Minister to Families
Augusta Road Baptist Church
Augusta Road Baptist Church is seeking a full-time Minister to Families to provide pastoral leadership to our congregation with emphasis on ministry among children and youth. In addition to overseeing all ministry activities for children and youth, this minister will partner with families and work to equip parents to participate in the spiritual formation of their children at home. The Minister to Families will also serve as a spiritual resource for the ARBC Preschool, After School, and Summer Camp Ministries. The Minister to Families will report directly to the Senior Pastor, and will work closely with the Preschool and After School/Summer Camp Directors.
Augusta Road Baptist Church is a loving, inclusive Christian community that seeks to live out our faith in Jesus Christ through worship, spiritual growth, ministries, and missions. We have served in Greenville, South Carolina (specifically the Augusta Road community) for over 90 years. We are a moderate Baptist congregation with a traditional liturgical worship style that partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina.
We are a smaller congregation, but our campus remains very active. Along with weekly worship and Bible study opportunities, we have a year-round Preschool Ministry, an After School and Summer Camp Ministry, as well as a part-time school that rents portions of our facilities. We also host a popular AA meeting on Mondays and Fridays each week, as well as important community meetings throughout the year. Our congregation is involved in a variety of mission opportunities all year long, and we enjoy finding opportunities to share in fellowship with one another.
For several years the ARBC Children’s Ministry has been led by dedicated volunteers, and the ARBC Youth Ministry has been led by a part-time Interim Minister to Youth. In June of 2015, the Interim Minister to Youth announced his desire to retire, providing the congregation with an opportunity to explore solutions for our greatest needs for ministerial staff. We feel that the full-time Minister to Families position will serve as the best solution for addressing our ministry needs with both children and youth, making a powerful statement for our parents and the community that we are committed to ministry with the youngest generations. Though our Children’s and Youth Ministries are both small, the potential for growth in our community is great.
• Lead planning and execution of all Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry Activities.
• Oversee administration of Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry budgets.
• Recruit, Equip, and manage volunteers to assist in planning and execution of Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry Activities.
• Equip parents for leading the spiritual formation of their children in the home.
• Maintain appropriate communication with families about church activities and ministry opportunities.
• Support members of the Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry in activities outside of church.
• Lead in outreach to families in the community to foster relationships and cultivate avenues for church membership.
• Serve as a spiritual resource for the Preschool and After School Ministries.
• Develop relationships with families registered in the Preschool and After School Ministries that build bridges with the congregation.
• Assist in planning and execution of weekly worship services and special services throughout the year.
• Assist Senior Pastor in pastoral care and hospital visitation as needed, especially with children and youth.
• Oversee the work of Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and WCEP Support Teams.
The ideal candidate will be an ordained seminary graduate with ministry experience who is passionate about spiritual formation, and can ensure consistency in curriculum and programming as the youngest members of our community of faith grow from one stage of life to the next. This person will need to be able to cultivate relationships with people of all generations, effectively balance multiple ministry responsibilities, and recruit, equip, and lead volunteers to assist in ministry activities for children and youth. This person will need to be organized, able to plan ahead, and able to work within a staff team.
• Increased involvement in the ARBC Children’s and Youth Ministries.
• Development of mentoring relationships with children and youth within the congregation.
• Development of opportunities that bridge the gap between the generations within the congregation.
• Development of a spiritual formation plan that cultivates desired competencies as children grow from one life stage to the next, leading to opportunities for making a profession of faith in Christ as Lord.
• Development of a volunteer network that will assist in ministry activities with children and youth.
• Development of discussion and training opportunities to support parents in leading the spiritual formation of their children at home.
• Development of activities for children and youth that strike an effective balance of learning, fun, fellowship, service.
• Development of closer relationships with families in the ARBC Preschool and After School/Summer Camp Ministries.