Babies + Preschool Ministries [Birth–Young 5 year olds]

    • §  Set vision, goals, and expectations of the Babies and Preschool ministry and monitor performance

      against established goals

    • §  Design programs, structures and schedules that support and respond to kids, volunteers, and


    • §  Develop structures and processes that support safe and effective relational environments for the

      children in Babies and Preschool [Rooms, Room Leaders, Shepherd Groups, etc.]

    • §  Recruit, interview, and place new Babies and Preschool volunteers and provide for continuing

      training and evaluation of existing volunteers

    • §  Develop content that is theologically sound, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant

    • §  Create teaching arcs and programming that cultivates the spiritual formation of HS/PHS students

    • §  Develop, identify, select and provide resources that nurtures spiritual formation for the children,

      parents and families in the Babies and Preschool Ministry

    • §  Provide direct pastoral and programmatic leadership to weekly Babies and Preschool Ministry


  3. Participate as a Member of the Mars Hill Pastoral Team

    • §  Anticipate and respond pastorally to the needs [care and crisis] of those in your care

    • §  Provide pastoral care, crisis management, crisis intervention, and resource connection

    • §  Carry out pastoral responsibilities [as needed and as available] such as: weddings, funerals, child

      dedication services, baptisms, pastoral appointments, visitations, mentoring, Sunday care, and on-

      call responsibilities

    • §  Availability and presence on Sunday mornings if not present in the MH Kids Ministry, providing

      proactive and responsive care

    • §  Train other staff and volunteer pastors in a specific area of expertise as appropriate

    • §  Provide a “pastoral voice” during Sunday mornings, teaching 1 or 2 times per year

  4. Participate as a Fully Invested Member of the MH Kids + Students Team and Larger Mars Hill Team

    • §  Participate in ministry-wide events and activities as necessary

    • §  Participate and take personal initiative in staff development and educational opportunities,

      maintaining an excellent understanding of early childhood development and culture

    • §  Teach the underlying vision and theology driving MH Kids Ministry program strategy in all available

      areas of the Mars Hill community

    • §  Attend scheduled team meetings

    • §  Assist with tasks and projects as they arise

    • §  Participate in cross-functional ministry teams

    • §  Perform other duties as assigned or required


Team Leader: FLSA Status: Position Status: Office Hours:

Interim Executive Director
Salaried, Exempt
Sundays, regular office hours, and other times as required [45+ hours weekly]