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St. John’s seeks a full-time Director of Family Ministries who will develop, coordinate, and guide effective ministry relationships, formation, and programs for our children, teenagers, and their families. Ours is a vibrant, traditional parish located in the Shandon neighborhood, near the University of South Carolina and the city’s centers of arts, culture, and athletics. A Bachelor’s degree is required along with experience in areas of pastoral and administrative ministries such as Christian formation, childhood and adolescent development, youth ministry, etc.

Purpose:

  • To develop and lead programs according to the above vision statement
  • To demonstrate love for Jesus Christ in words and action; and encourage others to do the same
  • To demonstrate effective interpersonal skills with both children and adults
  • To provide an enthusiastic and welcoming learning environment at St. John’s for children and youth, their families, and their Sunday School teachers, volunteers, and advisors
  • To direct, manage, and nurture ministries at St. John’s, including spiritual formation, pastoral care, and discipleship, for children and youth from infancy to grade 12
  • To plan programs which encourage spiritual growth: age-appropriate mission activities, events, classes, and trips that include opportunities for children and young people to worship, enjoy fellowship, and learn biblical principles and truths and apply them to their lives
  • work as a team member with the clergy and other parish staff and volunteers, diocesan staff, and other ministry partners to build positive relationships and effective programming that reflect the light of Christ
  • To recruit, train, and support family ministry volunteers, teachers, and advisors
  • To support and participate regularly in the church’s worship services and activities


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in areas of youth ministry, childhood education, human development, or related disciplines; Master’s level work in similar disciplines is desirable.
  • Experience working with family ministries in an Episcopal church or with a ministry partner such as camps and conference centers, diocesan leadership, etc.; or experience in educating children and adolescents; or ministry and management experience in related field
  • Core skills including administrative and organizational talents, creativity, adaptability, and a gift for relationship-building with an emphasis on empowering and equipping volunteers for ministry
  • Demonstration of experience and enjoyment working with all ages of children and teenagers, and their families
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google apps, etc.; and effective and responsible communication in person, by telephone, in writing, email, texting and various forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Familiarity with and supporting the ministry and teaching of the Episcopal Church and the Vision and Mission Statements of St. John’s
  • Must pass background check and participate in Safe Church certification through the Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Responsibilities:

General

  • Create and implement a centralized approach for directing and coordinating St. John’s family ministry programming with staff, committees, vestry liaisons, parents, and volunteers
  • Create and invest in recruiting, training, and modeling Christian discipleship with a broad base of volunteers towards active participation in family ministries
  • Facilitation and management of Sunday School and curriculum options for children through senior high, including training of teachers and leaders for family ministries
  • Oversee Family Ministries budget and spending
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and other administrative training or retreat days
  • Schedule and supervise nursery workers, Sunday School teachers, and youth leaders/advisors
  • Implement and monitor Safe Church policies and compliance for all children’s, youth, and family related ministries
  • Attend Sunday worship with families at St. John’s
  • Coordinate with other St. John’s ministries in the planning and implementation of intergenerational events (Welcome Back Sunday, Harvest Eve, Advent Festival, Lenten Programs, Pentecost, etc.)

Children’s Ministry

  • Coordinate monthly fellowship activities for fourth and fifth graders (“Third Sunday Squad”)
  • Coordinate weekly Children’s Chapel during 10:30 liturgy
  • Coordinate and implement Vacation Bible School (usually mid-June)
  • Coordinate and oversee the Wednesday evening children’s program (6-8 week blocks in the fall and spring)
  • Coordinate and oversee seasonal children’s events on Christmas Eve, Halloween, Epiphany, and at other times

Youth Ministry

  • Coordinate and oversee the weekly youth program, which meets on Sunday nights and at other times
  • Coordinate and attend summer mission trips and diocesan retreats, during the school year
  • Oversight of Acolyte ministry, to include appointing of an Acolyte Master
  • Give oversight to Youth Confirmation, coordinating classes, curriculum, recruitment of teachers, etc.

 Email resume with cover letter to the Rev. Nicholas Beasley at nmb@stjohnscolumbia.org. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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