Director of Children’s Discipleship
Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church
At Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church (PLCPC) we seek to Experience Jesus, Strengthen the Church, Journey into Deeper Faith, and Transform our World.
Title: Director of Children’s Discipleship (Preschool-6th grade)
Reports to: Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
Supervises: Volunteers, Children’s Ministry Staff, Preschool/Toddler Learning Center (TLC) Staff
Works with: PLCPC Directors, Ministry Staff, and Volunteers
Relates to: Children’s Discipleship Committee of Session
Classification: Non-exempt, 35 hours per week
Salary Range: $33,000 - 36,500 annually
The role of the Director of Children’s Discipleship is to develop and sustain a relational ministry for children, parents, and volunteers to grow as disciples’ of Christ within the context of PLCPC’s broader mission “Experience Jesus, Strengthen the Church, Journey into Deeper Faith, and Transform our World.” The Director of Children’s Discipleship will provide leadership, direction, and development to all aspects of the Children’s program for preschool through 6th graders at PLCPC. This includes selecting and developing curriculum, teaching, recruiting and training adult volunteers, developing and overseeing Sunday morning programs, delivering or supervising the Children’s Sermon, organizing mid-week programs (Hang-time and Route 56), monthly service projects (HUGS), coordinating and operating all aspects of Vacation Bible School, and planning events that foster spiritual development for children and their families. The Director of Children’s Discipleship will build personal relationships with children, providing personal witness to Christ’s presence in his/her life, and mentoring the Christian development of the child.
Vision and Ministry Development:
1. Create an environment for transformative ministry to children and their families where children are encouraged to be active in the life of the church through caring relationships, teaching, and experiences.
2. Attract, develop, motivate, and retain volunteer staff, with the advice and direction of the Children’s Discipleship Committee and the Personnel Committee of PLCPC Session.
3. Develop and oversee a comprehensive program for children, which currently includes: Sunday morning programs, mid-week programs (Hang Time and Route 56), monthly service projects (HUGS), community building activities for families, and other outreach events.
4. Develop and implement, in collaboration with the Children’s Discipleship Committee, a curriculum of faith-building for children to deepen faith, the teaching of PC(USA) doctrine, and compassion for the community and the world.
5. Deliver or supervise the delivery of a Children’s Sermon (3 minutes) during both services, relevant to the Sunday scripture and message, no less than three Sundays a month.
6. Oversee and manage an annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) program.
7. Supervise several part-time Children’s Ministry staff including a Nursery Coordinator, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Coordinator, and Route 56 Coordinator.
8. Work directly with the Preschool Director to help build a bridge between the preschool/TLC and the church by encouraging the participation of Preschool children and families into all aspects of PLCPC life.
9. Pray for wisdom and vision, intercede for persons involved in children’s ministry, and develop a prayer team who will do the same.
10. Seek to discern God's vision for children’s discipleship, translate this vision into tangible goals and programs, and communicate this vision to church leaders and members.
11. Integrate programs into the life of PLCPC and encourage children and their families to participate in all-church activities, such as but not limited to Sunday service, Day of Service, All-church Retreat, and seasonal gatherings.
Administrative and Community Duties:
1. Contribute to all-church communications such as weekly Pointing Ahead, monthly Spire and the church website, pointlomachurch.com.
2. Provide monthly/bi-monthly newsletter to families with relevant information on parenting (Parent Link)
3. Create an annual calendar of Children’s Ministry programs and events that coordinates with the church and the liturgical calendar.
4. Develop and oversee a promotion plan for each event on the Children’s Ministry calendar, including flyers, newsletter, pulpit, email, web, and front porch.
5. Reach out personally to PLCPC church children, their families, and their friends beyond the church walls by attending community, school and family events when possible.
6. Fulfill administrative tasks such as, but not limited to, mailings, database entry, permission slips for all participants in the children’s program.
7. Maintain expense control and reporting in administration of the Children’s Ministry operating budget.
8. Organize and implement children’s fundraisers in collaboration with the Children’s Discipleship Committee.
9. Attend continuing education seminars and conferences pertaining to children’s ministry and Christian education.
10. Develop and manage with the Children’s Discipleship Committee the children’s program budget.
11. Attend and report in weekly PLCPC staff meetings and monthly Children’s Discipleship Committee meetings.
Accountability and Evaluation:
1. Reports directly to Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
2. Inform pastors, Children’s Discipleship Committee, staff, and congregation of concerns and ministry needs, through but not limited to:
a. Bi-weekly meeting with Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
b. Weekly church staff meeting.
c. Monthly meeting with chair of Children’s Discipleship Committee and/or Children’s Discipleship Committee
d. Bi-monthly meeting with all program staff
3. Accountable to Session via elders of Children’s Discipleship Committee and Personnel Committee with monthly reports.
4. Participate with all ministry staff in team building exercises to include but not limited to, weekly staff meetings, staff retreat and staff gatherings for fellowship/training.
5. Performance and terms of employment are reviewed by the Pastor of Discipleship Ministries and elders of Children’s Discipleship Committee and Personnel after the first 90 days and annually thereafter.
6. PLCPC adheres to the California Mandated Reporting policy in which teachers and other children’s work professionals are required to report to Child Protective Services any evidence of child abuse, with specific protections and immunities; training is provided.
1. Must be committed disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, with personal maturity in leading and serving others in a Christian lifestyle consistent with the PC(USA) Book of Order.
2. Have a sense of calling to the education and spiritual development of children and possess a charisma and style that attracts both children and their parents.
3. Have a strong commitment to own personal spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being and development.
4. Have a strong commitment to servant leadership, working well independently, as well as, part of a team.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field, and/or certificate in Christian Education
2. California Driver’s License
3. Scriptural knowledge, theological competency, and knowledge of and adherence to PC(USA) doctrine.
4. Two to four years of experience working with children, group leadership, and team building with strong skills in administration, communication, and organization of church programs.
5. Technical skills in computer use, to include but not limited to, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, graphics, and communication through electronic and social media (Facebook, text, email, etc.)
• This is a part-time, 35 hour/week salaried position without health benefits but with 2 weeks paid vacation.
• Annual salary range $33,000-$36,500, commensurate to experience and education
• Expected start date: Spring 2012
• Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory completion of a background check (including but not limited to an investigation with the State and Federal authorities regarding any history of criminal activities), a Department of Motor Vehicles check, a health evaluation, and enthusiastic personal and professional references.
Interested applicants are requested to provide a detailed resume with all relevant experience and references along with an answer to the following question: “What is the most inspiring thing you ever learned from a child?” to email@example.com
Salary: $33,000 - $36,000
Date Modified: 3/19/2012
Job Category: Children's Pastor
Job Status: Part-Time
Denomination: Presbyterian -PCUSA
Worship Style: Traditional