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Grace Fellowship Church

Children's Pastor

Lawton, Oklahoma

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Theology: Non-denominational

Weekly Attendance: 600

Neighborhood: Lawton, Oklahoma

The role: The primary role of the Children’s Pastor is to bring up children in the Christian faith is a vital ministry in the church.  The Children’s Pastor establishes and oversees and effective children’s ministry to the church and works to provide and outreach to the children of the community.

Meet Grace Fellowship:DJI_0093

40 years ago, a dozen or so men and women met in several homes in Lawton to worship God. They came to worship in song, pray, and listen to laymen and ministers from the Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas area. This group of people melded together and increased up to 250 people, outgrowing its capacity, and needing additional space for gatherings.

With help from a local foundation, the group renovated old barracks into a church facility, and held its first meeting in the mid 1970s as “The Church at Lawton.”

Today, the church is a thriving organism with a sustained legacy of influence that epitomizes people from every race, every culture, and every age. It is driven by a mission to love God passionately, love people unconditionally, empower people to learn, equip people to lead, and to launch people into their divine purpose. Grace Fellowship is a place where all can gather and experience life as God intended. It is an atmosphere where love is felt, relationships are formed, and destiny is discovered.

When people come to Grace Fellowship, they connect to life.

About the Position:

The primary role of the Children’s Pastor is to bring up children in the Christian faith is a vital ministry in the church.  The Children’s Pastor establishes and oversees and effective children’s ministry to the church and works to provide and outreach to the children of the community.



The Children’s Pastor will:

  • Study and understand the spiritual and other developmental needs of children within the church and the greater community the church serves.

  • Coordinate ideas into a plan to provide ministries to children.

  • Administrate children’s programs and ministries including event childcare, children’s church, children’s sermons, etc.

  • Represent children and bring their needs and concerns before the church’s leadership.

  • Work with the Lead Pastor to determine short-term and long-term goals for the church’s children’s ministry.

  • Recruit and retain a willing and enthusiastic staff of children’s workers.

  • Provide training and support for volunteers in the children’s ministry.

  • Oversee check-in kiosks by training and scheduling volunteers.

  • Mentor and develop other potential leaders for various aspects of ministry to children.

  • Ensure the church’s ministries for children run smoothly and excellently.

What you bring:baby dedication-6


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or comparable ministry experience.


The ideal candidate will have three to five years of ministry leadership experience, preferably in Children’s Ministry.

Personal Characteristics

  • Supportive of other church staff and volunteers

  • Committed to vision, values and beliefs of the church.

  • Demonstrates evidence of a Christ-like attitude in words and actions.

  • Outgoing.

  • Self-starting – able to work independently.

  • Team oriented – able to work with a large team of volunteers

  • Organized.

  • Has a heart and passion for children.

  • Loves children and demonstrates patience in dealing with them.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.  This also includes the ability to communicate effectively in person, but also with groups from the stage.

  • Able to work with various “constituents” – pastoral staff, volunteer workers, parents, grandparents and children.

  • Complies with local and national background checks.

  • Has a desire to share the life of Jesus with children and see them begin and grow in Christian faith.

  • Keeps a clean appearance and takes care of personal health.

  • Maintains a strong personal walk with Jesus Christ that provides the foundation for their ministry.

  • Has a personal plan for maintaining a work-life balance and a commitment to weekly times of unplugging from ministry to rest.

What it's like to live in Lawton, Oklahoma:

Located in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains, Lawton is a center of commerce in southwest Oklahoma. It is a place where heritage, individuality, and diversity are embraced and respected.

The city was founded in 1901 when the Kiowa-Comanche reservation was opened for settlement. The population of Lawton as of Census 2010 was close to 100,000. Today, abound with Native American history, outdoor recreation, and wildlife habitat, the city contains an average household size of 2.48 persons. 64.5% of households are families. 20.5% of Lawton's population aged 18 and older are civilian veterans of the military. In 2012, the cost of living in Lawton was 97.3% of the national average, with housing costs at only 89.4% of the national average.

Top employers of this region include Fort Sill, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Lawton Public Schools, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Serco Inc., Raytheon, Silver-Line Plastics Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Cameron University, Southwestern Medical Center and Bar-S Foods. The Lawton schooling system includes 33 K-12 public schools, and a widely popular independent, co-educational, interdenominational Christian PK-12 school founded in 1976. Nearby higher education institutions include Cameron University known for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies, Columbia College which specializes in military and occupational education, and the University of Oklahoma-Fort Sill, prominently identified for degree programs including Public Administration, International Relations, Economics, and Communication.

A robust and viable healthcare delivery system is a major component of this progressive and stable community, and its outstanding services are one of the community's greatest strengths. The healthcare system is driven through approximately 200 physicians representing virtually every medical specialty. Serving a 12-county region of southwest Oklahoma, Lawton is the hub for comprehensive healthcare and has one of the most technologically advanced healthcare delivery systems in the state.  

Lawton is a community engaged, healthy and progressive. It offers a safe place to live, learn, work, play and prosper for those seeking relocation.

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