Purpose of Position:
Passing on the faith to the next generation is one of the core responsibilities of the family of faith. The vision of NextGen ministry is to come alongside parents, supporting them as the primary faith-parents of their children, and by actively inviting
congregation members to live into their role as faith-parents to the children and students in our community. NextGen Ministry is where wonder is fostered, faith is explored, and questions are welcomed through a commitment to Biblical exploration, incarnational
relationships, experiential learning, and critical thinking.
The Director of Children’s Ministry will provide leadership and oversight to the volunteers and staff members who coordinate and lead our children’s ministry programming. Working within the vision and mission of Grace Chapel’s Next Gen Ministry, the Director
of Children’s Ministry shall be responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the children, the continued development, training, support and supervision of the volunteer and paid staff, and the implementation of the selected curriculum for all of Children’s
Ministry in Lexington.
The ideal candidate will be a growing Christ-follower* who is experienced in the area of Children’s Ministry and/or Child Development, as either a long-term volunteer or paid staff member with these additional qualifications:
- Background/education in child development and/or children’s ministry
- Team building leadership style
- Strong Biblical knowledge
- Proven success at inviting and training volunteers
- Previous supervisory experience
- Ability to organize and work independently
*Note: This job description is focused on actual work. The spiritual health and vitality of the individual is essential to any position at Grace Chapel. A plan to maintain and insure that spiritual health will be part of each individual ministry plan,
including regular worship participation.
Key Working Relationships:
The Director of Children’s Ministry will report directly to the Pastor of Next Gen Ministry. The Director will collaborate both with the Children’s Ministry Staff Team and the Next Gen Staff Team for all campuses. In partnership with the Director of Early
Childhood and Childcare Supervisors, the Director will also ensure the coordination of childcare needs for Sundays, early childhood and elementary programming, as well as midweek and special event programming, including VBS. The Director for Children’s Ministry
will supervise the Lexington Campus Director of Early Childhood and any Children’s Ministry Interns on the Lexington campus.
Core Duties and Expectations:
The position will be full time (40-50 hours per week). The schedule includes serving one or both hours (if necessary) Sunday morning, Wednesday evenings, as well as midweek preparation, developing of relationships, and staff/team meetings.
General duties include: Leadership of the overall ministry to children on the Lexington Campus of Grace Chapel, supporting, training, and resourcing volunteers for elementary Sunday school, inviting new volunteers into ministry, supporting coordinators
and ministry of VBS, coordinating summer Sunday morning programs for elementary children, develop special summer events for children, work in relationship with the youth ministry staff to provide smooth transitions for children entering middle school.
Specific responsibilities include:
1. Communicating the vision, mission and values of Children’s Ministry
- Ensure programmatic consistency in volunteer training.
- Empower leaders through clearly articulated vision, purpose and goals.
- Engage parents through support roles and/or occasional events.
- Serve as an active team member of the Children’s Ministry and Next Gen Teams.
2. Creating exciting learning environments for Sunday and summer programs
- Identify, invite, and train volunteers in elementary Sunday school.
- Work in partnership with the Director of Early Childhood on check-in and pick-up procedures, implementation of Child Protection Policy, Lost Child procedures, and any other means to ensure the health and safety of our young children.
- Work in partnership with the Curriculum Specialist in supporting tech and drama teams.
- Assist volunteer coordinators with VBS responsibilities
3. Developing volunteer coordinators and team leaders for Sunday and midweek programming
- Support and encourage current volunteer staff.
- Identify experienced ministry leaders and cast vision and goals.
- Equip leaders and provide ongoing enrichment.
- In partnership with the other Children’s Ministry staff, establish appreciation opportunities.
If after prayerful consideration you would like to be considered for this position, then we invite you to join in the application process. We have intentionally kept the requested submission brief to allow well-qualified people to participate easily.
Please submit (1) your current resume; and (2) a cover letter briefly describing your faith background and the reason for your interest in this particular position.
These items should be submitted in electronic format only to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
You will receive an email confirming our receipt of your submission.