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Prestonwood Baptist Church

Special Needs Ministry Director

Plano, Texas

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Weekly Attendance: 13,000

Denomination: Southern Baptist 

Neighborhood: Plano, Texas

The role: The Special Needs Ministry Director at Prestonwood will lead the Special Needs Ministry to both students and parents, helping it grow and developing it to include and implement a ministry plan that is inclusive, creative, and effective for those with special needs or disabilities at Prestonwood. 

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.42.58 AMMeet Prestonwood Baptist Church: 

Prestonwood Baptist Church began on February 6, 1977 as a mission of Northway Baptist Church and a dream of the Dallas Baptist Association, which saw the tremendous need for a vibrant church in North Dallas. Led by Pastor Bill Weber, the young church’s beginnings were modest, with services held at a community center for the first two years. In 1979, Prestonwood moved to its new home at Arapaho and Hillcrest roads in North Dallas.

Prestonwood continued to grow, and in 1989, the church experienced its most defining moment when Dr. Jack Graham accepted the call as Lead Pastor. With a burgeoning congregation and landlocked location, Pastor Graham and church leaders prayed about the next step for Prestonwood. God led the church to 140 acres in Plano, and in May 1999, Prestonwood held its first service at 6801 W. Park Blvd. God’s hand has continued to be on this church as members have witnessed changed lives, strengthened families, and a greater reach in the community, nation, and the world with the love of Christ.

In March 2006, after months of prayer with church leaders, Pastor Graham shared with the congregation a vision for expansion that included plans for a second location. After meeting in home groups, and then in the Prosper High School gym, in October 2008, the church family celebrated the dedication of the new facility on 127 acres on Prosper Trail, just east of the Dallas North Tollway. In the fall of 2012, an expansion project that doubled the existing space was completed to keep up with the growing congregation. Now, more than 2,000 people call the North Campus home.

In 2009, Prestonwood launched a weekly Worship Service to reach Spanish-speaking communities. Prestonwood en Español continues experiencing tremendous growth, with a thriving service at the Plano Campus. On Easter Sunday of 2017, the Lewisville Campus was officially launched for Prestonwood en Español. With two weekly services, the new campus is reaching an area with a large Hispanic community.

Prestonwood continues to thrive today with nearly 42,000 members at three campuses.

The vision God has always had for Prestonwood reaches much deeper than the local community. Throughout the year, Prestonwood members are ministering in the DFW Metroplex, Texas, America and around the world. Through PowerPoint Ministries, countless people throughout the world can hear the life-transforming truth of God’s Word via television, radio, and the internet.


UnknownAbout the Special Needs Ministry Director: 

The Special Needs Ministry Director at Prestonwood will lead the Special Needs Ministry to both students and parents, helping it grow and developing it to include and implement a ministry plan that is inclusive, creative, and effective for those with special needs or disabilities at Prestonwood. Through this program, the director will champion and spread awareness about special needs in the community and the church, equipping staff and volunteers to be the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone that comes to Prestonwood, regardless of background, experience, or ability.

The Special Needs Ministry Director will: 

  • Lead and grow the Special Needs Ministry to both students and parents.

  • Develop and implement a ministry plan to include number of classes, arrangement of classes, participant groupings, and teacher staffing.

  • Develop and assess Bible Fellowship curriculum and activities.

  • Evaluate the program and implement changes to grow ministry more effectively on an ongoing basis.

  • Increase special needs awareness in the community and the church.

  • Enlist volunteers for the ministry and grow the ministry team.

  • Ensure volunteer background check processes are followed, maintaining records of confidential screening forms for all volunteers.

  • Provide volunteer training to address special needs and appropriate methods of behavior modification.

  • Facilitate or present periodic parent/teacher meetings, workshops, support group meetings, or other methods of communication to provide parental support and encouragement.

  • Partner and assist parents with school and care decisions (i.e., ARD).

  • Conduct outreach contacts with visitors.

  • Partner with St. Timothy Academy and other special needs schools, “My Possibilities,” and group homes.

  • Implement and coordinate ongoing outreach through Dallas ARC and other special needs entities.

  • Provide in reach support to class members, attendees, and families.

  • Coordinate monthly respite care.

  • Work collaboratively with many other departments of the church, such as Communications, Sports Ministry, Food Service, etc.

  • Oversee assignments for PCA interns; provide support, encouragement and training as necessary.

  • Other duties as assigned.

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in Special Needs or Education with Special Needs is required.

  • A master’s degree in Education, Special Needs, Psychology, or similar area is preferred.

  • More than five years experience working with the special needs community with children and adults is preferred.

Personal Characteristics

  • Is a passionate Christ-follower, in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

  • Is a forward thinking, self starter with a desire to lead and grow the Special Needs Ministry.

  • Is a visionary with an optimistic outlook for the Special Needs Ministry.

  • Has an outgoing, winsome personality that drives enthusiasm in the Special Needs Ministry.

  • Is a team leader who enjoys collaborating with the team.

  • Is a compassionate, caring person, willing to lovingly shepherd people in the ministry area.

  • Is a person of integrity and authenticity.

  • Has excellent planning and organizational skills.

  • Has strong communication skills, both written and oral.

_J3A7355What it's like to live in Plano, Texas: 

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro Area

Dallas is the eastern, larger half of the Dallas–Fort Worth “Metroplex.” Dallas is what most people think of when they first think of Texas: big, busy, growing, glitzy, and confident. Dozens of gleaming downtown skyscrapers tower above the level plains, while an assortment of neighborhoods and suburban commercial centers sprawl in all directions around the city core. It has far outgrown its beltway and is supported by a spider web of freeways going in all directions, a network almost without compare in other U.S. cities.

Above all else, Dallas is a center for corporate America. Because of its central location relative to the rest of the United States, Dallas is a popular convention site and site for many corporate headquarters, and if a company isn’t headquartered here, it probably has a large regional office here. Also contributing are the favorable business climate, the availability of educated workers, and the unspoken notion of being in the center of all things big. Although there is little oil produced in the immediate area, Dallas’ growth began with the east Texas oil boom, and petroleum continues to be a large factor in the local economy.

The strong economy and wealthy population have endowed the city with a collection of arts, cultural assets, and parks. The many cultural landmarks include theaters, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired Dallas Theater Center. Filling out the roster of major league teams are the NFL Cowboys, MLB Rangers, NBA Mavericks, and NHL Stars, all drawing a strong local and national following. Dallas reputedly has more retail stores and restaurants per capita than any other place in the country. A few lakes exist to the north and east, but outdoor recreational opportunities in the surrounding flat plains are limited. Nonetheless, as the center of the nation’s air transport networks, and the hub for American and Southwest airlines, Dallas provides numerous getaway opportunities; the city lags only behind Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta in the number of available airline flights.

The extensive network of suburbs spreads in all directions but especially towards the northwest, north, and northeast. Suburbs like Plano, Irving, and Garland are bigger than many metro areas: each exceeding 200,000 in population. These middle to upper middle class suburbs extend for miles with attractively priced, mostly large homes, large commercial centers, and large employers, and even some corporate headquarters in town. Frito-Lay, for example, makes its home in Plano. Other more upscale, upcoming suburbs include Grapevine, Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Allen to the north and Mesquite to the east. What these suburbs have in common is good home values, strong schools, plenty of jobs, and high incomes.

All the best of the big city features are right at your fingertips, whether you’re in Dallas proper or in a suburb of Dallas, like where Prestonwood is located. Beyond the suburb reaches and the city is a wonderful stretch of Texas countryside, and just a few hours to the Gulf of Mexico, Austin, the hill country, and more. It’s a great place to call home.

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