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Reality SF

Children's Minister

San Francisco, California

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1,450

Location: San Francisco, California

The Role: Children's Minister

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Meet Reality SF:

We are a community of people who have been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus and have devoted our lives to following Him. It is our aim to communicate the unchanging truth of the person and work of Jesus in a way that everyone in our city can understand.

The dream of Reality San Francisco began in 2007 when Dave Lomas and his wife Ashley moved from Bakersfield to Carpinteria to begin the process of planting in the Reality Family of Churches. Two years later, they moved to SF with a core team of 13 people.

Our initial prayer meetings in Hayes Valley were full of dependence upon God and anticipation of what He might want to do. Public gatherings began at the Swedish American Hall in the Castro on January 10, 2010. Due to rapid (and unexpected) growth, we eventually hosted four services there before moving to Everett Middle School in 2014. Currently, over 90 Community Groups meet during the week throughout the Bay Area. God has been so kind to our church community, and we love being a part of what He’s doing here in San Francisco.

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About the Children's Minister:

Reality SF is a church community located in San Francisco, California that strives to be a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city.  We are looking to hire a Children's Minister with strong pastoral and leadership skills and the ability to develop and invest in a growing volunteer staff. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who has extensive prior experience in children and family ministry with an abiding love for Jesus and a deep desire to see His Kingdom advanced.

The Children’s Ministry Minister is responsible for the overall development and management of the ministry to children and their families. The Children’s Ministry Minister will work closely with the Marriage and Family Pastor and other staff members to identify goals, initiate plans, and invest in volunteer leaders in order to build a high-quality, safe, and creative ministry for children and their parents.

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The Children's Pastor Will: 

  • Develop and implement strategy for whole-family discipleship; working with families to equip and empower parents/families to disciple their children.

  • Implement the vision for The Village (The Sunday Children’s Ministry) that is consistent with the church’s overall vision; work closely with other staff members to set priorities and solve problems.

  • Lead and manage all RealitySF Children’s Ministry, e.g. Children’s Sundays, graduation and special events - including: planning, calendaring and event management, staff/volunteer coordination, facilities needs, etc.

  • Recruit, interview, train, schedule, and manage volunteers in a way that promotes their personal growth while effectively executing ministry programs.

  • Codify program content to continually equip volunteers (e.g. through the creation of training materials).

  • Assess existing curriculum and make recommendations for implementing and maintaining chosen Gospel-centered curriculum applicable to kids from birth to 5th grade.

  • Foster the development of community outside of Sunday morning with mid-week activities and programs (e.g. VBS, family movie nights, kids day at the park, etc.).

  • Encourage children in using their God-given gifts in ministry with one another and with those outside the church.

  • Oversee supplies and inventory for the Nursery & Kids areas/classrooms.

  • Work with the Media Communications team to maintain an active R/SF newsletter, blog, and email accounts.

  • Develop a COVID transition and safety readiness plan that will allow for children’s ministry and activities to transition from a mostly digital online engagement to in person engagement (when allowed).

  • Work with other staff team members and volunteers on special programs and Children’s seasonal involvement with Sunday church gatherings (e.g., kids choirs, special event readings, etc.).

  • Budget ministry expenses and manage expenditures of the budget. 

  • Provide monthly reporting of children, families and volunteers.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, Seminary education preferred.

  • 5+ years of experience in children’s ministry leadership and development.

  • Experience in leading teams, proven ability to advance strong working relationships and develop new leaders.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to communicate the Gospel through various means to all ages.

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational ability.

  • Capacity to work in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Proficiency with task management systems such as Evernote; MS Office Suite, Planning Center, etc.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit in developing and improving systems and materials.

Personal Characteristics

  •  Eagerness to serve with humility, generosity, and kindness.

  • Adaptability to growth and change.

  • Love for ministry in an urban context and for the city of San Francisco.

  • Love for Jesus and His Church.

  • Agreement with the statement of faith, theology, and philosophy of Reality SF.

  • Character and lifestyle of a deacon as described in Scripture.

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What it's Like to Live in San Francisco, California: 

San Francisco is a unique city with charming characteristics like its rolling hills, cool summer fog, and Victorian architecture. San Francisco has such a rich history, from the discovery of gold known as the Gold Rush in 1848 to its Spanish mission and pueblo roots. Over time, this area has become a significant hub of wealth, progressive culture, and high technology. It’s home to the famous Golden Gate Bridge and Cable Car System, which serve as major tourist attractions. 

San Francisco is home to several higher education institutions such as the University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco State University, the City College of San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco.  There are incredible opportunities for several fun activities such as art, culture, variety of cuisines, numerous parks, and the beach, which all make San Francisco a multi-faceted city.

Overall, San Francisco is a great place to have fun, raise a family, and call home!

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