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Southwest Church

Kids Ministry Pastor

Indian Wells, California

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Denomination: Evangelical Free

Weekly Attendance: 4,100

Location: Indian Wells, California

The role: The Kids Ministry Pastor is a humble, poised, and catalytic leader responsible for pastoring the children of Southwest Church, equipping their parents and providers to disciple their children, supervising the Kids Ministry team, and providing leadership to the volunteers of the ministry. The Kids Ministry Pastor will serve the church by aligning Kids Ministry to the vision and mission of Southwest. 


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Meet Southwest Church

A Gospel-centered, Multiethnic, Intergenerational church. We LOVE Discipleship! Nestled in the heart of the Coachella Valley in Southern California, Southwest started with humble beginnings in 1973. Eight believers launched a church in hopes of becoming an outpost for the gospel of Jesus Christ for the community in the desert. Decades later that inaugural momentum remains the core of our church’s vision to be a church that is centered upon the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a multiethnic church that believes that the gospel unites all people for the glory of Christ. We are excited about the gospel exchange that should take place from generation to generation. Our mission is to make disciples and unleash believers in the world to champion the gospel in their everyday lives. 

The church sits on 42 acres that shares a property line with the famous Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. At one of the busiest intersections in the Valley, Southwest stands poised to minister to the 600,000 residents and an annual 3.5 million tourists that have made our region famous around the world!

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About the Kids Ministry Pastor

The effective Kids Ministry Pastor will:

  • Oversee Kids Ministry by leading the Kids Ministry staff, creating and sustaining scalable systems for communication, implementation of curriculum, events, and training initiatives, and providing vision and innovation for the growth and expansion of the ministry as God leads.

  • Recruit, train, and encourage the volunteers of Kids Ministry. The Kids Ministry Pastor will constantly energize and inspire the volunteers of the ministry by fostering an environment where people are happy to serve and be fulfilled in their work. 

  • Develop an ethos within Kids Ministry that constantly partners with parents. The Kids Ministry Pastor will see themselves not only as a pastor of kids but as a pastor, equipper, and encourager of parents. Innovating and implementing training events, family events, and communicating vision will be atop the Kids Ministry Pastor’s mind. 

  • Maintain a presence during weekend services within the Kids Ministry environment along with occasional presence for the main worship auditorium as needed. 

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What you bring: 


A bachelor's degree or church ministry leadership equivalent is highly desired.


Preference will be given to candidates with proven kids ministry experience in large church settings.

Personal Characteristics

  • High commitment to the local church and Biblical standards, while practicing theology in line with Southwest’s Doctrinal Statements. 

  • A pastor’s heart with a calling to minister to families and children. 

  • A relatable communicator with a high aptitude for training, teaching, and encouraging others. 

  • Proven experience in kids ministry with an ability to preach/teach God’s Word and provide leadership development outlets for the Kids’ Team, volunteer leaders, etc. 

  • A person who can lead effectively while following humbly. 

  • A Team player with a positive attitude. 

  • A passion and drive for reaching people in the Coachella Valley.

  • Have the capability to reach across generations and ethnicities with effectiveness and understanding. 

  • Able to anticipate needs, creatively find solutions, and a willingness to do whatever it takes. 

  • Able to confidently use computer software and programs such as Word, Excel, Apple platforms, and easily learn web-based systems. 

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. without restrictions.

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What it's like to live in Indian Wells, CA : 

Indian Wells is a city in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley. Incorporated in 1967, it lies in between Palm Desert and the resort town of La Quinta. As of July 1, 2017, the estimated city population was 5,404.

Indian Wells is part of the Desert Sands Unified ­School District, which provides comprehensive educational progr­ams and services. The highly-rated Gerald R. Ford Elementary School is located in Indian Wells. Students attend middle school and high school in neighboring communities. The Coachella Valley is also home to a number of outstanding private academic institutions. Residents can access higher education opportunities, including adult learning programs, at the Palm Desert satellite campuses of the University of California, San Bernardino California State University, Riverside University of Phoenix in Palm Desert, or California College of the Desert. Residents also have access to a full spectrum of health care services at Eisenhower Medical Center’s main campus located in nearby Rancho Mirage. The Coachella Valley is also home to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and John K. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, as well as physicians and allied health professionals in nearly all medical disciplines.

Explore the natural beauty of the oasis, whether at a national park, nature preserve or even a zoo. The many museums of Greater Palm Springs offer a look at everything from historic airplanes to contemporary art. You can enjoy recreation options including ice skating, baseball, and swimming. Many Greater Palm Springs restaurants are founded on the concept of family, so you’ll find no shortage of kid-friendly eateries and dining spots in the oasis. 

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