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Kids Community Director
The River Church Community
San Jose, California, United States
Date Posted: 06/25/2012
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Part-Time
The River Church Community is looking for a Kids Community Director. We are located in San Jose. To learn more about our church and the position please see below...
Please read carefully —
Attach the resume and cover letter as separate Word files.
The cover letter must describe in the first paragraph your familiarity with the church environment and what you find compelling about the River. (see website - www.the-river.org)
1. Why are you applying for this position? Why do you feel called to this type of position at this time?
2. What have you seen in Children's Ministry that doesn't feel satisfying to you or seems to be missing? What are your passions in ministry to children?
3. What are some of your deeply held values or beliefs with regard to children's ministry and the spiritual formation of kids?
Please also include a paragraph on what you find compelling about The River Church specifically.
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.
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
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 his world. 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 economically diverse
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
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 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. (www.godlyplayfoundation.org) 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 relationshipbuilding
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.
Our belief is that parents and guardians are the main people for the faith development 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 and those from non-church going and non-Christian backgrounds.
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:
1. Lead and oversee the children's ministry programs in partnership with the Kids’
Community Associate and the volunteer ministry team.
2. Develop the ministry on core Biblical values while developing new practices that
fill our gaps (e.g. financial stewardship, outreach, etc.).
3. Creatively develop practices, with Associate and other ministry leaders, which mark
growth in faith and life stage transitions, e.g. baptism, communion, and positive ways
of marking the transition to adolescence.
4. Manage staff and volunteers in a way that promotes their personal growth while effectively
executing ministry programs. Recruit and train volunteers to serve, according to their gifting,
in ministry to children.
5. Oversee equipping of parents as effective agents for spiritual formation for their kids. This
includes integration of faith development and family life rhythms, equipping parents to engage
their kids re: secular culture and current events, etc.
6. Champion the value of the church as an intergenerational community.
7. Foster the development of community outside Sunday morning within classes.
8. Encourage children in using their gifts in ministry to one another and with those outside the church
at school and in neighborhoods.
9. Budget ministry expenses and manage expenditures of the budget.
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
3. Highly developed managerial skills – able to promote the personal growth of
staff and volunteers while supervising effective program development and
4. Proven administrative skills – able to effectively lead and delegate in a highly
complex, multi-faceted ministry involving many volunteers.
5. Deep love for and ability to relate with children at any place on their spiritual
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
11. Sensitivity to and experience working in a multicultural and multiracial context.
Direct Reporting and Review
This position is scoped as a 50% - 75%, salaried role. Sunday will be considered a
At 50%: $25,000 to $34,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
At 75%: $37,500 to $52,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
• work will be done onsite during regular business hours