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Children’s Ministry Pastor/Director
New Community Church
Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 12/03/2010
Categories: Children's Pastor
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time
Children’s Ministry Pastor/Director
Overview of New Community Church
New Community Church is a biblically-based inter-denominational church of approximately 700 (attendance) located in Wexford, PA (20 miles north of Pittsburgh).
Our history began as a contemporary, seeker-driven church, influenced by the Willow Creek movement. As our people have looked for increased depth, we have trended toward what we call “Creative-Traditionalism.” By this we mean that we embrace traditions and seek to bring them to people in ways that breathe freshness into them. We would not self-describe as ‘churchy.’
The average person who comes to our church is a relatively affluent professional person who has a college education or above. They are high-achievers whose commitment to serving drives our church forward.
We fall into the trend of Evangelicalism with our pastors being educated at Gordon-Conwell, Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and Fuller Seminary.
Our staff places a high value on relationships and we would describe our team as approachable. It is important that new members of the team be life-long learners and hungry for finding new ways of doing ministry effectively. Our staff takes God and ministry very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously and enjoy laughter.
With all this taken into account, the most important quality of anyone joining New Community Church in this position is a passionate love for God, His people, and for children. The person who is successful in this position has a call from God to lead the teams who serve children and their families in the church and community.
We strive to make New Community Church a place of joy.
Overview of Family Ministries
At New Community Church families both within and outside of our church are a priority. We believe in coming alongside parents in the spiritual development of their children from cradle to college and beyond. We desire all homes to have Christ-centered, faith-focused families. Our mission in Family Ministries is to:
•Partner with parents
•Help families grow faith in the home
•Grow children and teenagers in Christ (raising children of faith, grace, love, character and integrity)
Our mission comes from Deuteronomy 6: 4-7, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Overview of Candidate
The Pastor/Director is a mature (but still actively growing) Christian who commits to the spiritual disciplines of: regular daily quiet time to include scripture reading and prayer. In addition, the Director commits to regular prayer time for the ministry, reads relevant literature related to the ministry and attends educational seminars/conferences to stay current and build relationships with other Children’s Ministry leaders.
The Pastor/Director intentionally works to foster positive relationships and build trust with the Family Ministries Team by attending meetings, communicating between meetings, maintaining confidentiality and working to resolve conflict within the team.
•Discernable call to Children’s Ministry
•Teaching experience with children in large group and small group settings
•Ability to communicate/connect with parents
•Financial/Budget Process and Management
Education and Work Background:
•5 years of experience in leading a Children’s Ministry.
•Bachelors Degree or comparable work experience required.
•Seminary degree preferred (currently enrolled in seminary will be considered.)
Overview of Position
Scope of Responsibility:
Responsible to pastor, direct, teach and shepherd children, parents, volunteers and staff in the following five (5) ministries:
1.Kids’ Kingdom ~ is the Sunday morning ministry for children from nursery through grade 5. Activities, teaching and worship are age appropriate for each classroom. Beginning in the Pre-School area through grade 5, kids begin to experience learning in a small group setting. There is also large group time for worship and Bible teaching. Parents are given resources to reinforce at home what the children are learning on Sunday morning.
•120 children served a weekend/105 adult and teen volunteers
2.AWANA ~ is a fun-filled children’s discipleship ministry offered Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. for children Pre-School aged through grade 6. Kids have handbooks to learn Bible verses with the help of parents. While at AWANA kids recite their learned verses, participate in small group Bible related activities, play fun team-oriented games, and engage during large group time in worship and Bible teaching.
•60 children served /25 adult and teen volunteers
3.Family Time ~ is a shared experience for families and kids to come together to learn about matters of character and faith on Sundays at 10:10 a.m. Family Time is a fast moving, multimedia, theatre-style presentation that uses music, Bible stories and creative sketches to teach families and kids together about specific Christian truths. Family Time is not for Sunday only. Take-home materials are available to reinforce the key Bible truth taught at Family Time during various family activities such as mealtime, bedtime, morning time and drive time. Family Time complements and reinforces the lessons taught in Kids’ Kingdom.
•45 families served /60 adult and teen volunteers
4.KidZone ~ is a summer camp offered during the second week of July. During camp, children spend time in worship, Bible teaching and fun activities with their small group. Parents receive take home materials to reinforce what was taught that day. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at KidZone and experience the fun with their children.
•150 to 200 children served/ 80 adult and teen volunteers
5.Family Fun in the Son ~ (New this year) This retreat weekend is for families of all shapes and sizes to engage in worship, outdoor activities, learning, community and fun and allows us to continue to grow as a church family in Christ.
Mike Koepfer, Family Ministries Pastor
Span of Care:
Children and parents of children from nursery through grade 5 as well as staff and volunteers associated with the ministry.
Areas of Responsibility
•Provides counseling for parents, kids and friends.
•Effectively communicates, counsels and follows-up with parents as needed.
•Conducts regular meetings to cast vision and share information about the ministry and coach/mentor staff and volunteers to meet their full potential.
•Meets regularly with and supervises the current staff in the ministry which includes part time administrative assistant, K-5 curriculum leader and interns.
•Initiates all decision making and recruitment associated with starting the new ministry season each fall (KK, Family Time and Awana) and each summer (KidZone, Family Fun in the Son.)
•Works to build a smooth working relationship with all NCC staff and volunteer personnel and teams to include: Guest Services, Community Café Team, Pastors and Office Administrative team.
•Regularly evaluates the 5 ministries to determine if the mission/values of NCC and Children’s Ministry are being upheld. Recommends revision of programs and/or new programs as appropriate.
•Curriculum—supervision, evaluation and maintenance of the curriculum content as well as the team needed to support the current curriculum.
•Special events—all decision-making and administrative tasks associated with special events such as Volunteer recognition, 5th Grade graduation, Mission/Service projects, etc. This also includes supervision of teams that may be developed to assist in the planning/implementation of special events.
•Child Protection Policies/Security—all planning, implementation, training, evaluating and maintenance of these policies including the weekly check in process.
•Documentation of current policies/procedures in practice and develop new polices/procedures as needed for the ministry. This includes the development and maintenance of a Children’s Ministry Policy/Procedure Manual and a Volunteer Handbook.
•Budget—prepares and monitors yearly budgeting process with Stewardship Team.
•Promote our existing ministries to reach the unchurched families in our community.
•Develop a strategic plan to impact families outside our church walls.
•Partner with organizations to address the national concern for healthy marriages, parenting and families.