Director of Children’s Ministry at First Free
Chicago, IL 60640

First Evangelical Free Church (First Free) in Chicago, IL has a long history of joining God at work in the city. The church was planted in 1880 and came to its current home in the Andersonville neighborhood in the early 1900s. We have remained in the city, committed to discipleship and mission. We praise God for the many people he has called out of our congregation to start nonprofit organizations or serve full-time in intercultural missions. Our current vision is to celebrate lives transformed by Christ.

Andersonville has recently been named the “second coolest neighborhood in the world” by Time Out and it’s a progressive, affluent, post-Christian neighborhood with young families, singles, and a large LGBTQ community. It really is a special place to do urban ministry, and as such, it requires us to think creatively and compassionately in all our ministry efforts.

In April of 2022, First Free called a new senior pastor, and the church is now in a new season of life together, discerning our vision and values afresh. We are a congregation of about 150 people, with 30-50 of those being children on any given Sunday.

The Director of Children’s Ministry can be either a part-time 15 hour per week position without housing, or a 30 hour per week position including housing (a 2-bedroom apartment) on First Free’s campus in the Andersonville neighborhood (beginning September 2022).

Job Summary:

The Director of Children’s Ministry will serve primarily by:

  • Curating and planning age appropriate curriculum for the spiritual formation of our children
  • Recruiting and scheduling volunteers for nursery (Ages 0 - 3) and classrooms (Age 4 - 1st grade, and 2nd - 5th grade).
  • Training and supporting volunteer teachers
  • Connecting with and empowering parents to be the primary agents of faith formation for their childrenIf interested in the position at 30 hours a week, responsibilities will be expanded to match the skillset and gifting of the candidate, as well as the needs of the congregation.

Personal Qualifications:

1. Has a personal, active and growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2. Energetic, warm and able to share the love of Jesus to children and their families.

3. Emotionally healthy and mature.

4. Able to balance work and family.

5. Physically capable of sustained activity.

Professional Qualifications:

1. Knowledge and experience in Biblical interpretation, child development (and faith development) and religious educational theory and practice.

2. Seeks opportunities to grow professionally.

3. Experience leading and/or serving in Children’s Ministry

4. Bachelor's degree related to: Ministry, Christian Ed., Children’s Ed., or other relevant degree

How to apply

1. Go to, review our Statement of Faith under the “About Us” tab. If there are any questions, concerns, or reservations please mention them in the application.

2. Complete the job application Google form by following this link 

First Evangelical Free Church | 5255 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 |


First Free
5255 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60640


Matt Tinken


Chicago, IL 60640
Job type
Part Time
15 - 30
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Being Artistic/Creative
Working with Children
Church Ministry