Weekly Attendance: 1200
Neighborhood: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Denomination: Nondenominational community church with SBC roots
The role: The Children’s Pastor will lead individuals into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and serve on the Crosswater staff giving leadership and vision to the Children’s Ministry in totality. This individual will offer vision and strategic foresight for the successful growth of the ministry.
Meet Crosswater Community Church:
Crosswater Community Church is a contemporary church for people who are seeking answers for their lives, and its goal is to help people with that search. Consisting of a community of people from varying backgrounds and denominations, the church is uniquely diverse and inclusive. For this reason, CCC identifies itself as a “community church” that makes everyone feel welcome. CCC extensively works in missions fields on its own, but also cooperates with SBC’s Cooperative Program to make a broader impact.
A purpose driven church at its core, Crosswater Community extensively participates in mission work. This strengthens its own mission to lead people into becoming fully devoted followers of Christ by helping people get connected to God, people, and ministry. The church is contemporary in nature, and growing quickly. With this progress, it is open, and anticipates new and creative ways of doing ministry while maintaining a solid base of biblical beliefs.
Located in the Nocatee development in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, outside Jacksonville, Florida, Crosswater is a restart that has grown from 70 to 1,200 people in eight years. They are a purpose driven and contemporary church. Their mission is to "lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ." They do that by helping people get "connected to God, connected to people and connected to ministry." Their three Sunday morning services are contemporary and casual, with a worship band and a praise team.
About the Children's Pastor:
We are looking for an individual who can give leadership and vision to the Children’s Ministry in totality. This individual must be passionate about the call to ministry and be committed to a dynamic children’s ministry not just events. This individual must be able to build a ministry or program built upon sound strategy and approaches and must be willing to be hands on and engaged in the lives of children and their families. Applicant must be able and have experience in building a Children’s adult leadership team of volunteers. Applicant must express a total Children’s Ministry philosophy, work well with strong pastoral leadership, and be accountable.
The Children's Pastor will achieve the following goals:
Evaluate all aspects of the current Crosswater Children’s Ministry and develop a plan to increase its effectiveness.
Build a relational network with the surrounding elementary schools and their leaders.
Design and implement a dynamic Children’s Ministry that is growing and serving not only the children, but is also a valuable resource for the parents.
Establish themselves as a part of the Crosswater and the Ponte Vedra Beach local community.
What you bring:
The successful candidate will have a college degree, at minimum, although seminary or postgraduate training is highly preferred. Multiple years of experience can substitute.
EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
The ideal candidate will portray genuine love and passion for children and their families and have at least three years of growing a successful Children’s Ministry in a church of at least 1,000 people. They will have a history of experience as a dynamic Children’s Pastor, with a complementary background in recruiting, managing teams, and building leaders. The successful candidate will also possess the ability to create, build, and maintain a “world class” Children’s Ministry program through efficient planning, implementation, and execution, with its ultimate goal being to contribute to the spiritual development of children and their parents. In addition, they will embrace working in a grace-oriented setting committed to reaching the unreached, building community relations, and promoting innovation through collaboration.
The primary purpose of the Children’s Pastor is to provide the leadership, vision, and direction necessary to make a lasting impact in the lives of children. The position will be responsible for the overall ministry to children, from birth through the completion of the fifth grade.
The Children’s Pastor will:
Oversee all aspects of the Crosswater Family Ministries.
Be an effective recruiter of leaders and volunteers for Children’s Ministry.
Have the ability to embrace and implement a church-wide vision that translates throughout all Children’s Ministries of the church.
Have capability in translating strategy into creative execution to create and develop systems to build a large successful Children’s Ministry.
Have the ability to create a fun, engaging, creative, and relevant Children’s Ministry environments; this would be a plus.
Strategically connect and build relationships with local elementary schools and leaders
Is highly relational, with a friendly and approachable disposition.
Possesses a teachable and coachable spirit.
Is comfortable receiving feedback from senior leadership.
Has high intellectual and emotional intelligence.
Possesses an insatiable passion to develop, equip, and propel both individual leaders and teams.
Leads a life of following Christ in marriage, parenting, and friendships.
Shows a commitment to the vision, mission, core values, and beliefs of Crosswater Community Church.
If married, their spouse has a vested interest in the vision of the church.
What it's like to live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida:
Ponte Vedra Beach is an unincorporated seaside community in St. John’s County, Florida. Located 18 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville, and 26 miles north of St. Augustine, it is part of the Jacksonville Beaches area. Ponte Vedra Beach is an upper-income tourist resort area best known for its association with golf and is home to the PGA Tour and The Players Championship, as well as the ATP Tour.
The city lies within St. John’s County, the wealthiest county in Florida. Between the residential neighborhoods lining Ponte Vedra Boulevard there are many points of public beach access. Golf, tennis, wakeboarding, surfing, and water skiing are popular activities. The median household income in Ponte Vedra Beach is $82,688, and the median family income is $109,181.
The Ponte Vedra area is known for being an influential area of North Florida, and boasts one of the best school districts in the state. Ponte Vedra Beach was 50th on the list of 100 finalists for CNN and Money Magazine's 2005 List of the Best Places to Live. It was the first place in Florida to be named that year, and one of only four areas in the state to make the list.
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