MOUNTAIN PARK JOBS

Children’s Ministries Pastor

Mountain Park Church (MPC) is a thriving church with an average attendance of 1800 in beautiful Ahwatukee, an affluent area within sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Starting as a church plant about 30 years ago, MPC has continued to expand its reach and recently built a new facility. The local community features excellent schools, abundant sports and outdoor activities, beautiful desert surroundings, and a health-conscious culture.  Mountain Park is voluntarily affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson) and affirms the role of women as teachers and leaders within the church.

POSITION SUMMARY

The mission of Mountain Park Church is to invite the distracted and the disinterested to realize their role in God’s story. The Children’s Ministries Pastor bears primary responsibility for fulfilling this mission with children (birth through 5th grade) and their families in our community. In summary, the Children’s Ministries Pastor will 1) provide spiritual and organizational leadership for children’s ministries, 2) create opportunities for children to know, love and follow Jesus, 3) encourage and equip their parents to be spiritual leaders, and 4) raise up volunteers to do the work of the children’s ministry.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide Spiritual and Organizational Leadership
  • Provide Spiritual Leadership to children, volunteers, and staff
    • Ensure that Children’s Ministries reflect Jesus’ call to make disciples and aligns with the mission and values of Mountain Park Church
    • Maintain an environment where children are welcomed without condemnation yet lovingly called to follow Christ in every area of their life
    • Maintain a strong, authentic pastoral presence among children and parents in the church and community for care, discipleship, crisis response, and outreach
    • Complete additional pastoral duties as assigned
  • Provide Organizational Leadership with vision, detail, and care
    • Consistently cast a clear and compelling vision for Children’s Ministries that aligns all activities with Mountain Park’s vision and strategies for Family Ministries
    • Manage and lead Children’s Ministry staff to include but not limited to hiring, scheduling, distribution of duties, coaching, training, performance reviews, discipline and termination when necessary. Define, document, and track annual, quarterly, and weekly evaluations and goals for programs and events to ensure the fulfillment of Mountain Park’s mission and values
    • Manage systems for assimilation, safety protocols, supply distribution, ministry promotions, budget expenses, and children’s offerings
Create Opportunities for children to know love and follow Jesus
  • Lead, plan, and ensure high quality ministry programs and events that provide pathways for relational discipleship and result in a children’s attendance of no less than 15% of overall weekend attendance (with a goal of 20%) that includes:
    • Weekly large group worship where children participate with their voices and hearts and engage with effective teaching through storytelling, acting, and activities
    • Weekly small groups where children are making friends while being discipled and loved by caring leaders
    • Oversight of any midweek ministries that engage children in further discipleship
    • An environment that is visually appealing, clean, organized, and secure
    • An on-sight summer day camp experience (Best Week Ever)
    • Strategic connections between children’s ministry and the larger church experience
    • High quality transitions between ministries that introduce and integrate children and their parents into their new programs
    • Special Friends (Kindergarten through high school special needs ministry), including volunteers, lesson plans, promotion or program, and other logistics
  • Develop and Communicate biblical teachings with excellence, relevance, creativity, humor, and helpfulness that align with the beliefs and teachings of Mountain Park Church by:
    • Working with and editing curriculum (Orange Kids) to ensure its effectiveness for our context, and alignment with our beliefs and values
    • Ensuring large group and small group teachings that captivate children and inspire them to follow Jesus in every area of life with repeatable values and truths
    • Motivating children to take the next step in realizing their role in God’s story by putting their faith in Jesus, making wise choices, building healthy relationships, practicing spiritual habits, and serving others
Encourage and equip parents to be spiritual leaders
  • Collaborate with Family Ministries staff to encourage parents to be spiritual leaders by
    • Establishing strong relationships with parents and serving as their go-to person for child related issues
    • Communicating regularly with parents to celebrate wins, promote events, share parenting tips and lesson content through email, social media, texting, and meetings
  • Equip parents to be spiritual leaders by
    • Contributing to resources (as requested by the Family Ministries Pastor) that equip parents to be the primary spiritual leaders in their homes
    • Providing shared spiritual experiences where parents and children draw closer to each other and to God such as baptism orientation, child dedication, Christmas ADVENTure, Stations of the Cross, and Promotion Sunday
    Raise up teams and leaders who move students toward Christ
  • Collaborate with Family Ministries staff to develop volunteer teams and processes that are effective and sustainable including
    • A fully developed multi-layered leadership pipeline of volunteers
    • Trainings for both their positions and pipeline transitions including production of equipping resources such as videos, manuals, guide sheets, etc.
    • Regular gatherings for training, inspiration, and community building no less than quarterly
    • Thorough communications regarding lesson plans, events, schedules, responsibilities, and needs
  • Recruit, develop, and care for volunteers (including parents) who
    • Embrace and implement our Family Ministry strategies
    • Take ownership of the ministry as small group leaders, production volunteers, event planners, coaches, high level team leaders, etc.
    • Are actively involved with students outside of regular programs
    • Commit to serving weekly and for as many years as possible with a vision for staying with their students through graduation
    • Cultivate authentic relationships with students and between students that result in authentic, biblical community

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Education/Experience
    • Education
      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

    • Willingness to be credentialed with The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

    • Essential Experience

      • Minimum of three years of children’s ministry experience.
      • Previous management experience
      • Recruit and train volunteer experience
      • Previous experience leading a children’s ministry of at least 200 children
      • Track record of growing a children’s ministry in attendance and spiritual maturity

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND/OR ABILITY

    • Naturally extroverted
    • Embraces “Orange” values, strategies, and curriculum
    • Proficient computer skills in Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suites, and Adobe software
    • Passion for helping people
    • Confidentiality, emotional and relational intelligence
    • Excellent communication skills in both verbal and written communications
    • Attention to detail is essential
    • Collaborative team player who naturally motivates and encourages others
    • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
    • Effective communicator and relationship building skills
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously under time constraints
    • Dependable, responsible and self-motivated
    • Ability to make independent decisions and work with minimal supervision

    ESSENTIAL QUALITIES

    Essential Qualities for growing in your role
    • Authentic dedication to spiritual maturity in Christ with a track record of Christ-like behavior, including

      • Knowing the Story
      • Trusting the Author
      • Living with Margin
      • Thriving in my Family Role
      • Thriving in my Kingdom Role

    • Commitment to MPC’s mission, values, and leadership. This includes embracing and encouraging a culture that is:

      • Safe yet Dangerous
      • Fun yet Intentional
      • Confident yet Humble

    • Personal drive to be a self-starter with initiative and a strong work ethic
    • Enthusiasm and joy – a naturally “bright” face and smile
    • Emotional and relational intelligence
    • Personal pursuit of healthy biblical relationships
    • Collaborative team player who naturally motivates and encourages others

    ADDENDUM

    • Additional projects and responsibilities may be necessary as requested by the Senior Pastor or Executive Pastor
    • Job descriptions at MPC are fluid - meaning this job description represents the minimum expectations when it comes to tasks and areas you may be working in. The reality is that we work as a team and there are numerous other tasks that will require the participation of the person holding this position

    Are you interested?

    Please FILL OUT writeable PDF, SAVE IT, and EMAIL IT along with your resume to jobs@mountainpark.org

    This is not an all-inclusive document. Additional duties, expectations, demands, etc. may be added or changed to this document on an as-needed basis in order to meet organizational needs.

    Mountain Park Church is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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