Title – Director of Family Ministry
Position Status – Exempt, Full-time, Year-round, Salaried Professional Position
Work Schedule – To be determined by program requirements and in consultation with the Associate Pastor for Youth and Families.
Nature and scope of the Director position:
The Director of Family Ministry will partner with parents, the congregation at large, and other church leaders in the cooperative building up of our families as primary communities of Christian discipleship within the church. By God’s grace, our goal is to do all we can to raise children to become disciples who love and follow Christ. This is central to our mission together as God’s family. The discipleship of children is primarily the task of parents, but the congregation must come alongside parents along the way to share in that task. The more we strengthen marriages and families, the more we foster such discipleship. Family Ministry takes shape by establishing and implementing a cohesive vision and discipleship strategy that connects to the other ministries of Faith.
Accountability – Reports directly to the Associate Pastor for Youth and Families and is accountable to the Head of Staff, and to Session through the Personnel Committee.
Responsibilities – Meets regularly with the Associate Pastor for Youth and Families and the Family Ministry Elder to facilitate the creation of a cohesive vision and discipleship strategy for families and the church that leads children from one development stage to the next.
- Ministry of Christian Formation for Families of Children from Birth through Eighth Grade
- Oversees all aspects of children’s Sunday programs
and ministries, especially:
- Evaluates and implements curricula that support Faith’s vision of discipleship.
- Recruits, trains, guides, oversees and encourages adult leaders and youth assistants as they serve in Sunday school classrooms and the nursery ministry.
- Oversees, supervises and trains the Nursery Coordinator, and provides support to Nursery ministry and staff.
- In cooperation with the
Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, share leadership for ministry to
Junior High Students
- Evaluates and implements curricula that supports Faith’s vision of discipleship
- Recruits, trains, oversees, and encourages adult leaders as they serve in the Junior High ministry.
- Work with parents and volunteers to develop opportunities for growth (e.g. seasonal mid-week or Sunday morning series for older elementary children and their parents).
- Encourages and coordinates family involvement in short-term mission projects and ongoing mission partnerships.
- Plans, staffs, implements and oversees programs for children at church retreats, ensuring that those programs dovetail with the primary retreat theme.
- Works with other leaders to design worship experiences, Sunday mornings and otherwise, that make efforts to engage our youngest members and promote these opportunities for children to worship God with their parents.
- Works with other leaders to create extended events (e.g. V.B.S, Academy of Arts, Summer Camp, etc.) that focus on teaching biblical knowledge and which demonstrate living the Christian faith through interactions with pastors, adult leaders, parents, siblings, grandparents, youth workers and peers.
- Equips Parents and Others in the Discipleship of Children
- Champions Faith’s “Stepping Stones” in the lives of children from infancy to graduation by collaborating with pastors and other leaders to bless, gift and call parents to grow their family on the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.
- Provides practical, accessible parent training events, resources, and activities for parents.
- Models how to pray expectantly for God to answer and offers testimony about the ways He does answer prayer.
- Conducts home visits to families as part of the “Table to Table” and “Stepping Stones” ministries, with the goal of reinforcing the partnership between the church and parents in the discipleship of their children.
- Communicates regularly with parents to inform them about the Bible lessons that are planned for Sunday School and Youth Groups in order to encourage and to collaborate with parents to lead Bible devotions in their homes
- Works with other leaders to promote and facilitate ministries to strengthen marriages and families.
- Oversees Management of Family & Children’s (or Family) Ministry
- Maintains and implements health and safety procedures to promote the safekeeping of all children and youth while they attend church events.
- Completes in a timely fashion all records and reports as requested by the Session or the Pastoral Staff and maintains accurate attendance records for Clerk of Session.
- Attends weekly staff meetings, quarterly staff retreats, and meets, as needed, with the Head of Staff.
- Associate Pastor for Youth and Families – In collaboration with the Associate Pastor for Youth and Families and the Family Ministry Elder, the Director of Family Ministry develops and implements Family Ministry vision for families, youth and children.
- Nursery Coordinator – The Director of Family Ministry oversees, trains, supervises and provides job performance feedback to the Nursery Coordinator.
- Youth Childcare Providers – The Director of Family Ministry works with the Nursery Coordinator to oversee the hiring and supervision of Youth Childcare Providers.
- Adult and Youth Volunteers for Sunday school – The Director of Family Ministry provides ongoing training and feedback relating to curriculum, pedagogy and classroom dynamics to Adult and Youth volunteers for Sunday School.
- Adult Leaders for Junior High Ministry – Along with Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, share leadership for ongoing training and feedback relating to leadership in this ministry.
- Youth and adult volunteers for midweek programs or other possible events for children – The Director of Family Ministry provides staff and resources for topical/biblical series for older children and parents to take further steps of discipleship together.
- Family & Children’s Ministry Team – Along with the Family Ministry Elder, the Director of Family Ministry sets the agenda for and facilitates team meetings.
- Personnel Committee – The Director of Family Ministry provides periodic feedback to the Personnel Committee and helps with problem resolution, and participates in his/her annual performance evaluation.
- Parents – The Director of Family Ministry communicates regularly with parents to equip, serve and counsel them as spiritual parents.
- Session – The Director of Family Ministry is encouraged, but not required, to attend Session meetings.
- Staff and Session Committees – The Director of Family Ministry coordinates with staff and Session Committees in planning church-wide events (e.g. All-Church Retreats).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities –
- Full commitment as a growing disciple of Jesus Christ, in both character and competency.
- Degree, course work, and/or experience in Christian Education or related field.
- Strong interpersonal networking and communication skills.
- Strength in organizing resources, tools, communication, and contacts in ministry.
- Ability to serve effectively as Family Ministry liaison.
- Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish the goals for ministry.
- Demonstrates knowledge of team management principles and budgetary controls.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and self-discipline.
- Ability to prioritize resources, especially time.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Deep sense of compassion for the lost, hurting and marginalized.
- Commitment to maintain integrity between ministry and lifestyle.