Family Ministry Director

Bellevue Christian Reformed Church

Family Ministries Director Position Description

(Full time salaried 1.0 FTE)

                                                                                                                                                                           

Position Definition: The BCRC Family Ministries Director leads, oversees, and coordinates the activities of the church children’s and youth ministries. This person organizes ministries for children from birth through 5th grade, providing direction to adult and youth ministry volunteers, managing the ministries’ administrative needs, and facilitating children’s faith development in the context of the church community. This person also serves as leader for ministry to students in grades 6-12, as well as for the adult volunteers, emphasizing spiritual and relational growth while helping youth discover and use their gifts in our church and community.


Qualifications:  

  • Be a professing, mature Christian, exhibiting a genuine love for Jesus Christ, and agreeing with the Reformed interpretation of Scripture
  • Equipped to minister to children and youth in today’s culture
  • Able to pursue creative approaches for all aspects of children’s and youth ministry
  • Self-motivated, eager to work, and have strong personal discipline
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, detail-oriented 
  • Able to work well with others—students, volunteers and parents, pastor, Council, and the greater church body
  • Able to coordinate volunteers—recruit, train, and mobilize them for effective ministry
  • Be/become a regular attendee and member of the Bellevue Christian Reformed Church
  • Previous experience with church ministry leadership and/or children’s and youth ministry preferred
  • College degree preferred (especially in education, church ministries)


Responsibilities:

General:

  • Set the direction for family ministries that is in line with the overall church mission, vision, values, and strategic plans, engaging in annual goal setting and evaluation for ministry activities
  • Foster a culture where all ages are welcome, are able to encounter the gospel of Jesus Christ, and can grow in faith
  • Equip families with resources and education to help them become actively and intentionally involved in the spiritual formation and discipleship of their families
  • Work to integrate the family ministries into the overall outreach efforts of the church
  • Effectively build, equip, and lead the team of volunteers to help run family ministries
  • Communicate regularly with students, parents, and the congregation about opportunities for participation in and support of family ministries
  • Represent family ministries on the church Education Committee (curriculum coordination and selection), and collaborate with other relevant committees to conduct effective ministry work
  • Plan the annual children’s and youth ministries budgets and maintain financial records in coordination with the BCRC Treasurer and Church Administrator
  • Promote compliance with the Safe Church policies in family ministry activities


 Children’s Ministries:

  • Coordinate ministries for children, in collaboration with individual ministry volunteer leaders, that promote faith formation and inclusion of children in the church community
  • Appropriately connect with and convey God’s love to children in the church
  • Help children develop a heart for serving others through group and individual activities


Youth:

  • Plan and lead activities for youth, in collaboration with the adult volunteer team, that promote spiritual learning, facilitate community growth, and deepen relationships
  • Foster intergenerational relationships and mentoring of the youth in the church (both within and outside of the youth group meetings and activities):
  • Develop personal relationships with each youth of the church
  • Recruit adults from the church to connect with specific youth for informal mentoring
  • Facilitate identifying the gifts and passions of the youth and seeking opportunities to use those in service of the church and community

 

Authority:

The Family Ministry Director has the authority to carry out responsibilities as outlined above. Strategic plans that involve significant changes in direction or needed resources would typically be presented to the Lead Pastor for approval.


Accountability:

The Family Ministries Director is directly accountable to the Lead Pastor for implementing ministry plans in line with church-wide goals and priorities.

The Family Ministries Director is accountable to the Shepherding Elders for the Biblical and theological integrity of the content taught in Children’s and Youth Ministries.

The Family Ministries Director is accountable to the Administrative Team for overall job performance, including annual review of work and performance.

Ongoing accountability will be met through regular meetings with the Lead Pastor (individual or all staff) and reports to the Administrative Team.


Support Systems:

Family Ministries Advisory Committee (or separate Children’s and Youth Ministry committees): Serves as a venue to discuss long-range planning, provide advice/mentoring, help plan volunteer training and large events, and strategize for problem-solving. Meets at least quarterly under the leadership of the Family Ministries Director.

Lead Pastor: Meets regularly for coaching and spiritual mentorship.

Church Administrator: Acts as the main point of contact for logistical and administrative tasks.

Staff Meetings: Participation in the church staff team for collaboration, planning, and communication.

Administrative Team: Manages personnel issues.


Guide for Workload Distribution:

Ministries typically requiring Family Ministries Director administrative oversight and support:

  • Nursery (Sunday School, church services—regular and specially scheduled)
  • Sunday School: preschool-12th grade classes
  • Sunday Morning services: Children’s bulletins, Little Lambs & Children’s Worship
  • Mid-week: GEMS, Cadets


Direct student contact time typically includes the following activities:

  • Youth group meetings during the school year (weekly for high school, twice monthly for junior high if separate day/time) that incorporate one or more of the following: Bible study/topical discussion, social interaction, and service activities
  • Social and/or service events throughout the calendar year (usually 1-2/quarter, may be separate for each group and/or combined)
  • Annual off-site retreat for each youth group
  • Annual Junior High group summer camp attendance
  • Annual High School group summer trip focusing on missions, service, and/or spiritual growth—including a fundraiser activity to support this trip (& JH camp) if needed
  • Informal interaction with students at Sunday worship services and other times as arranged


Typical church/ministry-wide activities with Family Ministries Director involvement:

  • Fall Ministry Kickoff—relevant staff training, annual updates for medical forms & volunteer background checks, group activities
  • Harvest/Halloween event
  • Advent Sunday School student participation in worship and/or a special program
  • Cadet & GEMS Sundays—ministry participation in worship (organized by ministry leaders)
  • Easter activities
  • Church Derby Car Racing event
  • Annual Graduation Sunday—acknowledging students graduating from Children’s Ministries and High School during worship service
  • Children’s activities during annual Congregational meeting
  • Summer camp event (e.g., sports, Vacation Bible School)


Estimated guideline for time use:

  • 30% ministry coordination and support (supporting ministry leaders, scheduling and training volunteers, weekly children’s ministry bulletins, attendance sheets, etc.)
  • 40% planning/follow up for student contact activities and special ministry events (planning, communication, supplies shopping & prep, etc.)
  • 20% direct student contact (youth group meetings, service & social events, retreats, trips, connecting at church, etc.)
  • 10% administrative tasks (meetings, budget tracking, reports to Council, etc.)