American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Director of Children/Youth Ministry

 

The Baptist Church of West Chester is seeking to hire either:

a) A Director of Children’s Ministry AND a Director of Youth Ministry (10 hours/week)

or

b) A Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry (15-20 hours/week)

Please indicate in your cover letter if you’re interested in the individual position, the combined position, or if you wish to be considered for either position.


 

Position Title: Part-Time Director of Children’s Ministry Ministry

Purpose: The Director of Children’s Ministry (DCM), in partnership with the BCWC congregation, will lead and coordinate a ministry for children (Infants-Elementary) and their families so that children discover their identity as one who is loved by God and learn to share God’s love with the people in their young lives.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Children’s Ministry Program Areas

  • Establish with the Board of Christian Education and pastors the vision, purpose and goals for all Children’s Ministries consistent with overall BCWC mission and vision.
  • Oversee and coordinate the Kids for Christ (Elementary-Age) Sunday Morning Worship Experience, Nursery and Pre-School Ministry and Sunday Morning after worship life group for children.
  • Teach the children to apply the Bible to their life concerns.
  • Present children’s message once a month.
  • Support and encourage the efforts of families to raise their children in Christian faith.
  • Encourage the children to serve in the life of BCWC for example, coordinating their participation as ushers, greeters, participation in Old Fashioned Christmas Parade etc.
  • Coordinate with the praise band director and pastors the Family Christmas Eve Service.
  • Participate in the planning/facilitating of Vacation Bible School.
  • Coordinate a quarterly community “outreach” program for children / families

2. Personnel / Training

  • Identify, recruit, equip, and schedule BCWC adult and youth volunteers in children’s ministry.
  • Recruit, equip and supervise paid nursery caregivers in cooperation with Board of Christian Education.
  • Ensure knowledge of and adherence to BCWC’s Protection Policy by all Children Ministry Volunteers. Work with BCWC Administrative Assistant to coordinate volunteer clearances.

3. Administration

  • Propose annual budget allocations for Children’s Ministries to Board of Christian Education; review and manage line items throughout the year.
  • Choose and maintain adequate curricula, supplies and other materials needed to support all Children’s Ministry programs.
  • Oversee upkeep of nursery, pre-school and KFC rooms in coordination with Board of Christian Education
  • Develop timely communications to promote community and congregational awareness, interest and involvement in all BCWC ministries for children.
  • Meet regularly with BCWC’s Associate Pastor and attend BCWC staff and Board of Christian Education meetings.

Education and Experience

Experience working with young children and their families and organizing volunteers in Christian ministry strongly preferred; related college study of benefit.

Working Conditions

The DCM will conduct his/her ministry primarily at church. However, considerable communication from home will take place with volunteers and parents, often after normal working hours.

Competencies and Expectations

The DCM must have a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, agree with the mission and core values of BCWC, seeking to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ; have a passion for ministry to children and families; possess strong interpersonal skills and relate well with children, families, volunteers and paid staff; be a team player and a leader; be a good organizer and effective in delegating tasks to volunteers; be a good manager and steward of the financial resources of the Children’s Ministries program, seek continued personal and professional growth; and have knowledge of American Baptist Church Life / Theology or be willing to develop said knowledge.

Deadline for Application: May 15th, 2022  

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Pastor Zach Wooten via secretary@bcwc.org or Baptist Church of West Chester, 221 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19382. No phone inquiries please.


Position Description Position Title:  Part-Time Director of Youth Ministry Ministry

Purpose: The Director of Youth Ministry (DYM), in partnership with the BCWC congregation, will lead and coordinate a ministry for youth (middle and high school) and their families so that children discover their identity as one who is loved by God and learn to share God’s love with the people in their young lives.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Program Development

  • Develop a program that engages a growing number of the Junior High and Senior High students weekly in some aspect of the church.
  • Plan and promote all major events and weekly programming.

2. Relationship Building

  • Know the names of every youth and parent on the rolls.
  • Contact inactive youth or parents personally by e-mail or phone.
  • Contact each youth/family at least quarterly.
  • Make face-to-face contact with every student in the youth directory at least once per year.
  • Attend student events during the school year, and invite volunteer youth leaders to those events.
  • Personally follow up with first-time visitors within the first week of their visit.

3. Equipping Volunteers

  • Ensure all youth ministry volunteers complete an application, clear a background check, and receive training before they serve in the youth ministry. Offer ongoing support.
  •  Meet personally with regular volunteers at least once a year and check in with them at least quarterly.

4. Faith Formation

  • Along with the Director of Children’s Ministry, develop an energetic, engaging, and creative Sunday school program for middle and high school students
  • Lead Bible studies and equip volunteers to do so.
  • Invite youth who do not typically attend worship to sit with Youth Director during the services and/or peers.
  • Connect youth to ministries in the congregation in which they can use their gifts and build relationships with other members of the congregation.

5. Administration

  • Develop and distribute documents in a timely fashion (the youth directory, the youth ministry calendar, calendar requests, event and trip registration forms, leaders’ directory, first-timer directory)
  • Ensure Compliance documents have been updated, distributed and adhered to by all involved parties (copyright licensing, background checks on volunteers and staff, etc.)
  • Initiate communication with parents both written and in person, leaving the avenues of communication open for concerns and suggestions of parents to be brought to the table.
  • Work with the Board of Christian Education regarding an annual youth ministry budget.
  • Update the church staff, particularly the Associate Pastor, with progress updates.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Christian Education, attend to the “in-between-the-cracks” needs of the youth ministry in a professional and timely manner, including bulletin boards, photography, attendance, newsletters, bulletin and church school announcements, forms, and registration
  • Address problems in the youth ministry in a way that honors the concerns of those who brought them, and offer timely, creative solutions to issues in the youth ministry

Education and Experience

Experience working with youth and their families and organizing volunteers in Christian ministry preferred; related college study of benefit.

Working Conditions

 The DYM will conduct their ministry at church and online as needed.

Competencies and Expectations

The DYM must have a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, agree with the mission and core values of BCWC, seeking to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ; have a passion for ministry to children and families; possess strong interpersonal skills and relate well with children, families, volunteers and paid staff; be a team player and a leader; be a good organizer and effective in delegating tasks to volunteers; be a good manager and steward of the financial resources of the Children’s Ministries program, seek continued personal and professional growth; and have knowledge of American Baptist Church Life / Theology or be willing to develop said knowledge.

Special Talents and Skills Preferred:

Recruitment, leadership, equipping, delegating, organization, administration, relates well with teens and their families.

Resources and Training Provided: Ongoing continuing education opportunities and the annual safe sanctuaries training.

Deadline for Application: May 15th, 2022

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Pastor Zach Wooten via secretary@bcwc.org or Baptist Church of West Chester, 221 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19382.  No phone inquiries please.