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Avalon Missionary Church
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 03/09/2011
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time
Avalon Missionary Church is seeking an enthusiastic person with a passion for and call to ministry with children to serve as our next Children’s Pastor! Avalon seeks to make followers of Jesus Christ who are experiencing grace-based relationships, reproducing and equipping other disciples, and influencing their world toward Christ. Our children and their families are a key part of fulfilling that mission! We’re located on the south side of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. We strive to establish a visible and recognizable culture among our staff as team players who work together to help the people of the church pursue Avalon’s mission of making followers of Jesus Christ who impact their world. Those interested in the position should check our website (www.avalonmissionarychurch.com) to learn more about us and to review our core beliefs and values. Applicants would be required to pass a background check as a part of Avalon’s Child Protection Policy (as is true for all staff at our church). If you are interested in exploring the possibility of God’s call upon your life for this position by applying, please e-mail a letter of interest and resume to Pastor Keith Koteskey.
Position Description: The person serving as Children’s Pastor will oversee the ministry to the children (infant through sixth grade) of Avalon Missionary Church and our surrounding community in a manner that is consistent with the vision and mission of the church. (This person would be the primary pastor of responsibility for children infant through fourth grade, and would work cooperatively with our Pastor of Student Ministries to shepherd Avalon’s fifth and sixth graders.)
Accountable to: Senior Pastor (and through the Senior Pastor, to the Leadership Council)
Direct Reports: Volunteer Children’s Leadership Staff
Ministry Interns (if applicable at some point)
Qualifications and Experience: The person serving in this position should bring:
• A commitment of faith in Christ, a passionate desire to serve Him, and a sense of His calling to ministry with children in and through the local church.
• Preferably a degree in Children’s Ministry, Education, Youth Ministry or Christian Ministries from an accredited university or college and/or prior children’s ministry experience.
• A reasonable understanding of the Bible and theology appropriate to ministry with children and personal beliefs that are in agreement with the key theological positions of the Missionary Church.
(Information on the theological positions of The Missionary Church may be found in our denomination’s constitution available at http://mcusa.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=NX3p4bb8wmE%3d&tabid=682, especially in Article IV “Articles of Faith and Practice” [page 4] and in the “Position Papers” [page 39].)
• A cooperative attitude, a kind and helpful spirit, and a strong work ethic viewing the position as a ministry as much as a job.
• Strong communication skills both verbal and written.
• The ability to recruit, equip, mentor and motivate leaders (adults, youth and children).
• Honesty, integrity, and courtesy.
• A faithful commitment to maintain confidentiality where necessary.
• A strong desire to encourage biblical truth in teaching and in the lives of children.
• Strong organizational and leadership skills with attention to detail.
• Flexibility to adapt to changes in work responsibilities as the church’s ministry and vision develops.
• Pray faithfully for children’s leadership staff and the children and families of our church.
• Establish and execute a strategy for outreach to and discipleship of children – ages infant through sixth grade – that contributes to the overall vision and strategy of our church.
• Initiate, direct and supervise all aspects of children’s ministry to accomplish this strategy. This strategy would need to view our Upward sports ministry and Avalon Christian School as elements of an overall vision for ministry to and with children.
• Serve as a consultant to the Avalon Christian School board and the Upward leadership team.
• Recruit, equip, mentor and motivate adult volunteer leaders, and cultivate this team to execute the ministry strategy, by meeting together regularly. This would include regular communication with volunteers and the articulation of the vision for children’s ministry.
?? Utilize technology and creative communication as tools in our ministry to children.
• Teach regularly in the children’s ministry and mentor members of the leadership team as teachers in the ministry.
• Cultivate and utilize opportunities for children to be involved in ministry, service and mission both within the church and also to our community and city.
• Model relational ministry by investing in personal contact with children and their families (visits, calls, notes, crisis intervention, event presence, etc.), and equip and motivate volunteer leadership staff to do the same.
• Participate in weekly staff meetings and work cooperatively with other church staff members and ministry leaders to help the church accomplish her calling. This would include assisting the senior pastor and staff with the ministries of the church according to giftedness (e.g., occasional preaching if so gifted, covering emergency pastoral care matters, etc.)
• Meet consistently with Senior Pastor to maintain clear communication, track progress and address ministry needs.
• Carry out ministry in a manner that represents the church with professionalism and courtesy and prescribes to a biblical understanding of appropriate personal and professional conduct by self and family members.
• Utilize annual evaluation process to determine opportunities for improvement.
• Prepare professionally for growth in ministry through approved conferences, reading and research.
Time & Compensation: This is a full time, salaried position. Benefits include health and disability insurance, vacation, sick leave, and expenses for attendance at approved conferences.
As a principle of effective leadership, we at Avalon believe that we cannot ask of our volunteers what we are not investing ourselves. With that in mind, we aim to be the best volunteers in our various areas of ministry by investing the same kind of time in our work week as we ask our volunteers who work full time elsewhere and then give several hours of their week in service to their church.