· Administrate the Sunday morning Children’s Church, and nursery each week, overseeing ages preschool through 4th grade during each of our worship services.
· Encourage participation by all children and families in our ministries, fostering a joyous atmosphere of inclusion and growth in knowledge of God’s love.
· Prepare lesson plans and resources for teachers for each of the classrooms prior to Sundays.
· In consultation with Pastor and Children’s Ministries teachers select and implement age-appropriate Christian curriculum.
· Host training events for teachers and helpers throughout the year.
· Recruit new teachers, helpers, nursery care volunteers and special events volunteers.
· Assist with oversight and running of special events associated with Children’s Ministries, “Fun for Kids” monthly gatherings, and seasonal offerings like Summer Vacation Bible School, Bible Sunday and the Christmas Pageant.
· Participate in regular meetings with Pastor and staff and attend monthly Church Leadership Team gatherings.
· Oversee our Safe Church policies to ensure children are in a safe environment.
· Regularly communicate with teachers, Pastor, staff, leadership and families regarding Children’s Ministries, needs and opportunities.
· Join with other staff and lay leadership as an ambassador for Cornerstone and our ministries, which we may continue to serve God, to love our neighbors, and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Past experience in Christian Children’s and/or Family Ministries including leadership examples; Bachelors-level education or higher, preferably in Christian education, Children’s education or Early Child Development; an evident passion for God and for encouraging others to grow in Christ; Excellent verbal and written communication; General computing skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and basic email and social media; Strong organizational and people skills; Ability to multi-task; a Servant’s attitude; Familiarity with The United Methodist Church. Responsibility and dependability essential. This is a motivated, relational individual, who can work with a large base of both volunteers and staff.
Sunday Mornings typically 8:30am-1:00pm, in addition to other Children’s Ministries events, seasonal practices, Cornerstone special events, staff meetings and preparatory hours, both on and off site.
Totaling 20-30 hours a week
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We have an exciting opportunity in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska, to be a part of setting a foundation of Christian faith in the young lives at our church! Your full time job will be to care for our children and families through Sunday school programming, outreach activities, parenting support, and other creative ways. See job description for more details and check out our church website: https://fairbanksfirstpres.com/
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Job Position and Description
First Presbyterian Church – Fairbanks, Alaska
Purpose: With the assistance of the Children’s Ministry Team, the Director of Children’s Ministry will oversee and develop a comprehensive program for children and families from birth through 6th grade which addresses the Mission and Vision Statement for First Presbyterian Church with creativity and relevance:
“Our mission is to welcome all people, equip them for a deep and living faith in Jesus Christ, and send them into the world to share God’s love. Our vision is to be a beacon for Jesus Christ. With his love and joy, we will draw people into a safe harbor where they are welcomed, healed, restored and nurtured, becoming radiant witnesses.”
Accountability: The Director of Children and Family Ministry will be accountable to the Senior Pastor as the head of staff, and through the Senior Pastor to the Session of Elders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Actively nurture your own personal spiritual life.
Pray regularly for individual children in our congregation and for the church as a whole. Create a monthly prayer calendar listing individual children for our congregation to pray for.
Recruit Children’s Ministry Team members; organize and lead monthly team meetings to address goals and accomplishments. Regularly review child safety and emergency procedures.
Plan and select curricula with session oversight to address the mission statement.
Plan, recruit, and train teachers for Sunday morning and mid-week programs for children. Provide ongoing training as appropriate and maintain regular contact with teachers throughout the teaching season regarding preparation and supply needs.
Manage Sunday morning children’s programming, integrating children into worship as opportunities present. This includes management of the attendance kiosk, the Nursery, Sunday School, and Children’s Church. Develop and deliver a children’s sermon every Sunday morning worship service. Follow up with new families, welcome them, provide information, and invite them to participate in deeper involvement in church life at FPC.
Develop and maintain a weekly Discipleship Program for 4th through 6th grade students. Work in conjunction with the Youth Minister to facilitate transition into Middle School.
Develop and manage a team to maintain the Children’s areas so they are safe, attractive, and welcoming spaces.
Ensure adequate supplies are on hand to support children’s programs, create an annual budget, and manage that budget throughout the year.
Develop and supervise annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), Christmas Pageant, and Easter Outreach activities.
Develop a communication strategy to include personal conversations with parents, bulletin announcements, a monthly article in the First Light Newsletter, social media, and printed literature, such as brochures and flyers, and other appropriate materials.
Provide teaching, training, and mentorship to parents through direct personal contact, parenting classes, and other appropriate methods regarding Christian parenting and child development.
Develop, implement, and maintain a plan for ongoing community outreach for children and families.
Partner with the Youth Minister on family ministry including transitions into adolescence, lifelong faith development, Christian parenting, and celebrating milestones of faith.
Supervise Nursery Staff and develop and train a teacher for a program consistent with our mission statement.
Develop an annual plan of action, to be reviewed with Senior Pastor at least twice each year. Provide a monthly written report to church session.
Meet weekly with Senior Pastor and staff for study, prayer, and planning.
Relationships: Senior Pastor, head of staff and direct supervisor, and has working relationships with the congregation, the Children’s Ministry Team, the Youth Minister and the Session.
Time Expectation: Maintain a 40 hour work week. The position is salaried and exempt from overtime.
Evaluation: The Sr. Pastor will conduct performance reviews annually with assistance from the Session Personnel Committee. The Personnel Committee will annually review the adequacy of compensation for this position.