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We are a community dedicated to growing in Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, study of the Bible, and service.
We are committed to exemplifying God's love, in word and deed, by caring for one another, our neighbors, and the world.

Employment Opportunities

We are currently looking for a Children's Ministry Director.

Please review the Philosophy of Ministry document, and the job description below.

If you have any questions, or to submit your resume, please email the church office.


Children's Ministry Director

First Pres, a congregation within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a Christ-centered, warm, welcoming fellowship. While we are diverse in our political and social opinions, we are united in affirming the lordship of Jesus Christ, the authority of Scripture, and our call to glorify God and enjoy him in all things. We desire to share the love of Jesus in the life of our fellowship and in compassionate service to our community. One of the hopes for our church is that we positively transform our community’s culture, not conform to it. As a local expression of the Body of Christ, our highest goal and purpose is to missionally live out in community the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

The staff of First Pres is a ministry team. Each has their own areas of strength and focus. Together, we support and nurture one another through prayer, fellowship, and service to Jesus Christ, his people gathered in this congregation, and the surrounding communities.

Children’s Ministry at First Pres exists to share the love and knowledge of the Triune God with children, and to lovingly nurture them toward spiritual health and maturity. The Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers must be safe, trusted followers of Christ who are also actively engaged in the life of the church and committed to nurturing children to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ. They can offer a faith community as a non-parental voice of biblical knowledge, wisdom, and love.

It is our expectation that the new Children’s Ministry Director will work with church staff and leadership to discern and define the mission of Children’s Ministry based on the guiding values in our Philosophy of Ministry, designing and managing the ministry in a framework of:

  • Spirit-led Innovation -- effectively implementing Children’s Ministry, as discerned by prayerfully working with the CM Team, that will continually adapt to the current and future needs of our children and their families

  • People-sensitivity -- attuned to the real and perceived needs of our children and their families

  • Coordination with the Senior Pastor, Youth Ministry Director, and Discipleship Team to implement complementary goals, keep a continuity of spiritual focus, and provide an intentional progression of spiritual maturity from one ministry to the next as our children grow; Ideally, other church ministry events and programs that include children, or that involve parents, would work with our Children’s Ministry to provide optimal engagement for children across the ministries at First Pres; and

  • Centrality of the Gospel -- anchoring the ministry in engaging children to participate in the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The First Pres Children’s Ministry seeks to foster an environment that nurtures spiritually healthy children—one where children feel welcome, invited to participate, and valued, where they are physically and emotionally safe, and where they feel free to raise questions and express doubts.


  • Maintain ongoing assessment of Children’s Ministry effectiveness, needs, and opportunities in cooperation with the Senior Pastor, Youth Ministry Director, and Discipleship Team

  • Recruit and nurture volunteers to assist in fulfilling the Philosophy of Ministry

  • Evaluate and recommend children’s curriculum to staff and Discipleship Team

  • Curate a resource center of teaching materials, books, toys, and ministry supplies

  • Ensure the Children’s Ministry areas are clean, safe, and inviting in cooperation with the Facilities Manager

  • Design, implement, and evaluate special children’s outreach opportunities

  • Hire and supervise paid and volunteer nursery staff

  • Maintain attendance records and follow up as needed

  • Maintain current background checks for Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers in compliance with our Child Protection Policy

  • Promote Children’s Ministry with parents and the congregation in cooperation with the Communications Manager

  • Participate in weekly staff prayer and ministry coordination meetings with the Discipleship Team

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree – Two years’ Children’s Ministry experience or related is desirable


  • A passion and love for children and desire to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ

  • An entrepreneurial spirit

  • Organizational, administrative, and basic computing skills

  • Proven experience in working with and coordinating volunteers

  • Self-motivation and the ability to work with and relate to people of all ages

  • Training and/or experience in ministry to children with special needs is desirable

The Children’s Ministry Director we seek will see this position as a ministry of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and will strive to be living proof of God’s love in all s/he says and does.

The Children’s Ministry Director reports to the Session through the Senior Pastor and the Staff Care Ministry Team. Ministry fruitfulness, responsibilities, and compensation will be reviewed annually.










Last Published: July 1, 2019 11:37 AM
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