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Children's and Family Pastor
First Assembly of God
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 08/15/2012
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Denominations: Assemblies of God
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time
PROFILE FOR CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY MINISTRY
First Assembly of God, 1741 Essington Road, Joliet, IL 60435
SNAPSHOT OF FIRST ASSEMBLY
First Assembly is known as Joliet’s Family Church. We have been one of the area’s prominent churches for many years, and the church is enjoying a season of growth and positive change. This year, an average of 900 people will attend our Sunday morning services, and there is a great diversity of generations and culture.
Jim Arnold has served as our lead pastor since March, 2009. Since then, First Assembly has added new ministries, invested approximately $500,000 in the property and grounds, and is reaching out to the community in new and creative ways. We are strategically situated in the heart of one of the fastest-growing regions in the Midwest, with several hundred thousand people within a ten-mile radius. We own 37 acres of property, and the modern, 50,000 square foot facility is completely debt-free.
We are team-driven. Communication and interaction is very important, so we have weekly meetings with the full staff, plus regular individual meetings between the lead pastor and each ministry pastor. Each pastor has clear assignments, and we seek to work together to create vision and deal with challenges.
• Jim Arnold—Lead Pastor
• Dave Feltman—Worship and Creative Arts, Executive Pastor
• Vacant—Children’s and Family Pastor
• TJ Roberts—Student Ministries and Young Adults Pastor
• Robert Medina—Outreach Pastor
• Bob Hahn—Seniors Pastor
• Sid Casillas—Spanish Pastor
• Full-time--office administrator, financial administrator, media director, facilities supervisor and assistant
• Part-time—connections leader, youth assistant, receptionist, early childhood (vacant)
• Nursery, Early childhood, Elementary departments are fully-staffed with volunteer leaders and workers
• We follow the “Orange philosophy” of ministering to kids and parents, encouraging the family to take their spiritual journey together
• An average of 150 kids attend every Sunday
• An average of 50 kids attend every Wednesday
• First Assembly is also home to Kids Connection, a certified preschool with approximately 100 students
In the last year, we have taken strides to develop ministries for parents and families, including:
• A weekend marriage seminar--Laugh your way to a better marriage
• We Love Kids event
• Fam Nite Live event
• Trunk or Treat night
• Sermon and teaching series
In the past two years, all kid’s ministry venues have been updated, including:
• Nursery rooms and check-in area
• Two large preschool rooms and check-in area
• Large Playstation room, with equipment to develop large-motor schools in preschoolers
• Driven kids center for elementary-age children, with stage, sound, media and space for up to 100 kids
• Three large classrooms for elementary-age children
Almost 100 volunteers serve in Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary Ministries.
Understanding that the American family is at a critical juncture, and that the family is one of the main pillars in our society and our church, we intend to place an even greater emphasis on children and families in the future. We want to keep finding creative ways to touch kids and parents, and equip them to achieve God’s plan for their family. As the lead pastor, my heart is focused on reaching and blessing hundreds, and then thousands of families in our region. We are ready to take the next step in this vital ministry.
As we seek a new Children’s/Family Life Pastor, we must have someone who is passionate about kids and families, energetic and creative, willing to make a long-term investment at First Assembly, and has a vision to grow as our church’s vision grows.
Here are some other goals for the months ahead:
• Growth. We expect to exceed the 1,000 mark sometime in 2013, and then move beyond. This will be a result in part to the success of our kids and family ministries, and will have a positive impact upon those ministries as well.
• Networking. Momentum is building to form partnerships with at least three neighboring churches in the next few months, and more in the future. We hope to assist these churches in revitalizing ministry and impacting their communities, including children’s and family ministry. Our next ministry pastor must value and embrace the potential of helping other churches build their ministries to kids and families.
• Sunday and Wednesday ministry. We’ve lined up exciting and relevant sermon series for
Sundays, and will be launching a new format for Wednesday nights which will include small groups. Great kid’s ministry is a key element for the success of both.
• Kids events. We want to sponsor at least three major outreach events each year, which would include a summer event (Vacation Bible School or MEGA Sports Camp), an Easter event, and a Fall Trunk or Treat.
• Parents events. We must provide more events to build relationships and spiritually equip families. Specifics are listed in the portfolio below.
CHILDREN’S/FAMILY LIFE PORTFOLIO
o Lead Sunday morning and Wednesday night Children’s services
o Utilize the Orange philosophy of ministry, utilizing 252 Basics curriculum
o Oversee Kid’s Check-in and Welcome Teams
o Provide leadership to the Early Childhood Director
o Recruit, train, and lead ministry leaders and volunteers
o Offer regular training opportunities
• Events and Outreach:
o Organize Kids Events, including an Easter event, a summer event, and a fall event
o Participate in District Kids Camp
o Provide all promotional material to media department
o Develop a one-year strategy, including vision, goals, ministry teams, and needs
o Develop a one-year calendar, including recruitment and training events, ministry themes, and events
o Manage the Children’s Ministry budget
o Provide all webpage updates to the media department
o Coordinate stage sets and media for kids centers
o Develop a Connections System for kids (new, absentee, special needs)
o Send monthly emails to kids and families
• Network churches:
o Offer assistance and consultation to kids leaders in network churches
o Offer ideas related to building kids ministry teams
o Offer ideas on how to implement strategy
o Bi-monthly FamNiteLive event for parents and kids
o Quarterly couples nights
o Bi-annual parent/family training course (Wednesday night, 4 weeks)
o Annual marriage seminar, with guest speakers
o Oversee MOPS (leadership already in place)
o Oversee Men’s Ministry
o Develop a Connections/Support System for families (EX—meals for parents with newborns, encouragement for families with special needs)
o All pastors are assigned approximately 5 contacts per week; most of yours will be families
• Pre-marriage and weddings:
o Lead bi-annual pre-marriage class
o When needed, assist pastor in weddings
• Network churches:
o Offer consultation on how to implement family life strategy
SNAPSHOT OF THE JOLIET REGION
Joliet is 40 miles southwest of Chicago, and is part of the metropolitan area known as Chicagoland. The population of Joliet is over 150,000, making it the fourth-largest city in Illinois. When the neighboring cities of Plainfield, Shorewood, and others are included, the population soars into the hundreds of thousands.
A typical Midwestern city, Joliet’s focus was industry, and like many similar cities, has been in the process of re-inventing itself over the past 25 years. The area is culturally diverse, and offers affordable housing, great parks, rich tradition, and since it is a part of Chicagoland, almost any recreational and entertainment possibility one can imagine. Check out www.cityofjoliet.info.
The cost of living is substantially lower than the cost in most of Chicagoland. Comparisons can be made on sites such as www.bestplaces.net.
The weather is typically Midwestern, with distinct seasons. Spring is very mild and beautiful; summer temperatures are usually in the 80’s but can soar into the 90’s; fall can be warm one day and brisk the next, and winter is typically cold with snow.
Travel to and from Joliet is convenient and reasonable, with nearby O’Hare and Midway airports, plus METRA service to all of Chicagoland.