Vanderbloemen Search Group

Grace Presbyterian Church - Director of Children's Ministry

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Peoria, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 08/04/2017
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) focuses on helping people from all walks of life connect with God through a personal, life-changing relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.  The core message of Grace, and its Senior Pastor, Dr. Bryan Chapell, is that God’s amazing grace provides FAITH to trust in God, FREEDOM from guilt and sin, and FUEL to live a life that pleases God.

Grace is a historic, 150-year old church that has a rich history and is deeply respected throughout Central Illinois. Yet, it has a young heart and an exciting vision to reach its community and the world with the life-changing message of God’s love and grace. The Grace Presbyterian family is a wonderful mix of ages, backgrounds, and cultures, eager to welcome new people into the fold as they live out their mission of loving God, loving others, and making disciples.

Today, Grace Presbyterian Church continues to reach out to the Peoria area and the world with the good news of Jesus Christ with an average Sunday morning attendance of 1,300. The church consists of a vibrant staff as well as a Session and Diaconate who faithfully serve the church.

Grace Presbyterian Church has been a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) since 1982, and is in the Presbytery of Northern Illinois (regional subdivision).


  • Weekly Attendance: 1,311
  • Location: Peoria, Illinois
  • Denomination & Affiliations: PCA

About the Position:

The Director of Children’s Ministry will be responsible for ministry to children from birth through sixth grade, and corresponding ministry activities that bless their families and community. This position, reporting to the Executive Pastor, will oversee a ministry led by 300 volunteers serving 500 children in Sunday morning and midweek programs. This position will further strive to reach every family within its circle of influence, through the implementation of excellent weekend environments. The successful candidate will be able to provide and foster large and small group environments that engage children with biblical truth and nurturing relationships.


What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of direct or related experience in children’s ministry is required.

The candidate will have had experience working as an effective leader of ministry teams, with the responsibility of providing vision for volunteers, and the ability to develop and monitor a vibrant, creative, and attractive children’s ministry that is equally focused on family-based discipleship.

  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to inspire the confidence of volunteers and parents
  • Ability to manage a large team by vision-casting, recruiting, leadership development, delegating, inspiring, and training
  • Skilled in identifying, attracting, and recruiting new leaders
  • Experience in empowering people and leading teams of staff and volunteers
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills with results-focused leadership
  • Effective communication and organization skills
  • Expertise in using technology in children’s ministry


About the Location:

The city of Peoria has been awarded the All-America City Award four times and was ranked #5 best mid-sized city to launch a small business by CNN Money and Fortune Small Business. The city was ranked 16th best in the country with a population of 100,000-200,000 ("Mighty Micros") in the U.S. Next Cities List. This is a testament to the city’s commitment to providing a high standard of living, thoughtful planning, and smart growth and development.

Peoria is home to a United States courthouse and the Peoria Civic Center. Medicine has become a major part of Peoria and the health-care industry accounts for at least 25% of Peoria's economy. Families love that in addition to Grandview Drive, the Peoria Park District boasts 9,000 acres of parks and trails. The Steamboat Classic, held every summer, is the world's largest four-mile running race and draws international runners. During the holidays, everyone loves the Peoria Santa Claus Parade, which started in 1888 and is the oldest running holiday parade in the United States.


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