A cover letter is required for consideration. It should detail both your specific interest in the position as well as highlight your qualifications.
These are a few of the qualities we’ll be looking for in each candidate:
- We are searching for candidates that work well and/or gravitate towards good teamwork with others. This isn’t a “silo” - your children's ministry responsibilities will overlap with other aspects of church ministry.
- We are searching for candidates that are excited about programatic growth. In other words, we want a “developer” in this position. You would inherit a Children's Ministry of 60+ children from Infancy through the 5th grade, a sweet building, and a decent
budget. Can you dream big with the potential?
- We don’t want perfect people. They're too good for us anyways. You can bring your inexperience, insecurities, doubts, and messes to the interview and still be welcomed. We want real people to help us with real life.
- Not at the cost of being fake, we gravitate towards people that smile. Why? Because we like people that smile! Don’t you?
Here’s some stuff that will bump you towards the top of our application pile:
- A bachelor’s degree in Children's Ministry or relevant educational accomplishment.
- 2+ years of children's ministry experience.
Sometimes the job description and accommodations are great but the church itself is not a good fit. Here’s a little bit about what we’re into as a church. If you get excited about this section, you should certainly apply. If this section makes you sad and/or
afraid, you’ll likely be happier somewhere else. That’s ok. We can still be friends.
- One of our main ambitions is to be Centered Set church model, where the most important value us placed on which way a person is moving in relationship to Jesus as opposed to “where they are”.
- We are a blended congregation - we gather from and implement traditions of churches in the liturgical, evangelical, social justice, and renewalist backgrounds. Our overall “feel” though is predominantly evangelical.
- Our vision is stated as “Inviting People Into The Story of Jesus”
- Our core values include:
- Jesus is our Center
- The Gospel is our Message
- The Bible is our Book
- Love is our Aim
- Transformation is our Hope
- Our transformation model involves active, biblical, contemplative, and communal dimensions. In other words, we think that people grow best when they share, learn, relate, and reflect.
- Diversity is celebrated and practiced as a value at our church. We value and maintain diversity in our incomes, race, genders, sexualities, theological convictions, and experiences. This value impacts our staffing decisions, multimedia, and programming.
- We’re academic. We read books. We watch TED talks and listen to NPR. We value learning.
- We like Apple products. If you do too, you’ll be in good company. If you do not, you can pull us back from the brink of idolatry.
Rough Job Description:
- Recruit, train, and supervise all Children’s Ministry volunteers
- Conduct background checks on all CM adult participants/leaders and ensure full compliance with the church's Abuse Prevention Policy.
- Supervise Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings
- Share pastoral notes with the Pastoral Team to ensure holistic care for church congregants
- Design and plan activities for each classroom that attend to different learning styles
- Manage expenses and expense forms for CM budget
- Lead and send professional communications to families and volunteers regarding CM happenings and changes.
- Coordinate and organize CM events including:
- Camp Create (Mid-July)
- Easter egg hunt (Easter)
- Fall Festival (Halloween)
- Palm Sunday Service
- Host Winter movie nights in the sanctuary (Last friday of each month)
- Communicate and collaborate with shared spaces between the Vineyard Children’s Center and other renters.
- Connect with new children by mailing out a CM Welcome Packet, Birthday Cards, and other pastoral touchpoint (Get well, Congratulations, Sorry Your Hamster Died, etc…)
- Recognize children on their birthdays by sending a CM Birthday Card
- Update Wiki database with regards to all things concerning CM
- Purchase or write summer curriculum for the summer volunteers
- Work in tandem with the Pastoral Team towards the execution of the church's strategic plan
- Attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesday mornings
- Attend leader meetings
Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation range is between $30,000 and $34,000 depending on qualifications.
Upon hiring, you’ll immediately receive paid holidays, three weeks of vacation time, 403b retirement account, childcare assistance, a $1000 professional development account (reset annunally), & life and disability insurance.
Each employee is also entitled to one personal day per month for rest, emergencies, mental health, or to catch a new movie release in a mostly empty theater. Other benefits apply coverage to various types of leave and situations and can be covered more
throughly in our employee handbook.
The Vineyard is more often than not a bottom-to-top organization. More, grassroots , if you will? Consequently, opportunities abound to create, invest, develop, and share within the larger VineyardUSA network.
About the Vineyard
Our local church averages about 300-400 people per weekend. We have 2 full-time staff and 5 part time staff in addition to interns. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can learn more about our local church by visiting our church website at wwwl.annarborvineyard.org.
We are affiliated with Vineyard Churches USA, which provides a loose affiliation of diverse churches, all sharing some core values and characteristics. There are about 700 Vineyard churches in the USA with more overseas. You can learn more about the Vineyard
movement by visiting the national website at www.vineyardusa.org.