Associate and Assistant Pastors
Director of Family Ministries
Director of Family Ministries
At: The Light of Christ Anglican Church, Denver, CO 80219
Hours: 20 hours/week
Salary: $23,000—$28,000 annually
Both men and women interested in this role are welcome to apply.
The Director of Family Ministries has primary oversight of ministry to our children, their parents, and the young adults. This role reports to the Rector.
- Must be committed to a growing personal relationship with Christ.
- Value corporate worship and the place of the church community in personal discipleship.
- Invest in healthy relationships with family and friends.
- Take seriously an exemplary Christian life in which love for God translates into love for His people.
This order of layout reflects generational flow from children to adults, not necessarily prioritization.
Oversee a robust ministry to children comprising of:
- Discipleship and Christian formation (spiritual)
- Safe, enjoyable activities (emotional and social)
- Intentional selection of curricula that engage and encourage learning in the children (cognitive)
- Aiding ease of transition from the older children phase to youth group in the church.
- Collaboration with the Rector to ensure good integration of our children within whole-church worship and life.
Our Philosophy of Ministry to Children
We believe that children are not just the church of the future. They are the church of the present. God has placed them in two intersecting families – their natural family and spiritual family. We see them in holistic ways; therefore we believe in a discipleship approach that fosters an environment of care for their spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and social wellbeing.
Our desired outcomes for the children’s ministry are positive when:
- The children demonstrate familiarity with the main arc of biblical narratives centered on the Gospel.
- The children grow in the knowledge of the Christian way of life stemming from their familiarity with (1) above.
- The children have so much fun at church and/or our various activities that church becomes an inviting environment and forms fond memories for them.
- The children have a sense of belonging in the wider church community (not siloed) because they are active participants in its life and worship.
Be a pastoral presence to young parents by (but not limited to):
- Equipping them in their role as primary disciplers of their children through biblically-aligned and beneficial resources, occasional seminars, discussion groups, etc. We want to avoid the assumption that young Christian parents are always resourced to do this well.
- Leading the church’s effort to come alongside young parents and pregnant couples as they navigate the practical aspects of that stage of life. For example, facilitating the following:
- Efforts to support expectant or new moms.
- Occasional events that encourage date nights for young parents, and fun events that bring the families together to experience community and friendships.
- Dialogue with the Rector on how the church can respond to any situation-specific challenges (for example, unique challenges of single-parenthood).
- Being a pastoral presence and influence for these young families with a special intention for the young moms.
Our Philosophy of Ministry to Young Parents
Young parents are entrusted with the noble task of raising little Christ-followers. One of the biggest challenges facing them in the current cultural and economic climate is often not directly spiritual, but rather figuring out how to navigate all the logistics and responsibilities of that stage of life and still fit in spiritual activities. We most serve this generation when we can walk alongside them in the practical aspects of that stage as much as a church family can do, in addition to the spiritual elements.
Our desired outcomes for ministry to young parents are positive when:
- They feel resourced by the church and empowered to be disciplers of their children.
- They see their church as a helpful community for them in the practical matters of life as young parents.
- They have a growing sense of community, feeling connected to friendships with other families around the same stage of life, as well as cross-generationally.
Facilitate community among the young adults in the church by (but not limited to):
- Overseeing the scheduling and organization of a regular gathering of young adults in the church. This can easily be done with the “small group” model. The goal is that the young adults can take a level of ownership of the agenda/activities of their group, with you as a facilitator.
- Targeting mid-older teenagers (from about 16 years of age) who are still in the youth group but gradually setting their sight on early adulthood. Facilitate a guided transition to topics and questions relevant to their phase. This can be done in any of multiple ways. The idea here is to walk with mid-older teens into their next phase of life with Christ-centered intentionality, rather than wait for graduation from youth group to a subsequent young adult group.
- Aiding ease of transition from the older youth phase to the young adult group in the church.
- Collaborating with the Rector to simplify and sustain integration and a sense of belonging for this generation within the wider church community.
Philosophy of Ministry to Young Adults
We believe that the best shaping of Christian young adults is done before they become young adults. We want to strive to see ways that God is already working in their lives in the years before they become adults, and to walk alongside them as they mature into that phase. God has so much in store for them as they mature further, and we desire for the church to be a safe place for those things to unfold.
Our desired outcomes for ministry to young adults are positive when:
- Older teenagers from 16 years of age engage with a curriculum and activities relevant to their phase as they gradually transition toward young adulthood.
- Young adults continue to meet and find community as a group, especially in a way that fosters support and common engagement.
- Young adults continue to be participants and leaders in the wider church life, as well as feel supported by the church for their phase of life.
Tasks and Routines
These tasks are not exhaustive. They are only to provide direction as to how to think about the role in general.
- Oversee the children’s ministry team (Children’s Ministry Coordinator, volunteers, and any interns), and support the smooth and safe execution of children’s ministry.
- Connect with new families with a view to familiarize and integrate them into the life of TLC.
- Pastoral check-in on young families and young adults.
- Resource our young parents, children, and young adults in Christian discipleship.
- Facilitate bi-monthly young adult gatherings.
- Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings.
- Plan a fun activity or event that involves the children outside of a Sunday morning (e.g., picnic, park day/play dates, excursion, games). These may or may not involve parents.
- Work with ministry volunteers to plan a special event that benefits young parents such as parents’ night out, parent training, and events geared toward community building.
- Two years of experience in a related ministry context.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Commitment to Anglican Ethos
- More than two years of experience in a related ministry context.
- Master’s Degree in a related field (Theology, Education, Childhood Development, etc.)
- Openness to ordination in the Anglican Diocese of the Rocky Mountains.
- Pastoral traits
- Ability to engage young people
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate events.
- Ability to align mission objectives with the wider pastoral vision
- We also want to know your passion and giftings and how to factor them into this role. We want you to enjoy what you do.
How to Apply
Please email your resume with a cover letter to Pastor Donald Nwankwo at email@example.com.
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