Position: Children’s Ministry Director
Job ID: Children’s Ministry Director
Date Listed: November 3, 2023
Closing Date: January 5, 2024
Our vision is to create a dynamic and engaging Children’s Ministry that help our future generation to discover, develop and launch them to become planet shapers. The Potter’s House of Fort Worth children’s ministry is not just interested in the present needs; we aim at investing in the future by cultivating the next generation of leaders who will make a profound impact in our communities and on the world. In short, shaping kids that are shaping our planet for Jesus!
POSITION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a passionate and visionary Church Children’s Director who possesses the natural gifts, talents, and genuine passion essential for guiding and inspiring our young disciples. In this role, you will lead and shape the spiritual formation of our children, ensuring they grow in faith, character, and love for Christ. This role is focused on children from 3 years of age through 12 years of age within the Children’s Ministry. This multifaceted position entails overseeing curriculum selection, volunteer recruitment and development, classroom management, and the operational management of all corresponding programs and systems.
Spiritual Formation –Children’s ministry provides the foundation for a child’s faith journey. It introduces them to biblical truths, instills a love for God, and helps them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It fosters moral and ethical development, teaching them values such as love, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. This shapes them into individuals with strong character and integrity. Children’s ministry equips children with the tools to become disciples, teaching them to not only receive but also share their faith with others, thus perpetuating the message of Christ.
Leadership Development –Children’s ministry identifies and nurtures potential leaders among the young. It encourages leadership skills, such as teamwork, decision-making, and communication, setting the stage for future leaders in the church and beyond. It teaches the value of servant leadership, inspiring them to lead through love, humility, and service—a model of leadership that can positively impact communities and the world.
Contribution to the World –Children’s ministry emphasizes the importance of caring for others, both within and outside the church. It encourages children to be agents of change, addressing issues like poverty, injustice, and inequality. In a diverse world, children’s ministry fosters cultural awareness, acceptance, and respect. It prepares children to engage with people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. It motivates them to be innovators and Problem Solvers by nurturing creativity and critical thinking. Children’s ministry equips young minds to address complex challenges and contribute to advancements in various fields, from science to the arts.
Values and Impact –Reinforce family values, as children often take home the lessons learned in children’s ministry, impacting their families and creating a ripple effect of positive change. A vibrant children’s ministry attracts families to the church, fostering growth and creating a welcoming community that can continue to influence society at large.
Bridge to the Future –Children’s ministry ensures the continuity of the church and its mission. The children who are nurtured today will become the leaders, mentors, and active members of the church in the future. Through children’s ministry, we pass on a legacy of faith and values that have the potential to shape the lives of countless individuals for generations to come.
KEY ATTRIBUTES: Being a successful Christian Children’s Director on our campus requires a combination of personal attributes that not only demonstrate your commitment to faith but also enable you to effectively nurture the spiritual growth and development of children. Below are vital personal attributes for success in this role:
- A deep and unwavering personal faith in Jesus Christ, serving as the foundation for your ministry and inspiring children to walk in faith.
- A genuine love and empathy for children, understanding their needs and concerns, and providing a safe and nurturing environment for their spiritual growth.
- A calm and patient demeanor, as children may have various questions and require time to grasp spiritual concepts.
- A joyful spirit that is infectious, creating a positive and enjoyable atmosphere in which children can learn about and experience God’s love.
- A humble attitude that models Christ-like humility, demonstrating that no one is too important to serve and that service is a hallmark of leadership.
- The ability to adapt to the evolving needs and interests of children, finding creative ways to engage and teach them effectively.
- Clear and age-appropriate communication skills, ensuring that spiritual teachings are relatable and easy for children to understand.
- A commitment to servant leadership, prioritizing the needs of the children and their families above personal ambitions or desires.
- A welcoming and inclusive attitude that ensures every child, regardless of background or ability, feels valued and embraced in the Children’s Ministry.
- The capacity to work effectively with volunteers and other church staff, fostering a collaborative and united approach to ministry.
- A dedication to personal and professional growth, staying informed about best practices in children’s ministry, theology, and child development.
- A genuine love for the Bible and its teachings, with a desire to help children develop a strong connection to Scripture and its relevance in their lives.
KEY DUTIES: These additional duties reflect the comprehensive role of a Children’s Ministries Director in overseeing various aspects of the ministry’s operation and interdepartmental collaboration. In addition to the key attributes outlined above, this role may have additional duties and responsibilities, which include but are not limited to:
- Staff Collaboration and Prioritization: Regularly meet with Children’s Ministries staff to prioritize initiatives and discuss overall coordination and collaboration. Interface with leaders from other ministries within the church to ensure a seamless connection and collaboration on interdepartmental projects.
- Budgeting and Financial Management: Prepare annual budgets tailored to the various departments within Children’s Ministries. Be responsible for keeping expenditures within the allocated budget and providing reports as required.
- Reporting and Communication: Provide reports on the status and progress of the area of responsibility in staff meetings. Collaborate with other ministries and departments to ensure effective communication and coordination.
- Curriculum and Materials Selection: Review and select curriculum materials, educational tools, and resources for the children’s ministries program, keeping in mind the spiritual and developmental needs of the children.
- Planning and Coordination: Plan and coordinate special events such as camps, conferences, retreats, and other activities for children. Manage the purchase of necessary supplies, materials, and equipment as authorized.
- Asset Management: Oversee the care and maintenance of assets related to Children’s Ministry, ensuring they are in good working condition.
- Scheduling and Training: Coordinate the scheduling of monthly work shifts for volunteers, as well as training sessions and orientations. Host recurring Children’s Ministry volunteer development workshops to enhance their skills and engagement.
- Leadership and Volunteer Nurture: Provide leadership, support, and mentorship to the volunteers who serve in the Children’s Ministry area. Write and update forms, departmental manuals, and handbooks as needed to ensure clarity and consistency.
- Outreach Programs: Develop and implement comprehensive outreach programs for children to engage the community and draw in new participants.
- Facility: Collaborate with appropriate church staff or volunteers to maintain a clean, safe, and professional environment within the Children’s Ministry spaces.
- Engaging Learning Experiences: Create engaging, dynamic, and fun learning experiences that not only impact the children but also engage and involve their parents in the ministry.
- Collaboration with Pastoral Staff: Regularly meet with pastoral staff to assess department progress, discuss goals, and evaluate relevant metrics as needed. Foster strong communication and alignment with the church’s leadership team.
- Communication and Coordination: Maintain effective communication with the office staff and provide a timely and accurate schedule of education events, ensuring seamless organization and administration.
- Promotion of Participation: Actively encourage and inspire children to participate in various aspects of church life, including worship services, children’s activities, music programs, and educational events. Encourage their engagement in citywide events and community activities.
- Attendance and Participation in Meetings: Attend weekly departmental, organizational, and company staff meetings (as requested or required) to provide insights, updates, and contributions to matters relevant to the Children’s Ministry. Collaborate with other teams to achieve organizational goals.
Children’s Ministry administrators, Volunteers and Part-Time Teachers
Qualification: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Minimum Associate’s degree (A.A) or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; or 1 year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position of the Children’s Ministry Director requires flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends. The position is a full time, salaried position and while the salary is based upon a projected 40 hours per week, the actual number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Furthermore, it is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times of the year.
- Maintain some regularly schedule office hours in order to be accessible to children, parents, staff, and leadership.
- Notify the Executive Pastor to all unforeseen and untimely absences from regular scheduled events.