Job Opening: Children's Ministry

Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church

Director of Ministry to Children & Their Families (DMCF)

Job Description

30-40 hrs. /week

 

Purpose & Guiding Values: The paramount value that shapes the ministry for children at LFPPC is each child’s spiritual formation. Our goal in every setting is for children to experience God’s love for them conveyed through loving Christ-followers in their demeanor and actions so that children come to realize their inestimable value to their Heavenly Father and offer age-appropriate responses to engage in a dynamic personal relationship with Jesus Christ sustained in a Spirit-led, lifelong discipleship. Foundational to this is the conviction that the best potential for influencing their child’s spiritual formation is the parent whose own faith is nurtured and encouraged through active engagement in the life of faith through the church. Therefore, we seek to establish and sustain ministry that supports the parents’ ministry to their own children. In support of this value, we promote active participation of parents in the life and ministry of the church.

 

Hopes & Aspirations: Ministry to Children at LFPPC is guided by the following desires:

  • That each child comes to understand and experience Christ’s love for them
  • That each child is able to respond to the love of Christ
  • That children enjoy and practice a life of Christian discipleship that equips them for knowing Christ, serving Christ, loving God and others, worship God, and living boldly for Christ as a life-long conviction
  • That children participate as fully as possible in the life and work of the church

 

Position Responsibilities


The general responsibility of the Director of Ministry to Children & Their Families is to develop and maintain a vibrant, creative, and comprehensive ministry to children from birth through 5th grade, and to encourage, mentor, and provide resources for families with children as they shepherd their children in faith and life. The position reports to the senior pastor.

 

The specific responsibilities may be divided into four major areas as follows:

 

Leadership

  • Capture and articulate a vision for ministry to children that communicates God’s love and invites age-appropriate responses to God’s love for service and salvation
  • Collaborate with the Children’s Ministry Support Team (MST) in shaping ministry that fulfills the church’s vision for the spiritual formation of children
  • Develop annual plans for ministry according to the church year and special events
  • Establish and maintain standards for the various components of the children’s ministry

 

 

Oversight

  • Oversee volunteer staff who teach and assist in the Sunday School ministry
  • Oversee volunteer staff who lead and assist in children’s worship
  • Coordinate and support the efforts of those who direct the various children’s choirs
  • Supervise paid workers who staff the nursery during church events
  • Oversee volunteer nursery workers
  • Collaborate with the personnel committee in maintaining and practicing safety policies relative to children’s ministry
  • Oversee and plan special children’s ministry events such as VBS or similar activities

 

DEVELOPMENT

  • Identify, recruit & train teachers and helpers to sustain a vibrant ministry to children
  • Identify, or create and present opportunities for parents and families to grow in their ability to lead, nurture, and shepherd their children in faith and life development
  • Identify and attend, as appropriate, seminars and conferences on ministry to children, Christian parenting, and/or family ministry
  • Sustain a culture of appreciation for the gifts and insight children bring as vital members of Christ’s body

 

Direct Involvement

  • Create the weekly schedule for
  • Children’s ministry workers (teachers and helpers)
  • Paid nursery staff
  • Order curriculum for Children’s Sunday School and other program materials
  • Communicate regularly with church families through the newsletter, bulletin announcements, mailings and church website
  • Prepare annual budget
  • Prepare annual report
  • Facilitate maintenance of attendance records for children’s events
  • Maintain and update contact records for church families with children
  • Teach as desired, or required
  • Attend staff meetings (weekly), Children’s MST meetings (monthly)
  • Plan with pastors participation in worship services
  • Act as liaison for Children’s MST

 

Characteristics and Qualifications

  • Love the Lord Jesus
  • Have a passion for children and a vibrant prayer life
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred (Christian Education, leadership)
  • Scriptural knowledge, theological competence, familiarity with and support PC (USA) doctrine
  • Experience working with children

 

Note: This is a 30-40 hour per week position with benefits. Any employment is contingent upon the successful conclusion of a background investigation through state and federal authorities. Personal and professional references are required and will be contacted as part of the candidate process.

 

To Apply: Send Statement of Faith and Resume to Sandi Keuss:

www.lakeforestparkchurch.org

 

Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church

17440 Brookside Blvd NE

Lake Forest Park, WA 98155