Children's Pastor/Director

Carlisle Evangelical Free Church
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 05/22/2018
Categories: Children's Ministry
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

About the church:

Carlisle Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) is devoted to living "All of Life for Christ"   Our philosophy of ministry revolves around three values: 

  • Growing in Christ
  • Building Each Other Up
  • Sent out to Serve

By God’s grace, our church and our Children’s ministry is growing.  We’ve completed the first phase of a new children’s wing, our new “Kid’s cove”, with the second phase already in process to be finished soon.  Our team is well trained, and we have excellent safety procedures in place to provide a safe, fun, Christ-centered experience for Children to grow to love Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. 

Upon review of our strategic opportunities and as we look toward becoming a multi-site church, we recognize the benefit of a leader.  One gifted to bring energy, fresh ideas, experience, and wise leadership to the table to help reach more kids for Jesus in deeper and more impacting ways!  For this reason we are posting this position as we we are convinced there is more we can be doing to reach children with the gospel.  

CEFC holds four services a Sunday (two simultaneous in different venues) averaging around 1600 people.  Our children’s program reaches over 300 children a Sunday, and over a 100 children come to our Wednesday night program.

We are praying for a leader whose life demonstrates a love for Christ, who holds scripture in the highest regard, and is excited to partner with the local church in the work of the Gospel.  A candidate’s character should be in keeping with the character expectations of an elder or deacon as found in 1 Timothy 3.  



Our primary qualifications, after one's character and love for Jesus Christ, are that one have a proven background of successfully leading people, and be motivated by seeing children come to know and love Jesus.  Additional qualifications include:

  • 5+ years leadership experience with children’s ministry in a multi-staff church (or background that would render similar experiences- e.g. Christian school etc.)
  • Gifted in recruiting and training volunteers
  • Ability to invoke passion and excitement in others for Children’s ministry
  • Ability to teach from the Word in impactful ways for  children, and train others on how to do so effectively
  • Undergraduate degree/certification in children’s ministry or related field is preferable.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to apply:
For further information, please send a PDF copy of your cover letter and resume, with your full name and "Children" saved in the title to

Info about the area:

Historic Carlisle Pennsylvania has a growing population of just over 52,000, and is the county seat of Cumberland County.  Cumberland County is the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania. lists the Harrisburg-Carlisle region as number 2 on their "best regions in the country for raising a family" list.  Carlisle is located in beautiful South Central PA, and is a mere 30 minutes from the state Capital of Harrisburg.  Located less than an hour away from Gettysburg, two and a half hours away from Washington DC and Philadelphia, Carlisle is still nestled within a larger rural landscape; you really can live in the best of both worlds.  

Home to Dickinson College, Penn State Dickinson Law School, the Army War College, and only 20 minutes away from Messiah College, Carlisle is a cultural and educational center with great accessibility to the larger cities near it, yet minutes away from prime hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities.  

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