About the Organization:
From its beginnings, Trinity Church has had a heart to proclaim Jesus in a faithful, compelling, and relevant way that welcomes and draws people of all ages in. Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich launched a Sunday night worship service with high school and college students in mind, led by Ian Cron. As attendance grew exponentially, it continued past the initial summer, quickly outgrew its space, and relocated to the sanctuary of Second Congregational Church. In 1999, Trinity Church was “birthed” from Stanwich Church to become an unaffiliated Spirit-filled church with a passion of “telling an ancient story in a brand new way.” Its mission was to help people investigate and celebrate what it means to follow Jesus Christ. In 2009, Drew Williams, a native of the UK, became Trinity’s second Senior Pastor. Drew came to Trinity from the Church of England where he served as a vicar in a large church outside of London. The vision of Trinity Church was re-imagined in 2011 to be a church committed to “transforming the world through the love of God.”
Trinity is distinguished by God’s abundant generosity and compassion to the poor and marginalized, locally and further afield. It specializes in developing leaders in every sphere of influence, equipping them, and releasing them to play their unique role in the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
About the Position:
The ideal candidate for the position of Pastor/Director of Children & Family Ministries at Trinity Church will be an energetic and creative individual who has a mature faith in Jesus Christ, a natural ability at leading and developing leaders, a desire to plant roots at Trinity and into the surrounding community for at least 5 years, a passion for ministering to children, and possesses a Christ-centered and Spirit-filled vision for both children and their families at Trinity and across all of its future locations.
This individual will first and foremost demonstrate a passion to serve and lead the Children and Family Ministries in Greenwich and surrounding communities. He/she will show a strong aptitude in both verbal and non-verbal communication, and be equipped with the spiritual gifts of leadership, shepherding, teaching, and administration.
As the leader of Children & Family Ministries, he/she will have a strong understanding of contemporary youth culture and family dynamics within the context of a growing multisite church. This individual will be an inspiring leader who can motivate staff and volunteers to give of their time and energy to build a strong and growing ministry, and steward the development of this ministry within the context of the overall vision of the church. The Pastor/Director of Children & Family Ministries will provide creative, energetic, and impactful direction to the programming components of Trinity’s ministry to both children and families in a multisite context.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a vision and passion for creating a vibrant and exciting children’s and family ministries program to inspire today’s children and families to follow Christ. He/she will possess organizational, interpersonal, and relational skills for working with children, families, and staff. This individual will be marked by an approachable and relatable pastoral personality that identifies across diverse age groups, from children to adults.
A bachelor’s degree is preferred for this position but Trinity will consider extensive experience in a thriving and growing children’s or family ministry. Core competencies for the position include:
- Spiritual Formation & Mission: Demonstrates an understanding of spiritual formation / discipleship as a transformative journey or process; invites others into deeper intimacy with God, and teaches a variety of spiritual practices to lead others in this pursuit.
- Vision Casting & Implementation: Is able to establish a clear, achievable, and compelling vision and core purpose; articulates possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone.
- Empowering Others / Leadership Development: Encourages others to discover and engage their giftedness and skills in service to the larger community; calls out the best in others; supports others in the development of their skills and abilities; actively seeks to engage others more directly in the leadership life of the congregation; thinks strategically about the continual need for a next generation of leaders.
- Hospitality / Accessibility: Generates a sense of hospitality and/or accessibility by his/her very presence; communicates a sense of availability, warmth, openness, and approachability; fosters natural connections between members of the congregation and with visitors; supports a culture of welcoming and connection in the life of the congregation.
- Personal Spiritual Life: Demonstrates a vibrant and growing personal relationship with Jesus.
- Generosity: Demonstrates an intentionally generous life in terms of time, talent, and treasure; promotes stewardship as a principle that guides both individual and congregational life; encourages generosity in the sharing of time, talent, and treasure; promotes a culture of abundance.
- Pastoral Care: Consistently interacts with others in a grace-filled and nonjudgmental manner; demonstrates the ministry of presence; creates a spirit of openness that invites those who are spiritually or emotionally troubled to confide in him/her; demonstrates appropriate pastoral care boundaries, recognizing his/her own limitations as a care provider; respects confidences; appropriately refers congregants to other professional care providers as warranted.
- Justice Consciousness: Demonstrates a personal conviction to truth and justice; encourages the congregation in social justice; advocates on behalf of the marginalized and the disenfranchised, and encourages and exhorts others to do the same.
- Team Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skill, and success in team environments; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others; takes responsibility for his/her part in team failures; leads with a heart of collaboration.
- Communication: Is able to deliver a message clearly, articulately, and with appropriate emotion in a variety of settings; demonstrates communication styles appropriate to the situation at hand; adjusts the message, without losing the essence of the message, depending upon the circumstance and the listener; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable; avoids communication triangles.
- Time Management: Is able and willing to focus time on tasks that contribute to organizational goals; uses time effectively and efficiently; values time and respects the time of others; concentrates his/her efforts on the most important priorities; can appropriately balance priorities.
- Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with others; works well with people at all levels of the congregation; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact.
Trinity Church will license staff for ministry who satisfy the requirements established by the Council and whose duties will include the responsibility to perform weddings, administer sacraments, perform worship and/or have management/leadership responsibilities in the church. The individual license shall specifically identify those responsibilities.
About the Location:
Known as the Gateway to New England, Greenwich is strategically located within an hour's commute to Manhattan. It is bordered by the burgeoning Stamford office metropolis on the east, New York's Westchester County on the north and west, and the waters of Long Island Sound on the south.
Greenwich is home to families, professionals, and retirees alike. Composed of seven small hamlets, each with its own distinct identity and geography (many with roots that predate the Revolutionary War), the historic homes and beautifully-manicured gardens of Greenwich have made it a beautiful small town of America. Its unspoiled nature, birdlife, and beautiful beaches edge the uninhabited peninsula of Greenwich Point Park. At its core, this is a community that offers a refreshing pace in contrast to the nearby city life and is a haven for those seeking a family-oriented surrounding.
Rated among the best public school systems in the state, Greenwich has a modern high school, three middle schools, and eleven elementary schools. In addition, there are twelve private schools, two of which offer first-to-twelfth grade education. Athletic facilities of both public and private schools are extensive, assuring students of a well-rounded curriculum. The level of acceptances at the colleges of their choice is high for graduates of Greenwich schools. The town offers great healthcare options for its residents, led by Greenwich Hospital, a progressive medical center and teaching hospital associated with Yale New Haven Health.
Sea breezes offer moderate temperatures both in summer and winter, and also serve to reduce winter snows for areas along the shore. Summer temperatures may be 5 degrees to 10 degrees lower than nearby inland locations, and winter snowfalls average 10 inches or less. Summers are warm and humid, while winters are variable and might be punctuated with snowstorms. The vicinity’s cold fronts are usually shorter in duration than their counterparts in more northerly, inland locations.
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