Preteen Ministry Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church Houston
Houston, TX 77004
About the job
Church Mission Statement:
Compelled by the love of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit; we carry the gospel to Houston and to the world.
Children & Family Mission Statement:
Children & Family Ministry exists to welcome all children and families into a Christ-centered community that will encourage and support parents as they nurture children to know the God that created them and loves them while they grow in relationship with Jesus.
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Houston is a thriving and dynamic urban church with a long history of church planting and mission launching in Houston and all over the world. Children & Family Ministry (CFM) serves approximately 300 children weekly through Sunday morning classes for children 2 yrs. through 5th grade, a professionally staffed nursery, support for children with special needs, and Kids Day Out weekday pre-school. The Children & Family Ministry works together and with FPC colleagues to provide cross-ministry events for the entire community including Vacation Bible School, Special Worship Services, and many opportunities for families to gather for fellowship and fun. FPC is currently in the midst of a construction project that will provide dedicated space for Preteen worship, Bible study, and fellowship.
Overview of Position:
The CFM Preteen Coordinator provides leadership to the Preteen Children and Families of First Presbyterian Church through hospitality, volunteer equipping, and maintaining a nurturing and safe Christian learning environment. They ignite excitement and enthusiasm in preteens for sharing the Word of God with friends and family by facilitating Biblical learning and relationship building. They promote practices and habits that develop in preteens a lifelong love of worship and prayer. They serve as a visionary for the ministry welcoming new ideas, formats, methods, and programs all in the effort to teach children about the love of God while ensuring alignment with the vision and purpose of the church. The Preteen Coordinator is a lifelong learner, always pursuing a deeper relationship with God through worship attendance, Bible study, and a dedicated prayer life. The Preteen Coordinator reports to the Director of Children & Family Ministry.
· Uphold a welcoming environment that is emotionally, spiritually, and physically safe for Preteens by modeling Christian principles of behavior and setting expectations for student behavior that reflects the teachings and expectations of Jesus.
· Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of child development and the specific emotional and spiritual needs of adolescents while acting as mentor and role model for preteens.
· Work with the Director to develop Biblical learning arcs that will inspire and prepare preteens for spiritual growth as they begin to exercise more advanced critical thinking and ownership of their faith.
· Encourage preteen personal growth and preteen program growth through special events such as Preteen Mission Camp, Superstart Preteen Worship Conference, Sunday night Bible study series, and Servant Sundays. Take responsibility for coordinating all aspects of participation with great attention to detail, communication, and safety. Develop and initiate new ideas and activities to promote a warm, relational community that is inviting, inclusive, innovative, and fun.
· Build a volunteer culture that is enthusiastic, appreciative, and supportive. Supervise volunteers and students at all times to ensure safe boundaries and adherence to CFM safety protocols are maintained. Act immediately to restore safety when breached, reporting all incidents to Director of CFM and other authorities as warranted in a timely manner.
· Be present within the FPC community to build relationships with Preteen parents, volunteers, members, and colleagues. Foster cross-ministry participation to promote a sense of belonging to the wider church community among preteens and parents.
· Collaborate with Middle School Ministry to transition students and parents smoothly into their next season of emotional and spiritual development. Mitigate anxiety and inspire enthusiasm through clear communication of new opportunities for worship, Bible Study, and fellowship activities.
· Ensure the FPC mission, values, and goals are actively lived out in all aspects of Preteen Ministry.
· Abide by the ECO Essential Tenets as a framework for understanding and teaching Scripture: https://www.eco-pres.org/static/media/uploads/resources/Essential%20Tenets/new_format_-_essential.pdf
Qualities Required for all CFM Team members:
· A passion to serve and lead in children’s ministry.
· Commitment to cultivating a culture that is inviting, supportive, and encouraging.
· Contribute willingly and be available for all CFM events and initiatives.
· Lead from within the team modeling the love of Christ at all times.
· Trustworthy, ethical behavior based in Biblical values.
Present oneself professionally exercising excellent interpersonal skills. Strong organizational skills, be able to work on multiple projects at the same time while setting and meeting deadlines.
Experience and Education:
· 4 year Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
· Effective large group communicator and storyteller
· Biblical interpretation appropriate to child development levels