Citymark is a young, rapidly growing church that is focused on reaching the whole family which makes this role virtal for our church. As a staff, we love Jesus and we love to have fun, both are non-negotiable. As you read through the job description please
know that there are a few qualifiers that are really directing our search.
1. Previous Experience - We are looking for people that have experience in full time ministry. If this is your first position in ministry, this job isn't for you.
2. Scope of Experience - We are looking for someone that has lead in a church of 1,500+.
3. Personality - We are looking for an outgoing, highly relational leader that can develop and multiply leaders in order to make kidsmin fun and help it grow to the next level.
If you feel like tick the boxes of our qualifiers please email your resume and a cover letter to email@example.com. Please include references and any other items you feel would help us get to know you. Please know that it may take a few weeks for
us to contact you in regards to the position, we would ask that you refrain from contacting our office but feel free to check us out online at www.citymarkchurch.org and through our social media accounts.
Citymark Church - League City, TX
Reports to: Executive Pastor
Supervises: Ministry Teams as noted below (including Dream Team Coaches, Leaders, and other lay team members), Paid Childcare Staff
Relates to: The Lead Pastor, Elders, all other staff members and the people of Citymark Church
The Children’s Pastor at Citymark Church is a vital member of the full-time pastoral staff. Along with other staff members, he is expected to establish, communicate, and assist with the implementation of Citymark Church’s vision, mission, strategies, and
goals. The Children’s Pastor will lead, oversee, and provide direction to all aspects of the children’s ministry (birth through 5th grade). He will work to ensure that these ministry areas run smoothly and provide an optimal experience for our Guests
and our Covenant Members.
The Children’s Pastor will implement processes and procedures that nurture the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of the children at Citymark, as well as encourage and train parents to be the primary spiritual leaders for their children. A significant
focus of this position is the individual’s ability to creatively build an environment that is welcoming to kids and families, and then utilize that environment to teach age-appropriate, relevant, engaging, biblically-based lessons. The Children’s Pastor must
be more than a teacher of kids – he must also have administrative gifts which push the ministry to the next level.
Goals and Expectations:
The effective Children’s Pastor will work towards the following goals during the first 12 months of employment:
• Vision/Mission: Successfully articulate and demonstrate a thorough understanding of Citymark Church’s vision/mission as it relates to the Children’s Ministry. This same understanding and ability should be evidenced in all Dream Team Coaches
and Team Leaders by the end of the 6-12-month period. For example, if asked on any given Sunday, the Welcome Team Leader for the 10:45 service should be able to articulate the vision of Citymark Church, how it applies to his/her specific role as a CityKid’s
Welcome Team Leader, and what specific things within his/her ministry demonstrate that vision
(i.e. guests are always greeted with a smile and a verbal welcome, children are greeted at their eye level by Welcome Team Members, etc.).
• Recruiting/Training: The Children’s Pastor will complement the current Growth Track onboarding process by implementing a well-designed program to recruit Dream Team members for the various areas within the Children’s Ministry. The plan
should also include an appropriate cyclical training program for Dream Team members that will allow them to be equipped and discipled as they serve.
• Ministry Goals and Alignment: The Children’s Pastor will have documented job descriptions for each position within the purview of his ministry (i.e. Department Directors, Lead Teachers, Small Group Leaders, Paid Childcare Workers, Creative
Team Members, etc.). Each team member, regardless of position, will have reviewed and have an adequate understanding of the job responsibilities of his/her position.
• Curriculum Development: The Children’s Pastor will develop and implement age-appropriate, relevant, and biblically-sound curriculum at each level of the ministry. This includes creative large group worship and teaching, small group interaction,
and well-designed activities which enhance the learning theme of the day within each age group. This may be done using existing curriculum, in-house writing of curriculum, or a combination of those two. An appropriate scope and sequence is to be established
within each department and throughout the entire Children’s Ministry to ensure that children are being exposed effectively to the totality of Scripture. A consistent presentation of the Gospel is at the center of this approach.
• Partnering with Parents: Citymark holds to the belief that the parents and primary caregivers should be the faith trainers of their children. As a ministry, we simply come alongside to provide resources and enhance that experience that
is occurring within the home. Thus, the Children’s Pastor will be responsible for effective communication with parents and care-givers, ensuring that they are provided opportunities to extend what happens on Sunday morning into their homes during the week.
Additionally, we want to train the parents and caregivers to establish their home as a place where discipleship occurs – where children see faith being lived out daily. This educational process may take the form of take-home materials, social media interaction
with families, training events, etc. We expect the Children’s pastor to link arms with the families with children at Citymark and be a bridge between what is happening at church and what we would like to see happening in the home.
• Administrative Leadership: The Children’s Pastor is expected to maintain the necessary administrative aspects of a thriving, safe Children’s Ministry. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
? Ensuring background checks are done timely for all Dream Team members and Paid Childcare workers.
? Master and maintain updated software allowing for family check-in, security of children at drop-off and pick-up, etc.
? Evaluate, create, and implement safety procedures in each Children’s Ministry room – ensuring the utmost safety of the children and Dream Team members alike.
? Create a thorough and manageable Policy and Procedure Manual for Dream Team members and childcare workers with clear instructions for things like diaper changing, how to handle accidents, policies for parent communication, how to find substitutes, etc.
? Schedule Paid Childcare workers as needed for Connect Groups, Church-wide events, Sunday mornings, etc. Ensure workers are trained and implement the policies and procedures of the Children’s Ministry. Provide the accounting department with approved timesheets
so workers are paid timely, etc.
? Ensure that the ministry is up-to-date on the latest information with regards to safety procedures, cleanliness, toy recalls, etc.
• Event Planning and Leadership: The Children’s Pastor will review current Children’s Ministry events (non-Sunday morning events) in conjunction with the Executive Pastor and other leadership. The Children’ Pastor will then need to plan,
lead, and implement appropriate non-Sunday morning events that meet the goal of Citymark Church, the Children’s Ministry, and come into alignment with the aforementioned vision and mission. This would include things like family nights, summer activities for
children, training events for parents, outreach events, holiday events, and participation in other church-wide events (League City Christmas Parade, CityServe projects, etc.).
• Strategic Planning: The Children’s Pastor will proactively initiate strategic planning for future growth opportunities within his ministry areas. As Citymark Church grows, he will anticipate needs, obstacles, and opportunities – and provide
a plan to the Executive Pastor annually addressing these items before a leadership deficiency arises. It is expected that the Children’s Pastor will keep himself updated and aware of the latest trends in Children’s Ministry through online resources, reading
materials, attendance at seminars and conferences, etc.
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Children’s Pastor: proven experience in growing a thriving and relevant Children’s Ministry in a church of 1500 or more; a track record of effective team-building; documented
experience providing a creative learning environment for kids and their families; successful problem solving skills; an excellent knowledge of Scripture and what curriculum should look like at each developmental stage birth through 5th grade. The
individual should be able to complete tasks timely and effectively without sacrificing the relational side of leadership. The appropriate candidate will love kids and families, have a pastoral heart, and periodically perform the general duties of a pastoral
staff member (marriages, funerals, hospital visits, etc.).
The Children’s Pastor will have the following personal characteristics:
• A vibrant, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a commitment to following the principles spelled out in the Bible for living a life of thankful service to God.
• A demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by sound biblical/ethical principles.
• A family that is in biblical order, modeling respect, unity, optimism, confidentiality, honor, active service & a spirit of generosity & humility to the church body.
• The Children’s Pastor will be committed fully to Citymark Church, without attempting to maintain outside employment that in any way could infringe on the performance of his duties as a pastor (realizing that pastoral ministry is a “24/7” position).
• Model an exceptional level of respect for Pastoral authority, always honoring the Lead Pastor & Executive Pastor’s leadership, and carrying the Lead Pastor’s vision always.
• Must consistently model a strong spirit of unity, never creating division, participating in or tolerating gossip, negativity, or the undermining of pastoral vision & authority.
• Proven skills that foster trust, fairness and teamwork among staff and members/attendees, and a common focus on excellence in all areas.
• Represent “Five Star Kingdom Service” in all areas of ministry.
• A heart of love and acceptance and someone who can flourish in a grace-oriented environment, while graciously challenging them to growth.
• A self-motivated person with a healthy amount of drive.
• A sense of humor and optimism expressed energetically & passionately.
• Absolute confidentiality, particularly sensitive matters restricted to pastoral meetings.
• An unrelenting heart for serving the people of God both within the church and out in the community, realizing this position is one that exists solely to serve & equip others.
• An excessive amount of grace and love for those who are broken & living far from God.
• A spirit of humility and a life of transparency with a desire for continued improvement.
• Chemistry with the staff and people of Citymark Church that “fits”.
• Carry a posture of strength, humility, and approachability.
Evaluation/Probation Period: The Children’s Pastor will undergo a 90-day probationary/evaluation period, including a 360 analysis. Pending an acceptable evaluation, a second evaluation will be completed after 180 days.