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Hulen Street Church

Children's Pastor


Fort Worth, Texas

 

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Snapshot

Denomination: Baptist - SBC/Great Commission

Weekly Attendance: 450

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

The Role: Children's Pastor

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About Hulen Street Church:

Our Beginning: Reaching New People

Hulen Street Church began in 1959 as Sunset Heights Baptist Church, a church plant of Connell Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. The people of Connell Baptist realized there was a growing community in Fort Worth and saw the potential for more people to know the love of God.

Through a series of tent meetings, Sunset Heights Baptist Church became a reality, with people becoming disciples of Jesus and becoming family with one another. The church eventually changed their name to Hulen Street Baptist Church to reflect their immediate location.

Our Turning Point: Relocation

As the years passed, the church began to see the need to move to the rapidly-growing Candleridge area of southwest Fort Worth. Pastor Josef Solc led the challenge to sell their property near Hulen Street and Interstate 30, and buy the Hulen Street Tennis Club, located just south of Hulen Street and Altamesa Boulevard.

Many within the church were skeptical or unwilling to change locations, so much so that 90% of the church members found another church to be a part of. The 10% that remained resolved to see Hulen Street Baptist Church reach people in southwest Fort Worth for the gospel.

Within the first two years of moving to their new location, Hulen Street Baptist Church began to see amazing growth, ministering to many within the community. They opened their tennis courts and swimming pool to the public and began making in-roads to the nearby Candleridge community for the gospel.

Growing Up: Rebuilding And Expansion

After one of the church's buildings burned down, the people of Hulen Street saw a major opportunity to respond to the continued growth they had experienced. They decided to rebuild the old building, and expand the other building that sat upon the 14-acre property. Through an initiative called The Gathering, the church raised the money to rebuild the burned down building and add a Worship Center in the process.

In 2010, Hulen Street went through many changes all at once: calling a new Lead Pastor, new staff, and beginning a new direction toward making and maturing disciples. Additionally, the name was changed to Hulen Street Church. In 2011, they began a series of initiatives to expand God's Kingdom: first through partnership with new church startups all over the world, and second by expanding and renovating their building to better serve their growing community.

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About the Children's Pastor: 

The Children's Pastor will fulfill the overall purpose of Hulen Street Church by providing leadership in three key areas:

  1.   Parental Involvement: To educate, resource, and inspire parents to assume their responsibility of being the primary disciple makers in their homes.

  2.   Leadership Development: To identify, recruit, and develop high capacity volunteer leaders who can multiply the impact of the children’s ministry.

  3. Spiritual Growth: To create onsite environments that encourages the spiritual growth and development of the grade school children of Hulen Street. These may be recurring environments (weekly Bible study) or they may be occasional special events.

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The Children's Pastor Will:

Parental Involvement

  1. Develop a strategy that integrates what the children are learning at church with tools the parents can use at home.

  2. Design a recurring training program that will equip and encourage parents to assume their Biblically designed roles as the spiritual leaders of their children.

  3. Provide regularly occurring opportunities for parents to be exposed to practical parenting techniques (seminars or conferences).

  4. Create communication strategies that continuously reinforce a parent’s responsibility for the spiritual development of their child.

 Leadership Development

  1. Create catalytic systems that aid in recruiting volunteers by identifying and removing barriers that hinder involvement.

  2. Design a program that initiates new volunteers and continues the training and education of existing volunteers on a regular basis.

  3. Determine creative ways to recognize and reward volunteers in ways that communicate their value to the team.

  4. Develop a ministry structure that empowers your key leaders with greater authority and responsibility (Coaches and Coordinators).

  5. Be intentional about ministering to and meeting the spiritual needs of your most committed volunteers. Pour into them so that they can continue to pour in to the kids.

Spiritual Growth

  1. Create a weekly, high energy Grade School experience that is fun, engaging, but also spiritually valuable.

  2. Plan and regularly execute attractive, entry level events that Hulen Street kids and families can invite their friends so that kids and families can be introduced to Hulen Street.  

  3. Create an advanced track discipleship program that allows more mature kids the opportunity for deeper Bible study.

  4. Develop and implement comprehensive summer activities for children.

    • VBS

    • Kids Camp

    • Retreats

Practical Responsibilities

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of all programs and keep the efforts of the children’s ministry focused and simple.

  2. Attend the games, recitals, and plays of kids in your ministry.   

  3. Constantly monitor and evaluate effectiveness of the check-in system and security of all children’s areas.

  4. Maintain an accurate inventory of equipment and supplies, purchasing supplies as needed.

  5. Attend regular staff meetings and retreats.

  6. If requested attend business, deacons and elders meetings as a resource and for informational purposes.

  7.   Public support of all decisions and direction of supervisor and church leadership.

  8.   Cooperate with your supervisor by performing any other duties when asked to do so.

What You Bring: 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred.

  • Familiarity with Orange Curriculum is a plus.

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What it's like to live in Fort Worth, Texas: 

Hulen Street Church is located in one of the fastest growing areas, in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Just last year Fort Worth jumped from the 16th to the 13th largest city in the U.S. passing both Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco, CA. 

In the next 5 years the population with a 5-mile radius around the church is projected to grow by another 30,000 people. 

Fort Worth is a city with a rich history. Most people think of Fort Worth as Cowtown, but along with that legacy we also enjoy a rich culture world class museums, exciting food scene, and over 70 miles of running and biking trails that run along the Trinity River. 

60 percent of America's paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (tours are available). It is the only facility outside of Washington D.C.

In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas, and is now the #1 Zoo in the country according to USA Today

Cultural District contains five world-class museums, designed by renowned architects, in a walkable, landscaped area.

Fort Worth's Texas Motor Speedway is one of the largest racing facilities in the nation, with seating for nearly 155,000 spectators. It's home to the largest High-definition screen in the world (Big Hoss TV).

Fort Worth is home to the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country - the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.

Fort Worth hosts the world's only twice-daily cattle drive in the Stockyards National Historic District. One of Bonnie and Clyde's hideouts from the law was the historic Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth. The Stockyards Museum houses the 1908 Palace Theater Light Bulb which began burning on September 21, 1908, as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House and continues to burn today.

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