Director of Children's Ministry
Director of Children’s Ministry
Position Overview: We are seeking a thoughtful, curious, collaborative, empathetic, creative, prayerful, energetic, unconditionally supportive and enthusiastic Director of Children’s Ministry to join our vibrant, mission-focused and “big tent” Christian community. Our children and their families are generally progressive-minded Christians with a thirst for social justice. The Director of Children’s Ministry will shepherd a welcoming and safe community where children can grow in their relationships with God and with each other.
The Opportunity: We have a small but growing infant through grade 5 group of children. We are not afraid of change. We seek applicants who have ideas on how to continue the parts of the program that are meaningful to our children and families while adding new components. We are open to your new ideas and would love to hear them!
Our Community - Orangewood Presbyterian Church
We are “A river of God’s love flowing into the dry places of our communities.”
- Jesus Christ is already at work in our communities; we seek to join in that work.
- Our communities are wherever God plants us: Monday through Saturday – as well as Sunday.
- We create servant relationships with our communities, to become better disciples of Jesus Christ.
We are theologically diverse people who have been brought up in Christian traditions, other faith traditions or no tradition at all. We are families of different shapes and sizes. We are people of different races, including multi-racial families. We have an African Immigrant Fellowship at Orangewood and we are working towards greater partnerships together. We are people of different ages and styles of life. We like to think and exchange ideas and opinions. We are free to wrestle theologically. We respect other faith traditions, and many of our families are interfaith. We take care of each other.
We have two programs for our children. Our nursery has infant to age 5 and our Godly Play program serves children, kindergarten to grade 5. Our kids are curious, hands on, and full of spirit. Attributes and skills our children and families are seeking in a Children’s Ministry leader include knowledge about the Bible, organized, respectful, understanding, gentle, flexible, empathetic, and connected. Our children’s programs include members from Orangewood and our African Immigrant Fellowship.
General Expectations, Talents, Skills, & Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be:
- A baptized Christian and active member of a congregation
- Capable of modeling Christian discipleship through words and actions
- Passionate about the faith and spiritual lives of children and their families
- Comfortable and willing to talk openly about one’s own faith
- Energetic, engaging, and creative
- Comfortable building relationships with children, adults, including parents, volunteers, and other faith leaders
- Welcoming of persons from a variety of backgrounds, traditions, and identities
- Able to serve as a positive role model for our children
- Mature and emotionally secure.
- Regularly present in the community, seeking opportunities to interact with members
- Organized, responsible, dependable, honest, mature, and accessible
- Able to take initiative and be a self-starter, with strong follow-through
- Willing to comply with child safety policies at all times (including regular background screening and training)
- Able to participate in training events and professional development opportunities as available
- Maintaining safe boundaries within professional relationships
- Proficient on social media platforms. Experienced in working with children
- At least 22 years old with a high school degree
- Some college preferred in a field related to ministry, counseling, teaching, or experience in camp, recreation, working with children, or a related field
- Mainline Protestant theology (membership) preferred but not required
- Bilingual in Spanish, French, or Swahili is a plus, and definitely must be able to navigate communication with bilingual families
Director of Children’s Ministry responsibilities:
- Fostering the spiritual formation of children
- Building community for volunteers to grow in spirit, self- awareness, love of God, and appreciation for all people
- Developing authentic and appropriate relationships with children, parents and lay leaders representing a wide variety of identities (racial, ethnic, economic, sexual orientation and gender identity, family structure) through deep listening, nonviolent communication skills, openness to new ideas, regular solicitation of feedback and collaboration, and outreach
- Designing, leading and attending weekly children’s programs, scaffolding activities for different learning modalities and preferences, and diversifying every program for different interests
- Organizing and leading service projects, special events, lock-ins, field trips, fundraisers, etc.
- Organizing and guiding families through registration and participation in mission trips, conferences, and camps
- Communicating regularly with parents through texts, calls and emails
- Marketing children’s events to the wider community through monthly newsletter articles, announcements during Sunday worship, posts on social media, the church website, etc.
- Recruiting, training and supporting the leadership development of lay adult volunteers
- Attending Sunday morning worship and other church events and engaging children in making meaning from spiritual traditions, intergenerational community and community service
- Attending staff meetings and retreats and collaborating with church staff on programs, worship themes, and social justice projects
- Praying for our children, our parents, our volunteers, our community, and our world
Reports to: Orangewood Presbyterian Church Pastor Ken Page
Works collaboratively with: Pastoral and program staff, volunteers, parents, and all relevant church committees, including the Christian Education committee and Mission committee
Hours: 20 hours/week, including Sunday morning worship, Godly Play, evening and weekend children’s events, staff meetings and church committee meetings
Application Process: Please submit a cover letter, resume with references and a personal statement outlining your interest in the position and ideas for the direction of our children’s ministry program to Pastor Ken Page.