First Presbyterian Church of River Forest
Category: Children's Ministry
Time Type: Full Time
The staff of First Pres is a ministry team. Each has their own areas of strength and focus. Together, we support and nurture one another through prayer, fellowship, and service to Jesus Christ, his people gathered in this congregation, and the surrounding communities.
Children's Ministry at First Pres exists to share the love and knowledge of the Triune God with children, and to lovingly nurture them toward spiritual health and maturity. The Children's Ministry staff and volunteers must be safe, trusted followers of Christ who are also actively engaged in the life of the church and committed to nurturing children to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ. They can offer a faith community as a non-parental voice of biblical knowledge, wisdom, and love.
It is our expectation that the new Children's Ministry Director will work with church staff and leadership to discern and define the mission of Children's Ministry based on the guiding values in our Philosophy of Ministry, designing and managing the ministry in a framework of:
Spirit-led Innovation -- effectively implementing Children's Ministry, as discerned by prayerfully working with the CM Team, that will continually adapt to the current and future needs of our children and their families
People-sensitivity -- attuned to the real and perceived needs of our children and their families
Coordination with the Senior Pastor, Youth Ministry Director, and Discipleship Team to implement complementary goals, keep a continuity of spiritual focus, and provide an intentional progression of spiritual maturity from one ministry to the next as our children grow; Ideally, other church ministry events and programs that include children, or that involve parents, would work with our Children's Ministry to provide optimal engagement for children across the ministries at First Pres; and
Centrality of the Gospel -- anchoring the ministry in engaging children to participate in the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The First Pres Children's Ministry seeks to foster an environment that nurtures spiritually healthy children—one where children feel welcome, invited to participate, and valued, where they are physically and emotionally safe, and where they feel free to raise questions and express doubts.
Maintain ongoing assessment of Children's Ministry effectiveness, needs, and opportunities in cooperation with the Senior Pastor, Youth Ministry Director, and Discipleship Team
Recruit and nurture volunteers to assist in fulfilling the Philosophy of Ministry
Evaluate and recommend children's curriculum to staff and Discipleship Team
Curate a resource center of teaching materials, books, toys, and ministry supplies
Ensure the Children's Ministry areas are clean, safe, and inviting in cooperation with the Facilities Manager
Design, implement, and evaluate special children's outreach opportunities
Hire and supervise paid and volunteer nursery staff
Maintain attendance records and follow up as needed
Maintain current background checks for Children's Ministry staff and volunteers in compliance with our Child Protection Policy
Promote Children's Ministry with parents and the congregation in cooperation with the Communications Manager
Participate in weekly staff prayer and ministry coordination meetings with the Discipleship Team
The Children's Ministry Director we seek will see this position as a ministry of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and will strive to be living proof of God's love in all s/he says and does.
The Children's Ministry Director reports to the Session through the Senior Pastor and the Staff Care Ministry Team. Ministry fruitfulness, responsibilities, and compensation will be reviewed annually.
Please view our Philosophy of Ministry at http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2096/CMPhilosophyofMinistry.pdf
A passion and love for children and desire to help them grow in their relationship with Christ
An entrepreneurial spirit
Organizational, administrative, and basic computing skills
Proven experience in working with and coordinating volunteers
Self-motivation and the ability to work with and relate to people of all ages
Training and/or experience in ministry to children with special needs desirable