Associate Pastor of Families & Children

1st Baptist Church of Odessa

Odessa, MO 64076

Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Category: Associate Pastor

Church Size: 500 - 750

Salary: $50,000 - 60,000

Posted on: March 13, 2024

Time Type: Full Time

Job Description:

First Baptist Church of Odessa, Missouri, is issuing a call for a high energy, enthusiastic, Bible-centered Pastor for Families and Children. The full-time position serves a thriving, Spirit-filled congregation in a growing community east of Kansas City.
The successful applicant will have experience working with a team toward discipleship of the congregation, a servant's heart, and a great deal of creativity. Key duties are organizing and planning AWANA, vacation Bible school, Sunday school for children and fun family activities throughout the year.

1. Exhibit professionalism, conscientious work ethic, teaching ability and accountability.
2. Demonstrate a commitment to good interpersonal relationships, teamwork, and support of all church ministries.
3. Demonstrate a solid Christian faith commitment
4. Work at a fast pace with a variety of settings and circumstances with composure and flexibility
5. Be conscious of the need for confidentiality and discretion
6. Exercise discernment and wise judgement
7. Give extreme attention to details
8. Be a self-starter who is good at multi-tasking and prioritizing projects
9. Possess strong administrative skills and an ability to work independently without continuous, direct supervision
10. Avoid misconduct, dishonesty, and fraudulent activities to include but is not limited to immoral or unbiblical activities.

Oversee existing and create new programing for all children through 6th grade, including Sunday morning, Wednesday evenings, summer VBS programming, AWANA, and other special events as necessary & as directed by the Senior Pastor. Ensure you maintain a broad focus to include ministry to the parents of children and nursery students.
Provide supervision and oversight to the Nursery, including hourly employees and volunteer staff.
Cooperate with the Youth Pastor to ensure no gap exists as your children grow into his youth ministry. Don't allow children to age out of the Children's ministry before they are provided with direct shepherding into the Youth ministry.
Choose and prepare curriculum for each program and each age level.
Create environments, activities and programs for each age group that facilitates learning and encourages spiritual growth.
Recruit, train, schedule, supervise and lead teams of volunteers to accomplish these goals.
Provide ministerial care for children and families within the church including hospital and in-home visits and follow-up.
Maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new children and families.
Plan, oversee and recruit volunteer workers for special events such as VBS, Trunk or Treat, baby dedications, family excursions and summer camps.
Develop and work within a budget which is approved by the Church.
Coordinate and help supervise the annual I Love Odessa local mission event.
Plan and conduct deliberate outreach to families within the Church to conduct camps, excursions, and outings that purposely involve fathers, mothers & siblings in the event.
Develop and implement an ongoing effort to lead outreach into the local community.
We're working toward a mid-June / early July 2024 hire as part of a deliberate, thorough hiring process. Send resumes and inquiries to or visit our website

Job Qualifications:

Minimum of a bachelor's degree in a Church related field of study Seminary degree preferred.
Born again Christian with a call of God into ministry.
Willing to become a member of the First Baptist Church of Odessa
Love and enthusiasm for the discipleship of children, youth and families.
Strong organizational and leadership skills
Ability to build, inspire and lead teams.
Must have thorough & deep understanding of the Bible & the implications of the Gospel in the world today
Must have the ability and desire to reach people with the Gospel, both one-on-one and in a group setting
Experience in children's ministry is a must. 

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Associate Pastor of Families & Children
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Full Time
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$50,000 - 60,000
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500 - 750

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Joe Lietz
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