Job Title: Director of Community Life
Reports to: Senior Pastor
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time
JOB SUMMARY: Lead the church in carrying out its mission through direct leadership and programming for high school and middle school students; develop, support, and sustain faith formation opportunities for children, adults, and families; supervise direct reports; and contribute to organizational effectiveness. Priority is placed on building and sustaining intergenerational connectedness and building relationships with and between the congregation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Carry out the duties of the job summary.
- Participate in worship as needed.
- Participate in Council meetings as required.
- Participate in Grow Team and Serve Team meetings.
- Attend staff meetings.
- Relate to people through word and deed with warmth and respect.
- Be willingly accountable to the Senior Pastor.
High School, Middle School, Children’s Ministries: (50% Job Focus)
- With input from the Senior Pastor and staff, work with your direct reports to establish goals, direction, curriculum, and events for high school and middle school.
- Lead the high school and middle school programs. Build relationships with River Terrace Church youth.
- Recruit and assemble a paid and/or volunteer staff to assist. Provide leadership, input, encouragement, mentoring, counsel, and general supervision for leaders assisting in these ministries.
- Be a familiar and known catalyst and public voice for these ministries.
Children, Adults and Families:
- Evaluate current children’s, adult, and family faith formation programming. Work with the church staff and volunteers in setting the direction, focus, and resources for these activities going forward.
- Recruit and assemble a paid and/or volunteer staff to assist in these efforts.
- Work with the staff and volunteers to find concrete ways of connecting intergenerationally.
- Be a known catalyst and public voice for these activities.
- Lead by example as a servant leader. Show humility, openness, and confidence when giving direction.
- Be a patient and active listener.
- Be a trusted and transparent communicator.
- Show genuine love for people and act with their best interests at heart.
- Be ready to speak thoughtfully and clearly on the opportunities and issues facing RTC.
DIRECT REPORTS: TBD.
- Paid and volunteer positions to assist in the leadership of Community Life programs.
- Have a genuine love for Christ and a fervent desire to help RTC flourish.
- A depth of organizational and leadership experience in church, school, or business settings.
- Educational background and experience that prepares for a career in church leadership.
- A reformed theology and a willingness to become an active member of River Terrace Church.
- Love for kids and families.
- Love for teaching and training.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Strong written and verbal communication.
- Discernment and ability to navigate with maturity.
- Ability to translate vision and broad ideas into action.
SALARY: This is a full-time salaried position with compensation commensurate with experience; the preliminary salary range is $50,000 - $65,000.
WORK SCHEDULE: This full-time job requires a minimum of 40 hours/week but will sometimes require more than 40 hours to fulfill the duties. It is expected that a reasonable majority of those hours will be on-site
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Marlin, I just ran across this posting and want to respond even though I'm so late. I'm very excited about the idea of leaders from a cluster of churches getting together to talk leadership! I encourage you. I wonder if there is one of the congregations that might be elegible to be the lead congregation in applying for some money from the SCE program. Next deadline is June 1 so you have some time to develop a proposal. That would help you establish some good materials and a really good meeting place.
Usually, the chair of consistory/council would not be a first time elder, but one who has a bit more experience. This would make the task less daunting. As far as continuity is concerned, it is most important to keep the congregation in the loop about most issues. When there are more confidential issues at stake, then have a transition meeting where both the retiring and "new" elders participate. If necessary, continue to involve the retiring elders with sensitive ongoing issues until certain issues that need their help are dealt with.
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