Minister to Children

Church of the Holy Communion - Memphis, Tenn.

Job Type: Full-Time   Posted: 11 months ago   Denomination: Episcopal

Church Description:

Church of the Holy Communion is focused on the future. We have just undertaken a complete facility restoration to make sure we are ready for whatever the 21st Century brings our way. Prior to COVID-19, our attendance had increased more than ten percent over five years and financial support had increased by a third over seven years. We have a large number of children and families in the congregation, and are looking to shape them to be the youngest disciples of Jesus Christ. We are located in a residential neighborhood, share a campus with a school, and have a youth athletics program 1,000 annual registrants. The opportunities for creativity and growth in our ministry with children, parents, and godparents are myriad. We have a large staff for a church of our size, and a very low rate of turnover: We are a creative and energetic team, and we simply enjoy working with one another. Come join us!

Average Attendance: 400  No. of Active Youth: 65

Job Description:

Church of the Holy Communion seeks to be a sacred presence in the center of Memphis, a welcoming church that gives glory to God through worship, service, and learning for all generations.

To further this mission, we opened an entirely new children’s ministry center in August 2019. As we now plan for ministry beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we seek to appoint a creative and dynamic Minister to Children who will take our children’s formation programs to the next level, who will fully inaugurate the use of our new facilities, and who will be an active contributor in diocesan and church-wide conversations about the formation of Jesus’ youngest disciples.

The Minister to Children’s ministry will include hands-on teaching as well as the recruitment, training, and management of a large team of lay volunteers as well as some paid staff. The Minister to Children will have oversight for Sunday morning children’s formation programs, children’s chapel, nursery care, and all other offerings for children from birth through fifth grade. The Minister to Children will also support and resource the parents and godparents of these children, and fulfill any other duties appropriately assigned to him or her.

The Minister to Children will work alongside the Minister to Youth and the Director of Recreation and Wellness under the supervision of the Senior Associate Rector and the leadership of the Rector. Together, they will ensure a comprehensive program for the formation of disciples of all ages.

The Minister to Children will approach the entirety of his or her work with grace, good humor, and an unwavering commitment to achieve excellence in all things while maintaining good physical, spiritual, and mental wellness. The successful candidate will be a highly relational person with a go-getter’s personality and a demonstrated ability to work well with children, parents, and volunteers. He or she will hold a college degree and have relevant experience.

The Minister to Children’s position is designed to be full-time, though proposals for creative alternatives are welcome. Work on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings will be required weekly. Healthcare, retirement, and paid leave benefits will be provided according to parish policy.

Nominations, applications, and questions of any kind may be directed to the Rector until the position is filled. A complete application packet will include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. Appointment will be contingent upon completion of a background check, fingerprinting as required by the State of Tennessee, and recurring training in the prevention of child sexual abuse as required by the Episcopal Church.

Church of the Holy Communion is a constituent part of the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. We share the experience of daily life with St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

The Reverend Sandy Webb, Rector
Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38117 ~ (901) 767-6987 x4012

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