Children/Early Childhood Ministries


Alliance Northwest District C&MA

Children’s Pastor Mercer Creek Church | Ellensburg, WA Mercer Creek Church is searching for a Children’s Pastor to lead the MC Kids ministry and fulfill the vision to teach kids what it means to know Jesus, grow in their relationship with God, and to show who He is to others. The Children’s Pastor will develop and lead staff, interns, and volunteers to create and deliver an authentic Christian community experience for preschool-5th grade kids. This position will build healthy leadership teams and make reproducing disciples in a fun, safe and meaningful way. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Coordinate the operational needs of the Children’s Ministry program and activities: Lead with the Children’s ministry team to implement the strategic plan of the Children's Ministry filtered through the Mercer Creek roadmap. Set vision, mission, and values for Elementary ministry that fits with the DNA of Children’s ministry and Mercer Creek as a whole. This includes future growth of ministry outside of just weekends. Coordinate ministry’s outreach, discipleship, and worship elements. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Identify, deploy, train, and support volunteer teams that encourage empowerment and ownership by lay-led leaders to accomplish the mission, vision, values and goals of Mercer Creek and Children’s Ministry. The Children’s Pastor will look for opportunities to propel volunteer leaders into roles they may never have imagined possible. Develop Children’s Ministry staff and interns by training, supporting, and evaluating. Lead large group and small group aspects of Children’s Ministry. Oversee volunteer recruiting and scheduling. COORDINATION OF MERCER CREEK RESOURCES: Oversee the curriculum purchasing, creation, and modification of weekend services. Execute fulfillment of operations within approved calendar and budget. Operate within Mercer Creek policies. COLLABORATION: Collaborate effectively with Executive Pastor of Ministries and other Student Ministry teams. Collaborate with Middle School team to retain outgoing 5th graders. REQUIREMENTS: Models the lifestyle of fully engaged follower of Jesus Christ. Owns and lives out the core values of Mercer Creek Church. Demonstrated strength of character and healthy spirituality. Commitment to Mercer Creek’s Roadmap (mission, values, strategic anchors and ongoing themes and goals). Passion for the local church and Mercer Creek philosophy of ministry. Proven track record of success in equipping teams and leaders; able to network and recruit. Demonstrated track record of hard work, professional accountability, clear communication, healthy conflict resolution and positive attitude in a variety of settings. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 2+ years in point leadership of volunteer teams. Education (Ability and desire to be licensed by the Christian and Missionary Alliance). Experience with handling sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality and trust. Excellent communication and speaking skills. Knowledge of current trends in childhood development. Awareness of demographics of the families we serve in Kittitas County.


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