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Bethel Baptist Church

Children's Director

Bethel Baptist Church
Greencastle, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 12/29/2015
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Snapshot of Bethel

Bethel is a rural, multi-site church about 25 minutes west of suburban Indianapolis. With a growing average attendance of around 350, the dominant demographic in the congregation is 25-35 year olds with families. God has chosen to grow Bethel over the last 7 years as we strive to do whatever it takes to reach the lost in Putnam County. With the hire of an Executive Pastor in August, Bethel is now working to lay the foundation for the future with the realignment of staff, ministries, and processes throughout the church.


Bethel’s original campus is a 130-year old church building out on a country crossroads in Fillmore, IN, but on Easter 2015, we launched a portable campus in the nearby college town of Greencastle, IN, the home of DePauw University.  The launching of a second campus in a prominent location has opened doors Bethel has never encountered before, and made it clear that Bethel is poised to transform radically in the coming years.


Cultural Beliefs

Bethel is led by a group of pastors who know the hopelessness of being lost, firsthand. We lead by example in creating a culture of authenticity and freedom in Christ by avoiding the temptation to appear perfect. We all live in a fallen world and fight our sinful nature on a daily basis. Staff included. But we hope Bethel is a place where imperfect people can feel loved and accepted, and hear about Jesus.


As a church culture, Bethel works hard to maintain an outward focus in its people, and seeks to grow by reaching the lost. We want to make decisions based on what will help lost people find Jesus, not based on what will make religious people comfortable. 


We’re working to align everything we do as a church under purpose of helping lost people connect with Jesus and helping them join the work of the gospel.  We want to remove every barrier from making that happen. We ascribe strongly to the belief statement, “Found people find people. Saved people serve people. Growing people change. You can’t do life alone, and you can’t out-give God.” We love to have fun together, we love to work hard, and we love to see the lost, broken, down and out come to know Jesus.


The Vision

Bethel’s ultimate goal is to see the redemption of the Church in rural America. We want to see a healthy church in every community, because when God revives the Church, we will also see the redemption of individual lives, families, and communities. As God continues to move through Bethel, we plan to grow by planting more campuses in rural communities. Rural community is a niche market that is often forgotten by church planters and high level leaders, but the fields are ripe for the harvest! Rural communities are the next frontier for multi-site church, and we want to blaze the trail!


Bethel would also love to influence a national trend of the transformation of churches from older, ineffective churches to thriving church bodies, largely through the process of church mergers. Our hope is to see rural churches stop fighting to survive in isolation, and instead catch a Kingdom-minded vision to be the body of Christ together as we strive to reach the lost in our communities.


In our individual churches, we want to do ministry with excellence and not settle for “good enough.” We want to be invested in our communities by giving of our money, our time, and our sweat, so that people might argue with us philosophically, but they can never argue with the impact God is making on our communities through the obedience of His people.  We want to make an impact regionally and nationally by building up and sending out high-level leaders who have the ability to lead change and make an impact wherever they go. 


In all of these strategies for fulfilling the Great Commission, our most important job through it all is to point to Christ as the creator and sustainer of His church – the reason for everything we do. 


Children’s Director Job Description

The Need

Bethel has seen exceptional growth and change in the last 7 years, one of the greatest being the transition to multi-site ministry on Easter of 2015. In a church dominated demographically by 25-35 year olds with families, the needs of our children rank among the highest priorities. Bethel is seeking a high-level leader to bring excellence to our Children’s Ministry. With an average weekly attendance of 70 children and the addition of a second campus in 2015, Bethel Kids has incredible potential to continue to grow.  We’re looking for the right leader to build a dynamic program to love and lead our kids and volunteers in an excellent way!



  • Administrative Ability – naturally detail-oriented and able to balance the needs of diverse types of people, including kids with varying levels of need and volunteers with varying levels of commitment and ability
  • High Level Leader – naturally able to connect with people, build relational traction, cast vision, equip volunteers within a ministry setting, and lead people toward a dynamic vision
  • Excellent People Skills – able to gain traction and lead people in an environment where participation is completely voluntary; somebody volunteers and kids love to be around and love to work with


Character and Personality

  • Love for Jesus – driven first and foremost by a love for Jesus and a desire to see kids come to know Him; a life transformed by the gospel and marked by a love for God; intimate personal walk with Christ
  • Love for Kids – passionate about connecting with the next generation and connecting them with Jesus
  • Self-Starter – naturally highly driven personality, pushes self to work diligently and independently
  • Personal Ownership and Responsibility – Feels a great sense of responsibility to make sure anything with his/her name on it is done with excellence; will feel a great sense of personal responsibility for the safety of our kids, the quality of the ministry, and the needs of our volunteers
  • Hard Worker – Essential quality to be respected at Bethel specifically and in rural culture generally; being viewed as lazy costs you the ability to lead in rural culture
  • Attention to Detail – naturally able to retain and follow up on numerous details that will come from many directions, from many people, with diverse roles and needs within the ministry
  • Continuous Learning and Constant Improvement – if you’re not growing, you’re dying. We’re looking for someone is naturally driven to seek out opportunities to learn, grow, and exceed previous performance.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, high-change environment – ministry is a constantly changing environment in general, but Bethel is going through radical change with fast growth and realignment of ministries. This person needs to be able to thrive in an environment where change and growth are constant. 


Vocational Experience Preferred

  • Creating a contagious volunteer culture – creating a culture for volunteers where they are loved, appreciated, equipped to do their jobs well, discipled, and developed as leaders
  • Vision Casting – Casting a big vision for volunteers to create clarity, excitement, and alignment within the ministry
  • Organizational Leadership – experience leading people and programs, delegating responsibilities, developing systems and processes, equipping leaders to lead, creating buy in, managing teams, etc.
  • Recruiting, Assimilating, Equipping, and Retaining Volunteers – volunteers are the lifeblood of any ministry. The biggest key to success as a ministry leader is the ability to build and manage a team. This is a skill that is essential to ministry success, especially in children’s ministry.
  • Selecting curriculum and building lesson plans – the ability to select the right curriculum, build engaging and age-appropriate lesson plans, and ensure that volunteer leaders are equipped to adopt and execute lessons