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Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church

Director of Christian Growth and Development

Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church
Naperville, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 10/21/2011
Categories: Christian Education - Discipleship Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
The purpose of this position is to support the mission of Wheatland Salem Church: Love God. Love Others. Change the World.

This position’s primary focus is implementing the vision of the congregation to equip Christ-followers for everyday service that has a long-term impact. To that end, the Director of Christian Growth and Development will focus his/her efforts on the Christian growth of children, students, and adults in alignment with the understandings of Wheatland Salem Church concerning Christian spiritual formation.

Core Competencies:
*Committed growing Christian with a servant’s heart
*Person of high integrity, confidentiality, and patience
*Excellent relational and communications skills
*Creative, adaptable, flexible, and teachable
*Gracious, helpful and accessible in working with visitors and staff
*Targets and achieves results, overcomes obstacles, accepts responsibility, establishes standards and responsibilities, creates a results-oriented environment, and follows through on actions. Communicates well both verbally and in writing. Effectively conveys and shares information and ideas with others. Listens carefully and understands various viewpoints. Presents ideas clearly and concisely and understands relevant detail in presented information.
*Generates novel ideas and develops or improves existing and new systems that challenge the status quo, takes risks, and encourages innovation.
*Possesses the ability to define issues and focus on achieving workable solutions consistent with fulfillment of church mission and consistent with the church's ministry process.
*Effectively and productively engages with others and establishes trust, credibility, and confidence with others.
*Motivates, empowers, inspires, collaborates with, and encourages others. Develops a culture of cultivating people (both staff and volunteers). Builds consensus when appropriate. Focuses team members on common goals.
*Knows when and how to attract, develop, reward and utilize teams to optimize results. Acts to build trust, inspire enthusiasm, encourage others, and help resolve conflicts and develop consensus in creating high-performance teams.
*Demonstrates strong technical/functional proficiencies and knowledge in areas of expertise. Consistently does the right thing by performing with reliability.

*Collaborates with the pastoral staff to integrate the larger preaching/worship themes into the ministries of Christian spiritual formation as appropriate.
*Planning and coordination of educational opportunities for children, students and adults paying special attention to transitional times of life:
-Preschool to Kindergarten
-5th grade to middle school
-Middle school to high school
-High school to college
-Coordinator of Children’s Ministries
-Coordinator of Student Ministries
-Coordinator of Adult Ministries
*Ensure that age-level programming coordinates with the current WSC discipleship plan providing opportunities for all ages to experience the devoted life, life in community and the generous life.
*Work with the Coordinator of Worship and Choir Director(s) to integrate music into the spiritual development of children and youth
*Lead a robust ministry of adult small groups that includes development of a leadership cohort, a strong identity of a “small group community” within the congregation, regular opportunities for “on ramps” and “off ramps” for small group participants, leadership training, and the cultivation of a culture of healthy small groups.
*Develop a model for small groups within children and student ministries

*Experience in collaborative team building in a ministry setting
*Expertise in Christian Education, Family Ministry, and/or Christian Spiritual Formation as evidenced by an advanced degree in the field.
*Knowledgeable and supportive of the evangelical Wesleyan understanding of the Christian faith
*Knowledge of United Methodist Church doctrine and polity is a plus.

Educational Requirements:
*Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry, advanced degree preferred

Other duties may be assigned by the Senior Pastor

Posting Dates: June 21, 2011 through July 15, 2011

•Please include a cover letter including salary history along with your resume.
•No telephone calls please.
•Principals only, no recruiters please.
•No relocation benefits will be provided for this position.