Children's Ministries Director

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Overview of Pillar Church

Pillar Church is a dual-affiliation congregation of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC). Pillar Church was the first church established by those who settled the city of Holland in 1847. It was originally established as an RCA congregation by Reverend Albertus Van Raalte, but in 1884, after significant tension and a painful split, became a CRC church. After 130 years of division, in the Fall of 2012 the approximately 20 families of Pillar Church re-established themselves around a vision of reconciliation. The church where two denominations once divided is now a symbol of unity. Today, just 6 years later, almost 1,000 people attend Pillar Sunday services. As a church in the City and adjacent to Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, Pillar is home to many families, college and seminary students, situated among multiple school districts, with an opportunity for the Children’s Ministries Director God is sending to have local and even global impact.

Responsibilities and Qualifications 

The Children’s Ministries Director will empower the congregation of Pillar Church in  its mission to raise up leaders by developing, nurturing, and supporting the children’s ministries of the church in such a way that children grow up in “the truth of God’s word and in the way of salvation through Jesus Christ; are prayed for; and, are taught to pray and experience the strong support of the church in worship and in service.” 

Changing congregational dynamics in a changing cultural climate requires the church to always be innovative in the way it seeks to raise up its children. For this reason, Pillar must always be willing to develop new opportunities for our children and seek to engage children from our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The ideal Children’s Ministries Director candidate will be a servant leader, helping the church establish and grow its investment in children as they move into middle school, high school, and on to college. The Director will be a collaborator with other ministry leaders as the voice for Pillar children and an important member of the staff leadership team.

The candidate must have a superior understanding of children’s ministries teaching curriculum and ministry tools and training. Experience with child development and family-based ministries will be important to the role.

To nurture our children in the Christian faith it is necessary for Pillar to provide opportunities to teach Bible lessons and faith lessons with regularity and excellence. This may be accomplished through various Sunday and creative during the week activities for both children and parents. The number of children in our care and our desire to engage and welcome more and more young families requires the Children's Ministries Director to equip and empower congregational members to carry out many of the specific opportunities and events. This individual is the key liaison with Pillar Church parents, seeking their input and support of various programs.  This individual must enlist a network of supporters and advocates for children’s ministries, engage, and equip a team of parents, college students, and age-appropriate students who can bring a creative gospel message and caregiving to Pillar Kid’s ministries and activities.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a stable and mature Christian faith consistent with the Pillar Church community. 
  • Minimum of 3 years significant experience in children's ministry, directing primary education, or equivalent and relevant experience in a leadership capacity. 
  • A proven track record of developing, recruiting, and leading an active volunteer culture. Strong ability to attract and oversee volunteers. 
  • A proven team player and leader. Humble, teachable, servant leader. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Strong proactive work ethic and organizational skills. 
  • Preemptive and proactive creative problem solving. 
  • Passion for excellence and high attention to detail. 

This is a full-time exempt position with competitive compensation and benefits allowance established according to qualifications, experience, and skills of the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and outline of qualifications to ministry@pillarchurch.com.

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