About the job
Weekly Attendance: 1,000
Location: San Clemente, California
The Role: Kid's Pastor
Meet Zion Church:
On January 26, 2020, we launched Zion Church at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente, CA. As 703 people attended our very first service, we knew God was up to something special. That day, 22 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ, and countless more found a place to call home. Yet, it was only seven weeks after our launch that Covid-19 hit the world and we looked to the Lord for what was next.
From gathering in an online-only capacity, to holding services in parking lots, God continued to strengthen and grow Zion Church. Even a global pandemic cannot stop a move of God. Over the last two years we’ve seen a parking lot become a church, a crowd become a family, and our city impacted by the love and power of Jesus. Even as the world around us has changed, our vision remains the same—to see the lost saved and the saved ignited.
Since launch, we’ve witnessed over 700 people give their lives to Jesus Christ. We’ve developed, empowered, and equipped servant leaders to live out their God-given purpose. And, we’ve mobilized a church to get beyond its walls and bring the hope of Jesus to the hurting, lost, and lonely, through foster care, adoption, city outreach initiatives, and global missions efforts.
Recently, we’ve entered into a new season as a church, now gathering at our new location—San Clemente High School. This exciting new season has provided us greater opportunities to reach even more for Christ and invest in the next generation. We believe the future is bright and the best is yet to come.
About the Kid's Pastor:
We are looking for a joyful, authentic, loving, and inspiring person—someone that believes a great kid's ministry on all levels can be the first step in helping to love and lead kids and families to a life-changing connection with Christ. The candidate should be a visionary leader, passionate, creative, engaging, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. The right person knows that “responsibilities” doesn’t mean, “do all these things” – but it means building, motivating, and managing teams to see the responsibilities accomplished. The right candidate is a servant leader who will help equip many others for carrying out these particular ministries while leading by example in their willingness to implement as needed.
The Zion Kid’s Pastor will be responsible for leadership and implementation of all of our kid's ministry programs, birth-5th grade. The Zion Kid’s Pastor will establish direction and vision for the kid's ministries of Zion Church. The Zion Kid’s Pastor will oversee the ministry, with a special emphasis on recruiting, training and developing teams of leaders who will intentionally serve in kid's ministry here at Zion Church.
The goal is to create an age-appropriate Spiritual Formation model that includes life-changing teaching, small groups, community, worship, outreach, events, and Parent support. Our Zion Kid’s Pastor will work toward ensuring that every aspect of our kids, parents, volunteers and staff experience is a meaningful one.
The Kid's Pastor Responsibilities Include:
Create a clean, safe, beautiful, inviting, and hospitable kid’s ministry.
Come early and stay late! Be there to welcome the ministry workers and leaders who are ‘your’ volunteers; encourage and assist them in their setup, and cast vision for them every week!
Ensure that there are delicious and well-presented refreshments for the volunteers.
Ensure that directional signs are appropriately placed throughout the kid's ministry.
Ensure that all areas of the kid's ministry are presentable, trash-free, and welcoming.
Ensure that set up and tear down happen in an efficient manner.
Provide pastoral leadership and the implementation of our kid’s ministry weekend services.
Create programming that is God-centered and kid-focused.
Be responsible for all business administration including finances and operations.
Choosing a curriculum for all children’s services.
Worship and small groups.
Strategic and leadership development.
Equip, train, empower and appreciate all the volunteers.
Provide quality service at all weekend services.
Be present for all services or appoint designated responsible leaders to be present.
Special kids-focused Sundays.
Be available to provide prayer, care, and love to any individual who may be seeking it.
Scope and sequence of spiritual learning and formation.
Ensure the security and safety of the children and staff.
Run facility operations in regard to children's ministry services.
Administration for parent support and resourcing.
Staff team partnership
Contribute to the overall mission of Zion Church.
Participate in designated meetings. (staff, creative, leadership development, one-on-one, etc.)
Participate in team-building events.
Participate in outlined church events. (Leadership Dinner & Developments, Baptism Sundays, Child Dedication Sundays, Zion Nights, Growth Track, Special Events, etc.)
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
College degree or commensurate ministry experience in a related field is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of related experience in high-level leadership in a growing church— preferably with 1000 people or more in weekend attendance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to multi-task.
Knowledge and experience of administrative scheduling.
Proven ability to lead children’s ministry services.
Ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, and volunteers.
Must be able to build and manage teams.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
High leadership capacity
Must be committed to the vision of Zion Church and be willing to take on other needed ministry responsibilities.
Must be willing to work as a team with all church staff to accomplish the overall vision of the church
Spiritual Requirements and Expectations
Professes Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Commitment to personal spiritual growth, godly character, and a healthy lifestyle.
Models standards and expectations of leaders within Zion Church, including:
- Tithe to Zion Church.
- Regular attendance at all services and Zion Church events.
- Abstain from illegal substances, drunkenness, and any immoral behavior.
- Adhere to the parameters and processes set forward in our Employee Handbook.Time
Full Time – 50 + hours
Monday to Thursday, generally 9-5 – with Friday off, and one day reserved as a Sabbath day.
Present for all weekend services and ministry functions on Sunday.
What it’s like to live in San Clemente, California:
San Clemente has a population of about 65,000 and is one of the most beautiful and desirable places in the U.S. to live. It resides between San Diego and Los Angeles, both being about an hour's drive. The southernmost beach city has so much to offer such as amazing weather year-round, beautiful beaches, surfing, hiking, great coffee shops, high-quality restaurants and so much more. San Clemente has a small-town feel in the midst of a bustling county. There is always an amazing sight to behold from the beach to the mountains, to the clean streets and architecture. The people are friendly, creative, and entrepreneurial. It's a wonderful place to raise a family, with great schools, sports programs, and opportunities for recreation and adventure year-round; there is never a moment of boredom for residents and tourists with so many attractions available. The public schooling system is top-notch, with San Clemente High School’s exceptional graduation rate and admittance of students to prestigious universities. The small-town feel is even incorporated into the school's statement: "One town, one team" and even incorporates its homecoming parade downtown for the entire city to support as one union.