Associate Pastor for Children and Congregational Life
The First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, GA, is seeking a full-time associate pastor to focus on children and congregational life.
We are a historic, progressive, and diverse Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation located in the heart of a revitalized downtown community. A bachelor’s degree with relevant experience is highly preferred. Ordination is not required, but title and pastoral responsibilities will vary depending on theological training. We are seeking a “connector” who will strengthen the ties of our growing, intergenerational congregation. Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will begin reviewing applicants May 3, 2019.
Reports to: Pastor
Classification: Management, salaried
Staff liaison for: Children’s committee, Church Life committee, Accessibility servant team, Baptism servant team, Congregational Care servant team, Publicity servant team
The Associate Pastor for Children and Congregational Life will coordinate a comprehensive ministry of spiritual formation to the children of the church (birth-5th grade), as well as coordinate programs for church-wide fellowship, giving special concern for fostering meaningful intergenerational relationships.
Coordinate comprehensive ministry of spiritual formation to children of the church (birth to 5th grade).
Lead a program of children’s Bible study, including Sunday School, that nurtures all participants to grow in a faith that is authentic, thoughtful and curious.
Develop in children an understanding of Christian missions by providing support for preschool and children’s leaders in Sunday School, missions organizations, and graded choirs (in consultation with Graded Choir Coordinator), securing resources and materials, recruiting teachers, providing communication and offering logistical support.
Serve as supervisor of all children’s ministry staff and volunteers.
Oversee church nursery and supervise nursery coordinator.
Coordinate W.O.W. (Working on Worship) program for preschoolers during the morning worship service, including recruiting teachers and volunteer helpers and developing an overall curriculum for the program.
Work with VBS director to coordinate Vacation Bible School.
Plan and coordinate special and seasonal activities for children throughout the year, including special Sunday School programs.
Plan and coordinate yearly discipleship classes with pastor.
Coordinate children’s ministry objectives with the pastor.
Give thoughtful consideration to making sure the ministry to children accepts, includes, and values all people.
Lead children and their families in fellowship.
Plan and conduct social and recreational activities for children.
Build relationships with children and their families through personal contact and taking an interest in their lives.
Coordinate opportunities for church-wide fellowship and retreat.
Collaborate with church life committee to coordinate and plan all church-wide fellowship gatherings.
Attend to the church’s commitment to foster meaningful intergenerational relationships.
Collaborate with church life committee to coordinate and plan all church retreats.
Coordinate church involvement in community, ecumenical, and interfaith gatherings.
Work closely with church office to maintain church calendar.
Coordinate efforts to reach out to guests and engage new members into the life of church.
Serve as staff liaison to guests and new members, providing materials about the church and connecting them to ministry and mission opportunities within congregation.
Coordinate with hospitality and publicity servant teams to maintain church promotional materials.
Participate in the overall pastoral responsibilities of the church.
Perform general pastoral duties, including worship planning and leadership, pastoral care, and occasional hospital and home-centered visitation.
Be actively involved in the community, building relationships with both members and non-members.
Be actively connected to the larger Baptist and Christian world through participation in CBF events, as well as interdenominational and ecumenical organizations.