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The Bridge Evangelical Free Church

Pastor/Director of Children's Ministry

The Bridge Evangelical Free Church
Fresno, California, United States

Date Posted: 03/24/2011
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Job Title: Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministries
Date: Starting – Any time after April 1, 2011
Hours: Full Time/Exempt

Purpose: Give overall leadership and direction to The Bridge Children’s Ministries in order to accomplish the purpose of The Bridge Evangelical Free Church to help people find Jesus and follow Him fully.

• Lead and oversee all ministries involving children (birth through 6th Grade)
-Sunday Programming, AWANA, Route 56, Childcare, Preschool, Nursery, Special Events (VBS, Pumpkin Patch, etc.), Child Dedications
• Recruit, train encourage and motivate volunteers for leadership in Children’s Ministries
• Oversee strategic planning and goal setting for Children’s Ministries
• Develop and implement a strategy designed to:
-reach unchurched children and their families
-provide for the spiritual growth of children
-equip parents in the spiritual development of their children
• Supervise and lead regular meetings with paid Children’s Ministry Staff
• Communicate regularly with the church family in regard to Children’s Ministries
• Develop and guide a leadership development strategy for Children’s Ministries
• Oversee Children’s Ministries budget, records, curriculum, equipment and resources
• Ensure the safety and welfare of individuals involved in Children’s Ministries
• Attend professional development seminars/conferences
• Serve as a vital and contributing member of the church Ministry Staff Team
• Other duties as assigned

• Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministry oversees paid Children’s Ministry Staff, lay leaders and volunteers

• Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministry reports to the Pastor of Community Life

• A strong Christian testimony & obvious growing relationship with Christ; consistent Spirit-led lifestyle which demonstrates relational grace
• A love of children and a passionate belief in the importance of ministry to kids and families
• Vision, enthusiasm, and creativity regarding the spiritual development of children
• Leadership – able to recruit and lead effective teams of volunteers and staff
• Strong people skills – able to work well with paid staff, volunteers, parents and children
• Team building skills – able to lead teams with vision, enthusiasm and wisdom
• A passion to reach kids and families with the Gospel
• Administration – able to juggle the details of ministry while keeping the big picture in mind
• A minimum of three years experience leading a large children’s ministry in a church context
• A Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Education is preferred

Inquiries into this position as well as resumes can be directed to:
Please ensure that your resume is in either PDF or Word format. Please no phone calls.

The Bridge Evangelical Free Church
3438 E. Ashlan Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726

Information about The Bridge can be found at

The Bridge Evangelical Free Church was planted in 1950. We current serve approximately 1700 people in weekly attendance at our eight different worship services (including three “live” services, three video venues, a Spanish-speaking service and a deaf-ministry service) and in children’s ministries. The Bridge is experiencing a chapter of amazing blessing from God. We are committed to a very intentional process of making disciples, as well as outreach both locally and around the world. Our Children’s Ministry is in an exciting process of a large paradigm shift where we are embracing a new ministry philosophy that includes a family ministry focus as well as a renovation of one of our key ministry buildings into a Children’s Ministry center.