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Evangelical Free Church of Columbia

Childrens Ministry Director

Evangelical Free Church of Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 02/29/2012
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
We are seeking a children’s ministry director who
•embraces our philosophy of ministry
•serves primarily our children (birth through 5th grade) and their families
•contributes to other areas of our ministry as part of the leadership team.

The vision statement of the Evangelical Free Church of Columbia (EFCC) is Christ’s love at work—transforming lives through the Holy Spirit to God’s glory. We are a growing church in a vibrant, university community dedicated to living out God's Word by passionately pursuing Him in our church, homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Columbia, MO is nationally ranked as one of the best places to live and raise a family because of its schools, healthcare, and high employment rate.

Our primary vision statement for the children’s ministry is Taking the heart of the Gospel to the heart of the child, one week at a time.

Because the Word gives ultimate responsibility to parents to raise their children to know, love and serve God, we place a significant focus on equipping and encouraging parent/child relationships that help parents provide clear spiritual examples, multifaceted spiritual nurturing and intentional discipleship of their children.

The children’s ministry director will provide visionary leadership and oversight of all areas of children’s ministries within the context of the church mission. The director must be creative in recruiting, training and developing the volunteer staff members who lead children’s education classes, ministries and activities. Flowing from a love for children and their families, the director will facilitate an effective partnership among the church’s many ministries to and for children and our parents who are called to disciple their children at home.

Other responsibilities will include:
•Building loving relationships with children and their parents.
•Promoting children’s ministries within the church and in the Columbia community.
•Teaching/facilitating classes for children.
•Training parents to disciple their children, equipping parents with biblical parenting skills and involving parents in the ministry.
•Giving occasional children’s messages during Sunday morning worship.
•Promoting broad-based prayer support within the congregation for children’s ministries.
•Communicating regularly and creatively with children’s ministry volunteers, parents and children.
•Communicating regularly with the church as a whole, providing updates and current happenings in the children’s ministry.
•Leading in the selection or writing of new curricula for education classes and programs, when change is called for.
•Collaborating with the youth pastor to develop a discipleship plan to help each child transition smoothly into the youth ministry.
•Managing the annual budget for children’s ministries.
•Maintaining and updating safety policies and procedures.
•Maintaining and updating the children’s ministry manual.

Ministry staff at the EFCC are expected to be interconnected and interdependent; therefore, the staff works together to promote maturity of the church and its people. The children’s ministry director is expected to communicate a biblical vision to the church as a whole, as well as assist the body in developing the skills and character necessary to accomplish that vision. The director will be expected to share in developing overall church vision and carrying out plans to achieve that vision.

•The possession of the following gifts and qualities in varying degrees: visionary leadership, teaching and training, relational networking, disciple-making, open and frequent communication, creativity, wisdom, strategic thinking, delegation, love for people, and an enjoyment of life.
•A clearly demonstrated understanding of children, birth through 5th grade, and of biblically based parenting styles and practices appropriate for children of these ages.
•Male or female.
•A bachelor’s degree in a related field, along with a background of experience in church-based children’s ministries. A seminary degree is a plus.
•A passion for evangelistic impact through relationships and for discipling that passion in others.
•A passion for building community in groups through discipling, mentoring and developing people’s gifts.
•A good understanding of and orientation toward technology, its benefits in effective communication and its appropriate use in bringing the Gospel to children and their families. A working knowledge of Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint (or other presentation software) is necessary.
•Solid recommendations by adequate references confirming appropriate character and sufficient skills to serve well in the director’s role.
•A cooperative and teachable spirit and a balance of strength and humility in working with ministry staff and others.
•A personal affirmation of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) Statement of Faith and a willingness to abide by the EFCC constitution and bylaws.

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