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The River Church Community

San Jose, California, United States

Date Posted:
01/09/2012
Categories:
Children's Pastor
Denomination:
Church Size:
251 to 350
Job Type:
Part-Time
The River Church Community
Job Description:
To Apply-
Please read carefully:
• Attach the resume and cover letter as separate Word files.
• These two files should be named by the convention "FULL NAME
RESUME [or COVER LETTER] River Opening (20-4a) TODAY's DATE"
(year first in DATE, please.)
• The cover letter must describe in the first paragraph your familiarity with
the church environment. Please also include a paragraph on what you
find compelling about The River Church specifically. Answer any of the
optional questions below. Keep cover letter to 2 pages.
• Refrain from making additional phone inquiries. Email correspondence
only.
• Submit a resume, cover letter to KCrole@the-river.org.


More information regarding the position:


DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
LEADERSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTION

The River's Statement of Purpose:
To embrace in community the life-changing person and teaching of Jesus and to
manifest together His kingdom deeply in our lives and broadly in our world.

The River's Journey:
The River is a church that is on a dynamic journey. We started 13 years ago in
suburban Sunnyvale, CA, a relatively privileged community in Silicon Valley. Our
initial goal was to become a church that was deliberately accessible for a
postmodern generation of seekers. Our original demographic was predominantly
young professionals, single and white.
In recent years, the Holy Spirit has led us to embrace more fully all the
dimensions of Jesus' Kingdom. God has impressed upon us His special concern
for “the least” as well as the “lost,” and His desire for a church that would serve
as a bridge between the “haves” and the “have-nots” of our society. As part of
that process, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, we moved our Sunday morning
celebration service to urban San José, a socio-economically and culturally more
diverse neighborhood. While our church still retains some of our original
demographic, we have become more multi-ethnic and multi-class in our overall
makeup.

Currently, we have approximately 350 people (100 of whom are children) who
are active participants in the community; most join us on Sunday mornings. 150
adults are members of a regular small group, and many children participate in
these small group communities. We have several local and foreign mission
initiatives that reflect our understanding of “integrated mission,” where verbal
proclamation is integrated with an active demonstration of the Kingdom. We also
place a high value on helping people to progress on personal healing journeys to
become healthier people in constructive relationships.

Children and Our Journey:
I. Children and Sunday Morning
Over 70 adults, both parents and non-parents, serve as volunteers in Kids’
Community (the name of the ministry with children) on Sunday mornings each
month. The church has quarterly All Church Family services where children are
included and the teaching and worship are intergenerational. Children help lead
worship during special seasons such as Christmas and Easter, and families
2. Participate in church-wide service activities. We are growing in two convictions:
that it deepens the faith formation of children to be full participants in the life of
the church and that adults also become better followers of Jesus through greater
connection with children.

II. Ministry Style
Kids’ Community’s ministry philosophy is spiritual formation-based and places
importance on acknowledging the developmental stages of childhood. The main
curriculum for children 3-12 years old is “Godly Play”, a Montessori style method
of Bible storytelling and child-directed discovery. More emphasis is placed on
each child’s own process of internalizing faith and core Christian beliefs than on
external practices that have been traditional measures of belief (altar calls,
scripture or fact memorization, prizes, etc.). A high value is placed on
relationship-building and the power of modeling by adults in the community. The
book Postmodern Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith has been significant in the
development of our philosophy of ministry.

III. Families
Our belief is that parents and guardians are the main people of faith influence for
children. The church community is an active partner in that work and ministry
staff seek to support parents, affirming and equipping them for their unique role.
Children are always welcome to join parents in the adult worship service and
families are invited to worship and serve together on a regular basis.

IV. The Community Outside Our “Walls”
We desire for our ministry to be a safe and attractive place for children and
families new to our community. Kids’ Community places a high value on
hospitality and support for new families. It is also important that the ministry be a
blessing to those in need, so children are given regular opportunities to serve
and give. Ministry staff support community programs as needed, i.e. a
community-based vacation Bible school.

Role of Children's Ministry Director:

Responsibilities
1. Implement and oversee the children's ministry programs (Sunday
mornings, All Church Family Services and special events, dedications,
service opportunities, etc.).
2. Manage staff and volunteers in a way that promotes their personal
growth while effectively executing ministry programs.
3. Continue to champion the integration of children (and ministries to
children) into the overall life and ministry of The River.
4. Seek out and create opportunities for families to be supported in faith
formation.
5. Recruit and train volunteers to serve, according to their gifting, in
ministry to children.
6. Maintain the established Sunday ministry structure and use the Godly
Play curriculum for at least one full ministry year.
7. Deepen the formation value of faith development in the ministry by
working with curricula and methods that foster this approach.
8. Budget ministry expenses and manage expenditures of the budget.
9. Creatively develop practices that mark growth in faith for children.

Qualifications
1. A mature and emotionally healthy Christ-follower who can serve as a
role model for parents and children.
2. Ability to be articulate about child development and the spiritual
formation of children.
3. Highly developed managerial skills – able to promote the personal
growth of staff and volunteers while supervising effective program
development and delivery.
4. Proven administrative skills – able to effectively lead a highly complex,
multi-faceted ministry involving many volunteers
5. Deep love for and ability to function intuitively with children at any
place on their spiritual journey.
6. A proven collaborator and team builder who is highly relational and has
a history of developing volunteers and leaders.
7. Experienced teacher and/or trainer, of both adults and children.
8. Conflict resolution/peacemaking skills.
9. Willingness to be trained in Godly Play, if not already certified.
10. Agreement with and active support for the values and mission of The
River Church Community.
11. Sensitivity to and experience working in a multicultural and multiracial
context.

Direct Reporting and Review
The Children's Ministry Director reports to Mark Phifer-Houseman, our staff
director.

Estimated Hours
This position is scoped as a half-time, salaried role. Sunday will be considered a
workday.

Compensation
$23,000 to $35,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
• work will be done onsite during regular business hours
• attendance of the River Church is not a requirement

To Apply
Please read carefully:
• Attach the resume and cover letter as separate Word files.
• These two files should be named by the convention "FULL NAME
RESUME [or COVER LETTER] River Opening (20-4a) TODAY's DATE"
(year first in DATE, please.)
• The cover letter must describe in the first paragraph your familiarity with
the church environment. Please also include a paragraph on what you
find compelling about The River Church specifically. Answer any of the
optional questions below. Keep cover letter to 2 pages.
• Refrain from making additional phone inquiries. Email correspondence
only.
• Submit a resume, cover letter to KCrole@the-river.org.

Optional Questions for Cover Letter:
We encourage you to apply even if your work experience may not immediately
seem like an obvious match for the position. To help us identify people who do
not have specific children’s ministry work experience but might still be a good
match, please answer the following questions when submitting your cover letter:
1. Why are you applying for this position? Why do you feel called to this type of
position, and at this time?
2. What have you seen in Children's Ministry that doesn't feel satisfying to you or
seems to be missing? Where are your passions in ministry to children?
3. What are some of your deeply held values or beliefs with regard to children's
ministry or spiritual formation?
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