The Director of Christian Education and Mission serves as a member of the church staff to oversee the education ministries of the church and to offer guidance and leadership for its mission and outreach efforts. Responsibilities include: management and oversight of the comprehensive Christian Education program (children, youth and adult), including coordinating with volunteers and staff (e.g., Youth Directors) to encourage an enthusiastic, spirited, positive approach to Christian Education; and development of congregational mission engagement in local, denominational and international efforts, including participation in the leadership of the annual Multicultural Festival, the church’s city-wide event celebrating diversity.
About our City
Owensboro, Kentucky is a vibrant city located along the banks of the Ohio River. The fourth-largest city in Kentucky, it is a cultural hub for Western Kentucky, known for wonderful locally-owned restaurants, a thriving downtown, music festivals and performances, and the Best Playground in the World, as ranked by Landscape Architects Network. Owensboro boasts fantastic schools, excellent health care and a cost of living that is 8.6% lower than the national average. To learn more about all Owensboro has to offer, visit https://visitowensboro.com/. To learn about Owensboro’s excellent cost of living, visit https://edc.owensboro.com.
Hours and Compensation
This is a full-time, ministry staff position, 40 hours per week, with competitive salary, excellent benefits and funds for continuing education. Four weeks of vacation (includes 4 Sundays) and two weeks of continuing education (includes 2 Sundays).
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
- To nurture and support an overall Christian Education Program for all age groups in the congregation. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Providing support and resourcing to Christian Education staff (youth directors, Weekday School director, nursery workers) and volunteers
- Recruiting, encouraging, training and developing member and community participation in the Christian Education process.
- Coordinating volunteers, programming and space for special Christian Education events, including Vacation Bible School, Advent Workshop, Fall Festival, etc.
- Recruiting participation in Christian Education events using a variety of modes (e.g., social media, email, church website, phone, mail, class meetings) in order to encourage involvement in various educational programs within the church and to the community at large.
- Building relationships between church members and families by developing fellowship and learning opportunities
- Working with the Pastor to lead special classes, such as Confirmation, elder training, and new member orientation
- Teaching and developing classes, as needed, in the form of Sunday School, Bible Study, retreats, seminars, etc.
- Supporting all other ministries of the Christian Education Committee
- To nurture and support an overall Mission program for the congregation, providing staff support to all mission ministries of the church.
- Supporting members of the Mission Committee in discerning the congregation’s mission engagement
- Working with local community leaders to develop meaningful mission opportunities
- Planning and leading (as able) local, regional and international mission trips and activities for all ages of the congregation
- Supporting members in the leadership of the annual MultiCultural Festival, coordinating with the event chair and leadership team to ensure the festival’s success
- To assist the Pastor, where possible, in pastoral care and worship leadership
- To serve the larger church through presbytery, synod, and General Assembly work, where appropriate.
- To provide clear communication to the congregation in order to raise awareness of and build participation in all programming in the congregation.
A deep sense of Christian faith, an understanding of Reformed theology, and a passion for building a just and peaceful world. Affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) preferred, but not essential.
Masters Degree in Christian Education or related field preferred, or equivalent experience in congregational ministry
At least 2 to 5 years of experience in Christian Education, mission, or church leadership preferred
Strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and social media. Spanish language speaking proficiency highly desired.
Background check required, per our church’s Safe Child Policy.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org