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Church on the Hill

Children's Ministry Director/Pastor

Church on the Hill
San Jose, California, United States

Date Posted: 04/18/2012
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Church on the Hill and the Silicon Valley
San Jose is in the heart of the Silicon Valley, a high tech, fast-paced, large community (a million plus people) with many young families. The top commodity in the valley is time--which means people are busy. And because people are busy, we are strategic about the time we ask families to share with us.

A lot has changed since May 19, 1850, when our church was born--three months before California even became a state. Church on the Hill is now located right in the geographical center of San Jose and is a landmark church in this city and valley. Over the last five years the majority of our visitors have been young families, which provide us a unique opportunity to build a thriving children’s ministry.

Our Philosophy
• We recognize that parents have the primary responsibility of teaching their children and that the church’s role is to come alongside parents, joining them in the training of their children in the Christian faith.
•Ministry with our children looks like . . .
1.Connecting with Jesus through a Sunday morning worship and teaching experience.
2.Growing to be more like Jesus through a community of other children and passionate, qualified adult leaders.
3.Serving others in their family, the church, and their neighborhood learning to use the resources and talents the Lord has given them.

Our Current Programs
•Sunday morning experience for birth-5th grade at 9:00am and 10:45am
•Wednesday night childcare and relaxed programming for ages 0-10 from 7:00-8:30
•Special events for families to serve together off the hill in the community
•Special events for children to build relationships and have fun
•Community Groups for parents (which are organized by our Community Groups Director)
These programs are currently led by a good group of volunteers and part-time staff. We have some great teachers and stage people; they simply need an influential leader with a clear, compelling vision.

Top Priorities for the Children’s Ministry Director
•Recruit and train more adult volunteers who are passionate about bringing a great Sunday experience to children through quality programming and encouraging relationships
•Implement better technology to the Sunday programming
•Collaborate with the Community Group Director about courses and program offerings for parents
•Experiment with a monthly worship/teaching event that incorporates both children and parents, possibly on a Wednesday night

Qualities, Characteristics and Skills
•Leadership – Be a leader whom people must naturally want to follow.
•Vision - Create vision and, when necessary, refine or update the vision.
•Influence and Communication - Recruit, train, and manage volunteers—all of which requires strong administrative skills.
•Presence and Programming - Implement the “EVENT”! Either be great at running the stage event or skilled at training people who can run an engaging program for kids.
•Partnership with Parents - Influence parents through positive relationships and provide appropriate resources for them.

How to apply
•Complete the questionnaire below and submit it, along with your resume, to Lisa Akan (
•Ideally, we would like to see a video of you leading a program for children. You can send us a You Tube, Vimeo, or other video link.
•We will contact the candidates we feel are a good fit for a phone interview.
•We will contact the final candidates for a live interview.

1.How did you come to faith in Christ?
2.What are you doing now to mature in your faith?
3.What have people told you that you are great at in ministry?
4.What gives you the greatest joy in ministry?
5.Give three specific examples of your top successes in children’s ministry.
6.Give two specific examples of your greatest struggles in children’s ministry.
7.What books, seminars, people, or resources have been most influential in developing your vision for children’s ministry?