Children’s Minister/Director – Hope Community Church
The position of Children’s Minister/Director reports directly to the Senior Pastor.
The Children’s Minister/Director is an integral member of the Leadership at Hope Community Church. He/she is someone called to Children’s Ministry, loves young people, and has a passion for evangelism and outreach, both personally and at the ministry level. This person is an engaging teacher, with a strong biblical and theological background, who aligns with the vision, culture, and core beliefs of Hope Community Church. He/she is also a self-motivated leader, capable of casting and imparting vision for ministry as well as possessing relational skills with children, students, parents, and staff.
The Children’s Ministry oversight applies to those who are between Newborn and 12 years of age. The specific target demographics within this age group are those who are newborn through completion of 5th grade (or home school equivalent). Ministries shall be age-based/defined and involve various purposes within each age group, i.e., outreach, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry.
The Children’s Minister/Director will:
Lead and organize children’s programs implementing fellowship, worship, biblical teaching, discipleship, and evangelism, as well as ministry and mission opportunities.
Recruit, train and shepherd volunteer children’s staff with diverse gifts and personalities.
Provide counseling and spiritual direction to children on an individual basis.
Maintain contact with children, students, and parents, keeping them informed of ongoing activities. Keep parents updated on ministry strategies and plans in a way that encourages partnership and involvement.
Support Hope Community Church’s parents in effectively fulfilling their Christian parenting roles, in concert with other pastoral staff.
Assist in the development and oversight of the Children’s Ministry budget; also manage student fees for events and trips in a timely fashion.
Seek to integrate Children’s Ministry into all phases of church life to create a culture that is intentionally intergenerational, striving to unite with and complement other church ministries.
Participate as needed or requested in the evaluation and development of the overall church ministry.
Other duties as required.
GOALS OF THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
The objectives of this position include, but are not limited to:
Sharing Christ with lost and unchurched Children, leading them to salvation, baptism, and Church membership; helping them to grow spiritually, and providing opportunities for their Christian ministry.
Measurable growth with a resulting expansion of the ministries offered.
Offer guidance to children related to their spiritual life as well as social and family relationships.
Lead with a strong foundation in the Christian faith, alignment with Southern Baptist doctrine, and alignment with Hope’s missional core values.
Demonstrate support for staff, church committees, and ministry teams.
DUTIES IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Plan, direct, conduct, and evaluate a comprehensive Children’s Ministry taking into consideration the spiritual, physical, recreational, social and psychological development of Children. Direct the teaching programs of the children’s division (Sunday School, Mission Organizations, Discipleship Training) in cooperation with the appropriate directors.
Relate the children to the overall life of the church and the church to the needs of its children. Lead children to recognize the call of God in their life relating to life, learning, and service. Strive to enlist the children in worship, Bible study, prayer, and other Christian exercises.
Avail children to special programs of spiritual growth and fellowship such as mission activities, camps, retreats, meetings, banquets, and dramas.
Promote a regular program of visitation for the children in cooperation with the overall church program of outreach. Train children in outreach and evangelism. Visit elementary and middle school campuses for personal contact with students at school approved times. Shepherd the kids and their families by connecting with them.
Study and recommend changes in the Children’s Ministry as needed for organization, space use, equipment and furnishing needs, policies and procedures, materials, programs, curriculum, education methods, etc. Seek to improve personal skills and abilities through training.
Work with the leadership to enlist and train adult workers. Motivate, instruct, and coordinate the activities of adult workers. Plan and train adult workers to lead children to salvation and nurture them in Christian development. Ensure that adequate adult sponsors are present for all children’s programs and activities(according to the type of event and size of the group).
Prepare an annual budget for Children’s Ministry needs and administer/director the approved budget according to church policy.
DUTIES IN OTHER MINISTRY AREAS
Have, maintain or be able to obtain a driver’s license for operation of church vehicles.
Participate in the Worship Services as directed by the Pastor.
Serve as a member of the church council representing the Children’s Ministry and coordinating with other church ministries.
Attend staff meetings and participate in the staff visitation program to prospective members, potential leaders, hospital, and crisis visitation. Consult with and support the ministries of other staff members. Perform other duties as assigned by the Pastor.
Cooperate with denominational and other Christian leaders in promoting activities of mutual interest.
CHILDREN’S MINISTER QUALIFICATIONS & ACCOUNTABILITY
Spiritually – Must maintain personal devotions and be a personal soul-winner. Must profess a vocational calling to Children’s Ministry. The Children’s Minister/Director should exhibit a personal and growing relationship with God and possess a humble and teachable spirit. If applicable, he/she must maintain a healthy family life.
Ethically – Maintain a high moral and ethical lifestyle. Is expected to maintain integrity beyond reproach. Should have a safe driving record and be insurable on church policies. Must be willing to submit to and pass a criminal background check.
Financially – Children’s Minister/Director is expected to tithe, keep their financial obligations current, and otherwise show fiscal responsibility. Must be able to maintain accurate records for children’s fundraisers and payments for children’s activities. The Church Secretary/Treasurer shall deposit all monies in church accounts.
Organizationally – The Children’s Minister/Director maintain open communications in planning and directing through frequent meetings of the Children’s Committee, Church Council, and Staff Meetings. He/she will create and execute a long-term vision for Hope’s Children’s Ministry. Will be evaluated at least annually by the Personnel Committee.
Educationally – Preference will be given to a college graduate, although candidates will be evaluated on the entirety of their qualifications. The Children’s Minister/Director is expected to improve personal skills and abilities through continued training. The ideal candidate for this position will who possesses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field (Masters preferred), experience in Children’s Ministry, basic administrative skills, and a personal spiritual life congruent with biblical mandates for leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-7).
The position will be considered full-time.
Hours worked shall vary from week to week according to activities. Work plans and schedule will be made in consultation with church staff under the direction of the pastor.
The Children’s Minister/Director is expected to:
Be a servant leader. He/she is expected to live an exemplary life modeling the call, character, and competencies incumbent of a minister/director of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He/she is also expected to demonstrate a servant spirit as a growing disciple of Jesus Christ.
Arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of any scheduled event to ensure the necessary support staff and items are in place. (i.e., Sunday 8:15 a.m. and Wednesday 5:45 p.m.).
Grow Hope’s Children’s Ministry in meaningful and measurable ways.
Provide a weekly work report to the Senior Pastor.
Participate in weekly one-hour staff meetings with the Senior Pastor at his discretion.
Attend worship services, prayer service, and special meetings such as Leadership and Business meetings.
Present periodic ministry updates as prescribed and goals for the coming month/quarter/year to the Leadership Team.
Present a yearly children’s budget proposal.
Stay current with Children’s Ministry practices by reading, attending children’s leadership conferences, etc.
Participate in an annual job performance review and understand that this review will be used to determine if he/she will continue in the position of Children’s Minister/Director.
The total annual compensation will be based on experience and part-time/full-time status. Compensation can be allocated between salary and housing according to Hope Community Church’s Personnel Policies and Children’s Minister/Director’s wishes in addition to other benefits as negotiated.
Salary will be paid bi-weekly. The church will pay the employer’s portion of social security taxes. Other tax obligations will be deducted from payroll checks subject to IRS guidelines.
Benefits will be provided by Hope Community Church’s Personnel Policies.
Hope Community Church serves Christ through ministry to the members and family of Hope and outreach to our community. Our motto comes from the Great Commission and Great Commandment. Matthew 22 and 28. We want to reach people with the gospel of Christ, teach them the Bible faithfully, and release them to serve the mission of Christ and others. We exist amid a growing community that attracts families through a 5-star school system.