Director of Spiritual Formation at First Presbyterian Church El Cajon
El Cajon, CA 92020


Position Description

Job Title: Director of Spiritual Formation

PURPOSE: To provide leadership and spiritual growth at First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon (FPCEC) with a focus on children, youth, and families.


The Director of Spiritual Formation will be able to re-imagine ministry in ways that connect with today’s children and youth. They need to be vision-minded and neighborhood-oriented, capable of cultivating a sense of wonder, welcome, and spiritual growth. The Director of Spiritual Formation will embody spiritual and emotional maturity and work closely with the pastor to assess and creatively re-envision Christian formation through a holistic, inclusive, anti-racist, and multigenerational lens in a diverse context.

FPCEC is a member of the Presbyterian Church, USA. A vibrant and multicultural city has moved in around our historic church, founded in 1883. We are two blocks from downtown El Cajon and feel compelled to explore further how we can tangibly live out our faith, engage younger generations, and have a greater impact on our urban, diverse neighborhood. We are part of the Matthew 25 PC (USA) movement and on a learning journey toward revitalization, spiritual growth, and our neighbors.


Children, Youth, and Families

  • Lead in the way of Jesus with relational, inclusive, sustainable, justice-oriented values
  • Build relationships with families, children, youth, and volunteers in ways that grow trust, belonging, inclusion, faith, and spiritual growth
  • Holistic Approach: attentive to inner formation (e.g. prayer practices, self-awareness, personality) and outer formation (e.g. corporate spiritual practices, social justice, generosity) age appropriate for children and youth
  • Develop and effectively manage the administrative aspects of the ministry, including clear and regular communication, planning, budgeting, and ensuring safety policies with support from the Christian Education Committee
  • Out-of-the-box thinker: assess current programming, integrating what currently works with innovation and expansion
  • Design programs for children and youth based on current Christian formation research that connects them to their own faith, each other, the wider congregation, and beyond
  • Develop programming that promotes child and youth involvement across the whole life of church, including the cultivation of supportive relationships and opportunities for community engagement
  • Collaborate with neighborhood partners, related community networks, school affiliates, and/or other local entities whose mission it is to serve and love neighbors
  • Create or join existing service opportunities for families and youth to exercise their gifts, practice generosity, and engage justice
  • In partnership with the Christian Education Committee, oversee: development, training and scheduling of volunteers; content and curriculum; retreat, camp, and service opportunities; special events and worship experiences attuned to the liturgical calendar


Worship Services

  • Assist in worship services, special gatherings, and service projects working with the pastor to integrate children and youth
  • Participate regularly in worship services as requested by the pastor; preaching when necessary and as able


  • Spiritual Maturity – demonstrates and nurtures a growing, Christ-centered faith with biblically grounded wisdom; teachable spirit; balances doing with being
  • Leadership – works effectively, positively, and cooperatively with congregation, volunteers, and staff; manages people well and nurtures healthy relationships; respects, embraces and encourages God’s love for all people and diversity, interacting graciously with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Change Agent – equipped to lead change; empowers and motivates others to live into their gifts; is action oriented and full of energy with eyes for opportunity; initiator and self starter with strong follow-through; is not afraid to challenge the status-quo taking appropriate and necessary risks within a team
  • Communicator – exhibits excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrates active listening and ease in a variety of settings small and large; effectively utilizes technology
  • Strategic – creates and communicates vision, direction, and goals clearly for the ministry in alignment with larger church vision; guides leaders and participants in the process of developing and refining ministry goals, sharing best practices, identifying and solving problems, and establishing sustainable work rhythms
  • Organizational – organizes, plans, and prioritizes appropriately; uses time effectively and efficiently; financially responsible; plans according to budget parameters; keeps clear records
  • Experience – with children, families and/or youth
  • Education – BA degree, working toward a degree, or commensurate experience
  • Desired (not required): Seminary and fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish or Arabic


The Director of Spiritual Formation will be accountable to the pastor as Head of Staff, the Personnel Committee, and will be the staff liaison to the Christian Education Committee.


This position is classified as full-time, salaried and exempt.

SALARY: $58,500


• The probationary period shall be 90 days beginning with the first worked day.


• An initial performance review shall be conducted during or at the conclusion of the probationary period.

• Subsequent performance reviews will be conducted annually.


• Vacation:

3 weeks of vacation and 1 week of study leave shall start accruing after the first month of employment; scheduled in advance and mindful of the particular needs of the church calendar

• Sick Leave:

Sick leave shall start accruing at the state mandated rate from the first day of employment and may be used after the first month of employment.


First Presbyterian Church El Cajon
500 Farragut Circle
El Cajon, California 92020


Marsha Boring


El Cajon, CA 92020
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
$58,500 annually
Ordained position
Exempt status
Creative Thinking
Personal Interaction
Working with Adolescents
Working with Children
Church Ministry