Children’s Pastor

Job Details

Abundant Life is an incredible place to be.  We minister to over 4,000 people every Sunday including 800-900 children.  We have seen God move in so many ways and we are getting ready to plant a church and create satellite campuses across the Kansas City Metro.  Our Mission is to see lives changed by Jesus and to be living proof of a loving God to a watching world.

The position of Children’s Pastor will be to work in partnership with the Family Pastor, a highly motivated staff and over 800 sold out, Jesus loving volunteers to lead a thriving and exciting kids ministry (Journey Kids).  Lee’s Summit really is a cool place to live and downtown Kansas City is just a few miles away.

Here is our job description…

Position Title

Children’s Pastor

General Description

To provide leadership to the children’s ministry of Abundant Life Church.  Reports to the Family Pastor



Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Children’s Ministry or related field


A minimum of 5 years of relevant ministry work experience in church children’s ministry.  Education teaching experience is preferred.

Ministry Requirements

·         Love Jesus and be a passionate Christ follower

·         Be able to express a personal testimony of salvation

·         Deep personal sense of calling by God

·         Supportive of the overall ministries, mission, and pastoral leadership of Abundant Life

·         Spiritual gifts of leadership, teaching, and shepherding

·         Track record of growth and health in past ministry experience

·         A strong desire to minister to children and their families

·         A consistent and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ

·         A strong knowledge of the Bible and how to apply it

·         Personal integrity in all areas of life

·         Regular attendance in worship service

·         Commitment to personal discipleship

·         Commitment to the core values of Abundant Life

Personal Characteristics

·         Creative and fun

·         Great communicator to children and adults

·         Self-starter

·         Friendly and approachable

·         Outstanding communication, conflict resolution, and multitasking skills

·         Maintain a neat, pleasant and professional appearance

·         Good time manager

·         Commitment to excellence

·         Servant leader

·         Organized

·         Able to give directions and delegate

·         Ability to meet deadlines

·         Team player

·         Ability to multi-task

Specific Responsibilities

The responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

·         Provide leadership and be present at all children’s ministry programs and events

·         Implement vision for the children’s ministry in line with the overall mission and vision of Abundant Life

·         Supervise, lead and evaluate children’s ministry staff

·         Oversee the writing, adapting, preparation and delivery of the Children’s Ministry Curriculum

·         Ensure that all curriculum and teachings are in line with both the Bible and the beliefs and teachings of Abundant Life

·         Invest in and develop key volunteer leaders

·         Provide ongoing training and motivation for all kids ministry staff and volunteers

·         Teach regularly to children in all departments

·         Teach and present at the Journey Kids Live Wednesday night program

·         Oversee and implement volunteer recruitment and retention strategies and programs

·         Oversee Vacation Bible School in partnership with the Family Pastor

·         Fulfill all pastoral duties including hospital visits, funerals, weddings, child dedications, baptisms etc.

·         Assist with volunteer training and appreciation events

·         Set short, medium and long term goals for elementary ministry

·         Be committed to learning and professional development through reading, media, visiting churches, attending conferences and being mentored by others.

·         Be committed to continual personal and spiritual development and growth

·         Develop new ways to support and work with parents in the spiritual growth of their children

·         Communicate curriculum objectives to parents

·         Provide creative direction to the décor of all children’s ministry spaces and stages

·         Ensure the children’s wing is clean, tidy and in good order and work with the facilities department to ensure the kids wing is always in excellent condition

·         Oversee and implement all forms of ministry communication through social media, email, mail and website in partnership with the creative arts dept.

·         Maintain a strong children’s ministry focus on local and global missions in partnership with the global missions and develop to lead depts.

·         Look to develop local partnerships in the community in partnership with the Outreach Pastor

·         Be available to share any aspects of Abundant Life’s children’s ministry with other churches or organizations, including the sharing of curriculum, resources, time, advice and tours.

·         Provide training and leadership in the creative delivery of curriculum and all aspects of children’s ministry production

·         Ensure the safety of all children by following the child safety policies and procedures

·         Assist with effective security of the children’s wing in partnership with the AL security team

·         Provide regular ministry reports to the Family Pastor

·         Regularly attend the Special Needs Respite event

·         Assist with the Precious Stones special needs ministry to ensure excellent provision and ministry for children with special needs

·         Demonstrate an understanding of learning styles and child culture within the context of children’s ministry.

·         Foster unity among Children’s Ministry volunteers

·         Foster unity among the children’s ministry other AL departments and individuals


A minimum of forty hours a week is required. The hours can be flexible but the schedule must be approved in advance with the Family Pastor

Please send a cover letter and full resume to

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